September 20, 2011 Texas Gov. Rick Perry likes to hold out the Lone Star State as a model — his vision for the country. But while Texas' growing economy has been a reliable jobs producer, the state's health care system is straining. Many family planning clinics that help serve the large numbers of uninsured in Texas have seen cuts. One supporter calls it a "war on birth control."
September 16, 2011 The most dramatic moment of the GOP debate in Florida revolved around Gov. Rick Perry and his 2007 executive order mandating that young girls in Texas get the HPV vaccine. In 2007, this move mystified Republicans and revealed what some saw as a backroom deal.
August 30, 2011 The 55-year-old leader of the nation's largest polygamist group has been sedated, pharmacologically paralyzed and placed on a ventilator as part of his treatment for pneumonia. Convicted of child sexual assault, he's serving a life sentence.
August 26, 2011 At an East Texas auction, the animals look pitiful. They're standing in 107-degree heat with their ribs showing, stressed out. The heat — and lack of rain — has forced many ranchers to sell off their stock. Many will retire; and few young ranchers are ready to step in.
August 12, 2011 When Gov. Rick Perry announces his candidacy on Saturday, there will be a new sheriff in the GOP presidential contest — a man who, in more than two decades of electoral politics, has never lost a race. Perry was born and raised in West Texas, where he picked up survival skills that could come in handy.
July 29, 2011 Warren Jeffs' trial began with him firing his defense lawyers and announcing he would represent himself. Jeffs has been playing musical chairs with his lawyers for months now hiring and firing them, then asking the court for more time so his new lawyers could get up to speed only to fire them again and ask for even more time. Jeffs faces 95 years in prison if convicted of two counts of sexual assault of a child.