Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is shown at a news conference in Austin on Jan. 13, 2016, to announce a new unit of the attorney general’s office dedicated to combating human trafficking.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is shown at a news conference in Austin on Jan. 13, 2016, to announce a new unit of the attorney general’s office dedicated to combating human trafficking.

Texas Awarded $50 Million in Massive Volkswagen Settlement

Volkswagen has agreed to pay Texas $50 million as part of what is being described as the largest auto-related class-action settlement in U.S. history. And more might be on the way, Attorney General Ken Paxton said Tuesday. 

 
Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz attended a Pennsylvania campaign kickoff event at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on April 19, 2016.
Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz attended a Pennsylvania campaign kickoff event at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on April 19, 2016.

Cruz Assails Obama Anew Over Terrorism Fight

Reprising a familiar theme from his abandoned presidential campaign, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz convened a hearing Tuesday and repeatedly charged that the Obama administration is "willfully blind" to the root of terrorism in the United States.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton during a press conference announcing a lawsuit filed against the federal government over rules for transgender bathrooms in public schools.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton during a press conference announcing a lawsuit filed against the federal government over rules for transgender bathrooms in public schools.

Paxton Opinion Slams Schools' Transgender Policies

In an advisory opinion, Attorney General Ken Paxton says the Fort Worth school superintendent exceeded his authority — and may have run afoul of state law — by issuing a policy to accommodate transgender students.

Coastal properties in Galveston were the subject of a court decision that some say threatens the state's Open Beaches Act.
Coastal properties in Galveston were the subject of a court decision that some say threatens the state's Open Beaches Act.

New in TribTalk: "Flesh-Eating" Bacteria Scares Overblown

While the news stories and photos of people inflicted with Vibrio vulnificus are certainly chilling, the chance of infection is extraordinarily low, writes Larry McKinney of Texas A&M Corpus Christi's Harte Research Institute.

Cruz Assails Obama Anew Over Terrorism Fight

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz attended a Pennsylvania campaign kickoff event at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on April 19, 2016.
Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz attended a Pennsylvania campaign kickoff event at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on April 19, 2016.

Reprising a familiar theme from his abandoned presidential campaign, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz convened a hearing Tuesday and repeatedly charged that the Obama administration is "willfully blind" to the root of terrorism in the United States.

Paxton Opinion Slams Schools' Transgender Policies

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton during a press conference announcing a lawsuit filed against the federal government over rules for transgender bathrooms in public schools.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton during a press conference announcing a lawsuit filed against the federal government over rules for transgender bathrooms in public schools.

In an advisory opinion, Attorney General Ken Paxton says the Fort Worth school superintendent exceeded his authority — and may have run afoul of state law — by issuing a policy to accommodate transgender students.

New in TribTalk: "Flesh-Eating" Bacteria Scares Overblown

Coastal properties in Galveston were the subject of a court decision that some say threatens the state's Open Beaches Act.
Coastal properties in Galveston were the subject of a court decision that some say threatens the state's Open Beaches Act.

While the news stories and photos of people inflicted with Vibrio vulnificus are certainly chilling, the chance of infection is extraordinarily low, writes Larry McKinney of Texas A&M Corpus Christi's Harte Research Institute.

 

New in TribTalk: Whole Woman's Health on Supreme Court Ruling

Lara Chelian, center, and her mother, Renee Chelian, both abortion providers from Michigan, hold signs in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., as Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt is argued inside on March 2, 2016. The case is focused on the Texas law known as House Bill 2.
Lara Chelian, center, and her mother, Renee Chelian, both abortion providers from Michigan, hold signs in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., as Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt is argued inside on March 2, 2016. The case is focused on the Texas law known as House Bill 2.

The Supreme Court's decision to strike down key provisions of House Bill 2 doesn't eliminate the burdens women carry in trying to access legal abortion in Texas, but it does considerably lighten the load, writes Andrea Ferrigno, corporate vice president of Whole Woman’s Health.

Don't Expect Shuttered Texas Abortion Clinics to Reopen Soon

A hallway at the Whole Woman's Health clinic in Austin. The clinic, one of 22 remaining abortion providers in the state, does not currently meet requirements that will take effect on Sept. 1.
A hallway at the Whole Woman's Health clinic in Austin. The clinic, one of 22 remaining abortion providers in the state, does not currently meet requirements that will take effect on Sept. 1.

