Engineer Who Helped Build the Wall Details Its Weaknesses

Joseph Jarvis knows the U.S.-Mexico border wall more intimately than most. A 71-year-old contractor who works in engineering and construction, Jarvis oversaw the fabrication and installation of a short stretch of border wall near Brownsville in 2011, along with a …

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Wed, 24 Apr 2019 07:12:57 AM CDT


‘Do Something with This Grief’: Mom of Sante Fe Shooting Victim Turns to Politics

by Sophie Novack April 23, 2019 It’s happened a few times now: A reporter reaches out to Rhonda Hart. They send their condolences. They want to talk to Hart about her daughter, who was killed by a fellow student in …

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Tue, 23 Apr 2019 10:51:35 AM CDT


‘Repository of Shame’: Will Texas Start Publicly Identifying Wage Thieves?

Every year, the Texas Workforce Commission identifies thousands of employers who’ve engaged in wage theft, an offense that can range from outright denial of wages to misclassifying employees as independent contractors. The state labor commission tells errant bosses to make …

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Tue, 23 Apr 2019 07:18:22 AM CDT


Uncaged Art

Uncaged Art Finding life and light in art from detention. – by David Dorado Romo April 22, 2019 When I first saw the art of the children of the Tornillo detention camp, I was struck by the colors. Vibrant, bold, …

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Mon, 22 Apr 2019 06:49:28 AM CDT


Invasive Species Have Reshaped Texas. Now What?

In March, I drove down to the Sabal Palm Sanctuary on the southernmost border of Texas, where Brazilian bougainvillea shimmers over the seasonal marshes. I was there to join local researchers in searching for native salamanders. But as we walked …

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Fri, 19 Apr 2019 07:01:34 AM CDT


GOP Continues to Stonewall Efforts to Improve Voter Access in Texas

In the latest move by Republicans to make voting harder for Texans, the Senate passed a high-priority omnibus “election integrity” bill this week. The measure, Senate Bill 9, would raise criminal penalties for certain election-related offenses and create tighter rules …

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Thu, 18 Apr 2019 01:53:48 PM CDT


Could Hemp be an Economic Lifeline for Rural Texas Towns?

Haskell, a town of 3,200 an hour north of Abilene, is in high cotton. It has not one, but two grocery stores. Most of the storefronts in the downtown square are occupied by local businesses. U.S. 277, a major highway, …

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Thu, 18 Apr 2019 07:30:42 AM CDT


‘Lies into Laws’: Texas House Passes ‘Born Alive’ Anti-Abortion Bill Despite Protest

As the Texas House voted on the first anti-abortion bill to make it to the floor this session, advocates rolled down a banner above the board displaying lawmakers’ votes: “STOP TURNING LIES INTO LAWS.” The House gave initial passage to …

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Wed, 17 Apr 2019 01:58:45 PM CDT


Texas Republicans’ Push for a Religious ‘License to Discriminate’ is Depressingly Familiar

One of the landmark constitutional questions of our day is being fought at the Texas Capitol:  Does the right to religious freedom give people license to discriminate against others? Some evangelicals believe it should. Christian conservatives this session have filed …

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Wed, 17 Apr 2019 06:30:57 AM CDT


Texas House Advances Bill that Could Actually Clear the Rape Kit Backlog

State lawmakers have been talking about fixing the rape kit backlog since 2011, when former state Senator Wendy Davis passed legislation requiring an audit that revealed at least 18,000 untested rape kits in Texas. But the Legislature hasn’t done enough …

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Tue, 16 Apr 2019 05:33:37 PM CDT




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