Latest Texas state government News

Migrant-death suspect ran detention center accused of abuse

Oct. 01, 2022 18:20 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — One of two Texas brothers who authorities say opened fire on a group of migrants getting water near the U.S.-Mexico border, killing one and injuring another, was warden at a detention facility with a history of abuse allegations. The shooting happened Tuesday...

Uvalde shooting, border dominate only Texas governor debate

Sep. 30, 2022 23:03 PM EDT

EDINBURG, Texas (AP) — Republican Gov. Greg Abbott said Friday night that Texas would send busloads of migrants who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border to more cities and Democrat challenger Beto O’Rourke pledged tighter gun laws as parents whose children were killed in the Uvalde school shooting...

Dysfunction in Texas AG’s office as Paxton seeks third term

Sep. 30, 2022 11:04 AM EDT

GATESVILLE, Texas (AP) — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s staff this month quietly dropped a series of human trafficking and child sexual assault cases after losing track of one of the victims, a stumble in open court emblematic of broader dysfunction inside one of America’s most prominent...

High stakes for O'Rourke in Texas governor's debate Friday

Sep. 29, 2022 17:29 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Beto O'Rourke spent his 50th birthday this week behind the wheel of his pickup in Texas, fast approaching a big moment in his uphill climb for governor. While a road trip through college campuses showed how the Democrat continues to draw big crowds — a photo...

Suspect arrested for damaging Texas State Capitol grounds

Sep. 29, 2022 16:26 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A suspect has been arrested for driving erratically through the Texas State Capitol grounds, leaving a trail of damage, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. Photos taken by The Associated Press Thursday morning show a broken perimeter fence,...

DA: Death row inmate should get new trial over judge's bias

Sep. 28, 2022 13:59 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A Jewish death row inmate who was part of a gang of prisoners who fatally shot a police officer in 2000 after they had escaped is one step closer to getting a new trial after prosecutors agreed with defense claims that the judge who presided over his case held antisemitic views. ...

Records: Texas attorney general fled home to avoid subpoena

Sep. 27, 2022 18:40 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton ran out of his house and jumped into a truck driven by his wife, a state senator, to avoid being served a subpoena to testify Tuesday in an abortion access case, according to court documents. A process server wrote in an affidavit...

Editorial Roundup: Texas

Sep. 26, 2022 12:01 PM EDT

Dallas Morning News. September 25, 2022. Editorial: Fatal I-35W crash: Did TxDot ignore previous federal safety recommendations? Pileup has eerie similarities to deadly prison bus accident 7 years ago Who could forget the videos of the horrific...

Texas vow to 'eliminate all rapists' rings hollow at clinics

Sep. 25, 2022 12:08 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — When Texas' new abortion law made no exceptions in cases of rape, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott defended it with an assurance: Texas would get to work eliminating rapes. One year later, Lindsey LeBlanc is busy as ever helping rape victims in a college town...

California governor urges overhaul of Democrats' strategy

Sep. 24, 2022 20:33 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom called for an overhaul of Democrats' political strategy on Saturday, saying the party is “getting crushed” by Republicans in part because they are too timid, often forced to play defense while Republicans “dominate with illusion.” ...