Failing to stop and render aid in a fatal accident will become a second-degree felony, increasing the punishment to up to 20 years in prison. The new law will make the punishment for a fatal hit-and-run accident equivalent to that for intoxicated manslaughter.Full Story
Justin Dehn is a multimedia producer at the Tribune whose focus is videography and television production. He's been shooting TV news for more than a decade, most recently as a staff photojournalist at Austin's KVUE-TV from 2006 to 2010. At the Tribune, Dehn has been behind the camera for Tribune franchises Stump Interrupted, Face-Off and all the TribLive conversations, as well the stories we've produced each week for our dozen TV partners around the state.
With new laws increasing the penalties for drivers involved in hit-and-run fatalities or those who fail to stop and render aid, advocates hope there is more incentive for drivers to stay at the scene of accidents. This story is part of our monthlong 31 Days, 31 Ways series.
During a visit to Austin on Thursday, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius discussed the federal government's plans for expanding Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act.Full Story
For only the second time in the state’s history, Texas lawmakers are closing inmate facilities to reduce bed capacity as the state’s prison population continues to drop.Full Story
This week in the Texas Weekly Newsreel: The Legislature begins its third special session, the 2014 candidates are stirring and House leaders open a new political action committee to pass a constitutional amendment on water.Full Story
The 83rd Texas Legislature has made it easier for craft brewers to break into the market. The leaders of Austin-based Infamous Brewing talk about how their operations are changing under the new regulations.
In place of this week's Newsreel, we've got the story of the week — and of the political year so far: the debate and filibuster and verbal melee that marked the last day of the first special session.Full Story
Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority analysts recently discovered a large beehive in a tree near Austin's airport. To protect the honeybees, whose population is declining worldwide, the mobility authority asked a local beekeeper for help.Full Story
Gov. Rick Perry signed House Bill 2 — the omnibus abortion legislation — into law Thursday morning.Full Story
Attorney General Greg Abbott launched his campaign for governor Sunday in San Antonio. Here's full video of his speech.Full Story
In this edition of the Texas Weekly Newsreel: Gov. Rick Perry announced he won't seek re-election, Rick Santorum stopped by the Capitol to talk about the omnibus abortion bill and Attorney General Greg Abbott added to his campaign coffers.Full Story
Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum joined Texas GOP legislators on Thursday to tout proposed abortion regulations and criticize media coverage of the debate. Watch his full comments here.Full Story
Gov. Rick Perry announced Monday that he will not run for re-election next year, making Attorney General Greg Abbott the instant favorite to replace him. So what does the future hold for the longest-serving Texas governor?Full Story
This week in the Texas Weekly Newsreel: Texas legislators are back for a second special session and another round of the debate on the state's abortion laws. Meanwhile, Gov. Rick Perry will announce "exciting future plans" in San Antonio.Full Story
Republican lawmakers say that no matter how many women show up to the Capitol to protest an abortion bill, they have the votes to pass it and will in this session.Full Story