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Home Wasn’t Safe. Then COVID-19 Made It Seem Like the Only Option.

Seeing a “disturbing” decrease in clients and callers amid COVID-19 stay-at-home orders, some domestic violence shelters in rural counties worry this is just t [...] Read full article: Home Wasn’t Safe. Then COVID-19 Made It ...→

Eye on Texas: How COVID-19 Emptied the Texas-Mexico Border

Rush hour lines at the Texas-Mexico border are typically hours long. Since the border closed on March 21, those lines are all but gone. Read full article: Eye on Texas: How COVID-19 Emptied the T...→

Will Grocery Workers Still Be ‘Heroes’ When COVID-19 Subsides?

In Texas, grocery employees labor for low wages and few benefits. Now they’re part of a nationwide struggle in which workers are fighting for their lives. Read full article: Will Grocery Workers Still Be ‘Heroes’ W...→

Demand for Plasma Therapy for the Sickest COVID-19 Patients Far Outpaces Donations

Texas blood banks and the Red Cross are actively recruiting donors but remain thwarted by a lack of antibody tests. Read full article: Demand for Plasma Therapy for the Sickes...→

Workers at Tyson Poultry Plant in East Texas Say the Company Put Them at Risk of COVID-19

Tyson employees interviewed by the Observer say that as the coronavirus spread through the facility in April, the company failed to notify them of the danger i [...] Read full article: Workers at Tyson Poultry Plant in East T...→

What’s a Bookstore for?

Saturday is Independent Bookstore Day. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, booksellers were facing razor-thin margins, an uncertain future, and the threat of Am [...] Read full article: What’s a Bookstore for?...→

Sunny Sone

Sunny Sone is the engagement editor at the Texas Observer. You can contact them at sone@texasobserver.org. Read full article: Sunny Sone...→

Along the Border, Witnesses of Smuggling Crimes Are Being Held in Detention, Despite Coronavirus Concerns

Even as jails across the country release low-level offenders, federal prosecutors in Texas are still asking judges to detain immigrants they want to testify ag [...] Read full article: Along the Border, Witnesses of Smuggling...→

Texas Had a State Office That Could Have Investigated Racial Disparities in COVID-19 Cases. Lawmakers Defunded it Three Years Ago.

While early reports elsewhere show African Americans disproportionately infected and dying from COVID-19, Texas’ data is incomplete. Read full article: Texas Had a State Office That Could Have...→

Xander Peters

Essentially, “Ban the Box” is an effort to allow those with past convictions to have their job qualifications and personalities evaluated before discussing the [...] Read full article: Xander Peters...→

7 Texas Arts and Culture Causes to Consider on Giving Tuesday

Today is #GivingTuesdayNow. If you’re looking for causes to donate to, consider supporting the individuals and organizations that make Texas’ art, culture, and [...] Read full article: 7 Texas Arts and Culture Causes to Consi...→

In Rural Counties, COVID-19 Cases are Likely Undercounted. Greg Abbott Wants to Reopen them Anyway.

More than 100 Texas counties—many with limited medical resources—will be able to reopen businesses to 50 percent capacity on Friday. Read full article: In Rural Counties, COVID-19 Cases are Li...→

‘The Quarry’ Tells a Dark Morality Tale in a Modern Small Texas Town

A new film from Scott Teems, king of the Southern drama, follows a violent drifter who assumes the identity of a small-town preacher. Read full article: ‘The Quarry’ Tells a Dark Morality Tale ...→

Underwater

Hit hard by flood after flood, people living in Rio Grande Valley colonias struggle to rebuild. Read full article: Underwater...→

Tiger King Could’ve Told a Tough Story of the Legal Mistreatment of Animals, But It Didn’t

Netflix’s runaway hit is a salacious interpersonal drama that buried what could have been a hard-hitting exposé of the patchwork regulations that are failing t [...] Read full article: Tiger King Could’ve Told a Tough Story o...→

City Nature Challenge Can Help Us Find Resilience and Mindfulness at Home

This year, researchers are asking residents to become citizen scientists in their own backyards in hopes of collecting vital data in otherwise overlooked areas [...] Read full article: City Nature Challenge Can Help Us Find R...→

The Next Census Could Determine the Future of Port Arthur - The Texas Observer

The census wasn’t designed to account for the ever-increasing frequency of hurricanes and floods along the coast. What does that mean for Port Arthur? Read full article: The Next Census Could Determine the Futu...→

