In the final days of President Donald Trump’s tenure, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services agreed Friday to extend for 10 years Texas’ health care safety net for uninsured residents.
A Carthage man is accused of being a part of the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, with federal authorities saying he and a Longview man forced their way into the U.S. Capitol in an attempt to disrupt and impede Congress’s certification of the 2020 presidential election.
The state’s economic recovery is tied to the rollout of the coronavirus vaccine and how comfortable Texans feel with it, Comptroller Glenn Hegar said Thursday in a wide-ranging interview with Texas Tribune Executive Editor Ross Ramsey.
Bills that would protect students’ privacy, recognize schools’ success with vocational programs and create an office to investigate state education wrongdoing and fraud have been put forth by East Texas legislators.
One month after the first shipments of COVID-19 vaccines arrived in the state, Texas has become the first in the nation to administer 1 million doses, Gov. Greg Abbott said Thursday. The milestone comes as intensive care beds are dwindling across the state and as experts predict daily corona…
Texas lawmakers will enter the legislative session this week with an estimated $112.5 billion available to allocate for general-purpose spending in the next two-year state budget, a number that’s down slightly from the current budget but is significantly higher than what was estimated this s…
Presumptive Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan on Monday detailed what legislating during the coronavirus pandemic may look like this year and how lawmakers plan to balance their agendas with the ongoing public health crisis, saying “we’re gonna take it a day at a time, a week at a time, a mont…
The 87th session of the Texas Legislature opened Tuesday with COVID-19 encompassing every aspect of what the lawmakers do, according to new House Speaker Dade Phelan.
More than 877,000 Texans have received a COVID-19 vaccine since they first began arriving in Texas nearly four weeks ago, and that number is expected to increase by at least 50,000 more per day, Gov. Greg Abbott said Monday.
East Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert was told to hide under his chair as a mob stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday as Congress met to certify President-Elect Joe Biden’s win and the results of the Electoral College.
All Texas senators attending the opening day of the 2021 legislative session will be tested for the coronavirus, and media and public access to the chamber will be limited, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick announced Monday morning.
Texas is once again shaking up its standardized testing contracts, signing four-year agreements totaling $388 million with two companies to develop and administer its controversial State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness exams for public school students.
State Rep. Chris Paddie, R-Marshall, says there are two pressing issues that state lawmakers will be facing in January when the legislative re-convenes for another session: the budget and redistricting.
With less than three weeks until the Texas Legislature meets, uncertainty is lingering as state leaders have yet to flesh out their agendas and lawmakers scramble to figure out how to safely convene during the coronavirus pandemic.
AUSTIN — Start the new year in nature with a First Day Hike at a Texas State Park. This New Year’s Day, walk, bike or paddle your way into 2021 on a First Day Hike at 89 Texas State Parks.
Gov. Greg Abbott and other Texas leaders are rolling up their sleeves to get the COVID-19 vaccine and to encourage the public to follow suit.
The COVID-19 hospitalization rate for the region that includes Panola County remained above 15 percent of total hospital capacity Thursday for the 10th consecutive day at 17.43 percent.
Many Americans and businesses could be receiving a financial boost in the coming days, thanks to a last minute Congressional scramble to pass a $900 billion relief bill intended to address economic hardships inflicted by COVID-19 pandemic.
When the Texas Legislature convenes Jan. 12, a key question is how the public will have access to their lawmakers during the pandemic.
With only two weeks before the funding expires, Texas’ state government still hasn’t spent about a quarter of the $8 billion it received from the federal coronavirus relief bill.
The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear a lawsuit filed by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton challenging the results of the presidential election.
The Texas Independent Producers & Royalty Owners Association (TIPRO) on Thursday published the latest installment of its “Texas Oil & Natural Gas Industry Hiring and Workforce Trends Report.”
Texas must ramp up efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus as the state experiences a “full resurgence” of COVID-19 infections, according to White House guidelines.
The Texas Enterprise Fund took a hit for lack of transparency in a new research paper from the National Freedom of Information Coalition.
mLife Diagnostics LLC of Marshall announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted Emergency Use Authorization, or EUA, for the mLife True saliva COVID-19 collection kit for testing at Express Gene Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory of Miami, Florida.
Texans still won’t be able to purchase liquor at Walmart, after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a bid by the retail giant that would have allowed the booze to be sold at stores in the state.
Health care workers will be the first people in Texas to receive a COVID-19 vaccine once one receives emergency approval from the U.S. government, and on Monday a state panel of vaccine experts and politicians revealed which workers in the health field will receive top priority.
The Texas unemployment rate dropped to 6.9 percent in October, the U.S. Labor Department said Friday, an improvement from the state’s September rate of 8.3 percent as a new wave of coronavirus infections this month could further threaten the economic recovery.
Rural Texans have a lot to say about the lack of broadband service in their communities. Since we covered the topic earlier this month, many readers have emailed to share their stories and pleas for help.
Republican State Rep. Jay Dean of Longview is among a bipartisan group of 68 House lawmakers asking the Texas Education Agency to cancel the STAAR exam or at minimum not use student scores to rate schools or districts this year.
Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday touted the arrival of a new antibody treatment as progress in Texas’ fight against the coronavirus, while again ruling out any new statewide business restrictions as the state experiences alarming growth in cases and hospitalizations.
Texas topped 1 million COVID-19 cases as some counties re-imposed restrictions that had been loosened after this summer’s spike.
Key justices on the U.S. Supreme Court seemed skeptical Tuesday morning of Texas’ argument that if one key provision of the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional, the entirety of the sprawling health law must fall.
Democrats are gaining one seat on the Republican-dominated State Board of Education, while Republicans held on in the other races that Democrats had hoped to flip in the 2020 general election.
Ahead of January’s legislative session, East Texas legislators are talking concerns from superintendents about keeping previously granted House Bill 3 funding as well as state accountability ratings.
State Rep. Chris Paddie, R-Marshall, is one of the first two Republicans to declare candidacies for speaker of the Texas House — and the other is from Lufkin.
Last year, there were more than 205,000 crashes in counties defined as the Texas Energy Sector by the Texas Railroad Commission, which includes large portions of West Texas, South Texas and even extends into metropolitan areas like Dallas, Fort Worth and El Paso.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office has sidelined four of the seven senior aides who weeks ago told law enforcement they believed Paxton had committed bribery and abuse of office — firing two and placing two more on leave — in what employment attorneys say looks like a clear act of re…
The unusually large voter turnout in Texas has persisted through the first 10 days of the early voting period, leading experts to predict that the state could reach overall turnout levels unseen so far this century.
The Texas unemployment rate rose to 8.3 percent in September, the Texas Workforce Commission said last week, surpassing the national unemployment rate of 7.9 percent and returning the state to the unemployment levels of the Great Recession.
WASHINGTON — Climate change and the future of the oil and gas industry were key topics at the final debate between Republican incumbent President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.
Cases of COVID-19 in parts of Texas surged to near catastrophic levels this summer as some hospitals were forced to put beds in hallways, intensive care units exceeded capacity and health officials struggled to stem the tide of the virus.