AUSTIN - This week, State Representative Travis Clardy (R-Nacogdoches) was recognized with the Deep East Texas Council of Government's (DETCOG) Deep East Texas Legislator of the Year Award. The award was presented by DETCOG and the Deep East Texas County Commissioners and Judges Association.
AUSTIN — Texas is tough on drinking and driving, but not tough enough, according to new research.
AUSTIN — Tammy Blair doesn’t live on the border, but as far as she’s concerned, a Central American migrant caravan threatens not only her but also her fellow East Texans.
AUSTIN — Texas faces four problematic long-term financial obligations, according to the state comptroller, and waiting to address them will only hurt more.
AUSTIN – There was a time, not long ago, when members of the tea party movement were not playing ball with Johnson County Republicans.
AUSTIN – As a child, Lareatha Clay didn’t know she was traveling to a freedom colony when the family visited her mother’s Newton County childhood home, deep in East Texas.
AUSTIN – The governor said he wanted to overhaul what he called a defective system of funding Texas public schools after he appointed members to a school finance commission last year, but there are signs that might not happen.
Cheryl Torres and her husband Jason, a Houston area firefighter, had no idea a little more than a year ago, they would be leaving their metropolis for the serene landscape of the Jacksonville countryside.
AUSTIN — Complaining about water when reservoirs are filling after a long, dry Texas summer may seem a little ungrateful.
AUSTIN — Lacking a good source of high-speed internet, Bridgeport kids have resorted to hanging out at fast-food restaurants to get online and do homework.
AUSTIN — Despite the fire Beto O’Rourke’s campaign kindled in Texas Democrats’ hearts, polls give Republican Ted Cruz a cozy lead in U.S. Senate race.
AUSTIN — Texas Latinos make up about 39 percent of the state’s population, but if history repeats itself, turnout in the November midterms won’t match their numbers.
AUSTIN — Shirley Layton doesn’t have Donald Trump’s money, but the political novice’s ascent to the White House inspired the Navy veteran to run for Texas Senate, nonetheless.
AUSTIN — Texas voter registrations are up about more than 1.6 million from the 2014 midterms, but that alone won’t guarantee record turnout for the Nov. 6 elections.
AUSTIN — Texas scores well in a lot of rankings, but the number of rural and small-town residents with health coverage isn’t one of them.
AUSTIN — The one near-certainty about the November midterm is that thanks to state lawmakers, it’s the final time Texas voters will cast straight-ticket ballots.
AUSTIN — Some may have questioned whether girls would step up when Texas-based Boy Scouts of America opened Cub Scouting’s membership tent to them this summer.
AUSTIN — It’s no secret that Russia meddled in the 2016 elections, or that the midterms will be a target, but learning that cyber interference could reach into rural East Texas might well raise eyebrows.
TYLER - The Kiepersol 2013 Texas Merlot has received a blue ribbon from the State Fair of Texas wine competition. Only twelve Texas wines were designated as blue ribbon winners. The wines were judged in a blind tasting format by a panel of sommeliers from the Texas Wine Journal in Austin, Te…
AUSTIN — Ted Cruz fought for Princeton on the college debate circuit, but on Friday, he argues for his political future.
AUSTIN — Backers who want bullet trains to shoot from Dallas to Houston recently hailed a $300 million Japanese loan, but a rival says the line would lock Texas into an inflexible rail monopoly.
AUSTIN – The decision to drop Helen Keller and Hillary Clinton’s names from Texas’ social studies curriculum is likely to stick, despite criticism.
AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is asking for the public’s help in solving the 1980 disappearance of Kristy Lynn Booth, and an increased reward of up to $6,000 is being offered for information that leads to the arrest of those responsible if the tip is received before ne…
AUSTIN — Texas’ State Board of Education may well be settling the place of Mexican-American studies in the public-school curriculum, but there’s another battle underway this week as members re-fight the Alamo.
AUSTIN — Judith Matherne isn’t a political pollster, but the Rockwall County Democratic chair is pretty sure her party’s U.S. Senate candidate is building down-ballot backing for the Texas ticket.
AUSTIN — Donald Trump and Ted Cruz may have battled for the GOP presidential nomination, but a planned Trump October visit to Texas is a sign of solidarity, not weakness, despite the bad blood they drew in 2016
AUSTIN — If recent history is any guide, some Texas students could return to schools where there are no counselors, even as calls to spend more for armed personnel and metal detectors ring out.
AUSTIN — Kountze cheerleaders came under fire when they began displaying Bible verses on run-through banners at football games, but a recent legal decision handed them a win.
