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Jun 07, 2019

28 Years After a Forgotten Mass Shooting in Texas, a Survivor Looks Back

Tommy Vaughn says he’s no hero, but his actions helped save lives.

Jun 03, 2019

Hill Country Caves Are Critical to Sustaining Above-Ground Life in Central Texas

Environmentalists say the survival of human communities in Central Texas is deeply intertwined with what goes on in the caves that dot the Hill Country.

Jun 01, 2019

Competitive Esports Burgeoning Among Small Texas Colleges

Fielding an esports team can help colleges recruit top students in STEM fields.

May 30, 2019

Austin’s Professional Soccer Team May Spur Increase in Youth Soccer Participation

Soccer aficionados say that the addition of a professional soccer team in Austin, coupled with the 2019 Women’s World Cup this summer and a gradual shift away from American football, may spur more young people in Central Texas to take up soccer.

May 29, 2019

At City of Austin, the Goal is Turning Trash into Treasure

Austin’s Circular Economy Program aspires to reduce waste by turning it into new products.

May 28, 2019

Confederates Still Memorialized at UT; No Immediate Plans for Change

Despite the relocation of some of UT-Austin’s prominent reminders of Confederate times, other nods to the Confederacy, hidden and not so hidden, continue to dot the campus and provide potential flashpoints for controversy.

May 26, 2019

Tackling the Challenges of Global Health

Paul Farmer, a widely recognized expert in the field of international health, reflects on global health challenges.

May 26, 2019

Understanding Austin’s Ambitious Transportation Plans

The strategic plan sets out a vision for reducing the number of Austinites who rely on cars from 74% now to 50% in 2039.

May 24, 2019

Houston, Do We Have an Animal Trapping Problem? The Trapping Debate Explained

In Texas, trapping is mainly used to control predators and nuisance animals that threaten livestock. The practice churns up heated debate between trappers, hunters, ranchers and animal welfare groups.

May 24, 2019

Deciphering the U.S. Move Against Iran’s Revolutionary Guard

An expert at UT’s LBJ School says he supports the terrorist designation but doubts it will make a difference.

May 24, 2019

UT Slows Down the Scooters, Students Don’t Seem to Mind

In a series of interviews in April, most UT students said they welcome an automatically enforced 8-mph speed limit for dockless electric scooters.

May 22, 2019

Offspring of Famous Texas Trees Find Homes in Living Museums

The Hall of Texas Heroes exhibit at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is made up of saplings collected from the acorns of famous trees from Texas history.

May 22, 2019

A Community Health Model Takes Hold in Texas

Community health workers aren’t medical professionals, but play an important role in helping patients prevent and manage chronic diseases.

May 22, 2019

Lois Kolkhorst, Rising Star in the Texas GOP, Won’t Back Down

Authoring hot-button socially conservative legislation has established Sen. Lois Kolkhorst as a leading voice in the socially conservative block of the Republican party in Texas. (Story also appeared in the Victoria Advocate.)

May 21, 2019

Fighting ‘Anti-Science’ in the Face of a Measles Outbreak

With America experiencing its worst measles outbreak since 2000, a Texas public health expert discusses the prevalence of the disease going forward.

May 21, 2019

Austin Women Find Camaraderie on the Gridiron

The Outlaws is an all-women’s full-contact football team that has played in Austin for nearly 20 years.

May 20, 2019

Texas Legislature Avoids Hot-Button Abortion Bills This Session

Unlike Alabama, which just banned abortion except to save a mother’s life, or Georgia, with its fetal heartbeat bill, Texas anti-abortion forces are pursuing incremental steps this year.

May 20, 2019

As Hemp Bill Nears Passage, Expert Warns of Potential Pitfalls

Prohibition of the plant has made scientific work on best cultivation practices impossible, and taking market share from growers outside the state could be a challenge.

May 20, 2019

Answering Five Questions Texans Have About Hemp and Marijuana

They’re both illegal, for now, and they’re both cannabis, but the similarities just about end there.

May 20, 2019

Texas Tennis Fights Through Scandal to Win First National Title

After losing their coach in the wake of a college admissions scandal, UT-Austin’s men’s tennis team won its first national championship.