Drought Still Grips Texas Towns

Austwell, TX
Austwell, TX

After a summer that brought little relief from the drought, the small town of Gordon in Palo Pinto County is just one of many Texas communities still facing a difficult task: find new water or go dry. 

In Senate Run, Alameel Sees Chance to "Clean Up the Democratic Party"

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One of Dr. David Alameel for Congress billboards along 1-30 in Grand Prairie, Texas.
One of Dr. David Alameel for Congress billboards along 1-30 in Grand Prairie, Texas.

David Alameel, the Democrat challenging Republican John Cornyn for his U.S. Senate seat, knows he faces an uphill battle at best. So why is he running? The wealthy Dallas businessman says it has a lot to do with wanting to reform his own party.

Woman Executed for Boy's 2004 Starvation Death

In 2004, Davontae Marcel Williams, on the left, was found starved to death. Lisa Ann Coleman, on the right, is scheduled to be executed Wednesday night for her role in the boy's death. If carried out, she would be the sixth woman to be executed in Texas since 1982.
In 2004, Davontae Marcel Williams, on the left, was found starved to death. Lisa Ann Coleman, on the right, is scheduled to be executed Wednesday night for her role in the boy's death. If carried out, she would be the sixth woman to be executed in Texas since 1982.

UPDATED: A 38-year-old Arlington woman was executed Wednesday for the starvation death of her girlfriend’s son. Lisa Ann Coleman is the sixth woman to be executed in the state since 1982.

The Brief: Is There an Endgame on the Border Surge?

Gov. Perry and DPS Director Steve McCraw, speak to media following a tour to a federal facility housing unaccompanied alien children in Weslaco, Texas June 23rd, 2014. The state is providing $1.3 million per week to commence surge operations to help combat crime along the border.
Gov. Perry and DPS Director Steve McCraw, speak to media following a tour to a federal facility housing unaccompanied alien children in Weslaco, Texas June 23rd, 2014. The state is providing $1.3 million per week to commence surge operations to help combat crime along the border.

State leaders seem reluctant to break out the "Mission Accomplished" banner on the border surge even though apprehensions of illegal immigrants have hit a target goal laid out in July.

Nicole Guidotti-Hernández: The TT Interview

Nicole Guidotti-Hernández, the chairwoman of UT-Austin's Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies
Nicole Guidotti-Hernández, the chairwoman of UT-Austin's Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies

The chairwoman of the new Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, which has been heralded as the first of its kind, talks about why it was created and what jobs its graduates will likely get.