Recent flooding near Lady Bird Lake in Austin has called attention to long-standing mechanical problems at the dam that forms the lake — problems that the city of Austin is aware of but hasn’t found the money to address.Full Story
Texas' battle with the Environmental Protection Agency continues Tuesday as the state argues against another air pollution rule before the U.S. Supreme Court.Full Story
Former state Rep. Sid Miller, R-Stephenville, a GOP candidate for agriculture commissioner, has released his first radio ad, touting touts his "Texas" values as a "true conservative."Full Story
Residents are looking for answers after nearly 20 small earthquakes — likely caused by a byproduct of oil and gas drilling — struck outside of Fort Worth last month. But they probably won't learn much from state officials.Full Story
The Pecos River has avoided some of the challenges faced by the state’s other waterways. But it has not been spared from the ecological changes brought by the manmade lakes bookending its passage through Texas.Full Story
The Texas Supreme Court will hear arguments next month in a dispute that pits two interests that are dear to many Texans against each other: oil and gas resources versus private property rights.
State Sen. Wendy Davis has joined a chorus of lawmakers who are urging the Public Utility Commission of Texas to put the brakes on efforts to transform the state’s wholesale electricity market.Full Story
In a new video ad, agriculture commissioner candidate Eric Opiela highlights an episode in his hometown of Karnes City.Full Story
A report from the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas says that Texas' water problems could impede economic growth and that the best way to address them is a free-market approach to water allocation.
Groundwater doesn't flow according to the state's political boundaries. Yet it's regulated largely along county lines, a decades-old system that is facing increased criticism among some of those fighting for more access to the resource.
Texas officials are considering subsidizing power plant construction to keep pace with rapidly growing energy demand. But critics of the plan have raised concerns over potential legal battles and the impact on on electricity costs.Full Story
Using data from the Texas Water Development Board's reservoir status tracker, our auto-updating map visualizes the current state of Texas reservoirs.Full Story
Gov. Rick Perry has missed a legislative deadline to assemble a commission tasked with answering lingering questions about Texas' border with Oklahoma along Lake Texoma.Full Story
Uvalde Mayor J Allen Carnes, a Republican candidate for agriculture commissioner, launched a video campaign Monday called "I am Texas Ag." Carnes says he is trying to promote the importance of agriculture to Texas' food supply and economy.Full Story
Fishing and tourism in Matagorda Bay depend in large part on freshwater supplied by the Colorado River. But the drought has all but cut off those flows, and wildlife and recreation on Texas' Gulf Coast have suffered.Full Story
Thanks to conservation efforts and its remote location, the Devils River is seen as one of the state's last pristine rivers. But change could be coming for the river, as some are eyeing its basin for new water supplies.Full Story
The struggle to secure funding and land for state parks in Texas dates back to the early 1900s. Today, as the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department marks the end of its 50th year in operation, the struggle continues.Full Story
At a contentious hearing on Monday, lawmakers expressed skepticism about transforming Texas' wholesale energy market in an attempt to ensure the long-term reliability of the state's electric grid.
Becky Berger, a candidate for Texas railroad commissioner, this week criticized an environmental science textbook that is under review by the Texas Board of Education, muddling the book's path to final approval.
As the drought continues across Texas, more oil and gas companies are considering the long-term benefits of water recycling, and state officials are trying to make the transition easier.