'And then, boom': Outbreak shows shaky ground as Texas opens

PARIS, Texas (AP) — Barely a week ago, rural Lamar County could make a pretty good argument for Texas' reopening on Friday. Only a handful of the 50,000 residents here, right on the...

Texas' lieutenant governor says US should get 'back to work'

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas' lieutenant governor said Monday night that the U.S. should get back to work in the face of the global pandemic and that people over the age of 70, who the Centers for Disea...

Democrats sue to block Texas straight-ticket voting in 2020

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Democrats sued Texas elections officials Thursday in an effort to stop a new ban on straight-ticket voting in 2020, claiming that long lines on Super Tuesday hinted at problems to...

Democrats eye more gains after Texas stars on Super Tuesday

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Democrats' plans to win Texas in 2020 sharpened into focus Wednesday amid the familiar uncertainty of whether the party's presidential nominee will work as hard in the giant red s...

Grandson of late President Bush fails in congressional bid

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican Pierce Bush, a grandson of former President George H.W. Bush, failed to advance out of Tuesday's primary in his bid for a Houston congressional seat, becoming the first...

Democrat MJ Hegar makes runoff in crowded Texas Senate race

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Democrat MJ Hegar, a former Air Force helicopter pilot seeking to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, advanced to a runoff in May after falling short of capturing the nominat...

Democrats' early 2020 blitz to strike in Texas flops

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — If Texas is going to be competitive in 2020, the first race wasn't. Democrats went all-in on a legislative runoff in the booming Houston suburbs, drumming up en...

2020's first big test? Not Iowa, but a tiny Texas House race

KATY, Texas (AP) — Beto O'Rourke is livestreaming again. Joe Biden and Julián Castro are making their presence felt. Mike Bloomberg has knocked on doors and outside groups are running TV attack ads. O...

Democrat Julián Castro drops out of 2020 presidential race

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Former Obama housing secretary Julián Castro on Thursday ended his run for president that pushed the 2020 field on immigration and swung hard at rivals on the debate stage but nev...

EPA watchdog: Health monitoring after Harvey was lacking

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal watchdog says Texas officials wouldn't cooperate with a report released Monday that cast doubt on public health assurances made during Hurricane Harvey, when the powerfu...

George P. Bush says GOP can't let 'racist' episodes slide

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican George P. Bush, the only member of the Bush dynasty still in public office, condemned Thursday recurring episodes of what he described as racist or hateful rhetoric wit...

Former White House doctor running for Congress in Texas

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A former White House physician who President Donald Trump picked last year to lead the Department of Veteran Affairs before his nomination was derailed by professional misconduct ...

Grandson of late President Bush runs for Congress in Texas

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Pierce Bush, the grandson of former President George H.W. Bush, announced his candidacy Monday for a congressional seat in Texas, becoming the latest member of his famous Republic...

EPA ends safety rules put in place after deadly Texas blast

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Trump administration is scaling back chemical plant safety measures that were put in place after a Texas fertilizer plant explosion in 2013 that killed 15 people. ...

All eyes on Texas governor as calls grow to halt execution

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — In his five years as Texas' governor, Republican Greg Abbott has overseen the execution of nearly 50 prisoners while only once sparing a condemned man's life, after a victims' fam...