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Emma Platoff, Texas Tribune

Emma Platoff is a breaking news reporter at The Texas Tribune. She previously worked at the Tribune as a reporting fellow and is a recent graduate of Yale University, where she studied English literature and nonfiction writing. She has also worked as the managing editor of the Yale Daily News and as an intern at The Philadelphia Inquirer and the Hartford Courant.

Bob Daemmrich for The Texas Tribune

HOUSTON — Under a spread of flowers, in a closed silver casket, at the front of a brick-facade church in Texas’ most populous city lay the former first lady, the wife and mother to presidents and governors and a force in her own right.

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Four months after U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold promised to repay an $84,000 sexual harassment settlement funded by taxpayers — and 11 days after the Republican resigned his Corpus Christi seat — he has yet to write a check. And with Farenthold out of public office and increasingly out of the public eye, there's little anyone can do to force him.

Waylon Cunningham for the Texas Tribune

Handing the state another voting rights loss, a federal judge has sided with a civil rights group that claimed Texas violated federal law by failing to register residents to vote when they updated their drivers’ license information online.

Bob Daemmrich for The Texas Tribune

SUTHERLAND SPRINGS — The flag they raised over the church Friday morning came from Washington, D.C., as did the law they were there to celebrate.

Marjorie Kamys Cotera

The first Valentine’s Day note that Kevin Dyes received from Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton last month was a “cease-and-desist” letter. The next two were open records requests.

Illustration by Todd Wiseman

To hear Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings tell it, attracting Amazon is “like a poker game.”

“Bring the bidding war on,” he said shortly after Dallas made the shortlist to house the tech giant’s second headquarters. And in that war, he’s “all in,” he made clear in an interview weeks later.

A few hundred miles south, Austin Mayor Steve Adler has yet to ante up.

 

Marjorie Kamys Cotera for The Texas Tribune

Gov. Greg Abbott himself was opposed to the controversial “bathroom bill” that dominated debate at the Texas Capitol for much of 2017, according to a state representative involved in keeping the legislation from passing the Texas House.

Shelby Knowles for The Texas Tribune

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, has enough support to pass his “Fix NICS” gun control bill without the possibility of a filibuster, his office said Friday morning.

Shelby Knowles/ The Texas Tribune

Texas is suing the federal government over President Barack Obama's landmark health law — again.

Robin Jerstad for The Texas Tribune

SAN ANTONIO— State Sen. Carlos Uresti was found guilty Thursday of 11 felonies, opening up the possibility of years in federal prison and millions in fines, and throwing into question his future as a Texas legislator.

Austin Price / The Texas Tribune

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Wednesday issued cease and desist letters to three Texas school districts he says are conducting "unlawful electioneering," adding one more chapter to an ongoing fight over how involved public education organizations can get in this year’s primary and general elections.

Austin Price / The Texas Tribune

Laura Yeager founded Texas Educators Vote in fall 2015 to spur local educators to practice what they preached. Why, she wondered, were Texas teachers talking about the importance of political participation in class, but not always modeling that behavior themselves? 

Laura Buckman for The Texas Tribune

Nearly a week after prominent USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced to prison for the sexual assault of several female gymnasts, Gov. Greg Abbott has asked the Texas Rangers to investigate misconduct allegations at the famed Karolyi Ranch, the U.S. Olympic training facility in Southeast Texas, north of Houston, where Nassar had treated athletes.

Callie Richmond

After days of staying silent on the subject, Texan Cecile Richards confirmed Friday morning that she plans to step down this year as president of Planned Parenthood. 

Illustration by Todd Wiseman / Texas Tribune

Georgia has reportedly offered $1 billion worth of incentives. In Philadelphia, it’s more than $2 billion; in Maryland, $5 billion; and, from high-rolling New Jersey, a whopping $7 billion.

But in Texas, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott said this week, “We will not give away the farm.”

Marjorie Kamys Cotera

Cecile Richards, a Texas native and the longtime president of Planned Parenthood, plans to step down, according to a Wednesday report from Buzzfeed News.

A federal judge has ruled Texas will continue to need oversight of how it cares for vulnerable children, even after sweeping legislative changes last year.