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May 20, 2019

Texas Legislature Avoids Hot-Button Abortion Bills This Session

Unlike Alabama, which just banned abortion except to save a mother’s life, or Georgia, with its fetal heartbeat bill, Texas anti-abortion forces are pursuing incremental steps this year.

May 20, 2019

As Hemp Bill Nears Passage, Expert Warns of Potential Pitfalls

Prohibition of the plant has made scientific work on best cultivation practices impossible, and taking market share from growers outside the state could be a challenge.

May 20, 2019

Answering Five Questions Texans Have About Hemp and Marijuana

They’re both illegal, for now, and they’re both cannabis, but the similarities just about end there.

May 20, 2019

Texas Tennis Fights Through Scandal to Win First National Title

After losing their coach in the wake of a college admissions scandal, UT-Austin’s men’s tennis team won its first national championship.

May 16, 2019

Flying Through a ‘Junkyard’: Assessing the Risks of Space Debris

Professor who designed database that tracks satellites and assorted “space junk” discusses risks posed by space debris.

May 16, 2019

An Undergrad Astronomy Major Helps Revolutionize Her Field

Anne Dattilo, 22-year-old physics and astronomy undergraduate at the University of Texas at Austin, discovered two exoplanets, or planets outside Earth’s solar system.

May 14, 2019

Mystified by Texas Politics? We’ve Got Answers

Find out why Democrats disappeared and get a quick look at the state’s most notorious political scandals.

May 14, 2019

Rodeo Bullfighters Find Fulfillment and Friendship on a Long, Hard Road

In a fast-moving and dangerous sport, the bullfighters develop a bond on and off the dirt.

May 14, 2019

Amid National Controversy, Austin For-Profit College Consulting Firm Going Strong

Hundreds students attend Berkeley2 Academy, a for-profit college consulting firm in Austin.

May 08, 2019

Texas Pundits Ponder the Importance of the BriLab Scandal 40 Years On

Billy Wayne Clayton, the figure at the center of the scandal, remade the office of Texas House speaker.

May 08, 2019

Britain’s Brexit Imbroglio: ‘Nobody is Happy’

Zeynep Somer-Topcu, associate professor of government at the University of Texas at Austin, makes sense of Brexit.

May 06, 2019

Civil War Battle Rises Again in East Texas

The annual Battle of Blackjack Grove, a mock Civil War battle, started in 2017 in the East Texas town of Groveton and has attracted more and more attendees each year.

May 06, 2019

Houston Toad Faces Uphill Battle but Refuses to Croak

The tiny amphibian faces an existential threat from the torrid development around its remaining habitat in Bastrop County.

May 05, 2019

UT Dell Medical School’s Unconscious Bias Training Seeks to Improve Awareness in Healthcare

By eliminating bias, educators hope to improve dismal maternal mortality rates among African-American women.

Apr 29, 2019

Journalism Schools Look to Prepare Students to Confront Sexual Harassment

Journalists say schools should prepare students to deal with sexual harassment in the workplace.

Apr 21, 2019

UT-Austin, Texas State Train Police, Students and Staff to Handle Active Shooters

Training at UT-Austin and Texas State takes two tracks: one focusing on quick police response and a second on simple steps everyone else can take to defend themselves.

Apr 21, 2019

Estimating Texas Mountain Lion Population Is Like Herding Cats — Literally

The lions are so stealthy and range so widely, mostly on private land, that scientists have difficulty developing a good estimate of their numbers in Texas.

Apr 21, 2019

Texas’ Membership-only Card Clubs Circumvent Gambling Laws

Some gamblers have started using a loophole in state law to play cards for money at so-called card clubs.

Apr 18, 2019

Fighting Addiction, One Dank Meme at a Time

An addict turned recovery counselor uses dark humor and social media to help users clean up.

Apr 12, 2019

Kinder Morgan, the Blind Eyes of Texas Salamanders Are Upon You

The presence of endangered salamanders in aquifers under the route means an added layer of environmental scrutiny for Kinder Morgan’s proposed natural gas pipeline.