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

Fighting Addiction, One Dank Meme at a Time

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

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.

U.S. House Democrats Target Six Texas Districts for 2020, Face Uphill Battle

National Democrats are targeting six congressional districts in Texas in 2020. Despite Democratic gains in the 2018 midterms, some political scientists say the party faces an uphill battle in the Lone Star State.

Central Texas Girls Blaze New Trails in Scouting

In February, the Boy Scouts started allowing all-girl troops in the 109-year-old organization.

Mar 15, 2019

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.

Mar 14, 2019

A Bumper Crop for Texas Cotton Could Spell Trouble for Farmers

In the boom-bust world of cotton, a couple of big harvests means lower prices and potentially tough times for Texas growers.

Feb 28, 2019

Texas Plays Its Role in America’s Board-Game Comeback

A renewed interest in board games has spawned an increase in amateur board game developers, particularly in Lone Star hotspots Dallas and Austin.

Feb 25, 2019

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.

Feb 25, 2019

Chronic Pain Patients Say Restrictions on Prescription Opioids Too Stringent

Some Texans say federal opioid-prescribing guidelines are limiting chronic pain patients’ access to much needed medicine.

Feb 21, 2019

For Texas Republicans, a Biennial Legislature Means Less Government

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

Feb 19, 2019

Texas Faces Another Unpredictable Mosquito Season

With the start of the 2019 mosquito season upon us, state public health officials plan to proceed as usual — expecting the worst.

Jan 19, 2019

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.

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.

Jan 14, 2019

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.

Jan 08, 2019

With Stock Car Racing on the Decline in Texas, One Woman Seeks to Save a Dying Track

After a lifetime in stock car racing, Mary Ann Naumann is trying to revive the sport at a dirt track in Paige.

Jan 02, 2019

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.

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