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

Fight Over Community Building Heats up Tiny Central Texas Town of Staples

A fight over what to do with the civic center in Staples has riled up residents.

On Her Day to Shine (and Sing), Gabbi Wears the Crown

Gabbi Huerte, 17, has Down Syndrome. The annual Miss Sweetheart Special Needs Pageant gave her a moment to remember.

Keeping Up with the Gaineses: In Waco, Entrepreneurs Build on the Success of Magnolia Market to revitalize downtown

A flood of tourists drawn by the TV stars has triggered a development wave.

New Groups Help Veterans Find Peace

Veterans say they are turning to new organizations to deal with traumatic experiences.

Jan 14, 2019

A Voice in the Night, Marfa Radio Host Broadcasts for Himself and the World

David Beebe, the host of the weekly Night Train Express on public-radio KRTS, keeps Motown sound alive in West Texas.

Dec 26, 2018

Austin Sobering Center Saves Money and Lives, Officials Say

Since the Austin-Travis County Sobering Center opened in August, more then 500 intoxicated people have been treated at the center.

Dec 24, 2018

October Floods Might Slow Spread of Invasive Zebra Mussel

The mussel has inflicted billions of dollars in damages since it was introduced in the Great Lakes in 1988.

Dec 24, 2018

For Lufkin, the Good Times Return

Few things capture the irony of Lufkin’s resurgence better than the Lufkin Industries Christmas display.

Dec 17, 2018

Bastrop Water Conflict Turns on Competing Assessments of Aquifer’s Volume

The Lower Colorado River Authority wants to pump 25,000 acre-feet annually from the Carrizo-Wilcox aquifer.

Dec 16, 2018

Founder of Austin Buddhist Temple Stirs Controversy

The founder of a Buddhist temple in Austin has said things condoning the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya people in Myanmar.

Dec 13, 2018

Disappearing Black Cemetery in Bastrop County Provides Link to Past

The Bastrop cemetery is another instance of black grave sites being unearthed across the state as developers bulldoze land along the edges of expanding cities.

Dec 10, 2018

A Festival Fit for a King

UT students Alejandra Gavilanes and Sam Bellessa set out to discover one of Central Texas’ most popular events and along the way  meet the king and his royal subjects at the Texas Renaissance Festival.

Dec 08, 2018

Playing with Fire, UT Professor Sparks Interest in Chemistry (and Sometimes Things Explode)

A a girl in Michigan, Kate Biberdorf discovered joy and beauty in science. She brings that sense of wonder — and plenty of pyrotechnics — to her students at the University of Texas.

Dec 07, 2018

Remote Control Aircraft Soaring to New Heights of Popularity

Advances in technology and the mainstreaming of drones during the past decade have breathed new life into the niche hobby of flying remote control airplanes.

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 26, 2018

UT’s Graduation Rate Gender Gap: Women Do Better than Men

The disparity is true nationwide, but universities struggle to find answers.

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