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A Texas school has punished a Black student over his hairstyle for months. Neither side is backing down.
February 22, 2024
A trial over the Barbers Hill school district’s dress code will test Texas’ new CROWN Act, which prohibits discrimination based on hairstyles.
Rural Texans, internet providers worry that feds’ broadband expansion plan will have a painfully slow rollout
February 14, 2024
A historic $3.3 billion federal investment in broadband could connect millions of Texans to the internet. But getting the money to the right hands could be a challenge.
An East Texas school district’s flagpole raises questions about America’s separation of church and state
January 24, 2024
The LaPoynor school district frequently flies a Christian flag, but may not be running afoul of the Constitution because it says students are choosing to raise it.
“Cascading failures”: Justice Department blasts law enforcement’s botched response to Uvalde school shooting
January 18, 2024
U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland said that had responding officers followed general procedures, some victims would have survived.
U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar says three migrants are dead near Eagle Pass park after Border Patrol was denied access
January 13, 2024
Texas officers took control over Shelby Park against the city’s wishes on Wednesday and have since blocked U.S. Border Patrol agents from entering.
December 15, 2023
Smith County’s top elected official said the downtown square’s holiday decorations policy seeks to avoid a “hodgepodge.”
December 07, 2023
To survive, Texas community colleges have to prove their worth. But residents of this rural north Texas town are questioning what’s right for them.
New Uvalde school shooting documentary and investigation reveal details of law enforcement’s flawed response
December 04, 2023
The “Inside the Uvalde Response” film and related reporting by The Texas Tribune, ProPublica and FRONTLINE analyze one of the most criticized mass shooting responses in recent history and show real-time insight into officers’ thoughts and actions.
November 29, 2023
Once a tool of journalists and concerned citizens to hold government accountable, open records requests have been increasingly used by political opponents and conspiracy theorists to slow down the pace of government.
November 10, 2023
After Max Hightower scored a role in the seminal American musical, administrators changed their policy on performers’ gender. On Friday, they rescinded that rule, but also announced a truncated production of the show.
Oilfield companies helped to craft Texas’ new waste rules for 2 years before the public got to see them
October 04, 2023
The effort to update the state’s oilfield waste disposal rules was initiated by Railroad Commissioner Jim Wright, one of the state’s top oil and gas regulators who has investments in the industry.
With no opposition in the room, a rural Texas county makes traveling for an abortion on its roads illegal
September 28, 2023
Cochran County, which borders New Mexico, joins a small group of other rural Texas counties that have passed these ordinances. Abortion-rights supporters say the new policies are not legal.
Family legacies and the state’s Jim Crow past underlie a fight over mineral rights on a stretch of South Texas scrubland
August 24, 2023
Descendants of a prominent white family and a formerly enslaved couple are fighting over ownership — and the oil and gas royalties that would come with it — of an 147.5-acre tract that has bound and divided generations of their families.
July 13, 2023
The number of volunteer firefighters has dropped sharply nationwide, a trend that appears to be gripping rural Texas communities.
As race-neutral college admissions begin, Texas counselors work to convince students of color they still belong
July 03, 2023
Black and Latino students make up about two-thirds of Texas’ public schools. But they are vastly underrepresented at its top universities, and Thursday’s Supreme Court ruling will shake up an already complicated application process.