‘Cheer’ Takes an Overlooked Sport Off the Sidelines

"Cheer" reminds me of my time as a high school dancer: training for intense athletic competitions while being reduced to halftime entertainment. Read full article: ‘Cheer’ Takes an Overlooked Sport Off th...→

Eye on Texas: Border Tuner

In November, a massive public art project lit up the sky over El Paso and Juárez, prompting conversations both funny and serious, political and personal. Read full article: Eye on Texas: Border Tuner...→

Texas Health Officials Undercount COVID-19 Cases by Excluding Some State Prisoners Who Tested Positive

The Observer identified at least nine Texas counties where prison cases make up more than 10 percent of the total COVID-19 cases in the county. Read full article: Texas Health Officials Undercount COVID-...→

Living With Discomfort and Ambiguity in ‘Finding Home in Boomtown’

A documentary follows a couple’s winding path toward starting a tiny-home community for the homeless in West Texas. Read full article: Living With Discomfort and Ambiguity in ...→

Cartoonist Ben Sargent Takes on Trump's Coronavirus Response

The latest from editorial cartoonist Ben Sargent compares how presidents throughout U.S. history have responded to crises. Trump doesn't exactly stack up. Read full article: Cartoonist Ben Sargent Takes on Trump's ...→

Weird Texas News: Waco, Dripping Springs, El Paso, and More

A candy factory created the world’s largest chocolate bar, only to have the title stolen. “The Reese’s team believes records ... are meant to be broken.” Read full article: Weird Texas News: Waco, Dripping Springs...→

Bajo el Agua - The Texas Observer

Las colonias, asentamientos irregulares en la frontera entre México y Texas, se ven sumamente afectadas por las tormentas, inclusive las más pequeñas. Para una [...] Read full article: Bajo el Agua - The Texas Observer...→

Mapping the Number of COVID-19 Cases in Texas per Doctor

Many counties with limited medical resources—including no primary care physicians—now have COVID-19 cases. Read full article: Mapping the Number of COVID-19 Cases in ...→

Jason Buch

Jason Buch is an independent journalist based in Seattle. A native of Austin, Buch spent 10 years covering immigration and the Texas-Mexico border for Texas ne [...] Read full article: Jason Buch...→

Amal Ahmed

Amal Ahmed is the summer 2019 editorial fellow at the Texas Observer, reporting on climate and the environment. Originally from Dallas, she has a journalism de [...] Read full article: Amal Ahmed...→

Home Wasn’t Safe. Then COVID-19 Made It Seem Like the Only Option.

Seeing a “disturbing” decrease in clients and callers amid COVID-19 stay-at-home orders, some domestic violence shelters in rural counties worry this is just t [...] Read full article: Home Wasn’t Safe. Then COVID-19 Made It ...→

Eye on Texas: Border Tuner

In November, a massive public art project lit up the sky over El Paso and Juárez, prompting conversations both funny and serious, political and personal. Read full article: Eye on Texas: Border Tuner...→

Eye on Texas: How COVID-19 Emptied the Texas-Mexico Border

Rush hour lines at the Texas-Mexico border are typically hours long. Since the border closed on March 21, those lines are all but gone. Read full article: Eye on Texas: How COVID-19 Emptied the T...→

Living With Discomfort and Ambiguity in ‘Finding Home in Boomtown’

A documentary follows a couple’s winding path toward starting a tiny-home community for the homeless in West Texas. Read full article: Living With Discomfort and Ambiguity in ...→

In Rural Counties, COVID-19 Cases are Likely Undercounted. Greg Abbott Wants to Reopen them Anyway.

More than 100 Texas counties—many with limited medical resources—will be able to reopen businesses to 50 percent capacity on Friday. Read full article: In Rural Counties, COVID-19 Cases are Li...→

Demand for Plasma Therapy for the Sickest COVID-19 Patients Far Outpaces Donations

Texas blood banks and the Red Cross are actively recruiting donors but remain thwarted by a lack of antibody tests. Read full article: Demand for Plasma Therapy for the Sickes...→

Weird Texas News: Waco, Dripping Springs, El Paso, and More

A candy factory created the world’s largest chocolate bar, only to have the title stolen. “The Reese’s team believes records ... are meant to be broken.” Read full article: Weird Texas News: Waco, Dripping Springs...→

Underwater

Hit hard by flood after flood, people living in Rio Grande Valley colonias struggle to rebuild. Read full article: Underwater...→

What’s a Bookstore for?

