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Photos: Storms toppled transmission towers, downed trees and blew out windows across Houston area

Fri, 17 May 2024 14:45:42 -0500

The severe weather caused widespread damage, killed at least four people and left hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses without power.

https://feeds.texastribune.org/link/16799/16685961/texas-storm-photos-damage-power-outages

Austin will now allow homes on smaller lots in bid to fight housing affordability crisis

Fri, 17 May 2024 14:08:36 -0500

City leaders and advocates hope the reforms will increase housing supply and bring down costs. Opponents will likely try to reverse the measures.

https://feeds.texastribune.org/link/16799/16685905/austin-lot-size-housing-affordability

Travis County GOP Chair Matt Mackowiak announces run to lead state Republican Party

Fri, 17 May 2024 08:05:06 -0500

The political consultant joins a crowded field to replace outgoing Chair Matt Rinaldi when party delegates meet next week.

https://feeds.texastribune.org/link/16799/16685608/texas-gop-matt-mackowiak-chair

Push to enforce occupancy rule in College Station highlights Texas A&M students’ housing woes

Fri, 17 May 2024 05:00:00 -0500

The new fines underscore the challenges college students face when looking for affordable housing — and how cities struggle to provide it.

https://feeds.texastribune.org/link/16799/16685502/texas-am-student-housing-affordability

Some Houston-area power outages could last weeks after deadly storms cause widespread damage

Thu, 16 May 2024 22:36:05 -0500

At least four people were killed and much of the state’s largest city was brought to a standstill. Crews are racing to restore power and remove debris.

https://feeds.texastribune.org/link/16799/16685121/texas-storm-deaths-houston-power-outage-damage

Muslim advocacy group sues Abbott, saying university executive order violates free speech

Thu, 16 May 2024 16:26:27 -0500

Abbott’s executive order directs Texas universities to “review and update free speech policies to address the sharp rise in antisemitic speech.”

https://feeds.texastribune.org/link/16799/16684184/lawsuit-greg-abbott-texas-campus-protest-antisemitism

Join us for a June 18 conversation on protecting Texas’ coastline

Thu, 16 May 2024 15:47:56 -0500

We’ll talk about efforts to protect our coast and what we need to know as we enter another hurricane season.

https://feeds.texastribune.org/link/16799/16684170/texas-coastline-hurricane-protection

Gov. Greg Abbott pardons Daniel Perry, veteran who killed police brutality protester in 2020

Thu, 16 May 2024 14:59:23 -0500

A Travis County jury sentenced Perry to 25 years in prison last year, prompting Abbott to ask the state parole board to review his case.

https://feeds.texastribune.org/link/16799/16684116/daniel-perry-greg-abbott-pardon

Amarillo City Council must vote on abortion travel ban following successful voter petition

Thu, 16 May 2024 12:17:59 -0500

The council has been reluctant to approve the ban since it first debated the issue last fall.

https://feeds.texastribune.org/link/16799/16684034/amarillo-texas-abortion-travel-ban-vote

Meatless in South Texas: Thousands flock to vegan festival in Rio Grande Valley

Thu, 16 May 2024 11:00:00 -0500

From brisket to carne asada, Texas is known for meat, making this annual gathering in a small Rio Grande Valley town stand out.

https://feeds.texastribune.org/link/16799/16684003/south-texas-vegan-festival

Gillespie County election costs balloon after switch to hand count

Thu, 16 May 2024 05:00:00 -0500

The bigger bill for the GOP primary in Gillespie County illustrates how election costs could rise if hand counting of ballots is widely adopted.

https://feeds.texastribune.org/link/16799/16683818/texas-election-hand-count-cost-gillespie-county

Revisiting the protest movements at the University of Texas

Thu, 16 May 2024 05:00:00 -0500

Protests have been a century-long tradition at UT-Austin, and The Daily Texan, the student newspaper, has faithfully covered and recorded these significant historical events.

https://feeds.texastribune.org/link/16799/16683820/ut-austin-protest-students-texas-history

Travis County is shifting focus to prevent overdose deaths as fentanyl ravages the area

Thu, 16 May 2024 05:00:00 -0500

Since 2019, accidental drug deaths have been rising in Texas, with the number tripling in Travis County.

https://feeds.texastribune.org/link/16799/16683819/texas-travis-county-drug-deaths-fentanyl-overdose

Two years later, judge orders new election for Harris County judicial seat

Wed, 15 May 2024 18:29:38 -0500

Democratic Judge DaSean Jones beat out Tami Pierce by 449 votes in 2022, prompting one of several election challenges filed by unsuccessful Republican candidates. Many other election challenges were dismissed.

https://feeds.texastribune.org/link/16799/16683213/harris-county-election-challenge-180th-district-court

New $305 million Austin State Hospital unveiled as Texas revamps psychiatric system

Wed, 15 May 2024 15:57:12 -0500

The facility has 240 single-person rooms, a basketball gym and outdoor courtyards. It’s part of a $2.5 billion overhaul of the state’s mental health hospital system.

https://feeds.texastribune.org/link/16799/16683136/texas-psychiatric-hospitals-mental-health

Join us for a June 26 conversation on public access to government

Wed, 15 May 2024 15:30:49 -0500

We’ll talk about the challenges with the implementation of the Texas Public Information Act, how it’s affecting Texans and what solutions are available.

https://feeds.texastribune.org/link/16799/16683109/texas-government-public-access-we-the-texans

Texans triumph in fight to get direct flights from San Antonio to Washington, D.C.

Wed, 15 May 2024 15:19:21 -0500

The push to get more nonstop flights to the nation’s capital pit Texans against Virginians, who were opposed to the expansion.

https://feeds.texastribune.org/link/16799/16683110/san-antonio-direct-flights-washington-dc-faa

Join us for a May 29 conversation on the border and the election

Wed, 15 May 2024 14:51:32 -0500

In a virtual event held in partnership with ProPublica, we’ll discuss landmark federal policy shifts that precipitated last year’s deadly Juárez detention center fire, and how immigration is shaping the presidential election.

https://feeds.texastribune.org/link/16799/16683089/texas-mexico-border-federal-election

Barge hits, damages bridge in Galveston, causing an oil spill

Wed, 15 May 2024 13:31:02 -0500

The damaged bridge connects Pelican Island, where the Texas A&M Galveston campus is located, to Galveston Island.

https://feeds.texastribune.org/link/16799/16683044/texas-galveston-barge-bridge-accident-oil-spill-pelican-island

Biden, Trump sidestep traditional presidential debate schedule that included Texas State University

Wed, 15 May 2024 12:42:56 -0500

Texas State was slated to be the first Texas university to host a presidential debate, with an event scheduled Sept. 16.

https://feeds.texastribune.org/link/16799/16683035/texas-state-university-presidential-debate-biden-trump