The Brief: Bathroom restrictions pass House during busy weekend

00 Happy Monday! Thanks for reading The Brief, The Texas Tribune’s daily newsletter that prepares you for the day ahead. If you have friends who might want to join our…

Texas Senate puts voucher-like program in school finance bill

00 The Texas Senate Sunday night approved a bill that would both simplify the formulas for funding public schools and allow parents of kids with disabilities to take state money…

When UT denied this valedictorian, she got it to change admissions rules

00 FAYETTEVILLE — For most of her high school career, Madison Mau knew she wanted to attend the University of Texas at Austin, and practically everyone at her tiny rural high…

Analysis: A legislative session ending on the lieutenant governor’s terms

00 Editor’s note: If you’d like an email notice whenever we publish Ross Ramsey’s column, click here.  Everyone in the Texas Capitol was reading from Dan Patrick’s script on the second-to-last…

Senate passes religious protections for child welfare agencies

00 Texas senators voted 21-10 on Sunday to give child welfare providers protection from legal retaliation if they assert their “sincerely held religious beliefs” while caring for abused and neglected children in foster or Child…

Texas House approves bathroom restrictions for transgender students

00 Editor’s note: This is a developing story. Amid threats of a special legislative session over the “bathroom bill,” the Texas House on Sunday took a last-minute vote and approved…

Abbott, Patrick: More work needed as special session threat looms

00 THE WOODLANDS — With just over a week left in the legislative session — and the threat of a special session looming — Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov.…

Abbott signs bill protecting sermons from subpoenas

00 Editor’s note: This story was updated to clarify that Sunday’s event was a ceremonial bill signing. THE WOODLANDS — Gov. Greg Abbott has signed into law legislation shielding pastors’…

Racist death threats follow Green's call for Trump impeachment

00 WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Al Green, D-Houston, Saturday revealed  several racist and threatening voicemails — some saying the black congressman should be lynched — in reaction to Green’s recent…

Texas Senate will consider many bills in one for school finance vote

00 The Texas Senate is expected to hear a version of a House school finance bill, as soon as Sunday evening, that would put an extra $530 million into public…