Faces of Death Row App Gets an Update

Mark Anthony Gonzalez arrived on death row last week after being convicted in the shooting death of Bexar County Sheriff Sgt. Kenneth Vann. With his arrival and the executions of Richard Masterson and James Freeman in January, there are now 252 people in Texas living with a death sentence.

 

The Brief: Cruz Picks Up Two Endorsements After Rand Paul's Exit

Supporters gather to see Sen. Ted Cruz and to await the results of the Republican caucus at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa on February 1, 2016.
Supporters gather to see Sen. Ted Cruz and to await the results of the Republican caucus at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa on February 1, 2016.

A shakeup Wednesday in the Republican race for president — the decision by two candidates to suspend their campaigns — is benefiting the campaign of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.

Oncor: Hunt's Possible Merger Could Boost Rates

Oncor CEO Bob Shapard testifies before the Texas Public Utility Commission on Jan. 11, 2016. He expressed concerns over the Hunt family's plan to buy Oncor, the state's largest electric utility.
Oncor CEO Bob Shapard testifies before the Texas Public Utility Commission on Jan. 11, 2016. He expressed concerns over the Hunt family's plan to buy Oncor, the state's largest electric utility.

Oncor, the state’s largest utility, is warning state regulators that electric rates could increase for millions of Texas customers if they approve a complex reorganization plan offered by the Ray L. Hunt family.

 

After Rand Paul Exits, Cruz Wins New Supporters in Texas

Sen. Ted Cruz speaks at a pre-caucus rally at Grace Baptist Church in Marion, Iowa on February 1, 2016. Marion is the last stop on  Cruz's second weeklong bus tour before he heads to Des Moines to await the results of Iowa's first-in-the-nation caucus.
Sen. Ted Cruz speaks at a pre-caucus rally at Grace Baptist Church in Marion, Iowa on February 1, 2016. Marion is the last stop on Cruz's second weeklong bus tour before he heads to Des Moines to await the results of Iowa's first-in-the-nation caucus.

Ted Cruz on Wednesday began winning over supporters of Rand Paul following his U.S. Senate colleague's exit from the race for the White House. 

Perry Says Texas Shouldn't Sweat Falling Oil Prices

Former Gov. Rick Perry gives the closing keynote address at the the Texas Public Finance Conference in Austin on Feb. 3, 2016.
Former Gov. Rick Perry gives the closing keynote address at the the Texas Public Finance Conference in Austin on Feb. 3, 2016.

Citing an increasingly diversified Texas economy, former Gov. Rick Perry on Wednesday boasted about the “Texas Miracle” and said there’s no reason to be overly concerned about the plummeting price of oil.

Lawyers for Texas Talk Strategy on SCOTUS Immigration Hearing

Texas First Assistant Attorney General Chip Roy and Solicitor General Scott Keller sat down with Tribune reporter Julián Aguilar on Feb. 1, 2016 to discuss an upcoming case on illegal immigration headed to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Texas First Assistant Attorney General Chip Roy and Solicitor General Scott Keller sat down with Tribune reporter Julián Aguilar on Feb. 1, 2016 to discuss an upcoming case on illegal immigration headed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to hear a case challenging President Barack Obama's executive order on illegal immigration, the two top lawyers for Texas spoke to the Tribune about what the state is fighting for.

Analysis: Is Attorney General Ken Paxton Feeling Lucky?

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is shown at a news conference in Austin on Jan. 13, 2016, to announce a new unit of the attorney general’s office dedicated to combating human trafficking.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is shown at a news conference in Austin on Jan. 13, 2016, to announce a new unit of the attorney general’s office dedicated to combating human trafficking.

It’s possible to imagine a way for the attorney general to raise money for a legal defense fund, but it’s perilous without a favorable advisory opinion from ethics regulators. And they decided this week not to approve such an opinion.

Four Texas Colleges Reach Carnegie "Tier One" Status

Chelsea Stewart listens to a lecture in the College of Health Professions at  Texas State University. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board recently reclassified the school as an Emerging Research University.
Chelsea Stewart listens to a lecture in the College of Health Professions at Texas State University. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board recently reclassified the school as an Emerging Research University.

Four Texas universities — Texas Tech University, the University of North Texas, the University of Texas at Dallas and the University of Texas at Arlington — have reached a major milestone in their quests to join the top tier of universities in the nation. 

Ted Cruz Apologizes for What Ben Carson Called "Dirty Tricks"

A screenshot of a push notification Ted Cruz's campaign sent to users of its campaign app around the time the Iowa caucuses began on Feb. 1, 2016.
A screenshot of a push notification Ted Cruz's campaign sent to users of its campaign app around the time the Iowa caucuses began on Feb. 1, 2016.

Ben Carson's campaign said it has accepted an apology from Ted Cruz over messages Cruz's campaign sent to supporters Monday evening in Iowa suggesting that Carson might be about to drop out of the race.

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