joined the Tribune staff as the multimedia reporter after working eight years in television and radio news. She's covered politics for stations in Florida, Kansas and most recently in Austin as YNN's lead political reporter. Her work at the cable news outlet took her around the country reporting from the presidential campaign trail. A native of Tampa, Florida, Alana received bachelor's degrees in Journalism and Spanish from the University of Florida.
In the Texas Political Roundup: Both the House and Senate budget plans have zeroed out the funding for Governor Greg Abbott’s early education grant program. Plus, the “bathroom bill” advances in the Senate. And one lawmaker files a bill that would penalize men for masturbating.
The state’s top leaders have vowed to address the woeful shortcomings of the child welfare system. State lawmakers know that even in a tight budget cycle, they're going to have to spend money to address the problems.
A new bill would mandate that people use bathrooms in public schools, government buildings and public universities based on “biological sex.” A business group and families with transgender members are working to oppose it.
A year and a half after Sandra Bland was found dead in the Waller County Jail, Texas lawmakers are expected to consider new jail reforms. But rural sheriffs worry the state’s tight budget situation could result in unfunded mandates.
News of a possible wind farm development near a northwest Texas Air Force base has raised concerns about protecting military properties from outside development. Related legislation is poised to be a part of this legislative session.
Texas is one of about a dozen states without uniform ride-hailing standards. That could change after the 85th Legislative Session. This is part of our "State of Mind" video series looking at community concerns coming to the Capitol.
In 2015, state lawmakers approved $800 million for border security efforts. But the election of Donald Trump as president has some Republican lawmakers thinking there will be a change in spending plans this session.
In the Roundup: Lawmakers begin filing bills ahead of the 85th Legislature, Ted Cruz and President-elect Donald Trump reunite in New York and the State Board of Education rejects a new social studies book.
President-elect Donald Trump easily won Texas’ 38 electoral votes Tuesday on his way to a stunning victory over Hillary Clinton. Here's a look at five takeaways from his victory, from a Texas perspective.
In the Roundup: A state official uses an obscene term to refer to the Democratic presidential nominee, a Texas GOP congressman says Clinton could face impeachment if elected and millions of voters in the Lone Star State cast a ballot early.
In the Roundup: Donald Trump gave the American public a cliffhanger, Democrat Hillary Clinton buys airtime in reliably red Texas, and down-ballot candidates monitor the impact of having Trump at the top of the ticket.
In the Roundup: Donald Trump fundraises in Texas amid a week of rough headlines; at least one GOP leader from the Lone Star State stumbles defending the party’s presidential nominee; and Ted Cruz confirms Trump’s still getting his vote.