Saturday is Independent Bookstore Day. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, booksellers were facing razor-thin margins, an uncertain future, and the threat of Am [...] Read full article: What’s a Bookstore for?...→

Mapping the Number of COVID-19 Cases in Texas per Doctor

Many counties with limited medical resources—including no primary care physicians—now have COVID-19 cases. Read full article: Mapping the Number of COVID-19 Cases in ...→

City Nature Challenge Can Help Us Find Resilience and Mindfulness at Home

This year, researchers are asking residents to become citizen scientists in their own backyards in hopes of collecting vital data in otherwise overlooked areas [...] Read full article: City Nature Challenge Can Help Us Find R...→

Along the Border, Witnesses of Smuggling Crimes Are Being Held in Detention, Despite Coronavirus Concerns

Even as jails across the country release low-level offenders, federal prosecutors in Texas are still asking judges to detain immigrants they want to testify ag [...] Read full article: Along the Border, Witnesses of Smuggling...→

Amal Ahmed

Amal Ahmed is the summer 2019 editorial fellow at the Texas Observer, reporting on climate and the environment. Originally from Dallas, she has a journalism de [...] Read full article: Amal Ahmed...→

‘Cheer’ Takes an Overlooked Sport Off the Sidelines

"Cheer" reminds me of my time as a high school dancer: training for intense athletic competitions while being reduced to halftime entertainment. Read full article: ‘Cheer’ Takes an Overlooked Sport Off th...→

Xander Peters

Essentially, “Ban the Box” is an effort to allow those with past convictions to have their job qualifications and personalities evaluated before discussing the [...] Read full article: Xander Peters...→

Texas Health Officials Undercount COVID-19 Cases by Excluding Some State Prisoners Who Tested Positive

The Observer identified at least nine Texas counties where prison cases make up more than 10 percent of the total COVID-19 cases in the county. Read full article: Texas Health Officials Undercount COVID-...→

7 Texas Arts and Culture Causes to Consider on Giving Tuesday

Today is #GivingTuesdayNow. If you’re looking for causes to donate to, consider supporting the individuals and organizations that make Texas’ art, culture, and [...] Read full article: 7 Texas Arts and Culture Causes to Consi...→

Will Grocery Workers Still Be ‘Heroes’ When COVID-19 Subsides?

In Texas, grocery employees labor for low wages and few benefits. Now they’re part of a nationwide struggle in which workers are fighting for their lives. Read full article: Will Grocery Workers Still Be ‘Heroes’ W...→

Cartoonist Ben Sargent Takes on Trump's Coronavirus Response

The latest from editorial cartoonist Ben Sargent compares how presidents throughout U.S. history have responded to crises. Trump doesn't exactly stack up. Read full article: Cartoonist Ben Sargent Takes on Trump's ...→

‘The Quarry’ Tells a Dark Morality Tale in a Modern Small Texas Town

A new film from Scott Teems, king of the Southern drama, follows a violent drifter who assumes the identity of a small-town preacher. Read full article: ‘The Quarry’ Tells a Dark Morality Tale ...→

Workers at Tyson Poultry Plant in East Texas Say the Company Put Them at Risk of COVID-19

Tyson employees interviewed by the Observer say that as the coronavirus spread through the facility in April, the company failed to notify them of the danger i [...] Read full article: Workers at Tyson Poultry Plant in East T...→

Bajo el Agua - The Texas Observer

Las colonias, asentamientos irregulares en la frontera entre México y Texas, se ven sumamente afectadas por las tormentas, inclusive las más pequeñas. Para una [...] Read full article: Bajo el Agua - The Texas Observer...→

Tiger King Could’ve Told a Tough Story of the Legal Mistreatment of Animals, But It Didn’t

Netflix’s runaway hit is a salacious interpersonal drama that buried what could have been a hard-hitting exposé of the patchwork regulations that are failing t [...] Read full article: Tiger King Could’ve Told a Tough Story o...→

Sunny Sone

Sunny Sone is the engagement editor at the Texas Observer. You can contact them at sone@texasobserver.org. Read full article: Sunny Sone...→

Jason Buch

Jason Buch is an independent journalist based in Seattle. A native of Austin, Buch spent 10 years covering immigration and the Texas-Mexico border for Texas ne [...] Read full article: Jason Buch...→

The Next Census Could Determine the Future of Port Arthur - The Texas Observer

The census wasn’t designed to account for the ever-increasing frequency of hurricanes and floods along the coast. What does that mean for Port Arthur? Read full article: The Next Census Could Determine the Futu...→

Texas Had a State Office That Could Have Investigated Racial Disparities in COVID-19 Cases. Lawmakers Defunded it Three Years Ago.

