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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 […]

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.

May 21, 2016

Six Years Later, Deepwater Restoration Money Starts Flowing

A Texas coalition reviewing applications for projects to repair will award grants worth millions of dollars from a trust fund fed by fines paid by British Petroleum and the other companies responsible for the disaster.

May 15, 2016

Texan Is the Stuff of Legends in the Taxidermy World

Joe Kish can make dead animals come alive again — even elephants and crocodiles. In the taxidermy industry, he’s regarded as a pioneer.

May 04, 2016

Out of the Shadows: Wicca Grows in Austin and Beyond

The number of self-identified Wiccans in the United States has increased to 342,000 in 2008 from 134,000 in 2001, according to a survey. Wicca’s growth follows the rise in unconventional religions.

May 03, 2016

Correcting Gender on IDs a Painful Hurdle for Transgender Texans

Texas is one of 19 states with no statutory guidelines on changing the gender on driver licenses and birth certificates.

Apr 23, 2016

Company Trains Civilians to Take Out Active Shooters

Against a backdrop of more frequent mass shootings across the country, Combative Weapon Solutions founder and chief executive Lee Vernon, 42, an Austin firefighter, saw a need for tactical training for people who could fight back.

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