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Parishioners attend a mass at Catedral de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe in Ciudad Juárez.
Parishioners attend a mass at Catedral de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe in Ciudad Juárez.

Did the Pope's Visit Help the Border? Depends Who You Ask.

Seven months after Pope Francis celebrated mass on the Texas-Mexico border, measuring the lasting effects of his visit is difficult. Complicating matters is an uptick in violence that has fueled concerns about whether another crime wave is on the way. 

Ken Starr, former chancellor and president of Baylor University, was interviewed by Texas Tribune CEO Evan Smith at The Texas Tribune Festival on Sept. 24, 2016.
Ken Starr, former chancellor and president of Baylor University, was interviewed by Texas Tribune CEO Evan Smith at The Texas Tribune Festival on Sept. 24, 2016.

Starr: Sexual Assault at Baylor Not "an Endemic Problem"

Former Baylor University President Ken Starr pushed back Saturday against the notion that the school — or its athletic department — has systemic problems with its handling of sexual assault allegations. 

 

Attorney General Ken Paxton and Solicitor General Scott Keller after oral arguments on the voter ID case before the U.S. 5th Circuit of Appeals in New Orleans on May 24, 2016.
Attorney General Ken Paxton and Solicitor General Scott Keller after oral arguments on the voter ID case before the U.S. 5th Circuit of Appeals in New Orleans on May 24, 2016.

Judge Orders Texas to Rewrite Voter ID Education Materials

Texas must issue new press releases and other materials in its voter education campaign. That comes after the federal government and other plaintiffs accused state officials of misleading voters about identification requirements.

Starr: Sexual Assault at Baylor Not "an Endemic Problem"

Ken Starr, former chancellor and president of Baylor University, was interviewed by Texas Tribune CEO Evan Smith at The Texas Tribune Festival on Sept. 24, 2016.
Ken Starr, former chancellor and president of Baylor University, was interviewed by Texas Tribune CEO Evan Smith at The Texas Tribune Festival on Sept. 24, 2016.

Former Baylor University President Ken Starr pushed back Saturday against the notion that the school — or its athletic department — has systemic problems with its handling of sexual assault allegations. 

 

Judge Orders Texas to Rewrite Voter ID Education Materials

Attorney General Ken Paxton and Solicitor General Scott Keller after oral arguments on the voter ID case before the U.S. 5th Circuit of Appeals in New Orleans on May 24, 2016.
Attorney General Ken Paxton and Solicitor General Scott Keller after oral arguments on the voter ID case before the U.S. 5th Circuit of Appeals in New Orleans on May 24, 2016.

Texas must issue new press releases and other materials in its voter education campaign. That comes after the federal government and other plaintiffs accused state officials of misleading voters about identification requirements.

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Hearings Will Address Criminal Justice Reforms in Sandra Bland's Name

Ayana Flewellen speaks to a large crowd assembled at The Texas Capitol for a candlelight vigil in remembrance of Sandra Bland on Thursday July 23, 2015.
Ayana Flewellen speaks to a large crowd assembled at The Texas Capitol for a candlelight vigil in remembrance of Sandra Bland on Thursday July 23, 2015.

Texas lawmakers will meet Tuesday to discuss the push for reforms in Texas jail standards, police training and care for mentally ill inmates in the wake of Sandra Bland's death in the Waller County Jail.

 

Senators Consider Texas Nominees for Long-Vacant Judicial Seats

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks during a U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., to consider five nominees to fill vacancies on federal courts in Texas. The hearing was Sept. 7, 2016.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks during a U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., to consider five nominees to fill vacancies on federal courts in Texas. The hearing was Sept. 7, 2016.

During a hearing of the U.S. Senate’s Judiciary Committee that convened to consider nominees for five federal district court seats in Texas, the candidates promised senators they would steer clear of becoming activist judges.   

In Ken Paxton Case, SEC Lawyers Face Skeptical Judge at Hearing

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton entered a federal courthouse in Sherman on Sept. 2, 2016. Paxton's lawyers argued in a hearing that the federal civil fraud case against him should be dismissed.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton entered a federal courthouse in Sherman on Sept. 2, 2016. Paxton's lawyers argued in a hearing that the federal civil fraud case against him should be dismissed.

A federal judge considering whether to dismiss the civil fraud case against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton suggested that the Securities and Exchange Commission was trying to fit a "square peg into a round hole," basing its case on precedents that do not back up their arguments.  

Texas-Born Mexican Politician Pledges to Work with Lone Star State Leaders

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller, right, hosts Tamaulipas Gov.-elect Francisco Garcia Cabeza de Vaca on Wednesday at the Texas Department of Agriculture’s office in Austin to discuss agriculture issues along the Texas/Tamaulipas border, economic development in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, immigration and border security.
Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller, right, hosts Tamaulipas Gov.-elect Francisco Garcia Cabeza de Vaca on Wednesday at the Texas Department of Agriculture’s office in Austin to discuss agriculture issues along the Texas/Tamaulipas border, economic development in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, immigration and border security.

During a trip to Austin Wednesday, Francisco Garcia Cabeza de Vaca, the governor-elect of Tamaulipas, got a head start on improving the relationship between Mexico and Texas.

Dan Patrick Again Targeting In-State Tuition For Undocumented Students

Former and current lawmakers gather at the Texas Capitol showing their support for HB 1403 which passed in 2001 ensuring that all Texas would have access to in-state college tuition regardless of immigration status.
Former and current lawmakers gather at the Texas Capitol showing their support for HB 1403 which passed in 2001 ensuring that all Texas would have access to in-state college tuition regardless of immigration status.

When Texas lawmakers meet next year, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is promising to again target a 2001 law that lets some undocumented immigrants pay in-state college tuition.

Keep Preteens Out of Juvenile System, Texas House Panel Told

Lauren Rose, director of Youth Justice Policy with Texans Care for Children, addresses the House Juvenile Justice and Family Issues Committee in Dallas, Texas on September 7, 2016.
Lauren Rose, director of Youth Justice Policy with Texans Care for Children, addresses the House Juvenile Justice and Family Issues Committee in Dallas, Texas on September 7, 2016.

Already facing calls to limit when teenagers are treated as adults in the criminal justice system, Texas lawmakers next year may also see legislation trying to keep preteens from being shunted into the juvenile justice system.