Though the U.S. Supreme Court overturned provisions in a Texas law that led to the shuttering of more than a dozen abortion clinics, providers say reopening those clinics will take time. 

UT Poll: Most Texas Voters Support Banning Muslims, Building Border Wall

Immigrants and activists participate in press conference and rally before the kick-off of a 37-mile march on Nov. 19, 2015, The march is designed to show their support for immigration reform. The marchers planned to walk for three days, from the federal immigration detention facility in Taylor to the Texas Governor's Mansion in downtown Austin.
Immigrants and activists participate in press conference and rally before the kick-off of a 37-mile march on Nov. 19, 2015, The march is designed to show their support for immigration reform. The marchers planned to walk for three days, from the federal immigration detention facility in Taylor to the Texas Governor's Mansion in downtown Austin.

A majority of Texas’ registered voters believe Muslims who are not U.S. citizens should be banned from entering the country, according to results of a University of Texas/Texas Politics Project Poll released Tuesday.

Analysis: Anti-Regulation Party in Texas Has a Strong Taste for Rules

An anti-abortion protester demonstrated outside the U.S. Supreme Court on June 27, 2016, before the court struck down two key provisions of a Texas abortion law.
An anti-abortion protester demonstrated outside the U.S. Supreme Court on June 27, 2016, before the court struck down two key provisions of a Texas abortion law.

Monday's Supreme Court ruling against two key provisions of the state's anti-abortion law was the latest setback for a band of Republicans who abhor regulatory constraints on business but who regularly try to control the behavior of individuals in Texas. 

A Border Rancher on the Art of Survival

Ruperto Escobar on his South Texas ranch along the Rio Grande, the international boundary between the United States and Mexico, in April 2016. For generations, smugglers have used his family's ranch to move people and product across the border, and Escobar doesn't see that changing anytime soon.
Ruperto Escobar on his South Texas ranch along the Rio Grande, the international boundary between the United States and Mexico, in April 2016. For generations, smugglers have used his family's ranch to move people and product across the border, and Escobar doesn't see that changing anytime soon.

For more than two centuries, the Escobar family has ranched along the Rio Grande. For almost as long, smugglers have moved people and product across their property. 

The Brief: Court Strikes Down Texas Abortion Restrictions

Lead plaintiff Amy Hagstrom-Miller, president and CEO of Whole Woman's Health, smiles as she arrives to speak outside the U.S. Supreme Court after the court handed a victory to abortion rights advocates, striking down a Texas law imposing strict regulations on abortion doctors and facilities in Washington on June 27, 2016.
Lead plaintiff Amy Hagstrom-Miller, president and CEO of Whole Woman's Health, smiles as she arrives to speak outside the U.S. Supreme Court after the court handed a victory to abortion rights advocates, striking down a Texas law imposing strict regulations on abortion doctors and facilities in Washington on June 27, 2016.

The U.S. Supreme Court delivered a victory to Texas abortion rights activists on Monday when it struck down two restrictions central to the state’s controversial 2013 abortion law.

Vindication For Wendy Davis and "Unruly Mob"

Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, during her filibuster of an abortion bill on June 25, 2013.
Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, during her filibuster of an abortion bill on June 25, 2013.

Almost three years to the day after Wendy Davis held the Texas Senate floor in a filibuster against abortion restrictions that galvanized reproductive rights activists, vindication came Monday in the form of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

UT Poll: Trump Leads Clinton by 8 in Texas

Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump will face off in the 2016 presidential election.
Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump will face off in the 2016 presidential election.

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump leads Democratic rival Hillary Clinton by 8 percentage points in Texas, according to a University of Texas/Texas Politics Project Poll released Monday.

 

A Closer Look at the Texas Twist in Fight Between Exxon, Virgin Islands

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton testifies how his faith is getting him through his recent legal woes during a speech to a gathering at the Republican Party of Texas gathering in Dallas May 14, 2016.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton testifies how his faith is getting him through his recent legal woes during a speech to a gathering at the Republican Party of Texas gathering in Dallas May 14, 2016.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is trying to intervene in an effort to thwart an investigation into whether Exxon Mobil misled investors about the risks of climate change. Here’s a guide to Paxton’s effort and how it fits into the much broader climate change battle in the United States.