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Texas Schools Failing to Teach Sex Ed

Texas students often arrive on college campuses ill equipped to navigate the sexual freedom that comes with their newfound independence. Critics place the blame on inconsistent, confusing and contradictory approaches to sex education in the state’s public schools. Karen Rayne, assistant professor of instruction at the University of Texas at Austin, said she believes because […]

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.

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.

Rodeo Bullfighters Find Fulfillment and Friendship on a Long, Hard Road

In a fast-moving and dangerous sport, the bullfighters develop a bond on and off the dirt.

Apr 03, 2020

Austin Educators look beyond Texas’ African American studies course

WATCH: UT students talk about African American History African American heritage runs deep in Texas. From the horror of slavery to the civil rights movement and beyond, Texas’ African American population has played a critical role in the state’s economic and cultural development. Yet Texas’ publication education system has downplayed African American history in its […]

May 06, 2019

Civil War Battle Rises Again in East Texas

The annual Battle of Blackjack Grove, a mock Civil War battle, started in 2017 in the East Texas town of Groveton and has attracted more and more attendees each year.

Apr 29, 2019

Journalism Schools Look to Prepare Students to Confront Sexual Harassment

Journalists say schools should prepare students to deal with sexual harassment in the workplace.

Apr 21, 2019

UT-Austin, Texas State Train Police, Students and Staff to Handle Active Shooters

Training at UT-Austin and Texas State takes two tracks: one focusing on quick police response and a second on simple steps everyone else can take to defend themselves.

Apr 21, 2019

Estimating Texas Mountain Lion Population Is Like Herding Cats — Literally

The lions are so stealthy and range so widely, mostly on private land, that scientists have difficulty developing a good estimate of their numbers in Texas.

Apr 18, 2019

Fighting Addiction, One Dank Meme at a Time

An addict turned recovery counselor uses dark humor and social media to help users clean up.

Apr 12, 2019

Kinder Morgan, the Blind Eyes of Texas Salamanders Are Upon You

The presence of endangered salamanders in aquifers under the route means an added layer of environmental scrutiny for Kinder Morgan’s proposed natural gas pipeline.

Apr 04, 2019

U.S. House Democrats Target Six Texas Districts for 2020, Face Uphill Battle

National Democrats are targeting six congressional districts in Texas in 2020. Despite Democratic gains in the 2018 midterms, some political scientists say the party faces an uphill battle in the Lone Star State.

Mar 16, 2019

Central Texas Girls Blaze New Trails in Scouting

In February, the Boy Scouts started allowing all-girl troops in the 109-year-old organization.

Mar 15, 2019

Advocates Push for Criminal Sentencing Reform

Support is growing for legislation that would allow prisoners, even those convicted of violent crimes, to reduce their sentences through good behavior.

Mar 14, 2019

A Bumper Crop for Texas Cotton Could Spell Trouble for Farmers

In the boom-bust world of cotton, a couple of big harvests means lower prices and potentially tough times for Texas growers.

Feb 28, 2019

Texas Plays Its Role in America’s Board-Game Comeback

A renewed interest in board games has spawned an increase in amateur board game developers, particularly in Lone Star hotspots Dallas and Austin.

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