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Emma Platoff covers the law and its intersections with politics for The Texas Tribune.

Texas attorney general’s office paying lead lawyer $540 per hour to defend against whistleblower...

The Texas attorney general's office will pay outside counsel $540 an hour to defend the state agency against accusations that it was...

Fourteen U.S. Army leaders fired or suspended at Fort Hood

Fourteen U.S. Army leaders, including commanders and other leaders at Fort Hood, have been fired or suspended in an effort to correct...

FBI is investigating Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, AP report says

The FBI is investigating Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, the Associated Press reported Tuesday evening, vetting allegations made...

Whistleblowers Say Texas AG’s Office Retaliated Against Them — Placing An Armed Guard In...

At a senior staff meeting one Thursday morning in May, with much of the Texas attorney general’s office working from home and...
Paxton Hearing

Paxton Fought $300 Hourly Rate For Attorneys Prosecuting Him, But OKs It For “Rookie”...

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has argued that $300 an hour is too much to pay the two special prosecutors appointed to take him...

Across Texas and the Nation, the Novel Coronavirus Is Deadlier for People of Color

Texas’ southernmost county, Cameron, is home to just 1.5% of the state’s population, but it accounts for nearly 5% of its known...

As Coronavirus Cases Surged, Texas’ Contact Tracing Workforce Shrunk

As Texas becomes a national hot spot for the new coronavirus, the state is still falling short on the governor’s months-old goal to employ...

Years After a Judge Ordered Fixes, Texas’ Child Welfare System Continues to Expose Children...

On an April morning just two months shy of his fourth birthday, A.B., a toddler, was found unresponsive on the floor of...
Texas Supreme Court on Jan. 15, 2020. Photo credit: Miguel Gutierrez Jr./The Texas Tribune

Rejecting appeal, Texas Supreme Court blocks Austin’s paid sick leave ordinance

The high court let stand a lower court's ruling that Austin's paid sick leave ordinance is unconstitutional because it conflicts with the Texas Minimum Wage Act.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton Warns Austin, San Antonio, Dallas to Loosen Coronavirus Restrictions

Escalating tensions between Texas state officials and the leaders of some of the state’s biggest cities, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's office warned...

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