Latest Texas State Legislature News

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate MJ Hegar heads to an early polling site after talking with the media, Thursday, July 9, 2020, in Austin, Texas. Hegar is in a runoff with State Sen. Royce West. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Cornyn, Hegar clash over virus, court in Texas Senate debate

Oct. 9, 2020 11:37 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — As Texas flashes signs that November's election could wind up the closest in decades, Republican John Cornyn and Democrat MJ Hegar clashed over the response to the cornavirus pandemic and the confirmation of a Supreme Court justice Friday night in the only scheduled debate of their...

Salon owner Shelley Luther begins to speak to the media after she was released from jail in Dallas, Thursday, May 7, 2020. Luther was jailed for refusing to keep her business closed amid concerns of the spread of COVID-19. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Salon owner who defied lockdown makes Texas Senate runoff

Sep. 29, 2020 11:18 PM EDT

DENTON, Texas (AP) — A Dallas salon owner who was sent to jail for defying coronavirus lockdown orders and became a symbol of conservative angst over COVID-19 restrictions advanced to a runoff for a Texas Senate seat on Tuesday night. Republican Shelley Luther finished in a virtual dead heat with...

RCMP officers prepare to enter an apartment complex in connection with the mailing of ricin to President Trump Monday, Sept. 21, 2020 in St. Hubert, Canada. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press via AP)

Arrest in case of ricin letters sent to White House, Texas

Sep. 21, 2020 3:41 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A woman suspected of sending an envelope containing the poison ricin, which was addressed to the White House, has been arrested at the New York-Canada border and is also suspected of sending similar poisoned envelopes to law enforcement agencies in Texas, officials said Monday. The letter...