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Democrats won big in Texas appellate court races

Democrats now hold majorities in half of the state’s 14 appellate courts after taking over 30 seats last week, mostly in metropolitan areas. The party’s...
Hurricane Harvey

Harvey recovery aid should start flowing within the month, Houston officials...

Houston officials are hoping that more than $1 billion in federal Hurricane Harvey recovery assistance will start reaching storm victims next month, despite delays...
Austin ISD

Austin school district looking at major changes to address deficit spending

Redrawing boundaries and consolidating campuses are among the changes being considered by a task force in the deficit-strained Austin Independent School District (AISD), where...
Judge

Lame-duck judge turns loose young defendants, resets his cases for January,...

A Republican Harris County juvenile court judge skipped court on Nov. 8 after losing his re-election bid Tuesday and releasing almost every juvenile defendant...
Houston

Harris County judge slaps CPS with $127,000 penalty in child removal...

Attorneys for parents whose children were removed from their custody — leading to a rare, and possibly the largest-ever, sanction against Texas’s Child Protective...
Ron Reynolds

East Texas legislator may be in jail but he’s also in...

Unopposed and ensconced in a Montgomery County Jail cell, state Rep. Ron Reynolds still managed to haul in 47,305 votes Tuesday, for his election...
school spanking in Texas

Texas takes $33 million hit for cutting special education funding

A federal appeals court on Wednesday upheld a $33 million penalty against Texas for the state's decision to spend about that amount less in...

Janitorial services contractor sentenced to prison for overbilling for work at...

A San Antonio contractor convicted of overbilling the city for janitorial services at the Alamodome has been sentenced to 25 months in federal prison,...
Hewitt

Waco area town pays city manager $88,000 to resign and police...

Hewitt Police Chief James Devlin is now acting city manager of that Waco-area town, after the city council approved a deal to pay the...