• Year in Review: Environment

    The drought dominated environmental headlines in Texas this year, along with rising concerns about the consequences of fracking and, as always, growing disputes between Texas and the feds. 

  • Year in Review: Energy

    Oil and gas production, pipelines, the Railroad Commission and questions about Texas’ energy grid all grabbed headlines in 2013. Here's a look back at the year's biggest energy stories.


  • Year in Review: Health and Human Services

    Texas' health care system underwent big changes in 2013 between the rollout of the Affordable Care Act and the abortion restrictions that passed in the 83rd legislative session.

  • Year in Review: The TribLive Interviews

    Every year we're fortunate to grill, for 30 minutes at a time, the most powerful elected and appointed officials in Texas as part of our regular TribLive conversation series at The Austin Club. We had especially provocative and interesting guests in 2013. Here are 10 must-watch clips from the many interviews we conducted.

  • Year in Review: Transportation

    For transportation advocates in Texas, concerns over a lack of funding overwhelmed all other issues in 2013. Lawmakers ultimately approved a partial solution that voters will be asked to approve in 2014.

  • Year in Review: Criminal Justice

    Fallout from the high-profile Michael Morton exoneration along with more prison closures and growing concerns about the mentally ill in Texas prisons dominated criminal justice headlines in 2013.


  • Year in Review: Public Education

    A new direction for standardized testing and high school curriculum, expansion for charter schools, No Child Left Behind jettisoned and the aftermath of a cheating scandal: Let's just say 2013 was a significant year for Texas public education policy.

  • Year in Review: The Border and Immigration

    Advocates for immigration reform hoped 2013 was the year they'd get a comprehensive overhaul of the country’s immigration system. But lawmakers left D.C. without passing a measure. On the border, a new mayor took the helm of Ciudad Juárez, where murders have dropped but the aftershocks of the drug war are still strong. 

  • TribYear: The Top Texas News From 2013

    A sampling of our coverage in 2013, from our Bidness as Usual series to the Wendy Davis filibuster and Ted Cruz's fauxlibuster, water fights to death row, health care to electoral and legislative politics, and a month full of ways the Texas Legislature changed our civic life.

  • Year in Review: Higher Education

    In 2013, for the third straight year, the Texas higher education story that bogarted the limelight was the ongoing tension swirling around the University of Texas System. But there are reasons to believe that won't be the case in 2014.

  • Year in Review: Politics

    2013 wasn't supposed to be a very political year, but in this very political state, it became one. Rick Perry got out, others piled in, two new stars grabbed the microphone and jumped into the political spotlight, the Republicans started a contentious bunch of primary races and the Democrats began showing signs of political life.