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  • Giving new life to old Texas courthouses

    They lay scattered across Texas like battered pearls from a broken strand.

  • Texas lawmakers mull more 'dark money' disclosure

    A top Texas House committee on Thursday re-examined a possible crackdown on anonymous donations from "dark money" political groups, defying Gov. Rick Perry, who has already vetoed a plan that would have subjected them to stricter disclosure laws.

  • File-In this file photo made  Monday, July 15, 2013, anti-abortion activist Teresa Steward of Desoto, Texas, stands on the curb sidewalk  holding a sign in front of city hall as an abortions rights rally gets underway, in Dallas. A federal appeals court on Thursday March 27, 2014, upheld Texas' tough new abortion restrictions that shuttered many of the abortions clinics in the state. A panel of judges at the New Orleans-based 5th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a lower court judge who said the rules violate the U.S. Constitution and served no medical purpose. In its opinion, the appeals court said the law "on its face does not impose an undue burden on the life and health of a woman." (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

    Court hands setback to Texas abortion law critics

    Dr. Lester Minto knows he won't be able to reopen his clinic after a federal appeals court upheld tough new abortion restrictions in Texas. But he insists he won't be silenced.

  • Expert: More money didn't close school funding gap

    A big boost in state money hasn't closed the nearly $1,300 gap in per-student funding between Texas school districts in rich and poor areas, an expert said Monday at the state's sweeping school finance trial.

  • Texas school finance case heads back to court

    Nearly a year after determining the system Texas uses to finance public education is unconstitutional, a state judge is set to hear new testimony beginning Tuesday on whether more money and fewer standardized tests have adequately improved the balance for students in rich and poor areas.

  • Lawmaker wants to unseat Straus as House speaker

    Tea party-backed first-term state Rep. Scott Turner says he wants to unseat fellow Republican Joe Straus as speaker of the Texas House, The Austin American Statesman reported Saturday.

  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: End Texas' minority-voter suppression

    The state of Texas has a long and painful history of voter discrimination and intimidation dating back to the Reconstruction era. In the 1860s, Texas Gov. James Throckmorton refused to ratify the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. By refusing to support the amendment, which granted citizenship and equal protection under the laws to black Americans, Throckmorton was ordered to be removed from office by the federal government.

  • Opponents of HB 2, an abortion bill, yell outside the Texas House after the bill is provisionally approved on July 9, 2013, in Austin, Texas. The bill would require doctors to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, only allow abortions in surgical centers, dictate when abortion pills are taken and ban abortions after 20 weeks. (Associated Press)

    Texas Legislature passes restrictive abortion law; courts next stop

    The Republican-led Texas Legislature has given final approval of a bill banning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, setting the stage for an epic legal and political fight over one of the nation's most restrictive abortion laws.

  • Texas Gov. Rick Perry delivers the state of the state address in the house chambers at the state capitol in Austin, Texas, on Jan. 29, 2013. (Associated Press)

    Gov. Perry proposes returning excess taxes to Texans

    In an issue not seen very often, Texas Gov. Rick Perry is calling to amend the state's constitution, allowing the government to return excess taxes back to the taxpayers.

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