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

Global Warming Is Changing the Way Bluebonnets Bloom

Earlier, warmer springs mean the Texas state flower is appearing during months that used to be too cold.

$100 Million Center Is Founder’s Latest Push for Public Education

The Holdsworth Center, founded by H-E-B chief executive Charles Butt, will offer intensive leadership training, but won’t offer academic credit.

San Antonio Group Tackles Adult Literacy, One Student at a Time

In a city with high rates of adult illiteracy, Each One Teach One works to give students a second shot at an education.

Bar Stool Racing Puts Zip Into an East Texas Town

Most of the motorized stools in the St. Patrick’s Day race can reach 30 mph or so, but one has hit 100 mph.

Mar 01, 2017

Grasshopper, Cricket Enthusiasts Seeking Adventurous Palates

Area foodies and farmers are hopping, er, hoping that grasshoppers catch on in Austin as a cheap, sustainable food option.

Dec 15, 2016

Texas Foster Care System Faces Concerns About Overmedication of Children

“Every kid we had was so overmedicated” with psychotropic drugs, one longtime foster parent said. “It was horrible.”

Dec 15, 2016

Advocates, Legislators Call for Changes in Handling of Foster Child Abuse Cases

Senate bill could get priority status when the Legislature convenes in January.

Dec 12, 2016

Black Texas State Students Adopt Hashtag Activism

Black students in Texas have responded over the years to a long history of discrimination with sit-ins, marches and impassioned speeches. While those methods still persist, a newer medium is allowing students to fight what they perceive as injustices: social media. One of the main ways in which black students are raising their political voice […]

Dec 07, 2016

Two Syrian Families Trace Their Long Routes from War to Refuge in Austin

They escaped the bombs and repression of a five-year civil war. Now they are trying to rebuild their lives in a new country.

Nov 16, 2016

Empty RV Parks Tell Story of an Oil-Boom Town’s Changing Fortunes

Cotulla and other towns in the Eagle Ford Shale are nursing economic hangovers from the collapse of an oil boom that pumped prosperity into the region.

Nov 15, 2016

Dove Hunting Takes Wing in Extended Season

Thanks to growing bird populations, this year’s season is the longest in eight decades. That creates opportunities for more people to enjoy an affordable form of hunting.

Oct 19, 2016

Hack the Election? Local Officials Say Their Systems Are Secure

Travis County takes extra measures to secure its voting machines. The county clerk says the real hack is the people stirring up unfounded fears that the election could be tampered with.

Oct 12, 2016

Late-Night Rush Shatters Travis County Voter Registration Record

The county has topped its 90-percent registration goal; now the goal is to set another record for voter turnout.

Oct 04, 2016

Pronghorns Making a Comeback in West Texas

Private landowners are working with the state to rebuild the herd in the face of drought, disease and habitat loss.

Sep 23, 2016

Textbook Warrior Fights ‘Satanic Thought’

Neal Frey campaigns to make sure Texas textbooks include the conservative Christian perspective on issues such as evolution, American exceptionialism and sexual mores.

May 21, 2016

In Texas’ Troubled Foster Care System, Treatment Centers Are a Bright Spot

The centers provide therapy and special care for children traumatized by abuse and neglect.

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