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The Rise and Fall of Rick Perry's Presidential Bid

Greg Abbott: Convention of states to amend Constitution still needed under Trump

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott speaks to the Convention of States gathering at the Texas Capitol on Dec. 6, 2016
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott speaks to the Convention of States gathering at the Texas Capitol on Dec. 6, 2016

Gov. Greg Abbott squared the new political reality Tuesday with his long-standing crusade to amend the U.S. Constitution by arguing President-elect Donald Trump "epitomizes exactly why we need a convention of states."

A&M Researchers Unveil Freight Delivery Without Trucks

Texas A&M University unveils  Autonomous Freight Shuttle System on September 9, 2016.
Texas A&M University unveils Autonomous Freight Shuttle System on September 9, 2016.

Back in 1998, the federal government asked the Texas A&M Transportation Institute to find a way of moving freight without trucks on highways. Eighteen years later, the researchers debuted their prototype on Friday.

Senate panel proposes $75.3 million to start fixing Child Protective Services

Hank Whitman, former head of the Texas Rangers and new chief of the Texas Dept. of Family and Protective Services, speaks to a guest at the House Committee on Human Services meeting July 12, 2016 prior to his plans for the troubled agency's future.
Hank Whitman, former head of the Texas Rangers and new chief of the Texas Dept. of Family and Protective Services, speaks to a guest at the House Committee on Human Services meeting July 12, 2016 prior to his plans for the troubled agency's future.

A workgroup of the Texas Senate Finance Committee was willing to give Child Protective Services caseworkers $12,000 raises but balked at hiring all the new workers Commissioner Hank Whitman requested.

Texas Republicans want to narrow scope of same-sex marriage ruling

Couples embrace at the conclusion of the "Big Gay Wedding" ceremony on the south lawn of the Texas Capitol on July 4 after the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in June.
Couples embrace at the conclusion of the "Big Gay Wedding" ceremony on the south lawn of the Texas Capitol on July 4 after the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in June.

Texas Republicans are asking the state Supreme Court to reconsider a case about benefits in what appears to be an attempt to narrow the scope of the landmark ruling that legalized same-sex marriage. 

Analysis: In Texas, Lawmakers Regulate Their Own Regulators

State Sens. Brian Birdwell, R-Granbury, and Troy Fraser, R-Horseshoe Bay, listen to testimony at a Senate Committee on State Affairs hearing reviewing current ethics laws governing public officials and employees on Oct, 5, 2016.
State Sens. Brian Birdwell, R-Granbury, and Troy Fraser, R-Horseshoe Bay, listen to testimony at a Senate Committee on State Affairs hearing reviewing current ethics laws governing public officials and employees on Oct, 5, 2016.

The Texas Ethics Commission regulates legislators. Legislators control the commission's laws and budget. It's a complicated relationship.

Abbott Expresses Caution on High-Speed Rail

Gov. Greg Abbott mingles with the crowd before speaking at a luncheon Thursday for the Waco Chamber of Commerce. In his remarks, Abbott expressed caution about high-speed rail in Texas.
Gov. Greg Abbott mingles with the crowd before speaking at a luncheon Thursday for the Waco Chamber of Commerce. In his remarks, Abbott expressed caution about high-speed rail in Texas.

Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday expressed caution about high-speed rail in Texas, warning that any investment in transportation must not be a "money-losing proposition."