Republicans Susan Wright, Jake Ellzey face off in Tuesday runoff for Fort Worth-area congressional seat

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Sign up for The Brief, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news. Susan Wright faces off against fellow Republican Jake Ellzey in Tuesday’s special election runoff to replace her late husband, U.S. Rep. Ron Wright, R-Arlington, in an early gauge of Donald Trump’s political influence since leaving …

Texas lawmakers to testify as U.S. House oversight committee plans hearing on Texas voting bill

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Sign up for The Brief, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news. Texas House Democrats who left the state to block GOP-backed efforts to enact new voting restrictions will testify on those proposals before a U.S. House subcommittee this week. State Reps. Senfronia Thompson of Houston, Nicole …

Texas lawmakers file bill to block UT-Austin from leaving Big 12 for SEC

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Sign up for The Brief, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news. A group of Texas lawmakers filed legislation Friday that would prohibit Texas public colleges and universities from switching their affiliations with collegiate athletic conferences without approval from the Legislature. The move is in response to …

Texas veterans homes overseen by George P. Bush were often the deadliest places to be during COVID-19 pandemic

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About this story: The Texas Tribune and Houston Chronicle spent months investigating how Texas cared for veterans and their spouses during the coronavirus pandemic at the nine state-run veterans homes. Reporters reviewed hundreds of pages of inspection reports and internal emails, and interviewed more than a dozen experts, resident advocates and families. Mary Kay Dieterich …

Austin, Travis County urge everyone to wear masks and for unvaccinated residents to stay home as COVID-19 cases surge

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Public health officials in Austin and Travis County are now encouraging vaccinated people to wear masks both indoors and outdoors, and for those unvaccinated to stay at home except for essential needs — the first major city in Texas to take such a step. This comes as the highly contagious delta variant continues to spread …

Gov. Greg Abbott promised “transparency and accountability” for border wall donations. But donors don’t have to use real names.

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Sign up for The Brief, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news. Stephen F. Austin, Donnie Darko and a person who calls himself the King of the Wild Frontier were among the first people to give money to support Gov. Greg Abbott’s border wall effort after he …

Texas House Democrats trying to block the GOP voting bill are pinning their hopes on Congress. So far Congress is unmoved.

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Sign up for The Brief, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news. WASHINGTON — Texas Democrats slipped out of the state 10 days ago because they were out of options back home, powerless to stop the Republican majority in the Legislature from passing its priority voting bill. …