State officials announced Thursday that the Texas Lottery for the first time topped the $5 billion mark in scratch-off and lottery drawing tickets during the 2016 fiscal year — and put a record $1.39 billion into state coffers.
A federal judge who retired in mid-September near the end of a year’s suspension for sexual misconduct apparently beat any further rap by leaving the bench. A judicial panel looking into new allegations dropped its probe because he is no longer a judge.
Mother Nature hasn’t been kind to the Lone Star State this year. Damage from hailstorms produced $5.5 billion in insured losses to homes and automobiles in the first half of the year, the Insurance Council of Texas reported Thursday.
Past meetings have focused on capping the tax levies, but residents Thursday stressed the uphill battle they face when contesting their property assessments.
In the effort to slow climate change, the capital of the fossil fuel economy seems the last place where advocates would seek support. But the Citizens' Climate Lobby is making Houston and its deeply red suburbs a key target in its drive to cut the carbon emissions.
Noble Energy has warned employees that it's planning additional job cuts as part of the Houston oil company's efforts to "streamline" exploration operations and focus on its highest-performing oil fields.
Harris County Sheriff's Office executives have been in talks with officials 170 miles north of Houston about possibly transferring 17-year-old inmates to a vacant Limestone County lockup to separate them from adults as required by the federal Prison Rape Elimination Act.
As the number of people requesting background checks to buy firearms is at an all-time high, the number of people charged with lying on the form about themselves to buy guns has dropped significantly over the past dozen years, concludes a review of the Department of Justice.
The area is of such importance to wildlife that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking to protect 70,000 acres there and has recently joined forces with The Nature Conservancy to accomplish that goal.
When he arrived to honor the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic delegations, President Barack Obama decided to skip the cartwheels.
State legislators said Thursday that they have Dallas officials' backs as they try to save the city's police and fire pension system.
Texas has joined three other states in taking legal action to stop the federal government from relinquishing oversight of an international group that maintains naming standards for the Internet.
Nearly 1,200 immigrants packed into the Delco Center in Northeast Austin on Thursday to become naturalized American citizens.
An Austin police officer who resigned just as he was set to appear at a disciplinary hearing in connection with an officer-involved shooting in March will not face any criminal charges for the incident, a grand jury decided Thursday.
Since President Nixon declared the official “War on Cancer” in 1971 by then president Richard Nixon, the nation has made great strides in understanding and fighting the various forms of the disease.
A crowd of elementary students equipped with blue foam hands with the words “Celebrating our propane buses“ erupted into cheers as Jenna Bush Hager, NBC News correspondent and daughter of former President George W. Bush, entered the J.B. Passmore Elementary School outdoor patio Thursday morning.
Texas ninth-graders would be taught how to properly interact with police when they are stopped for traffic violations or if they are detained under a proposal announced Thursday by an influential state senator.
Ted Cruz wants to be a senator again.
Texas Sen. John Cornyn is circumspect when asked to review Donald Trump’s performance against Hillary Clinton in this week’s presidential debate.
In a Facebook post early Thursday morning, state Rep. Dawnna Dukes made her first public statement since announcing her retirement on Monday, reiterating that medical issues are the reason she is ending her 22-year political career.
The shape of Texas is the Rorschach test deep in the heart of the Texas psyche: the singular, curiously drawn image that somehow encapsulates, with a few right angles and big bends, a state of 27 million people.
The Texas Republican, four months after withdrawing from the Republican presidential primary, has spent the past few weeks with his head down going about his work — relatively quietly, at least, by the standard he set in his first three years in the Senate.
GOP Reps. Tim Murphy and Michael Burgess helped resuscitate a man in the Rayburn House office building this afternoon after he was found on the floor of an elevator unconscious and not breathing.
The House and Senate passed a stopgap spending bill Wednesday to prevent a government shutdown this weekend and provide more than $1.1 billion to combat the Zika virus -- ending a 233-day stalemate over how to fund the public health crisis.