Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton arrives at court in Fort Worth to plead not guilty to felony charges.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton arrives at court in Fort Worth to plead not guilty to felony charges.

Paxton Pleads Not Guilty; Lead Lawyer Quits Case

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's first courtroom appearance as a criminal defendant was a 30-minute affair during which Paxton's lead lawyer quit for unspecified reasons, the attorney general insisted no cameras be allowed at his trial and the judge admonished everyone to limit public statements about the case.

 
The statue of Jefferson Davis, once president of the Confederate States, stands just south of the Main Building on UT's campus on June 22, 2015.
The statue of Jefferson Davis, once president of the Confederate States, stands just south of the Main Building on UT's campus on June 22, 2015.

Judge Set to Consider Future of UT Confederate Statue

University of Texas at Austin leaders want to remove a statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis from a prominent place on campus. On Thursday, a judge may allow them to cross the final hurdle to do so. 

U.S. Reps. Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo, Joe Barton, R-Ennis, and Michael McCaul, R-Austin.
U.S. Reps. Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo, Joe Barton, R-Ennis, and Michael McCaul, R-Austin.

Texans in Congress Again Target Oil Export Ban

The nation’s capital is bracing for a frenetic fall. At best, Congress can expect a four-month legislative slog through everything from Iran to abortion; at worst, the government could shut down. It's anyone’s guess what that will mean for a renewed push to end the country's crude oil export ban.

 

Judge Set to Consider Future of UT Confederate Statue

The statue of Jefferson Davis, once president of the Confederate States, stands just south of the Main Building on UT's campus on June 22, 2015.
The statue of Jefferson Davis, once president of the Confederate States, stands just south of the Main Building on UT's campus on June 22, 2015.

University of Texas at Austin leaders want to remove a statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis from a prominent place on campus. On Thursday, a judge may allow them to cross the final hurdle to do so. 

Texans in Congress Again Target Oil Export Ban

U.S. Reps. Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo, Joe Barton, R-Ennis, and Michael McCaul, R-Austin.
U.S. Reps. Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo, Joe Barton, R-Ennis, and Michael McCaul, R-Austin.

The nation’s capital is bracing for a frenetic fall. At best, Congress can expect a four-month legislative slog through everything from Iran to abortion; at worst, the government could shut down. It's anyone’s guess what that will mean for a renewed push to end the country's crude oil export ban.

 

 

Border Shelter for Female Veterans Hits a Roadblock

Army Retired Lt. COL. Hope Jackson at the H.O.P.E. (Healing, Optimizing, Perfecting, Empowering) Institute shelter for female veterans on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 in El Paso.
Army Retired Lt. COL. Hope Jackson at the H.O.P.E. (Healing, Optimizing, Perfecting, Empowering) Institute shelter for female veterans on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 in El Paso.

Retired Lt. Col. Hope Jackson's efforts to open a shelter for homeless female veterans in El Paso hit a snag when she lost out on a contract with the local veterans administration. She argues that's a sign that the unique needs of female veterans are not being met.

The Brief: Aug. 27, 2015

Former Gov. Rick Perry speaks to press at the Governor's Mansion on Aug. 26th, 2015
Former Gov. Rick Perry speaks to press at the Governor's Mansion on Aug. 26th, 2015

Rick Perry was back on familiar ground — the Governor's Mansion — on Wednesday but questions continued about the viability of his presidential campaign in the face of dismal fundraising figures.

Bush Leads Push for Endangered Species Reform

Land Commissioner candidate George P. Bush greets the Republican crowd in Fort Worth on June 5, 2014.
Land Commissioner candidate George P. Bush greets the Republican crowd in Fort Worth on June 5, 2014.

Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush is leading an alliance of 23 state land commissioners calling for more transparency on how animals are added to the endangered list under the Endangered Species Act. 

Perry on Struggles: I'm Not Giving Up

Former Gov. Rick Perry speaks to press at the Governor's Mansion after the Texas Legislative Medal of Honor award ceremony on Aug. 26, 2015
Former Gov. Rick Perry speaks to press at the Governor's Mansion after the Texas Legislative Medal of Honor award ceremony on Aug. 26, 2015

Former Gov. Rick Perry on Wednesday indicated he had no plans to leave the presidential race amid a series of setbacks for his cash-strapped campaign.

Former Cancer Agency Official Found Not Guilty

Former CPRIT executive Jerry Cobbs sits inside the 147th District Court with attorneys Jenny Brevorka and Rusty Hardin before opening arguments in his trial on Aug. 18, 2015.
Former CPRIT executive Jerry Cobbs sits inside the 147th District Court with attorneys Jenny Brevorka and Rusty Hardin before opening arguments in his trial on Aug. 18, 2015.

A former high-ranking official with the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas was found not guilty Tuesday by a 12-member jury in Austin. He had been accused of deceiving colleagues in order to secure an $11 million grant for a biotechnology firm.