Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins on Battling COVID-19, and the Governor, as Texas Reopens

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins was the first Texas official to declare a stay-at-home order for COVID-19 in March—more than a week before Governor Greg Abbott issued a similar statewide measure. This isn’t the first time Jenkins has navigated a …

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Fri, 29 May 2020 08:00:19 AM CDT


‘We Don’t Exist’: Texas Domestic Workers Fight for Inclusion in Labor Laws

‘We Don’t Exist’: Texas Domestic Workers Fight for Inclusion in Labor Laws Domestic workers already lacked contracts, wage protections, and health care benefits. Then, the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Illustration by sunny sone By Acacia Coronado May 27, 2020 In the …

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Thu, 28 May 2020 08:00:10 AM CDT


Texan Drag Queen Shangela Finds Drag Daughters in Small Towns in HBO’s ‘We’re Here’

Texas-born drag queen Shangela Laquifa Wadley, also known as DJ Pierce, makes a splash in HBO’s docuseries We’re Here. Along with Bob the Drag Queen and Eureka O’Hara, the fierce Shangela travels to small towns to recruit local residents for …

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Wed, 27 May 2020 05:09:37 PM CDT


Feeding Refugees on the Texas Border Has Been Tough. Now There’s COVID-19.

Since 2019, a crisis has been unfolding directly across the U.S.-Mexico border from Brownsville. About 2,000 refugees, largely from Central America, have been stranded in a riverside encampment, wholly dependent on humanitarian groups for food and other basic needs. Feeding …

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Tue, 26 May 2020 09:04:10 AM CDT


Norma McCorvey Took the Money of the Anti-Abortion Movement and Lost Herself. ‘AKA Jane Roe’ Is Her Attempt at Atonement.

Norma McCorvey puts on a cannula and adjusts the scarf on her head. “This is my deathbed confession,” she says. McCorvey, the woman better known as Jane Roe, is ready. It was 1969 and an impoverished McCorvey was pregnant for …

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Fri, 22 May 2020 03:55:54 PM CDT


With Storage Space Evaporating, the Oil and Gas Industry Will Get to Put Its Products Back Underground

Last month, as the COVID-19 pandemic pushed oil prices into negative figures, drillers in the state’s sprawling shale plays were still pumping and piping oil and gas to the Texas Gulf Coast as usual. But there was a problem: The …

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Wed, 20 May 2020 04:11:06 PM CDT


Home Wasn’t Safe. Then COVID-19 Made It Seem Like the Only Option.

Home Wasn’t Safe. Then COVID-19 Made It Seem Like the Only Option. Seeing a “disturbing” decrease in clients and callers amid COVID-19 stay-at-home orders, some domestic violence shelters in rural counties worry this is just the “calm before the storm.” …

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Tue, 19 May 2020 06:00:59 AM CDT


Raise a Glass to the Class of COVID-19

My senior year of high school was all about parties, prom, one last wild class camping trip, and midnight diner runs with friends before we all sped away to our far-flung future lives. We stayed up all night after graduation, …

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Mon, 18 May 2020 02:13:23 PM CDT


Locked Out

Locked Out Visitation is a critical lifeline for incarcerated people, yet some families say Texas prison officials ban them from seeing loved ones over petty or unproven claims of misconduct. Michael Barajas  Chris Gash Rachel Rodriguez remembers her son …

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Mon, 18 May 2020 08:00:14 AM CDT


Is Texas Inflating Its COVID-19 Testing Numbers by Including Antibody Tests?

Texas health officials are combining some antibody tests along with more common viral tests in statewide COVID-19 tracking data. Experts say this muddies the data and potentially helps pad testing numbers while giving the public a distorted view of the …

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Fri, 15 May 2020 10:15:57 PM CDT




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