Leslie Boorhem-Stephenson for The Texas Tribune

From The Texas Tribune: 

The Texas House has approved a bill that would allow handguns to be carried without a permit, marking a win for gun rights activists who have for years pushed the measure at the Legislature but a blow to El Paso Democrats who have been fighting for gun safety measures since the 2019 massacre in their hometown.

Michael Stravato for The Texas Tribune

From The Texas Tribune:

Senate Republicans cleared the way Thursday for new, sweeping restrictions to voting in Texas that take particular aim at forbidding local efforts meant to widen access.

Sara Willa Ernst/Houston Public Media

From Houston Public Media

Thu Nguyen's house in Katy has been pranked for a decade. She has woken up to find dead animals thrown in her yard.


Her family has been in the nail business for almost two decades. During the pandemic, their employees had dealt with a rise in racist comments, especially when it came to enforcing the state's mask mandate.

The salon was also broken into.

Shelby Knowles for The Texas Tribune

The Austin-based actor Matthew McConaughey is again making headlines for flirting with a run for Texas governor — and this time he says he is serious about the possibility.

Belying the hubbub, though, is something activists have increasingly buzzed about: Little is known about McConaughey's politics, or at least his partisanship.

Sergio Flores for The Texas Tribune

From The Texas Tribune: 

Despite spending hours trying to get a vaccine appointment, Wanda Davis still doesn’t know when she’ll be able to see her children again. The 81-year-old has been trying to get a vaccine so she can leave her Kingsland home, about 60 miles outside Austin, and safely visit her family. But it hasn’t been easy.