Texas

Speaking Statistically, This GOP Donor Wants to Convince You that Money Buys Justice in Texas

After losing before the Texas Supreme Court against a big oil company, a wealthy Republican donor concluded that major corporations represented by certain elite law firms are more likely to succeed at the state's high court.

How States Are Battling Other States’ Travel Bans

Texas is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to declare California’s ban on state-funded travel to the Lone Star state unconstitutional.

Texas Can’t Quit the Aoudad

Some Texans are calling for the extermination of this exotic African transplant. But others depend on it.

Texas, South Face Political Changes as Movers Arrive

Most of the nation’s population growth was in five states.

States, Election Officials On Guard Over Iranian Cybersecurity Threat

Amid tension between the United States and Iran, state and local government officials are taking precautions to protect themselves from cyber warfare.

After a Man Died, Texas' Governor Blamed Austin's Homeless Policies. The Mayor Called It Demonizing.

Since Austin rolled back three ordinances that prohibited people who are homeless from camping or congregating, Gov. Greg Abbott and city leaders have been at odds about the issue.

The Places Where Growth in Home Values Could Lag in 2020

New survey results offer predictions for where gains in home values could be strongest and weakest during the year ahead.

Texas Law Highlights Dilemma Over Care For Patients With No Hope Of Survival

Critics say a two-decade-old law gives hospitals too much power in determining when to stop treatment.

After Action Report: How Texas Responded to a Coordinated Cyber Attack

Texas chief information officer Todd Kimbriel describes how the state initiated its cyber incident response plan in the wake of a coordinated cyber ransomware attack on local governments.

Fort Worth Officer Who Shot Woman in Her Home Arrested on Murder Charge

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Texas Chief Information Officer Shares Lessons Learned from Ransomware Attack

The 23 municipalities hit in a July ransomware attack put themselves at risk by failing “to follow good cyber hygiene,” the state’s CIO said.

On the Hunt for Lean Protein, Food Pantries Turn to Hunters

Across the country, hunters donate thousands of pounds of game meat to help stock food pantries in their communities.

The Problem With the State-Level Investigation of Google

The probe may do more for the attorneys general than for the public they’re supposed to protect.

States Try to Stop Political Deepfake Videos

State lawmakers are increasingly focused on deceptively edited videos, a pervasive technology that advocates say has the potential to disrupt elections. But are bans constitutional?

To Rein in Cities, Texas Tries to Ban Their Lobbying

Anti-lobbying efforts illustrate the chasm between statehouses and cities.

A New Law Aims to Help Drivers with Autism Prevent Miscommunication with Police

Texas drivers with communication impediments, such as autism, now have the option to disclose their condition to the DMV.

The Slow Process of Post-Hurricane Housing Recovery

In communities hit by recent storms, government leaders have undertaken initiatives to try to speed up federal temporary housing help for residents.

Texas Cities Rebounding From Ransomware Attack

Local governments have credited data backups and cyber security policies with the quick recovery and say cyber insurance will help recoup recovery-related costs.

The Toxic Algae That's Taking Over The Country's Waters

Blue-green algae blooms have been reported in dozens of states and municipalities, shutting beaches and putting people and animals at risk.