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UT-Austin junior Rosie Zander displays a dildo as part of the Cocks Not Glocks protest of Texas' campus carry law on Aug. 23, 2016.
UT-Austin junior Rosie Zander displays a dildo as part of the Cocks Not Glocks protest of Texas' campus carry law on Aug. 23, 2016.

Show Us What Campus Carry Looks Like at Your College

When Texas college students resume classes on Wednesday, the state's campus carry law will be in effect. The Texas Tribune wants to see what your college campus looks like now that authorized students can openly carry guns. Are there any visible changes? Or is it business as usual?

Pascale Bos, an associate professor at UT Austin, walks over desks after pinning up a "Books not bullets" sign at a peace and wellness workshop organized by Gun-Free UT and held in a UT Austin classroom on Aug. 1, 2016, the day Texas' "campus carry" law went into effect and the 50th anniversary of the mass shooting that occurred on the UT campus.
Pascale Bos, an associate professor at UT Austin, walks over desks after pinning up a "Books not bullets" sign at a peace and wellness workshop organized by Gun-Free UT and held in a UT Austin classroom on Aug. 1, 2016, the day Texas' "campus carry" law went into effect and the 50th anniversary of the mass shooting that occurred on the UT campus.

Judge Denies UT-Austin Professors' Attempt to Block Campus Carry

A federal judge has denied three University of Texas at Austin professors’ initial attempt to keep guns out of their classrooms under the state’s campus carry law.

Judge Denies UT-Austin Professors' Attempt to Block Campus Carry

Pascale Bos, an associate professor at UT Austin, walks over desks after pinning up a "Books not bullets" sign at a peace and wellness workshop organized by Gun-Free UT and held in a UT Austin classroom on Aug. 1, 2016, the day Texas' "campus carry" law went into effect and the 50th anniversary of the mass shooting that occurred on the UT campus.
Pascale Bos, an associate professor at UT Austin, walks over desks after pinning up a "Books not bullets" sign at a peace and wellness workshop organized by Gun-Free UT and held in a UT Austin classroom on Aug. 1, 2016, the day Texas' "campus carry" law went into effect and the 50th anniversary of the mass shooting that occurred on the UT campus.

A federal judge has denied three University of Texas at Austin professors’ initial attempt to keep guns out of their classrooms under the state’s campus carry law.

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Texas Leaders Mum on Trump's Plan to Enlist Election Observers

Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks at the final session of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio on July 21, 2016.
Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks at the final session of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio on July 21, 2016.

Despite their concerns about voting integrity, Texas officials are so far silent about a possible fleet of partisan election observers Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is urging to the polls.

DACA Gave Thousands of Undocumented Texans Hope. Will it Survive?

Immigrants and activists participate in press conference and rally on Nov. 19, 2015, before a 37-mile march to show support for immigration reform. The marchers planned to walk for three days, from the federal immigration detention facility in Taylor to the Texas Governor's Mansion in downtown Austin.
Immigrants and activists participate in press conference and rally on Nov. 19, 2015, before a 37-mile march to show support for immigration reform. The marchers planned to walk for three days, from the federal immigration detention facility in Taylor to the Texas Governor's Mansion in downtown Austin.

Undocumented immigrants in Texas are taking a glass-half-full approach as a 2012 initiative that has benefited hundreds of thousands of immigrants marks its four-year anniversary. But will that optimism last after the November election?

From Michael Morton's Wrongful Conviction to Exoneration (Timeline)

Michael Morton was released on a personal bond in October 2011 after spending nearly 25 years in prison for murdering his wife. DNA evidence ruled him out as Christine Morton's killer.
Michael Morton was released on a personal bond in October 2011 after spending nearly 25 years in prison for murdering his wife. DNA evidence ruled him out as Christine Morton's killer.

In the 30 years since Christine Morton was murdered, her husband Michael Morton has been wrongfully convicted of killing her and fought for sweeping changes to state law. Look back at his case and the developments since his release. 

How Michael Morton’s Wrongful Conviction Has Brought Others Justice

Michael Morton stands for his February 1987 mugshot (left) and a portrait 25 years later, taken at the Williamson County Courthouse on Feb. 6, 2013.
Michael Morton stands for his February 1987 mugshot (left) and a portrait 25 years later, taken at the Williamson County Courthouse on Feb. 6, 2013.

Thirty years ago, a Williamson County murder set in motion a shoddy prosecution that led to the wrongful conviction of Michael Morton. It's a miscarriage in justice that's still felt in the state's criminal cases.

 

Texas Seeks Temporary Block of Rules for Transgender Students

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton holds a press conference on June 9, 2016 in front of the U.S. Supreme Court to discuss the filing of a lawsuit against the state of Delaware
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton holds a press conference on June 9, 2016 in front of the U.S. Supreme Court to discuss the filing of a lawsuit against the state of Delaware

The legal distinction between gender identity and sex will be central as Texas on Friday tries to block the Obama administration's order that public schools accommodate transgender students.

Prison Guard's Convicted Killer Wins Another Execution Stay

Robert Pruett, 33, was sentenced to death in 2002 for the murder of correctional officer Daniel Nagle. Pruett says he was framed by corrupt guards and inmates while the prison employee union says chronic understaffing led to Nagle's murder.
Robert Pruett, 33, was sentenced to death in 2002 for the murder of correctional officer Daniel Nagle. Pruett says he was framed by corrupt guards and inmates while the prison employee union says chronic understaffing led to Nagle's murder.

Robert Lynn Pruett, convicted in the 1999 stabbing death of a state correctional officer, has won another stay of execution from a Court of Criminal Appeals judge. His lethal injection was set for August 23.

Starbucks in Havana? Close, But No Cigar

Yasmanny Alcantara, 20, sits in front of a mural near the home of Cuban artist Jose Fuster.
Yasmanny Alcantara, 20, sits in front of a mural near the home of Cuban artist Jose Fuster.

After more than 50 years of tension, normalizing relations between the United States and Cuba is going to take a while, and businesses eager to trade with the island nation best be patient, officials say.

Paxton Opinion Blesses Courtroom Prayers, Chaplain Program

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton testifies how his faith is getting him through his recent legal woes during a speech to a gathering at the Republican Party of Texas gathering in Dallas May 14, 2016.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton testifies how his faith is getting him through his recent legal woes during a speech to a gathering at the Republican Party of Texas gathering in Dallas May 14, 2016.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued a legal opinion Monday supporting a Montgomery County courtroom chaplaincy program — and the use of prayer to open legal proceedings.