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  • Former state Sen. Robert Duncan, R-Lubbock, shown in 2011, took the reins as chancellor of the Texas Tech University System in 2014. Marjorie Kamys Cotera Editor's note: If you'd like an email notice whenever we publish Ross Ramsey's column, click here. Maybe nice guys do finish last. Robert Duncan, who suddenly decided this week to retire from his powerful and well-compensated job at the top of the Texas Tech University System, has had...

  • Danielle Hale and her son, Conner, 8 help friends rebuild their home damaged by Hurricane Harvey, on August 11, 2018. Eddie Seal for The Texas Tribune CORPUS CHRISTI — Danielle Hale had been working 18-hour shifts for a few days already when her son Conner, then 7, called. It was August 2017 and she was stationed in a conference room at the Port of Corpus Christi, where she’s the manager of safety...

  • Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro speaking before a speech delivered by President Barack Obama at Central High School in Phoenix, Arizona on Jan. 8, 2015. Gage Skidmore / Flickr Julián Castro is making his first trip to Iowa this weekend as a potential 2020 presidential candidate, looking to boost midterm candidates there and sound out voters in the key presidential proving ground. The trip comes as Castro's political operation...

  • Roy Oliver (left), the former Balch Springs police officer who killed Jordan Edwards (right), 15, as Edwards left a house party in April 2017, is on trial for murder and two counts of aggravated assault. Parker County Sheriff’s Office/Facebook DALLAS — The body camera footage started with former police officer Roy Oliver jovially teasing teenagers fleeing from a party busted by the cops, laughing as they complained about walking through the...

  • University of Texas at Austin faculty and students protest Texas' recently passed campus carry law on Nov. 10, 2015. Shelby Knowles The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday upheld the Texas' campus carry law, delivering a win to Texas over a measure that allows concealed handguns on college campuses. A three-judge panel upheld a prior dismissal of a lawsuit filed by three professors at the University of Texas at Austin,...

  • James Byrd Jr.'s grave in the Jasper City Cemetery in Texas. Byrd was murdered by three white men in 1998. Danny Smitherman/News21 JASPER — Former Texas prosecutor Guy James Gray keeps a 20-year-old CD in his desk that documents with graphic photos one of the most vicious hate crimes in history – the day James Byrd Jr. was beaten, stripped naked, tied to the back of a truck by three men...

  • Former University of Texas System Chancellor William McRaven at his office in downtown Austin on May 22, 2018. | by Marjorie Kamys Cotera for The Texas Tribune Marjorie Kamys Cotera for The Texas Tribune Bill McRaven, the former chancellor of the University of Texas System and a retired Navy admiral, asked President Donald Trump to revoke his security clearance in a strongly worded open letter published in the Washington Post Thursday. McRaven,...

  • Robert Duncan during a Joint Interim Committee on Higher Education Formula Funding hearing on Feb. 21, 2018. Marjorie Kamys Cotera for The Texas Tribune Call it a political whodunit. In a surprise Monday announcement, former state lawmaker Robert Duncan said he would step down from his current position as chancellor of the Texas Tech University System come Aug. 31. He didn't cite health reasons or give any explanation for his abrupt departure,...

  • San Antonio is the second-largest city in Texas.  Lotus Carroll The San Antonio City Council passed a new paid sick leave ordinance Thursday — but the local rule may well die either in the courts or on the floor of the state Legislature before it goes into effect next year. The council voted 9-2 to allow San Antonio workers to accrue up to 64 hours of paid sick leave each year, sparking...

  • Robert Roberson in court for the review of his 2003 conviction in the death of his two-year-old daughter, Nikki Curtis, in Palestine on August 14, 2018. His attorneys are asking for a new trial based on new scientific evidence. Shelby Knowles for The Texas Tribune PALESTINE — Robert Roberson shuffled into a courtroom this week wearing a striped gray jumpsuit and handcuffs, his life once again hanging in the balance. After 15...

  • On U.S. soil a short boat ride from Mexico, Border Patrol agent Robert Rodríguez, 38, checks a common landing area for people crossing the Rio Grande. Verónica G. Cárdenas for The Texas Tribune MCALLEN — After a cop took Claudia to a field, grabbed her by the throat and threatened to kill her and her 7-year-old son Kevin this spring, it didn’t take long for the 26-year-old single mother to decide...

  • Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick in Austin on Jan 9, 2017. Todd Wiseman / The Texas Tribune Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is urging the Teacher Retirement System not to raise health care premiums for retired teachers, arguing that state lawmakers should take on the burden of increased costs. In a letter Wednesday, Patrick said he had been notified that the system's board of trustees was considering a proposal to increase premiums for TRS-Care,...