Who Gets Mercy on Death Row? Chris Young’s Execution Raises Questions of Racial Bias

Secrecy is a hallmark of the death penalty in Texas, where the state masks the identities of executioners and shields critical details about its controversial lethal drugs from public scrutiny. Texas’ process for deciding whether condemned prisoners deserve mercy is …

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Fri, 20 Jul 2018 06:00:49 AM CDT


Texas Farmers are Fed Up With Trump’s Trade War, but Most Stop Short of Blaming Him

Russell Boening, a Texas farmer and rancher who’s also president of the Texas Farm Bureau, is starting to feel the effects of escalating trade conflicts between the United States and its trading partners, namely China. In response to tariffs on …

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Thu, 19 Jul 2018 02:55:26 PM CDT


Tom Steyer’s Impeachment Show Comes to Texas

At the historic Sunset Station building just east of downtown San Antonio Wednesday night, a couple hundred people gathered to see Tom Steyer in a town hall setting. Some had gotten texts; others invites on Facebook. Some had no clue …

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Thu, 19 Jul 2018 10:53:23 AM CDT


Deal Finalized to Revive Notorious 1,000-Bed South Texas Immigrant Detention Facility

On Wednesday, private prison company MTC announced it had finalized a deal to revive the notorious immigrant detention facility once known as “Ritmo,” in the tiny South Texas town of Raymondville. In a press release, MTC said the newly christened …

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Wed, 18 Jul 2018 05:50:15 PM CDT


‘Treated Worse than Dogs’: Immigrant Kids in Detention Give Firsthand Accounts of Squalid Conditions

The Trump administration is unlawfully mistreating immigrant kids at every stage of its detention system, according to new court filings that include firsthand accounts written by hundreds of children and parents. The allegations, filed this week as part of an …

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Wed, 18 Jul 2018 04:15:51 PM CDT


As Development Transforms the Hill Country, a Sand Mining Operation Worries Residents

Nowhere else on the planet is quite like the Texas Hill Country. The 17-county region is home to more than a dozen endangered species and the largest bat colony on the globe. Tourists flock to the area’s verdant countryside and …

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Wed, 18 Jul 2018 11:16:51 AM CDT


Report: Oil and Gas Production Is Making People Sick in Rural Texas

Sue and Jim Franklin’s double-wide mobile home at the foot of the Davis Mountains in far West Texas is usually sealed up tight with the air conditioner blasting. One reason is because they live in Reeves County, a crown-shaped section …

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Wed, 18 Jul 2018 06:30:43 AM CDT


‘Shamed and Stigmatized’: Austin Woman Forced by Hospital to Bury Fetal Remains Testifies Against State Law

On the first day of the trial over Texas’ fetal burial law, abortion providers had a rejoinder to the claim that they don’t know how patients feel about the requirement: Blake Norton. On Monday, Norton fought back tears as she …

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Tue, 17 Jul 2018 05:09:27 PM CDT


Zero-Tolerance Policies Meant to Protect Against School Threats May Lead to Misguided Arrests

Nicolas, 12 and legally blind, was already having a rough week before he allegedly threatened to shoot up his classroom. The fifth-grader had a bathroom mishap while in class at the Memorial Elementary School in Houston. Another student announced it …

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Tue, 17 Jul 2018 10:10:05 AM CDT


Is the Realm of Possibility Expanding for Texas Democrats Running for Congress?

Halfway through the summer, Texas Democrats’ impressive fundraising efforts show no signs of cooling down. Beto O’Rourke has attracted the most attention with continuously eye-popping fundraising figures — he brought in $10.4 million in this last quarter alone, once again …

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Mon, 16 Jul 2018 06:04:22 PM CDT



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