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

After Devastating Storm, Waves of Development Flooded a Texas Barrier Island

Hurricane Ike in 2008 walloped Crystal Beach. The tiny town has more than recovered.

Ecologist Challenges the Myths About Cedar, Texas’ Most Hated Tree

Elizabeth McGreevy wants to clear the air around the cedar curse in Texas

Rancher Takes an Unconventional Path to Restoring His Land

Chris Gill is a convert to holistic management, which holds that cattle can become a tool to revive the land, not destroy it.

Hurricane Harvey Put the Hurt on Coastal Bend Cotton Growers

Farmers in the region were banking on a boom year. The hurricane blew away those hopes, and the future is uncertain.

Dec 07, 2017

Despite Risks, Grape Growers See Texas as Ripe for Investment

Despite insects and erratic weather, Texas grape growers across the state are experiencing a surge in winery enterprises, and the interest in Texas wine is extending beyond state lines.

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.

Nov 22, 2017

Pet First Aid Programs Grow in Popularity

A growing number of Central Texan pet lovers are learning a potentially life-and-death skill for their favorite four-legged friends: pet first aid.

Nov 21, 2017

Finding Temporary Housing Remains a Hurdle for Harvey Victims

Twyla Thornhill says she was thrilled to get the keys to a modest rental house near Austin’s airport — the fourth place they’ve lived since the hurricane devastated their home in Rockport.

Nov 10, 2017

Baptist Conventions Address Safety After Sutherland Springs Shooting

Following the mass shooting in Sutherland Springs, two of the largest annual church conventions in the country gather this weekend. One topic that will be high on the agenda: church safety.

Nov 02, 2017

Reforestation Experts Help Restore a Wild Blanco River

Two years after the flood deforested the riverside, landowners work closely with reforestation experts to create a riparian environment.

Oct 31, 2017

Georgetown’s Flag Display to Honor Heroes Amid Debate on Symbols

Week-long event will include 1,400 flags and a gala to raise money for the local Rotary Club.

Oct 17, 2017

Boat Party Businesses Make Splash to help Rockport’s Harvey Recovery

The owners wanted to raise money to help their Gulf Coast hometown recover from the hurricane. They did it the way they know best — they threw a party.

Sep 07, 2017

Austin’s Harvey ‘Megashelter’ Begins Plans to Close

Austin prepared for thousands of evacuees; shelter never held more than 400.

Sep 06, 2017

In Harvey’s Wake, Evacuees Mourn Their Losses and Worry About Their Future

In Red Cross shelters, state park campgrounds and motels, people who fled the hurricane are weighing whether to return to certain devastation in their hometowns, or find new places to live.

Aug 30, 2017

In Central Texas, Reloading Ammunition Is More Than a Hobby

Business is booming for small companies that remanufacture ammunition. Central Texas is a hotbed for the industry.

Jul 30, 2017

A Texas County Invests $39 Million in a Lake That’s Almost a Dry Hole

Moore County has received no water from Lake Palo Duro, and a bill now in the Legislature won’t turn on the spigots or ease the county’s financial burden.

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