Houston Chronicle

"Jesus Shot" investigation
"Jesus Shot" at center of Texas agriculture commissioner's controversial, taxpayer-funded trip

Ag commissioner's office withheld emails about "Jesus Shot" trip

Ag commissioner used state, campaign funds on trip to compete in rodeo

Impact: State police open probe into ag commissioner's travel for "Jesus shot," rodeo


Tuition perk investigation
Friends, coworkers of state officials got free tuition, other perks

State spent $30M on tuitions under program’s loose rules

Impact: Health official resigns, TxDOT suspends tuition program and Texas to limit spending on tuition


State contracting investigation
State stretched no-bid contracting program to help local company

E-mails: State official privately derided tech firm while publicly promoting it

Popular state purchasing program lacks oversight, competition

No-bid ‘emergency’ contract could cost Texas $965 million

Impact: State official resigns, Investigations begin, Powerful Texas health director to resign, Fifth official resigns over contract scandal and Lawmakers pass sweeping state contracting reform


Government accountability coverage
Texas officials frequently ignore hiring law for friends, campaign workers

State politicians hand out millions in bonuses to employees who leave soon after

Land Office spends $1 million to pay ex-workers for not suing over their terminations

Inside the probe into Trump University that Abbott's office launched and then ended


Border surge coverage
Disorder at the border

Justification for Texas border surge was false, statistics show

Border surge harming crime fighting in other parts of Texas, classified report finds


Other coverage
As the Blanco River raged, a Wimberley couple held on for dear life

Grand jurors offended by Rick Perry suggestion indictment was political

Perry veto killed investigation into no-bid border security contracts

Ted Cruz takes his brand of conservatism to New Hampshire


The Seattle Times

Mental health investigation
Hundreds of dangerously mentally ill residents released on technicalities

‘Boarding’ mentally ill becoming epidemic in state

Parents of slain mentally ill man lobby for broader treatment laws

Impact: Official resigns after scrutiny and Fewer patients released without help


Mudslide coverage
Heartbreaking search intensifies in mudslide zone

New fire chief being tested by disaster

Days after slide, state firefighters panel worried about ‘fractured’ response


Political coverage
Washington ballot issues draw unprecedented out-of-state cash

Months after election, McKenna campaign fund kept spending

Same-sex weddings usher in new era in Washington state


Education coverage
Not-so-special treatment in Seattle of special education

As parents raise cash, schools confront big gap

Last-chance high school serves Seattle’s toughest to teach