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Ex-Border Patrol agent Joel Luna confers with attorney Carlos Garcia after his arraignment in Brownsville before Judge Benjamin Euresti on Feb. 3, 2016.
Ex-Border Patrol agent Joel Luna confers with attorney Carlos Garcia after his arraignment in Brownsville before Judge Benjamin Euresti on Feb. 3, 2016.

Border Patrol agent's trial begins in headless body murder case

The capital murder case began with the discovery of a headless body floating in the waters off South Padre Island. Now, nearly two years later, the trial of two of the men prosecutors charged in the case — a U.S. Border Patrol agent and his Mexican-born brother — begins in South Texas.

An unseasonably warm winter afternoon drew people to the fountains in Fort Worth's Sundance Square in December 2016.
An unseasonably warm winter afternoon drew people to the fountains in Fort Worth's Sundance Square in December 2016.

Can Texas Republicans hold America’s reddest large urban county?

Home to Fort Worth, Tarrant County continues to buck a national trend of big-city counties turning blue. There's no simple answer as to what makes it different. And little consensus on what it means for the future of Texas politics.

Can Texas Republicans hold America’s reddest large urban county?

An unseasonably warm winter afternoon drew people to the fountains in Fort Worth's Sundance Square in December 2016.
An unseasonably warm winter afternoon drew people to the fountains in Fort Worth's Sundance Square in December 2016.

Home to Fort Worth, Tarrant County continues to buck a national trend of big-city counties turning blue. There's no simple answer as to what makes it different. And little consensus on what it means for the future of Texas politics.

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Here’s what the Texas bathroom bill means in plain English

The Brief: Who will pay for criminal justice reform in Texas?

Rep. Garnet Coleman D-Houston questions Texas DPS Director Steve McCraw during a September 20, 2016 House County Affairs committee hearing
Rep. Garnet Coleman D-Houston questions Texas DPS Director Steve McCraw during a September 20, 2016 House County Affairs committee hearing

A big question remains for lawmakers as they start the session: If the state is going to reform how county jails address mental health, who is going to pay for those changes in a tight budget year? 

Race in Education in Texas (video)

Check out full video from our conversation on race and education at the Texas Tribune symposium on race. Panelists include former Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams, Congressman Joaquin Castro, Paul Quinn College President Michael Sorrell and San Antonio ISD Assistant Superintendent Olivia Hernandez.

Ted Cruz urges Texas Legislature to focus on school choice

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz talks with Sen. John Cornyn and Brooke Rollins, president and CEO of the Texas Public Policy Foundation, during a TPPF Orientation conference on January 13, 2017 at the Sheraton Hotel in Austin.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz talks with Sen. John Cornyn and Brooke Rollins, president and CEO of the Texas Public Policy Foundation, during a TPPF Orientation conference on January 13, 2017 at the Sheraton Hotel in Austin.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz urged state lawmakers Friday to take on school choice this session, adding his voice to what is likely to be a tough battle for education reformers under the Pink Dome. 

Lockheed Martin CEO meets with Trump, announces 1,800 more jobs coming to Fort Worth

Lockheed Martin CEO Marillyn Hewson leaves after a meeting with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida on December 21, 2016.
Lockheed Martin CEO Marillyn Hewson leaves after a meeting with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida on December 21, 2016.

Lockheed Martin CEO Marillyn Hewson emerged from a meeting with President-elect Donald Trump on Friday promising to add 1,800 jobs at its Fort Worth facility and reduce the cost of its signature fighter plane, the F-35.

Ken Paxton's lawyers fight SEC's efforts to subpoena 15 others in fraud investigation

AG Paxton is joined by Sen. Joan Huffman R-Houston and Rep. Senfronia Thompson D-Houston at a press conference to recognize January as Human Trafficking Awareness Month on January 12, 2017.
AG Paxton is joined by Sen. Joan Huffman R-Houston and Rep. Senfronia Thompson D-Houston at a press conference to recognize January as Human Trafficking Awareness Month on January 12, 2017.

Lawyers for Attorney General Ken Paxton argue the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is scrambling to save its civil securities fraud case against him. Paxton is headed to trial in May on similar criminal charges at the state level.

Analysis: When watching lawmakers, think of the high school cafeteria

With less than a week before lawmakers convene, preparations are underway to welcome members of the state House of Representatives for the 85th session of the Texas Legislature.
With less than a week before lawmakers convene, preparations are underway to welcome members of the state House of Representatives for the 85th session of the Texas Legislature.

Not everything is stuck in silos, but following particular groups is a way to cut through the sheer volume of good and bad ideas that steam up the Texas government’s windows every two years.

Six years later, fight over anti-sanctuary cities bill has changed

Protesters hold signs reading "No Arizona Hate in Texas" — a reference to a recently passed law in that state — during a 2011 demonstration against "sanctuary city" legislation in Austin.
Protesters hold signs reading "No Arizona Hate in Texas" — a reference to a recently passed law in that state — during a 2011 demonstration against "sanctuary city" legislation in Austin.

Bills targeting "sanctuary cities" failed to pass the Texas Legislature in 2011 and 2015, but similar efforts this session have better chances of making it to Gov. Greg Abbott's desk.

Houston police chief urges better mental health care for officers

(L-R) State Rep. Eric Johnson, D-Dallas, Jefferson County Sheriff Zena Stephens, Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez and newly appointed Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo discuss race and policing at The Texas Tribune's Symposium on Race and Public Policy at Huston-Tillotson University in Austin on January 14, 2017.
(L-R) State Rep. Eric Johnson, D-Dallas, Jefferson County Sheriff Zena Stephens, Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez and newly appointed Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo discuss race and policing at The Texas Tribune's Symposium on Race and Public Policy at Huston-Tillotson University in Austin on January 14, 2017.

Art Acevedo, the newly hired head of the police force in Texas' largest city, acknowledged at a Tribune symposium on Saturday the difficulty of finding new funding for the effort but argued for its importance.

Race in Policing in Texas (video)

Check out full video from our conversation on race and policing at the Texas Tribune symposium on race. Panelists include Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo, Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez, Jefferson County Sheriff Zena Stephens and Dallas State Rep. Eric Johnson.