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In our TribLive conversation this morning, state Rep. Rob Eissler , R-The Woodlands, the chair of the House Public Education Committee, said he opposed a bill by state Rep. Debbie Riddle , R-Houston, that would require school districts to check the immigration status of students...
Business owner after business owner warned Wednesday that proposed cuts would shutter their operations serving Texas’ disabled children and frail adults. The grim warnings came as the Senate Finance Committee opened two days of public comment on GOP leaders’ two-year, $158.7...
Prosecutors rested their case Tuesday in the trial of former Carrillo Elementary School Principal Michael Alcoser , who is accused of repeatedly molesting a young boy in his office and at another school. Alcoser, 44, pleaded guilty Friday to one count of aggravated sexual...
Voters made it part of the Texas Constitution in 1876: The Legislature shall establish and maintain the University of Texas as "a university of the first class." The constitution doesn't define "first class," but UT would appear to qualify. It has been a member of the...
Republican leaders in Texas quickly applauded a federal judge's ruling declaring the entire federal health care reform law unconstitutional. “This is a great day for liberty and the vitality of the U.S. Constitution,” Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said in a statement. “The...
A grumbling group of Senate budget writers tackled Texas’ towering budget shortfall on Monday. If their first day of work was a taste of things to come, look for a sour session. Republicans and Democrats alike protested at the Senate Finance Committee’s first hearing on proposed...
A state trust fund that uses tax money to help communities play host to major sports events is distributing its largest grant yet for Super Bowl XLV: $31.2 million. It far surpasses the $8.7 million an earlier version of the Major Events Trust Fund shelled out for the Super Bowl...
When rape victims come into D’An Anders’ office, they are traumatized and emotional. After enduring a devastating assault, they have also spent hours being prodded and swabbed in a hospital emergency room, providing evidence that they hope will help track down their attacker...
For nearly two years, a North Texas woman has kept a secret from her family. She was forced to reveal it a week before Christmas. The drama she has been living has coming to a frightening end, one that could tear her away from her loved ones. Olga Zanella is set to be deported...