Latest Texas state government News

Texas governor picks veteran GOP lawmaker for elections job

Dec. 06, 2022 12:55 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday tapped a longtime Republican lawmaker to be Texas' new elections chief, a pick who could enjoy a smoother confirmation process following the blowback and scrutiny his two previous picks faced. Jane Nelson, a state senator who didn't...

Texas' top election official resigns after midterms

Dec. 05, 2022 16:01 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas' top elections official resigned Monday after an intense year of trying to reassure election skeptics, navigating the rocky launch of new voting laws that resulted in thousands of discarded mail ballots and overseeing a limited audit of the 2020 election. ...

Minnesota town drops Texas-style anti-abortion lawsuit plan

Dec. 05, 2022 15:03 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota town has backed away from a proposal to let people sue abortion providers, including organizations that provide abortion drugs by mail, after the state’s attorney general warned that the plan was unconstitutional. The retiring state lawmaker behind...

Editorial Roundup: Texas

Dec. 05, 2022 07:18 AM EST

Houston Chronicle. December 3, 2022. Editorial: Abbott’s big flip-flop on fentanyl could save lives Decriminalizing the potentially life-saving strips is needed but why did it take so long? For too long, many believed that fentanyl wasn’t a Texas...

Houston lifts boil-water order affecting more than 2 million

Nov. 29, 2022 08:13 AM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — Houston officials lifted an order Tuesday that had called for more than 2 million people in the nation's fourth-largest city to boil their tap water before drinking or using it. The boil order had been in effect since Sunday, when a power outage at a purification...

Water boil order issued for more than 2 million in Houston

Nov. 28, 2022 18:47 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — More than 2 million people in the Houston area were urged to boil their tap water Monday after a power outage at a purification plant prompted the mayor to initiate a review of what went wrong. The boil order notice tells customers in the nation's fourth-largest...

Uvalde mom sues police, gunmaker in school massacre

Nov. 28, 2022 17:10 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The last conversation Sandra Torres had with her 10-year-old daughter was about her nervous excitement over whether she’d make the all-star softball team. Hours later, Eliahna Torres was one of 19 children and two teachers massacred at their elementary school in Uvalde, Texas....

Editorial Roundup: Texas

Nov. 21, 2022 07:11 AM EST

Austin American-Statesman. November 16, 2022. Editorial: Texas medical marijuana program is a buzzkill It falls far short of potential to help Texans Nearly eight years after Texas first legalized medical marijuana, the state-run program remains plagued...

Texas executes man for killing ex-girlfriend and her son, 7

Nov. 16, 2022 21:56 PM EST

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Texas inmate who killed his pregnant ex-girlfriend and her 7-year-old son more than 17 years ago was executed on Wednesday, after courts rejected his appeals over claims of religious freedom violations and indifference to his medical needs. Stephen...

Sick child treated after migrant bus arrives in Philadelphia

Nov. 16, 2022 15:36 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A bus carrying 28 migrants from Texas arrived in Philadelphia on Wednesday, including a 10-year-old girl suffering from dehydration and a high fever who was whisked to a hospital for treatment. Advocates who welcomed them with coats and blankets as they arrived...