LaNelia Ramette holds a portrait of her son Michael in a Coppell park on May 21, 2016. Ramette lost her son to suicide in 2010 and now helps families dealing with the suicide of a loved one.
LaNelia Ramette holds a portrait of her son Michael in a Coppell park on May 21, 2016. Ramette lost her son to suicide in 2010 and now helps families dealing with the suicide of a loved one.

Suicide Prevention Efforts Are Placing an Emphasis on Small Texas Towns

According to a Texas Tribune analysis of death records between 2004 and 2013, the rate of suicide was 15 percent higher in Texas counties with an urban population of less than 20,000 people than in more metropolitan counties. Public health experts are looking more closely at the issue. This is part of our Mental Health Matters series.

 
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton during press conference announcing a lawsuit that had been filed against the U.S Dept of Education, U.S Dept of Justice and other agencies which are requiring TX public schools to open restrooms, locker rooms to both sexes. May 25, 2016
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton during press conference announcing a lawsuit that had been filed against the U.S Dept of Education, U.S Dept of Justice and other agencies which are requiring TX public schools to open restrooms, locker rooms to both sexes. May 25, 2016

Cost of Texas Child Support Overhaul Doubles to $420 Million

The state's sidelined child support overhaul is now back on track, but its cost has more than doubled to $420 million and it is now two years behind schedule.

Cost of Texas Child Support Overhaul Doubles to $420 Million

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton during press conference announcing a lawsuit that had been filed against the U.S Dept of Education, U.S Dept of Justice and other agencies which are requiring TX public schools to open restrooms, locker rooms to both sexes. May 25, 2016
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton during press conference announcing a lawsuit that had been filed against the U.S Dept of Education, U.S Dept of Justice and other agencies which are requiring TX public schools to open restrooms, locker rooms to both sexes. May 25, 2016

The state's sidelined child support overhaul is now back on track, but its cost has more than doubled to $420 million and it is now two years behind schedule.

 

Texas AG Shopped Transgender Policy to Second School District

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, enters room where he will announce information on a lawsuit filed in U.S District Court against several federal agencies regarding bathroom and locker room rules in Texas public schools on May 25, 2016
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, enters room where he will announce information on a lawsuit filed in U.S District Court against several federal agencies regarding bathroom and locker room rules in Texas public schools on May 25, 2016

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton approached at least one other North Texas school district about adopting the transgender student bathroom policy that is now the center of his lawsuit against the Obama administration.

As El Paso Sees Surge of Cuban Migrants, Calls for Policy Shift Grow Louder

St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, which sits two blocks from Bridge of the Americas in El Paso, is one of several shelters in place for Cuban immigrants that have been arriving to Texas in record numbers.
St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, which sits two blocks from Bridge of the Americas in El Paso, is one of several shelters in place for Cuban immigrants that have been arriving to Texas in record numbers.

As El Paso draws record numbers of Cubans seeking refuge, the city's Democratic congressman said he favors repealing a decades-old provision that gives those migrants a special status here. 

The Brief: Paxton Shopped Districts for Transgender Policy Lawsuit

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, enters room where he will announce information on a lawsuit filed in U.S District Court against several federal agencies regarding bathroom and locker room rules in Texas public schools on May 25, 2016
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, enters room where he will announce information on a lawsuit filed in U.S District Court against several federal agencies regarding bathroom and locker room rules in Texas public schools on May 25, 2016

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton approached at least two North Texas school districts about adopting transgender guidelines that led to his lawsuit against the federal government.

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The Brief: Texas Files 40th Lawsuit Against Obama Administration

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton during press conference announcing a lawsuit that had been filed against the U.S Dept of Education, U.S Dept of Justice and other agencies which are requiring TX public schools to open restrooms, locker rooms to both sexes. May 25, 2016
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton during press conference announcing a lawsuit that had been filed against the U.S Dept of Education, U.S Dept of Justice and other agencies which are requiring TX public schools to open restrooms, locker rooms to both sexes. May 25, 2016

In the latest legal action taken against the current president, Texas was one of 11 states moving to stop a directive for public school districts to let transgender students use the bathroom of their choice.

Post-Upset, Education Board Hopeful is Cautiously Optimistic

Mary Lou Bruner and Keven Ellis are hoping to represent District 9 on the State Board of Education. Northeast Texas voters will pick between the two Republicans in a May 24 runoff election. Whoever wins the nomination will face Democrat Amanda Rudolph in November.
Mary Lou Bruner and Keven Ellis are hoping to represent District 9 on the State Board of Education. Northeast Texas voters will pick between the two Republicans in a May 24 runoff election. Whoever wins the nomination will face Democrat Amanda Rudolph in November.

Keven Ellis could barely believe it when he learned he had won the GOP primary runoff against Mary Lou Bruner, who made national headlines for suggesting in Facebook posts that President Obama was once a gay prostitute.