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Central Texas Food Bank A Godsend for Residents During Pandemic

Food banks around Texas are seeing skyrocketing demand.

One Year Later, a Small Texas Town Reflects on the Pandemic

In the spring of 2020, Reporting Texas set out to cover the plight of small towns in a changing Texas by reporting on the town of Eden in Concho County. Then COVID-19 struck. We pivoted to looking at how Eden was dealing with the pandemic. Eight months later, we checked back in with residents.

Austin’s Myanmar Community Rallies Against Coup

About 150 supporters of democracy in Myanmar took to the Texas Capitol grounds on Feb. 6 to protest the military coup that took place in the Southeast Asian country six days earlier.

Texas Funeral Homes Take a Financial Hit Despite COVID-19 

Texas funeral homes are making less money during the COVID-19 pandemic, despite at least 27,000 COVID-19-related deaths statewide, because the services that drive their profits are less attractive to families worried about spreading the disease.

May 19, 2021

Rural Texans Left in Dust Without Adequate Healthcare

On their way to suburbia, Texas, the moving vans of more than 500,000 people who relocated here from out-of-state in 2019 likely passed through small towns in the boggy thicket of rural East Texas or along the dust-blown western highways that stretch as far as the sky above is wide. These rural communities may not […]

Apr 22, 2021

South Texas Geothermal Energy Project Ready to Provide Power That Never Stops

A geothermal test project that could set the stage for “always on” green energy is set to take root in South Texas with a goal of competing with wind and solar energy production. The project is a joint venture between Sage Geosystems, a private green energy company, and the Bureau of Economic Geology at the Jackson School of Geosciences at the University of Texas at Austin, based on a U.S. Air Force-funded initial feasibility study.

Dec 18, 2020

Gender Gap Persists in UT System Senior Leadership 

In 2015, a group of female UT System employees sent a report to then-UT System Chancellor William McRaven detailing how women were underrepresented in leadership positions in the system. The 2015 report’s authors acknowledge the progress has been made in the intervening five years, but they say more needs to be done.

Dec 14, 2020

The Uphill Climb for Stricter Gun Laws in Texas

A Republican state representative from Odessa — which witnessed the third mass-shooting tragedy nationwide in a single month last year — filed the first gun-safety-related bill of the upcoming 87th Legislature. 

Dec 08, 2020

Black-Owned Plant-Based Restaurants Taking Root in Texas

Many African-Americans simply are not used to having plant-based ingredients replace meat in the cuisine they grew up with. However, an increasing number of black-owned plant-based restaurants around the state are showing that going meatless is becoming more popular among African-American Texans.

Dec 01, 2020

Falconry Soars in Texas 

Falconry is a niche sport, but the state has seen an uptick in applications for falconry permits. “We have an average of 14 new applicants each year, but in 2019 that number increased to 27,” Megan Nelson, falconry permit coordinator at Texas Parks and Wildlife, said. There are 389 licensed falconers in Texas.

Oct 24, 2020

Central Texas School Social Workers and Counselors Face Pandemic-related Challenges

Since the pandemic forced schools to limit in-person classes, social workers and counselors have struggled to maintain relationships with students. In addition to the difficulty of staying in touch with students virtually, social workers have had to navigate what experts call a mental health crisis.

Oct 13, 2020

Professor Provides Insight on Governor’s Proposed Protest Laws

In September, Gov. Greg Abbott suggested legislation that takes aim at protesters. The Governor’s proposals are part of a renewed law and order focus promoted by President Donald Trump. Reporting Texas spoke with Arizona State Criminal Justice Professor Edward Mcguire about the measures.

Jan 06, 2020

Texas Separatists Aim to Go Mainstream

The Texas Nationalist Movement, a peaceful advocacy group formed in 2005, is intensely critical of the federal government. Its central goal is fundamentally revolutionary: an economically, politically and culturally independent Texas.

Dec 30, 2019

Texas A&M Forest Service Takes Proactive Approach to Fighting Wildfires

The service is building fire barriers around two Panhandle towns that are highly vulnerable to wildfires.

Nov 01, 2019

Understanding the Constitutional Amendment That Would Exempt Gold from Taxation

On Nov. 5, voters will weigh in on Proposition 9, a state constitutional amendment that would exempt metals stored in the Texas Bullion Depository — the only state-backed precious metals depository in the nation — from property taxes.

Sep 26, 2019

Racial Politics and Economic Woes Roil an East Texas City

How the battle over an East Texas city’s economic development corporation laid bare racial fault lines in the age of Trump.

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