The Panhandle Drought, Fueled Partly by Climate Change, Foretells Other Environmental Risks

On day No. 126, the streak finally ended. From October 13 to February 16, Amarillo didn’t see a single drop of measurable rainfall — a record rainless streak that has plunged much of the Panhandle into a dangerous drought. The dry …

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Fri, 23 Feb 2018 12:56:49 PM CST


Oscar-Nominated Documentary Highlights the Routine Brutality of a Texas Traffic Stop

“I’m in my car. Why do I have to put out my cigarette?” That’s what an irritated Sandra Bland asked the Texas Department of Public Safety trooper who pulled her over for failing to use her turn signal on July …

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Thu, 22 Feb 2018 02:08:15 PM CST


Oil and Gas Lobbyist Claims Texas Drone Law Meant to Deter ‘Bad Journalists’

When Texas lawmakers passed a bill last year banning drones from flying near animal feedlots and oil and gas facilities, proponents said it was needed to protect critical infrastructure from terrorists. But critics suspected that the bill was intended to …

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Thu, 22 Feb 2018 12:55:10 PM CST


Could Austin’s Paid Sick Leave Victory Be the Start of a Progressive Labor Movement in Texas?

In my nearly three years covering city government in Austin, I’ve seen a lot of big crowds show up at City Hall. But the hundreds who showed up last Thursday evening in support of the South’s first paid sick leave …

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Wed, 21 Feb 2018 12:39:44 PM CST


الدفع في محطة الوقود

أكبر من أن يتم تغريمه، وأصغر من أن يُقاوِم. تستهدف وكالة البيئة في تكساس أصحاب الاعمال الصغيرة من أجل مخالفات وانتهاكات حفظ سجلات بسيطة، بينما تترك المقصرين الكبار من الشركات الكبرى تنجو بفعلتها بكل سهولة. by بواسطة نافينا ساداسيفام @NaveenaSivam …

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Wed, 21 Feb 2018 05:00:58 AM CST


Reporter’s Notebook: How I Got the Story

In the spring of 2016, a mutual friend introduced me to a former Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) employee. The ex-staffer had recently quit their job at the agency in part because of the way it treated small business …

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Wed, 21 Feb 2018 05:00:11 AM CST


Too Big To Fine, Too Small To Fight Back

Too Big To Fine, Too Small To Fight Back Texas’ environmental agency targets small business owners for minor recordkeeping violations, while letting the corporate polluters off easy. by Naveena Sadasivam @NaveenaSivam February 21, 2018 لقراءة هذه القصة باللغة العربية، انقر …

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Wed, 21 Feb 2018 05:00:00 AM CST


Selling Out or a Smart Strategy? A Fight Brews Over Democratic Values in Congressional District 21

At a recent Democratic candidate forum in Bandera, congressional hopefuls in south-central Texas’ 21st District were asked about border security. Joseph Kopser, a tech entrepreneur and Iraq War veteran, surprised some attendees with his answer. “It is not just a …

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Tue, 20 Feb 2018 02:11:54 PM CST


The ‘Liberty-Loving Latino’ Who Uses Talk Radio to Make Texas Great Again

Editor’s note: With the far right ascendant in Texas politics, once-marginal ideas and people have found a place in the political mainstream. Our recurring Fringe Factor series is an introduction to the often-unknown, but influential activists, thinkers and operatives who play a …

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Tue, 20 Feb 2018 07:55:39 AM CST


Compassionate Cop? A Hard Look at Lupe Valdez’s Record as Dallas Sheriff

Compassionate Cop? Taking a Hard Look at Lupe Valdez’s Record as Dallas Sheriff At best, Lupe Valdez embraced reforms that years of scandal had forced upon the Dallas County jail. At worst, she downplayed problems and withheld information on jail …

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Mon, 19 Feb 2018 09:33:13 AM CST