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‘In a Small Town Like This,’ Prom Draws East Texas LGBT Students

High schoolers in Nacogdoches, an East Texas town of about 33,000, attended the Lavender Prom, an event held in April for LGBT students.

Disability Community in Travis County Grapples with Parking Abuse

Parking Mobility, an international nonprofit based in Texas, works to educate communities about the hazards involved when drivers improperly park vehicles in handicap-designated spaces.

Shooting Competition Attracts More Texans, including Women, Juniors

A gun competition built on camaraderie is growing in popularity among Texas target shooting enthusiasts.

Women’s Marchers Seek Signs the Movement Has Staying Power

Some wonder: Were the marches the start of a new women’s movement, or just a passionate moment of protest against Trump’s election?

Dec 29, 2017

49 Years a Trapper: Childhood Hobby Became a Man’s Lifelong Passion

Dan Hepker runs an office supply store. But his avocation is trapping predatory animals, especially Texas’ wily coyotes.

Dec 19, 2017

For Texas Christmas Tree Growers, It’s the Customer Experience That Counts

Texas Christmas tree growers seek to attract customers with games, food and other attractions.

Dec 15, 2017

After Devastating Storm, Texas Island Flooded by Development

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

Dec 14, 2017

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

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

Dec 12, 2017

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.

Dec 09, 2017

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.

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