Castro faces tough decision as Senate announcement nears

00 SAN ANTONIO — After U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro wrapped up speaking here Wednesday, completing the latest stop on his statewide tour ahead of a potential Senate run, one man in…

Controversial insurance bill moving in Legislature

00 Texas property owners could face new hurdles when they try to sue their insurer over storm claims under controversial legislation being cheered by groups seeking curbs on lawsuits but…

State's top lawyer sides with Texas Senate in budget dispute

00 *Editor’s note: This story has been updated throughout. Attorney General Ken Paxton sided with the Texas Senate Friday in a dispute among legislative budget-writers over an accounting trick using…

Audio: Why don’t more Texas school buses have seat belts? (audio)

00 Despite a Texas law passed a decade ago to equip more school buses with shoulder seat belts, relatively few buses have them today. Why? Read the full story at…

A&M System Chancellor John Sharp poised to receive a contract extension

00 Editor’s note: This story has been updated throughout. Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp’s tenure in Aggieland is poised to last into the next decade.  At its meeting…

Ethics reform now includes keeping revolving door to lobby wide open

00 A major pillar of Texas ethics reform — stopping politicians from immediately becoming lobbyists when they leave office — appears to be crumbling in the final weeks of the…

Ted Cruz reports $5.2 million total ahead of re-election campaign

00 As expected, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz is maintaining a massive cash advantage ahead of his 2018 re-election race, with a total of more than $5.2 million in the bank. That…

The Brief: Another redistricting ruling against Texas

00 Happy Friday! 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…

Analysis: Legislating, from business class to coach

00 Editor’s note: If you’d like an email notice whenever we publish Ross Ramsey’s column, click here. Two bills working through the Texas Legislature this week illustrate the random swings of…

Lawmakers want to rein in Texas universities — four years after gutting their oversight board

00 There might be no more dangerous place for a university official this year than a Texas Capitol committee room. On several occasions in recent months, a chancellor, university president…