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Past articles by Matthew:

Blocked from distributing plans for 3D-printed guns, "crypto-anarchist" is still in the DIY gun business

Cody Wilson's group Defense Distributed is known for attempting to upload the digital blueprints for 3D-printed guns. But he also helps customers make unregistered, unserialized conventional firearms. → Read More

Guns chill free speech, UT-Austin professors will argue at federal appeals court

Three UT-Austin professors sued to end a state law mandating campus carry in Texas. Though a federal judge dismissed the suit, the fight isn't over as the case goes to a federal appeals court. → Read More

Texas A&M vet school tells Texas Tech: This state ain't big enough for the two of us

To address a shortage of rural vets, Texas Tech plans to build a new vet school, which would be the second in the state. But A&M said doing so would detract state resources without solving anything. → Read More

Abbott to Trump: Steel and aluminum tariffs will harm Texas oil and gas

Though he praised the nation's economic growth under President Donald Trump's leadership, Abbott urged the president to reconsider his tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. → Read More

Beto O’Rourke says he’s “very, very proud of my mom” after Ted Cruz brings up her tax fraud case

Cruz called O'Rourke a hypocrite for supporting taxing businesses for sales across state lines, pointing to a furniture store owned by O'Rourke's mother that was found guilty in 2010 of tax law violations. → Read More

Texas parents wait in limbo as policymakers struggle to save Children's Health Insurance Program

Texas is pushing the federal government for temporary funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program while Congress fights over a permanent solution. → Read More

As Bayer and Monsanto push for merger, Texas farmers fear rising prices

Multinational agricultural firms Bayer and Monsanto say their planned merger will boost innovation by consolidating resources. But some farmers say the merger eliminates competition and could lead to higher seed prices. → Read More

Report: Texas special education director fired

The firing comes two days after The Texas Tribune reported that Laurie Kash was facing a lawsuit over allegations that she covered up the sexual abuse of a six-year-old student at a previous job. → Read More

State gives Alternatives to Abortion program $20 million more in funding

The Texas Legislature's budget for the next two years includes $20 million more in funding for a controversial state program that seeks to discourage women from getting abortions in the state. → Read More

Red River land lawsuit ends in settlement

A lawsuit between landowners in northern Texas and the federal government over land near the Red River ended in a settlement that specifies the boundaries of federal land and rolls back survey efforts by the Bureau of Land Management. → Read More

Some in Texas Legislature call for rethinking state's gun laws

Following the deadliest mass shooting in Texas history, some Democrats and at least one Republican in the Texas Legislature are calling on state leaders to take a hard look at the state's gun laws. → Read More

Recently passed Texas law allows for armed volunteer security at churches

A state law put into effect in September made it legal for houses of worship to have armed volunteer security — but the law's author says many churches in Texas don't know it's an option. → Read More

Open enrollment for health insurance brings new challenges in Texas

Open enrollment for health insurance, which begins Nov. 1, will be shorter this year, and President Donald Trump has slashed funding for subsidies and outreach. → Read More

District attorney closes probe into Paxton legal defense gift

Kaufman County District Attorney Erleigh Wiley said her office had closed its investigation into whether Attoney General Ken Paxton had acted illegally in accepting a $100,000 gift from a CEO whose company was under investigation for fraud. → Read More

Parents push for Texas to screen all newborns for spinal muscular atrophy

A group of parents is asking the state to test all babies for spinal muscular atrophy, the most common genetic cause of infant death. They hope that a treatment newly approved by the FDA will bolster their cause. → Read More

Texas payday lenders face tougher standards with new federal rules

Payday loans have been criticized as a debt trap for middle and low-income Texans. With new rules from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, borrowers may be armed with new protections. → Read More

Two Texas Republicans in Congress open door to "bump stock" ban

U.S. Rep. Bill Flores said he supports a federal ban on a type of gun attachment used by the gunman in the Las Vegas mass shooting. U.S. Sen. John Cornyn said hearings on the devices are warranted. → Read More

Almost 400,000 Texans' insurance at risk after Congress fails to renew CHIP

Insurance coverage for more than 390,000 Texas children and pregnant women is in jeopardy after Congress failed to renew authorization for the Children's Health Insurance Program program. → Read More

Houston mayor calls off property tax hike after Abbott delivers $50 million

Gov. Greg Abbott said during a Friday news conference in Houston that there "is a possibility for a special session" to allocate funds for Hurricane Harvey recovery. → Read More

Texas officials criticize NFL players over national anthem protests

Several Texas Republicans have deemed the protests divisive and disrespectful, while some Democrats urged greater support for the players' message. → Read More