In honor of Labor Day, we've updated more than 40 different entities in our employee payroll database, including the Texas A&M University System, the University of Houston System and Austin ISD. The updates also include two new school districts.Full Story
Ryan Murphy plays a role in developing the Tribune's collection of data interactives (with a focus on mapping), conducts data analysis and currently maintains and updates the government employee salary database. Ryan graduated in 2010 with a degree in multimedia journalism from the University of Texas at Austin, where he served as the web editor for The Daily Texan.
Political contributions to statewide candidates and officeholders during the second special legislative session this summer are now in our finance analyzer, which shows donations by size, location, donor and even by daily totals from June 26 to July 30.Full Story
Use our interactive to check out the top contributors in the first half of 2013 to candidates running for or considering a shot at governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, land commissioner and agriculture commissioner.Full Story
We've obtained the complete set of curriculum content produced by CSCOPE. Review the more than 10,000 lessons in social studies, science, math and language arts for yourself in our searchable interactive to see what the controversy is — or isn't — about.Full Story
The Legislature ensured that a fund to help poor Texans with their electricity bills went to its intended purpose. But it also agreed to empty the fund by 2017. This story is part of our 31 Days, 31 Ways series.Full Story
The 2014 election season is already in full swing. Here's a completely unofficial — and very preliminary — look at the people who have either thrown their names in the ring or been mentioned as possible contenders.
Cities, counties and rural water user groups across Texas submitted thousands of project ideas for the 2012 State Water Plan. Explore the most expensive projects regions submitted with our visualization.Full Story
The 83rd Legislature's third special session is underway, and Gov. Rick Perry has only added transportation funding to the call. But that hasn't stopped lawmakers from filing bills on other subjects. You can keep tabs on all of them with our bill tracker.Full Story
How long you live and how healthy you are could depend in part on where you call home. Our interactive map shows life expectancy, obesity rates and levels of physical activity by county, according to data from the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation.Full Story
The state's growth spurt continues, and one way to see what's ahead is to look at the state's youth population. Use these maps to see the raw population growth and fastest rates of growth in two groups: Texans ages 4 and younger and Texans from ages 5 to 19.Full Story
Using campaign finance reports, we've put together a quick way to find the biggest donors to statewide candidates, the distribution of large and small donations, and how much money came in for each date in a reporting period.Full Story
Use this census interactive to take a county-by-county tour of how the state's youth population grew between 2010 and 2012 — and how Texas' youngest Hispanics are driving the trend.Full Story
Use our interactive to see which of Texas' existing abortion facilities would meet the new standards being debated in the second special legislative session, and to compare them with restrictions in other states.Full Story
Some of the state's most Republican counties are seeing sharp growth in the number of residents who are 65 and older, according to revised county population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau. Use this interactive to explore the numbers.Full Story