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Jan 14, 2017

Austin Backyard Becomes a Haven for UFO Searchers

Scientists dismiss UFOs as fantasies. But one Austin group meets regularly to scan the skies for spaceships from outer space.

Jan 06, 2017

No-Frills ‘Green Burials’ Offer New Way to Go to the Great Hereafter

A movement to promote burials that allow bodies to decompose naturally is being led by women who hope to change the conversation surrounding death and death care.

Dec 18, 2016

Austin Street Artists Have Mixed Feelings About Impending Move of Outdoor Graffiti Park

The park has been a high-profile outdoor showcase for artists. But some say they’re tired of the taggers and others who deface their work.

Dec 16, 2016

Austin Nurse Finds a Calling in Medical Relief Missions to Haiti

Hurricane Katrina inspired April Watkins to become a nurse. An earthquake in Haiti spurred her to start annual trips to help the rural poor there.

Dec 15, 2016

Retiring RecSports Director Reflects on His Life and Legacy at UT

For more than four decades, Bob Childress has occupied an office in Gregory Gym, with walls covered in snapshots of University of Texas at Austin history and his two diplomas, from 1973 and 1976. Soon, he will take it all down. Childress plans to retire next spring, on the back end of the year-long celebration […]

Dec 15, 2016

Firearms Fashion Brings Women Together

At female gun clubs in Central Texas, women share an interest in self-protection with style: Custom-colored guns and holsters adapted for women’s bodies are growing in popularity.

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 13, 2016

Analysts: Trump Immigration Policies Could Spell Trouble for the Texas Economy

A policy of mass deportation would have a significant effect on Texas’ economy, which depends on immigrant laborers to fill jobs in its construction, agriculture and hospitality industries, according to economists and industry insiders.

Dec 13, 2016

Central Texans with Mideast Roots Help Refugees Build New Lives in Austin

Several groups are helping the newcomers find welcome and help in an unfamiliar city.

Dec 12, 2016

Cap Metro’s 2025 Plan Leaves Some Austin Bus Riders Behind

The plan would increase ridership and revenue. But it also means many people would have to find new routes to work, school or services.

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 09, 2016

Backup Quarterbacks Sometimes Are Thrown into the Bright Lights

They don’t often get to play. But when the coach puts them in the game, it’s their chance to shine or stumble.

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.

Dec 07, 2016

Pastors for Texas Children Become a Rising Voice Against School Vouchers

The group vows to challenge Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s effort to pass school vouchers in the 2017 Legislature. Johnson said he has told Patrick to his face, “This will not pass.”

Dec 04, 2016

Coaches: Pitch Limits in High School Baseball Are Both Fair and Foul

There is no rest for the high school baseball pitcher. But the University Interscholastic League is trying to correct that. On Oct.1 7, the governing body of high school sports in Texas set a limit of 110 pitches per game, effective the 2017 season. The UIL enacted the policy to protect young arms from damage and reduce […]

Dec 04, 2016

Legislature May Address HOA Foreclosure Issues in Upcoming Session

A House committee is studying ways to address complaints that homeowners could face foreclosures because of high attorney fees assessed by HOAs.

Dec 04, 2016

Grocer’s Son, Then Doctor, Now Major Donor to UT’s New Medical School

Mitchel Wong has prospered as an eye doctor, rancher and real estate investor. His $20 million donation will create a new institute at Dell Medical.

Dec 02, 2016

Lake Travis Player, Stuck in Mexico, Leaves a Deep But Incomplete Legacy

Lake Travis senior defensive tackle Cesar Guzman last saw Santiago Villegas in July. “I asked him when he was coming back,” Guzman said. “He said that he wasn’t sure, so I was like, ‘Well, you gotta come back, we start football in two weeks.’” Two weeks later, Guzman stood next to an empty locker. Villegas […]

Nov 30, 2016

In Asian Basketball League, Players Find Fellowship and Community

More than 100 players on 10 teams gather every Saturday from August to October.