House panel hears bills for open carry without permit

00 Editor’s note: This story has been updated with additional testimony. Two measures that would make it easier for Texans to access guns were up for consideration by the House…

Congress passes bill rolling back internet privacy rules

00 WASHINGTON — The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a bill allowing internet service providers to continue to sell users’ browsing history to advertisers, clearing the way for…

Steve Stockman, former aide indicted on fraud charges

00 The case against Steve Stockman is growing. After being arrested on conspiracy charges earlier this month, the former Texas congressman and his ex-employee were hit Tuesday with a 28-count…

Texas GOP welcomes Trump order repealing climate regulations

00 Texas Republicans and fossil fuel champions cheered an executive order signed by President Trump on Tuesday aimed at curtailing several major Obama-era climate regulations, calling it a major win…

After immigration and bathroom fights, House votes to keep Railroad Commission functioning

00 The Texas House gave preliminary approval Tuesday to a bill that would keep the agency that oversees the state’s oil and gas industry functioning until 2029 — but only after…

U.S. Supreme Court rules in favor of Texas death row inmate

00 The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of a Texas death row inmate Tuesday, sending his case back to the appeals court and invalidating the state’s current method of…

House committee approves $1.6 billion school finance measure

00 The House Public Education Committee Tuesday voted 10-1 to adopt a major school finance bill, which would inject $1.6 billion into the public education system. Chairman Dan Huberty, author…

Texas death penalty juror hopes to change law as execution looms

00 When Sven Berger looked around at the other jurors in the deliberation room during a 2008 capital murder trial, he knew that the majority wanted the death penalty. He…

Will Texas universities face perfect storm of cuts?

00 Higher education leaders entered the 2017 session of the Texas Legislature expecting some dark days. Two-and-a-half months in, they’re now focused on warding off a perfect storm.  In addition…

Senate committee considers adoption legislation

00 Being an adoptee in Texas means writing “unknown” across medical forms and being misinformed about your ethnicity, says Marcy Purcel. “I have been fearful of dating my half-sibling,” she…