• Updated

Throughout most of the pandemic, Texas has ranked at, or near, the bottom among states for coronavirus testing. With 290,000 tests and 29.5 million people, Texas has tested fewer than one in 100 of its residents.

  • Updated

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – Jeffrey Gerritt, editor of the Palestine, Texas, Herald-Press, has won this year’s National Headliner Award for editorial writing, one of the most prestigious honors in American journalism.

  • Updated

In planning a trip to West Texas we scheduled a full day for exploring Marfa, a remote community of under 2,000 people located three hours southeast of El Paso.  The area has long fascinated residents and visitors alike with its mysterious “Marfa lights” that appear in the southern night sky. 

  • Updated

PALESTINE, Tex. -- With more than 100 jail deaths a year, Texas leads the nation, and probably accounts for more than 10 percent of the U.S. total of in-custody

  • Updated

NORMAN, Okla. -- The relationship between OU President James Gallogly and his predecessor, David Boren, has crumbled amid threats and feuding over the financial status of the university and other issues, according to multiple sources within the university community.

  • Updated

UVALDE, Tex. – A Sam Houston University student couple died in a helicopter crash in the hill country of south Texas early Sunday within hours of their wedding, authorities reported. The pilot of the craft also died.

  • Updated

OKLAHOMA CITY — Tim Tadlock and Chris Beard, two of Texas Tech’s most popular athletic figures, shared an enlightening moment earlier this month when detailing the stark contrast between the draft process in their respective sports.

  • Updated

Officials in Quinlan, Texas, said the woman was attending a Sept. 8 football game at Hobart Lytal Memorial stadium when several members of the crowd made school administration aware of her t-shirt. Officials called the t-shirt "offensive, portraying violence, and threatening."

  • Updated

WASHINGTON — As Senate Republicans make a final stab this year at undoing former President Barack Obama's health care law, health care advocates are urging their legislators to vote against the measure.“We believe in protecting our neighbor,” said Perry Bryant, president of West Virginians for Affordable Health Care.Alarmed by an independent estimate the bill would cost the state $1 billion in funding used to help hundreds of thousands afford medical coverage, Bryant urged Sen. Shelley Moore Capito “not to vote as a partisan politician in D.C.”Republican leaders are hoping a different approach and the urgency of following through on campaign promises will this time muster enough votes to get rid of the controversial law.However, they face some of the same obstacles as in July, when their effort fell a vote short.GOP senators from states like West Virginia and Ohio — where Medicaid coverage was expanded to more people — face the prospect of supporting the loss of millions of dollars that help people afford medical coverage. Republican governors from those states, like Massachusetts' Charlie Baker and Ohio's John Kasich, are opposing the bill.Health care advocacy groups representing doctors and hospitals, along with the AARP, say allowing states to undo the law's regulations would again allow insurers to charge older people and those with medical conditions higher premiums.

AUSTIN — Insurance may have covered only 25 to 45 percent of Houston houses flooded by Tropical Storm Harvey, but that’s not because it wasn’t available to homeowners 

  • Updated

Even as the floodwaters from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma begin to recede, significant but less obvious health threats remain. The standing water the storms have left behind will almost certainly cause an explosion of the mosquito population.

  • Updated

AUSTIN — Construction crews recently wrapped up work on James Gaines’ new house in College Station, where he’s the chief economist at Texas A&M University’s Real Estate Center. 

  • Updated

AUSTIN — It’s difficult at this point to say exactly how Texas will go about paying to recover from a disaster whose effects are still not fully measured, but there’s now at least a price tag on the damage caused by Hurricane Harvey.

  • Updated

At the request of the Humane Society of the United States, country star and Texas native Miranda Lambert deployed her MuttNation team, buses and trucks to gather and evacuate adoptable pets from overcrowded Texas shelters in order to make room for animals affected by Hurricane Harvey. Dogs who were already in shelters before the deadly storm were relocated so that displaced pets in Houston could be housed and more easily reunited with their owners.

  • Updated

As flood waters continue to rise, Texans are mobilizing everything from church directories to hobby car networks to assist parts of their state inundated by Harvey's rainfall. 

The University of Texas and Texas Christian University are welcoming two Houston-area football programs onto their campuses this week as nearly unprecedented storms continue to pound southeast Texas.

  • Updated

Abbott said that 3,000 state and national guard members are now deployed, along with 1,750 Texas Department of Public Safety officers in one hard hit area, 500 vehicles and 14 aircraft to deal with flooding, displaced residents and other emergencies.

  • Updated

The total rainfall from the storm is likely to tally up to a widespread 15 to 30 inches, with a few localized spots picking up to 50 inches or more. Many textbooks have the 60-inch mark as a once-in-a-million-year recurrence interval, meaning that if any spots saw that amount, they would essentially be dealing with a one-in-a-million-year event.

  • Updated

Speaking by phone as he drove through the city, senior officer Travis Pace, a police department spokesman, said that while “we understand” that residents want to return home, “if they’ve got a place to stay and it’s comfortable” elsewhere, delaying a return might be a good idea since they may not have power.

  • Updated

AUSTIN – Announcing that he was adding 20 counties to a state disaster declaration, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said on Saturday that “it will be several days before crews can address about 338,000 power outages."

  • Updated

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice announced on its website that the move from the Brazoria County units in Southeast Texas would involve about 4,500 inmates. 

  • Updated

Residents of the Gulf Coast hunkered down late Friday amid dire warnings of a major natural disaster as Hurricane Harvey, having intensified rapidly into a Category 4 storm with 130 mph winds, roared ashore just to the northeast of this South Texas city.

top story

Dozens of concerned Royse City residents lined up outside of the police and courts building for the most recent city council meeting which involved two separate public hearings.

The Royse City Board of Trustees was one of five Texas school boards selected as Honor School Boards as part of the 2017 Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) School Board Awards. 

  • Updated

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott said in his state of the state address that he wanted to cut the business franchise tax until it “fits in a coffin,” and while reports of its demise may be premature, vital signs aren’t strong.

This Week's Circulars

Obituaries