Jose Garza, an attorney for the Mexican American Legislative Caucus, and former Texas Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer speak to reporters on April 27, 2017, following a status conference on a years-long challenge to Texas' political maps. 
<p>Jose Garza, an attorney for the Mexican American Legislative Caucus, and former Texas Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer speak to reporters on April 27, 2017, following a status conference on a years-long challenge to Texas' political maps.&nbsp;</p>

How the Texas redistricting lawsuit outlived a voter who sued

The six-year battle over the state’s redistricting plan illustrates how a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling four years ago has shifted the burden in challenges of such laws. 

How the Texas redistricting lawsuit outlived a voter who sued

Jose Garza, an attorney for the Mexican American Legislative Caucus, and former Texas Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer speak to reporters on April 27, 2017, following a status conference on a years-long challenge to Texas' political maps.&nbsp;
<p>Jose Garza, an attorney for the Mexican American Legislative Caucus, and former Texas Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer speak to reporters on April 27, 2017, following a status conference on a years-long challenge to Texas' political maps.&nbsp;</p>

The six-year battle over the state’s redistricting plan illustrates how a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling four years ago has shifted the burden in challenges of such laws. 

 

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Hell and High Water: How Houston is ill-prepared for a hurricane

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House Speaker Joe Straus keeps watch on the chamber during debate on Senate Bill 6 on municipal annexation on Aug. 11, 2017.&nbsp;
<p>House Speaker Joe Straus keeps watch on the chamber during debate on Senate Bill 6 on municipal annexation on Aug. 11, 2017.&nbsp;</p>

House Speaker Joe Straus prevailed in the legislative skirmishes over bathroom regulations; now he's got a fast-track House committee looking at "economic competitiveness." That could reframe the bathroom issue for 2018's elections.

UT's first Muslim sorority hopes to inspire leadership

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Mu Delta Alpha founder&nbsp;Samira Maddox makes the Delta sign with members of all MDA chapters, who gathered at UT-Dallas on Oct. 8, 2017.
<p><span>Mu Delta Alpha founder&nbsp;<span>Samira Maddox makes the Delta sign with members of all MDA chapters, who gathered at UT-Dallas on Oct. 8, 2017.</span></span></p>

Mu Delta Alpha, which was founded at UT-Dallas, organizes professional events like career workshops. It's also built around members' sense of Islamic identity. Its founder was looking for a way to have a full college experience.  

The Brief: Crunching the new campaign finance numbers

Some of Texas' U.S. Congressional delegation at the opening of Austin's VA clinic on August 22, 2013 include, l to r, Sen. Ted Cruz, Congressmen Lloyd Doggett, John Carter, Michael McCaul, Joe Barton and Roger Williams.
Some of Texas' U.S. Congressional delegation at the opening of Austin's VA clinic on August 22, 2013 include, l to r, Sen. Ted Cruz, Congressmen Lloyd Doggett, John Carter, Michael McCaul, Joe Barton and Roger Williams.

Incumbents and federal candidates jockeying for office in 2018 have submitted what their campaigns raked in and spent during the third quarter of the year. 

At post-Harvey Senate hearing, a list of pricey solutions

Development encroaching on the north side of Addicks Reservoir in Houston on Sept. 7, 2016.
<p><span>Development encroaching on the north side of Addicks Reservoir in Houston on Sept. 7, 2016.</span></p>

In the Texas Senate’s first public hearing since Hurricane Harvey, members of the Committee on Agriculture, Water and Rural Affairs talked for hours about a host of ways to mitigate flooding related to stressed reservoirs in the Houston region. 

State says Harvey's death toll has reached 88

A man walks through floodwaters after surveying his property in Rockport, which was hit by Hurricane Harvey, on Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017.&nbsp;
<p><span>A man walks through floodwaters after surveying his property in Rockport, which was hit by Hurricane Harvey, on Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017.&nbsp;</span></p>

Hurricane Harvey took the lives of at least 88 Texans, according to preliminary numbers released Friday morning by the Department of State Health Services.

The Brief: Robert Pruett spent 15 years claiming his innocence. He was executed Thursday.

Robert Pruett, 33, was sentenced to death in 2002 for the murder of correctional officer Daniel Nagle. Pruett says he was framed by corrupt guards and inmates while the prison employee union says chronic understaffing led to Nagle's murder.
Robert Pruett, 33, was sentenced to death in 2002 for the murder of correctional officer Daniel Nagle. Pruett says he was framed by corrupt guards and inmates while the prison employee union says chronic understaffing led to Nagle's murder.

Robert Pruett spent the last 15 years of his life insisting he was innocent of the murder of prison guard Daniel Nagle. On Thursday night, he was executed. 

For former state Rep. Dunnam, Baylor is family — and now a legal foe

Attorney Jim Dunnam in his office in Waco, Texas on Thursday, October 5, 2017. Dunham is a former state representative who is suing Baylor University on behalf of 11 sexual assault victims. Dunnam was named Young Lawyer of the Year by Baylor University in 2001. He also received his undergraduate business degree and a law degree from Baylor.
<p><span>Attorney Jim Dunnam in his office in Waco, Texas on Thursday, October 5, 2017. Dunham is a former state representative who is suing Baylor University on behalf of 11 sexual assault victims. Dunnam was named Young Lawyer of the Year by Baylor University in 2001. He also received his undergraduate business degree and a law degree from Baylor.</span></p>

Jim Dunnam counts 26 Baylor University degrees in his family — and he worked for years on its behalf in the Texas Legislature. Now, he's suing the school on behalf of 14 women who were sexually assaulted while students.