GOVERNMENT: State Agencies

Top row, left to right: Jon Cobb, Brent Mayes, Dawn Buckingham. 
Bottom row, left to right: Reed Williams, Susan King,  Ryan Downton.
Top row, left to right: Jon Cobb, Brent Mayes, Dawn Buckingham. Bottom row, left to right: Reed Williams, Susan King, Ryan Downton.

With 4 Candidates in Health Care, Senate Race Stirs Unique Debate

In a Republican primary cycle dominated by talk of illegal immigration and national security, four of six candidates for an open state Senate seat have ties to the health care industry. The candidates are talking at length about issues not coming up in other races, like boosting Medicaid payments and improving health care access.

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 Supreme Court Prepares to Hear Historic Immigration Case, Texas Explains its Strategy

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.

As Supreme Court Prepares to Hear Historic Immigration Case, Texas Explains its Strategy

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.

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Teacher in Maximum-Security Prison Almost Missed Her Calling

Windham School District teacher Jody Addy teaches a class at the Robertson Unit in Abilene, Texas on Dec. 4, 2015. Addy has taught correctional education for 20 years and recently received the 2015 Lane Murray Excellence in Teaching award.
Windham School District teacher Jody Addy teaches a class at the Robertson Unit in Abilene, Texas on Dec. 4, 2015. Addy has taught correctional education for 20 years and recently received the 2015 Lane Murray Excellence in Teaching award.

Every day, teacher Jody Addy walks through a metal detector, waits for a pat down, shows her ID and passes through locked gates before walking to her classroom in the middle of a maximum security prison in west central Texas.

UIL Gears Up to Hold New Statewide Robotics Competition

The University Interscholastic League announced a new pilot robotics program for high school students to encourage exploration in the science, technology, engineering and math fields, or STEM on Dec. 10, 2015
The University Interscholastic League announced a new pilot robotics program for high school students to encourage exploration in the science, technology, engineering and math fields, or STEM on Dec. 10, 2015

High school students creating robotic arms and small electronic vehicles will compete for a new championship title as the University Interscholastic League is launching a pilot robotics program for Texas schools.

 

Indicted Trooper Surrenders, Will Plead Not Guilty

The booking photo (left) of Brian Encinia, the DPS trooper who pulled over and arrested Sandra Bland, on Jan. 7, 2016. Bland committed suicide in her Waller Co. jail cell a few days after her arrest.
The booking photo (left) of Brian Encinia, the DPS trooper who pulled over and arrested Sandra Bland, on Jan. 7, 2016. Bland committed suicide in her Waller Co. jail cell a few days after her arrest.

Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Brian Encinia, indicted Wednesday on a perjury charge related to his arrest of Sandra Bland, surrendered to Texas Rangers Thursday afternoon and was taken to the Waller County Jail. 

Revisit Our Series on the State's Preparedness for Emergency Evacuations

Fleeing before Hurricane Rita hit land on Sept. 24, 2005, evacuees faced a separate disaster on roads like Interstate 10. The chaotic evacuation contributed to more deaths than the storm itself. Officials say they are better prepared for the next evacuation.
Fleeing before Hurricane Rita hit land on Sept. 24, 2005, evacuees faced a separate disaster on roads like Interstate 10. The chaotic evacuation contributed to more deaths than the storm itself. Officials say they are better prepared for the next evacuation.

Before Hurricane Rita hit the Southeast Texas coast on Sept. 24, 2005, there was a disaster of another kind. The evacuation was marked by crowded roads and frustrated residents. But officials say they're better prepared now. Read our seven-part "Road From Rita" series, done in collaboration with the Beaumont Enterprise.