AUSTIN — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is leading a coalition of states in a lawsuit that could let insurers deny coverage to those with pre-existing conditions, but the action might well cost the GOP incumbent.
AUSTIN — Texas doesn’t lead the nation in prescribing opioids, but researchers have for the first time identified the hot spots by congressional district, and Texas’ 4th Congressional District is No. 72 on the national list.
AUSTIN — It took a lawsuit to clear the way for a Texas woman to practice eyebrow threading without 750 training hours, but a push to deregulate occupational licensing could further cut or streamline regulations for scores of jobs across the state.
AUSTIN — While some Texas cities have said no to turning them off, Texas’ top elected official recently signaled that he that he might take a turn toward at banning red-light cameras.
As the Labor Day holiday approaches, AAA Texas reminds drivers ‘Don’t Drive Intoxicated, Don’t Drive Intexticated.’ Recently released statistics from TxDOT show that both drinking and driving and distracted driving remain big problems in the Lone Star State. In an effort to keep everyone saf…
AUSTIN — Sam Houston State University’s proposal to create a college of osteopathic medicine met stiff resistance, but the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board recently approved it by a narrow margin.
AUSTIN – Beginning this fall, hunters in Texas will be able to use air guns and arrow guns that meet criteria established under new rules adopted by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission.
AUSTIN – San Antonio recently approved a paid sick leave ordinance for private employers, but Texas conservatives are working to squelch it, and to shut down similar measures.
AUSTIN — Although the plaintiffs’ attorney said he’ll meet with his clients to consider what’s next, for now the legal challenge to Texas’ controversial campus carry statute is at a standstill.
NACOGDOCHES – Today, State Representative Travis Clardy (R – Nacogdoches) announced his intention to run for Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives.
AUSTIN – As the new school year begins, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) cautions Texans to slow down in school zones, and to be aware of children walking to and from school or waiting for buses. Drivers should be especially alert and careful around school buses – which make frequ…
AUSTIN — Federal regulators are working to roll back clean car fuel-economy standards, but current rules make Texans not only healthier but wealthier, critics of the proposal say.
U.S. Congressman Jeb Hensarling hosted what became his final town hall meeting for Cherokee County residents on Aug. 8, assuring the crowd of the honor of serving them for more than a decade.
AUSTIN — A federal judge last week ordered revival of the controversial DACA program, but on Wednesday, Texas heads to court, contesting the policy’s constitutionality.
AUSTIN — Texans continue to complain that the state shifts public-education costs to property owners, but counties have for some time cried foul too, albeit not about schools.
AUSTIN — Texas doesn’t need a so-called red flag law authorizing judges to intervene and remove guns temporarily from those who present a risk, Lt. Gov Dan Patrick said last week, but advocates for such measures, often called “extreme risk protective orders” say existing laws miss the mark.
AUSTIN —Texas earned a D-minus in a recent national rural-health report card, but supporters believe Sam Houston State University’s proposed college of osteopathic medicine could be part of the cure.
AUSTIN — Texas feral hog numbers are so high that the pigs are polluting Hill Country creeks, but a regional task force is fighting back with a $5 per-critter bounty to those who present ears from pigs killed in Hays County, or proof of sale for live animals.
AUSTIN — With midterm elections just over 100 days away, there’s word that Texas remains vulnerable to hacking.
AUSTIN — Texas’ school-age population is the nation’s fastest growing, with about 850,000 new pupils in the past decade, but over the same period, the state cut public-education spending by $2.5 billion.
AUSTIN — While Texas children’s wellbeing improved in some important ways over recent years, a new report connects their future gains to the 2020 census, and to the prospect of an undercount that could jeopardize further progress.
AUSTIN — The average Texan who watches the evening news might be surprised, but the state’s overall major-crime rate is down.
AUSTIN —Texas has long been home to sprawling U.S. Army bases such as Fort Hood in Killeen, but a small, newly created Austin-based military unit could shape the success of the nation’s largest fighting force in a way that belies its size.
- Rusk: Lawsuit against city, officials dismissed on grounds of jurisdiction
- UPDATE: Cherokee County deputy charged with indecency with child
- No injuries in pre-dawn house fire on N. Jackson St.
- Jacksonville: More funds approved for shelter on Tena St.
- Cherokee County arrests: Jan. 29-Feb. 4
- Rusk P.D. seeks help identifying suspects
- Softball: Goff strikes out 21 in Rusk's 3-0 win over Jacksonville
- Presidents Day: Area schools, city offices closed Monday
- Freeney shreds Hallsville's defense for 5 goals in JHS romp
- Jacksonville Softball bombs Eustace 16-0