Reporting Texas
News and features from UT-Austin's School of Journalism

Advocates Push for Criminal Sentencing Reform

Support is growing for legislation that would allow prisoners, even those convicted of violent crimes, to reduce their sentences through good behavior.

Bikers Rally in Opposition to Mandatory Helmet Proposal

The Dallas state representative who is sponsoring the bill says the numbers show that helmets save lives.

Advocates Continue Push to Lessen Importance of Standardized Tests in Texas

The debate over the proper role of standard tests in evaluating student performance returns to the Capitol.

For Texas Republicans, a Biennial Legislature Means Less Government

Unlike most states, the Texas Legislature only meets every other year.

Jan 20, 2019

School Trustee Woody Looks for Ways to Make Del Valle Better

The community of about 17,000 faces some of the most challenging issues in Travis County.

Dec 16, 2018

Advocates Hopeful for Reform of Marijuana Laws in Texas

Advocates are optimistic about the possible reform of marijuana laws during the 2019 Texas legislative session.

Nov 28, 2018

In Election Night Loss, Austin City Council Candidate Sees Reason for Hope

Danielle Skidmore, a trans woman who ran in 2018 election, failed in her bid. But she sees promise in the rise of LGBTQ candidates.

Nov 07, 2018

After O’Rourke Defeat, East Texas Democrats Disappointed but Optimistic about Future

O’Rourke’s defeat left some East Texas Democrats asking: If a hardworking, ready-for-prime-time candidate such as O’Rourke can’t win in Texas, when will the state turn blue?

Oct 22, 2018

Despite Dynamic Campaign, Julie Oliver Faces Uphill Battle for Congress

While the odds are stacked against Julie Oliver in her run for U.S. Congress, she has some advantages over Democrats who have run in Texas’ Congressional District 25 in the past.

Oct 22, 2018

In East Texas, O’Rourke Campaign Buoys Democrats’ Hopes

To defeat incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz, Beto O’Rourke will have to succeed where East Texas Democrats have faltered in the recent past.

May 11, 2018

Expat Voters Could Tilt the Results of Mexico’s July 1 Election

Allowing expatriates to register abroad could boost participation in Mexico’s July 1 presidential election. Among the almost 260,000 people of Mexican descent in Austin, about 70,000 are Mexican-born.

Nov 28, 2017

House GOP Tax Bill Could Squeeze Graduate Students’ Finances

Graduate students plan a nationwide walkout Nov. 29 to protest a proposal that would tax tuition waivers and make graduate degrees much more expensive.

May 15, 2017

Federal Budget Might Axe Loans Designed to Boost Small Business

Loans offered by community development financial institutions have been a longtime part of the economy, but President Trump’s 2018 budget proposal seeks to eliminate them.

May 13, 2017

Colleges Wrestle with How to Handle Hate Speech but Protect Free Speech

Universities grapple with how to preserve an environment conducive to learning and freedom of expression for all points of view.

Apr 26, 2017

In South Texas, Border Wall Debate Includes Impact on Wildlife

While the political debate rages over illegal immigration, some South Texans worry that the wall could damage a prized wildlife refuge that contributes to the local economy.

Apr 13, 2017

Universities Fear Trump Policies Driving Away Iranian Students

The president’s executive order, now on hold, would disproportionately affect Iranian students and researchers.

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