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When Molly White takes office in January, she will immediately be one of the Texas House’s most conservative members. But to a degree unique among her new colleagues, ending abortion is White’s personal and political passion.

Texas Republicans appear to be universally outraged by President Obama’s executive order affecting millions of undocumented immigrants, but are far from united on using their own power to police unauthorized workers and the employers who hire them.

A state lawsuit challenging President Obama’s executive order shielding as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation could come from Texas in the next two weeks, Gov.-elect Greg Abbott says.

After delays and bickering over who should pay for security measures, a new rail line connecting Mexico and the Rio Grande Valley is expected to open in February.

This week in the Roundup: House lawmakers prepare for a contested speaker’s race, some legislators face election before the next session convenes and Gov.-elect Greg Abbott vows to challenge President Obama’s executive order on immigration.

College students foiled the will of permanent residents in Denton's vote to ban hydraulic fracking, the losing side maintains. The Tribune crunched the numbers.

With the support of 80 percent of Texas voters, Proposition 1 is expected to add billions to the state highway fund without raising taxes or fees. For lawmakers, state officials and local stakeholders, now the real work begins.

Republicans didn't just win their statewide elections earlier this month — they won in ways that only become apparent when you dig into the numbers. In many counties, the Democrats could not attract more than one voter in five.

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