Latest Texas state government News

Texas IDs cancer cluster in polluted Houston neighborhood

Dec. 6, 2019 6:24 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — Texas health officials identified a cancer cluster in a north Houston neighborhood polluted by the wood preservative creosote from a nearby railroad operation, prompting calls from residents and the city for a more in-depth investigation of potential ongoing risks. An assessment by the...

Transgender women fight law blocking inmates' name change

Dec. 6, 2019 4:15 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Three transgender women have filed a lawsuit challenging a Texas law that bars federal prison inmates from legally changing their names while in custody and within two years after serving their sentence. Donna Langan and Teresa De Barbarac are still serving time, but Alexandra Carson...

Ex-judicial panelists: Abbott ousted them over gay marriage

Dec. 5, 2019 6:49 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — Two former members of the State Commission on Judicial Conduct said they believe Texas Gov. Greg Abbott removed them from the panel because he disagreed with them over a same-sex marriage case. Abbott, a Republican, had appointed Amy Suhl and Maricela Alvarado to the commission in June of...

Voluntary evacuation order lifted for Texas coastal city

Dec. 5, 2019 5:17 PM EST

PORT NECHES, Texas (AP) — Officials in the Texas coastal city of Port Neches lifted a voluntary evacuation order Thursday that was issued overnight because of concerns about air quality following a pair of chemical plant explosions last week. Officials issued the voluntary order for the city of roughly...

Texas lawmaker ends campaign over ‘Asian’ candidate remarks

Dec. 3, 2019 7:37 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A white Texas Republican lawmaker who suggested his political rivals on the ballot were motivated to run against him because they’re Asian dropped his reelection bid Tuesday following a backlash that included losing the endorsement of the state’s GOP governor. State Rep....

At least 14 dead in Mexico gunbattle near Texas border

Dec. 1, 2019 12:30 AM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican security forces fought an hour-long gun gunbattle Saturday with suspected cartel gunmen in Villa Union, a town in Coahuila state about an hour’s drive southwest of Eagle Pass, Texas, leaving at least 14 people dead, officials said. Coahuila state Gov. Miguel Angel Riquelme...

Teacher wins appeal after being fired over immigration tweet

Nov. 26, 2019 5:50 PM EST

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — An English teacher who was fired after tweeting to President Donald Trump that her Texas high school was full of students who are in the country illegally has won an appeal to get her job back. Texas Education Agency Commissioner Mike Morath ruled Monday that Carter-Riverside High...

Texas, Nevada leaving state AGs suit vs T-Mobile-Sprint

Nov. 25, 2019 4:37 PM EST

The coalition of state attorneys general suing to stop the $26.5 billion merger of Sprint and T-Mobile has lost two more states, Texas and Nevada, two weeks before the trial is scheduled to begin. Both Texas and Nevada said Monday that they made their own settlements with T-Mobile. The coalition of state...

New judge assigned to Rodney Reed’s execution case in Texas

Nov. 22, 2019 12:27 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A new judge has been assigned to death row inmate Rodney Reed’s case a week after Texas’ highest criminal court canceled his execution scheduled this month. The Austin American-Statesmen reports that Judge Olen Underwood removed visiting Judge Doug Shaver on Thursday....

Texas appeals court blocks inmate Rodney Reed’s execution

Nov. 15, 2019 7:20 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — Texas’ top criminal appeals court on Friday halted the scheduled execution of inmate Rodney Reed, whose conviction is being questioned by new evidence that his supporters say raises serious doubt about his guilt. The stay of execution by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals came just...