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A Small-Town Texas Librarian’s Big Stand Against Book Bans

Thu, 20 Jun 2024 13:00:00 +0000

Suzette Baker, from unincorporated Kingsland, was feted recently by the Authors Guild in New York City as a “Champion of Writers”—the first-ever recipient of a national award established to honor librarians who fight book bans. In 2022, ​​she was fired from her job as a Llano County librarian after resisting orders to ban books and […]

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The Struggle to Fulfill Juneteenth’s Promise and Reckon with Its History

Wed, 19 Jun 2024 13:00:00 +0000

Around Galveston, Sam Collins III is better known as Professor Juneteenth.  For the past 20 years, Collins, 53, has devoted his life to educating the public about Juneteenth—the commemoration of June 19, 1865, when Union General Gordon Granger and his troops landed on the island. More than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation, Texas was […]

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Transphobic Dress Code Prompted Turmoil in Agriculture Department, Emails Show

Tue, 18 Jun 2024 13:00:00 +0000

For over a year, employees of the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) have been subject to a dress code that is transphobic and potentially illegal. The policy has caused turmoil within the agency, emails obtained by the Texas Observer and interviews reveal, along with contributing to a chilling atmosphere for LGBTQ+ workers.  Last April, the […]

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Why I Stayed Silent

Mon, 17 Jun 2024 13:00:00 +0000

I was 19 and attending a Spanish study abroad program in Madrid through the University of Houston, when a stranger approached. I’d been at a restaurant with a large group of friends and acquaintances whining about not being able to call my boyfriend back in Texas, when this young man I hadn’t noticed before leaned […]

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How San Antonio Police Lost a Bullet Tied to the Shooting Death of a Baby

Fri, 14 Jun 2024 13:00:00 +0000

Editor’s Note: This story was produced by the students at the Howard Center for Investigative Journalism at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, an initiative of the Scripps Howard Fund in honor of the late news industry executive and pioneer Roy W. Howard. Contact the reporting team at howardcenter@asu.edu or on […]

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Between the Concertina Wire and the Cartel

Thu, 13 Jun 2024 18:49:27 +0000

“Can you take us in your car to the next gate?” the group of migrants asked. I was in Ciudad Juárez, along the U.S.-Mexico border, with another doctor and members of my organization, Hope Border Institute. It was early May, and we were driving along the banks of the Rio Grande, providing whatever humanitarian aid […]

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Ex-Legislator Faces Investigation for Possible Violation of Lobbying Law He Co-Sponsored

Wed, 12 Jun 2024 21:48:52 +0000

A former legislator who chaired a powerful state House committee is under investigation by the Texas Ethics Commission (TEC) for his alleged violations of a Texas revolving-door law that restricts lawmakers from leaving office to become lobbyists.  The legislator under scrutiny is former Republican state Representative Chris Paddie, who resigned his East Texas seat in […]

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‘Ride’ Paints Cowboy Life in Shades of Gray

Tue, 11 Jun 2024 13:00:00 +0000

Writer, director, and actor Jake Allyn grew up in Dallas, a city whose professional football team (as well as my nearby high school) proudly flies the banner of the cowboy, one of the most enduring, and caricatured, symbols of Texas identity.  Allyn’s new feature film, Ride—which follows multiple generations of bull riders in Stephenville, long […]

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The Heist

Mon, 10 Jun 2024 13:00:00 +0000

On February 23, 2001, professor Thomas Guderjan accompanied other Texas Christian University (TCU) researchers and a librarian to the locked door of storage room L10C in the basement of the Mary Couts Burnett Library. The group intended to locate pre-Columbian Peruvian textiles donated to the university between 1995 and 1997, along with pottery and ritual […]

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Displaced to Death

Fri, 07 Jun 2024 17:32:06 +0000

This article was originally published by Deceleration, a nonprofit environmental justice newsroom based in San Antonio. During the seemingly endless slog that is summer in South Texas, the smell of cayenne pepper from the La Fiesta spice factory caustically mingles with engine exhaust, suspended and heavy in the suffocating humidity. In traffic, I creep slowly […]

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