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We're livestreaming a recording of the weekly podcast, The Ticket 2016, with hosts Jay Root of The Texas Tribune and Ben Philpott of KUT 90.5. This event is taking place ahead of Thursday's Democratic primary debate.

Livestream: The Ticket 2016 Live Recording

We're livestreaming a recording of the weekly podcast, The Ticket 2016, with hosts Jay Root of The Texas Tribune and Ben Philpott of KUT 90.5. This event is taking place ahead of Thursday's Democratic primary debate.

Republican presidential candidates: U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and billionaire Donald Trump.
Republican presidential candidates: U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and billionaire Donald Trump.

On South Carolina TV, Ted Cruz Targets Rubio and Trump — With Humor

In two new ads, Ted Cruz's campaign mocks his two leading Republican rivals. One ad depicts a support group for former Marco Rubio voters. The other shows children playing with a Donald Trump action figure.  

Livestream: The Ticket 2016 Live Recording

We're livestreaming a recording of the weekly podcast, The Ticket 2016, with hosts Jay Root of The Texas Tribune and Ben Philpott of KUT 90.5. This event is taking place ahead of Thursday's Democratic primary debate.

We're livestreaming a recording of the weekly podcast, The Ticket 2016, with hosts Jay Root of The Texas Tribune and Ben Philpott of KUT 90.5. This event is taking place ahead of Thursday's Democratic primary debate.

On South Carolina TV, Ted Cruz Targets Rubio and Trump — With Humor

Republican presidential candidates: U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and billionaire Donald Trump.
Republican presidential candidates: U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and billionaire Donald Trump.

In two new ads, Ted Cruz's campaign mocks his two leading Republican rivals. One ad depicts a support group for former Marco Rubio voters. The other shows children playing with a Donald Trump action figure.  

Families Accuse Bank of Laundering Gang Money

A Juárez municipal police officer keeps patrol while at a murder scene in the outskirts of Ciudad Juárez, Mexico on May 28, 2010.
A Juárez municipal police officer keeps patrol while at a murder scene in the outskirts of Ciudad Juárez, Mexico on May 28, 2010.

The families of several U.S. citizens murdered in Mexico filed a lawsuit this week against HSBC Holdings and its subsidiaries alleging the company supported various drug cartel activities by laundering millions of dollars for gangs.

Ted Cruz Adds to Home-State Support as Texas Primary Nears

Ted Cruz speaks during his presidential campaign rally at the Fort Worth Stockyards on Sept. 3, 2015.
Ted Cruz speaks during his presidential campaign rally at the Fort Worth Stockyards on Sept. 3, 2015.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz is bolstering his home-field advantage with fewer than three weeks until the Texas primary, unveiling a raft of new endorsements from lawmakers in Austin and detailing his organization across the state for the March 1 nominating contest.

University of Houston Keeps GOP Debate

Republican U.S. presidential candidates pose together onstage at the start of the debate held by Fox News for the top 2016 U.S. Republican presidential candidates in Des Moines, Iowa on Jan. 28, 2016.
Republican U.S. presidential candidates pose together onstage at the start of the debate held by Fox News for the top 2016 U.S. Republican presidential candidates in Des Moines, Iowa on Jan. 28, 2016.

CNN announced Wednesday that the University of Houston will still get to host the Feb. 25 GOP primary presidential debate. The university's status had been called into question after NBC News was removed as the organizer of the event. 

State Bar Will Investigate Paxton for Conduct After Marriage Ruling

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, right, looks at one of the special prosecutors during a pre-trial hearing at the Collin County Courthouse on Dec. 1, 2015. Paxton faces felony charges related to claims that he misled investors in business dealings before he took office as attorney general.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, right, looks at one of the special prosecutors during a pre-trial hearing at the Collin County Courthouse on Dec. 1, 2015. Paxton faces felony charges related to claims that he misled investors in business dealings before he took office as attorney general.

The Texas State Bar was ordered to launch a disciplinary probe into Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s conduct in the days following the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage.

Telemedicine Program Quickly Spreads to 57 North Texas Schools

Second grader Diego Montealvo visits the school nurse’s office for a virtual checkup with Dr. Stormee Williams, a pediatrician with Children’s Medical Center of Dallas.
Second grader Diego Montealvo visits the school nurse’s office for a virtual checkup with Dr. Stormee Williams, a pediatrician with Children’s Medical Center of Dallas.

In 2013, a telemedicine initiative run by Children’s Health hospital system in North Texas began at two preschools. Today, there are screens and carts in 57 urban and rural campuses. 

Cruz: New Hampshire, Iowa Show Only I Can Beat Trump

Republican Presidential Candidate and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz speaks with supporters in Hollis, New Hampshire after his third place finish in the primary on Feb. 9, 2016.
Republican Presidential Candidate and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz speaks with supporters in Hollis, New Hampshire after his third place finish in the primary on Feb. 9, 2016.

A day after coming in third in New Hampshire's Republican primary, Ted Cruz stormed into South Carolina, the next early voting state, with a frontrunner's message: I'm the only who knows how to beat Donald Trump. 

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After Deportation, Killer Returned Easily to U.S.

Juan Leonardo Quintero, an undocumented immigrant pictured here in 2015 in a visitation booth at the maximum-security Allred Unit near Wichita Falls, is serving a life sentence for the 2006 murder of Houston Police Officer Rodney Johnson.
Juan Leonardo Quintero, an undocumented immigrant pictured here in 2015 in a visitation booth at the maximum-security Allred Unit near Wichita Falls, is serving a life sentence for the 2006 murder of Houston Police Officer Rodney Johnson.

Deported to his native Mexico for sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl, Juan Leonardo Quintero returned to Houston and easily resumed his life. When he killed a police officer in 2006, Quintero became a poster child for loose border enforcement. This story is part of our "Bordering on Insecurity" series.

The Brief: After N.H., Presidential Hopefuls Shift Gears

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz speaks to supporters in Hollis, New Hampshire, after his apparent third-place showing in the state's Republican presidential primary on Feb. 9, 2016.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz speaks to supporters in Hollis, New Hampshire, after his apparent third-place showing in the state's Republican presidential primary on Feb. 9, 2016.

In the aftermath of the New Hampshire primaries, the field of candidates cleared some on the Republican side while the remaining hopefuls began the job of positioning themselves for the upcoming contests in South Carolina and Nevada.