Watch Texas lawmakers hear public testimony on abortion bills

00   Texas lawmakers will begin this session’s abortion fights in earnest Wednesday during the first committee hearing on three abortion bills.  The Senate Committee of Health and Human Services…

The Brief: New abortion fights in Texas start today

00 Editor’s note: If you’d like the brief in your inbox each weekday, you can sign up here. Tribune today Lena was not a prostitute; she was a child who had…

Texas couldn’t help this sex-trafficked teen, so authorities sent her to jail

00 How the crusade against sex trafficking in Texas has left child victims behind. HOUSTON — For three months in the fall of 2016, Lena was one of the youngest…

Analysis: Lawmakers can turn to a bag of tricks to balance state budget

00 Editor’s note: If you’d like an email notice whenever we publish Ross Ramsey’s column, click here. The Texas legislators writing the next two-year state budget are scrounging for dollars — looking…

For Dawnna Dukes, a lukewarm welcome from Travis County delegation

00 Rep. Dawnna Dukes is the elephant in the corner of the Texas House, and she knows it. Dukes’ presence in the House is a sensitive topic for her colleagues…

Juvenile justice agency pushes back on claims of ineffectiveness

00 The Texas Juvenile Justice Department is battling the image that its state lockups are under the control of its young offenders and that staff are afraid to go to…

Greg Abbott blasts NFL for wading into "bathroom bill" debate

00 Gov. Greg Abbott is blasting the NFL for raising the prospect that Texas’ so-called “bathroom bill” could impact future events in the state — wading into a debate he…

Study: A quarter of Texas public schools no longer teach sex ed

00 A quarter of Texas public school districts offered no sex education at all during the 2015-2016 school year, according to a new study released Tuesday by the Texas Freedom Network.…

UTSA President Romo placed on administrative leave pending "conduct review"

00 Amid an investigation into “allegations related to his conduct,” longtime University of Texas at San Antonio President Ricardo Romo has been placed on administrative leave, UT System officials said…

Texans in Congress raise questions about Russia, Trump administration

00 WASHINGTON — After months of a slow simmer, Washington roiled Tuesday over the circumstances surrounding President Donald Trump’s administration and Russian leaders.  For months, Democrats had seethed with allegations that…