After four years struggling with a heroin addiction, Kelly Procter has been sober for almost 16 months. The tattoo on her right arm can be read as "death" or "life" when looked from opposite angles.
After four years struggling with a heroin addiction, Kelly Procter has been sober for almost 16 months. The tattoo on her right arm can be read as "death" or "life" when looked from opposite angles.

Addiction Programs Hoping for Boost in Federal Funds

On Friday, the president signed an ambitious plan to address the nation's opioid abuse epidemic. If federal lawmakers fund it, cash-starved treatment programs in Texas could see a surge of money. While the state's rate of overdose deaths is relatively low, opioid-related deaths have climbed 80 percent in Texas.

 
 

Cruz in Rear View Mirror, Trump Accepts Nomination

Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks at the final session of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio on July 21, 2016.
Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks at the final session of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio on July 21, 2016.

Texas Republicans capped a tumultuous week at their national convention watching a forceful address by Donald Trump, the presidential nominee whose defeat of favorite son Ted Cruz loomed large over the festivities in Cleveland.

Open Carry, Funding Likely Police Issues Next Legislative Session

Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo and Austin Police Association President Kenneth Casaday speak with state Sen. Royce West, D-Dallas, right, on Feb. 12, 2015, at the Texas Capitol.
Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo and Austin Police Association President Kenneth Casaday speak with state Sen. Royce West, D-Dallas, right, on Feb. 12, 2015, at the Texas Capitol.

Texas lawmakers brushed off the wishes of many in law enforcement when they passed open handgun carry legislation in 2015. With pro-police rhetoric flowing after numerous shootings, police groups hope the law can at least be revisited.

Hillary Clinton: “Ted Cruz Was Right”

Hillary Clinton greets supporters at Texas Southern University in Houston on Feb. 20, 2016, after winning the Nevada caucus.
Hillary Clinton greets supporters at Texas Southern University in Houston on Feb. 20, 2016, after winning the Nevada caucus.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz may have angered his own party when he refused to endorse Donald Trump at the Republican National Convention this week, but his divisive comments drew praise from an unlikely source: Hillary Clinton.

New in TribTalk: NAFTA after Brexit

A truck travels on TX-281 Military Highway in Pharr, Texas.
A truck travels on TX-281 Military Highway in Pharr, Texas.

Now that the United Kingdom has voted to leave the European Union, the nations that comprise NAFTA can either follow its isolationist example or work together for growth and progress, writes J.D. Salinas III of the Texas Border Coalition.

In School Choice Fight, a Fresh Force Emerges

Texans for Education Opportunity Executive Director Randan Steinhauser, also an adviser for National School Choice Week, speaks during a school choice rally at the Texas Capitol in 2015.
Texans for Education Opportunity Executive Director Randan Steinhauser, also an adviser for National School Choice Week, speaks during a school choice rally at the Texas Capitol in 2015.

An ambitious new player has emerged in the controversial effort to use taxpayer dollars to help Texas parents send their kids to private or religious schools.

New in Texas Weekly: Republicans Gather in Cleveland

The insiders weigh in on the Texas Republicans' performance at their national convention, another ethics commissioner wants off the panel and a date is set to find a replacement for a newly vacated Houston House seat — all that and more in the latest issue of our subscriber-only newsletter for political insiders ($).