While early reports elsewhere show African Americans disproportionately infected and dying from COVID-19, Texas’ data is incomplete. Read full article: Texas Had a State Office That Could Have...→

Home Wasn’t Safe. Then COVID-19 Made It Seem Like the Only Option.

Seeing a “disturbing” decrease in clients and callers amid COVID-19 stay-at-home orders, some domestic violence shelters in rural counties worry this is just t [...] Read full article: Home Wasn’t Safe. Then COVID-19 Made It ...→

Xander Peters

Essentially, “Ban the Box” is an effort to allow those with past convictions to have their job qualifications and personalities evaluated before discussing the [...] Read full article: Xander Peters...→

Eye on Texas: Border Tuner

In November, a massive public art project lit up the sky over El Paso and Juárez, prompting conversations both funny and serious, political and personal. Read full article: Eye on Texas: Border Tuner...→

Texas Health Officials Undercount COVID-19 Cases by Excluding Some State Prisoners Who Tested Positive

The Observer identified at least nine Texas counties where prison cases make up more than 10 percent of the total COVID-19 cases in the county. Read full article: Texas Health Officials Undercount COVID-...→

Eye on Texas: How COVID-19 Emptied the Texas-Mexico Border

Rush hour lines at the Texas-Mexico border are typically hours long. Since the border closed on March 21, those lines are all but gone. Read full article: Eye on Texas: How COVID-19 Emptied the T...→

7 Texas Arts and Culture Causes to Consider on Giving Tuesday

Today is #GivingTuesdayNow. If you’re looking for causes to donate to, consider supporting the individuals and organizations that make Texas’ art, culture, and [...] Read full article: 7 Texas Arts and Culture Causes to Consi...→

Living With Discomfort and Ambiguity in ‘Finding Home in Boomtown’

A documentary follows a couple’s winding path toward starting a tiny-home community for the homeless in West Texas. Read full article: Living With Discomfort and Ambiguity in ...→

Will Grocery Workers Still Be ‘Heroes’ When COVID-19 Subsides?

In Texas, grocery employees labor for low wages and few benefits. Now they’re part of a nationwide struggle in which workers are fighting for their lives. Read full article: Will Grocery Workers Still Be ‘Heroes’ W...→

In Rural Counties, COVID-19 Cases are Likely Undercounted. Greg Abbott Wants to Reopen them Anyway.

More than 100 Texas counties—many with limited medical resources—will be able to reopen businesses to 50 percent capacity on Friday. Read full article: In Rural Counties, COVID-19 Cases are Li...→

Cartoonist Ben Sargent Takes on Trump's Coronavirus Response

The latest from editorial cartoonist Ben Sargent compares how presidents throughout U.S. history have responded to crises. Trump doesn't exactly stack up. Read full article: Cartoonist Ben Sargent Takes on Trump's ...→

Demand for Plasma Therapy for the Sickest COVID-19 Patients Far Outpaces Donations

Texas blood banks and the Red Cross are actively recruiting donors but remain thwarted by a lack of antibody tests. Read full article: Demand for Plasma Therapy for the Sickes...→

‘The Quarry’ Tells a Dark Morality Tale in a Modern Small Texas Town

A new film from Scott Teems, king of the Southern drama, follows a violent drifter who assumes the identity of a small-town preacher. Read full article: ‘The Quarry’ Tells a Dark Morality Tale ...→

Weird Texas News: Waco, Dripping Springs, El Paso, and More

A candy factory created the world’s largest chocolate bar, only to have the title stolen. “The Reese’s team believes records ... are meant to be broken.” Read full article: Weird Texas News: Waco, Dripping Springs...→

Workers at Tyson Poultry Plant in East Texas Say the Company Put Them at Risk of COVID-19

Tyson employees interviewed by the Observer say that as the coronavirus spread through the facility in April, the company failed to notify them of the danger i [...] Read full article: Workers at Tyson Poultry Plant in East T...→

Underwater

Hit hard by flood after flood, people living in Rio Grande Valley colonias struggle to rebuild. Read full article: Underwater...→

Bajo el Agua - The Texas Observer

Las colonias, asentamientos irregulares en la frontera entre México y Texas, se ven sumamente afectadas por las tormentas, inclusive las más pequeñas. Para una [...] Read full article: Bajo el Agua - The Texas Observer...→

What’s a Bookstore for?

Saturday is Independent Bookstore Day. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, booksellers were facing razor-thin margins, an uncertain future, and the threat of Am [...] Read full article: What’s a Bookstore for?...→

Tiger King Could’ve Told a Tough Story of the Legal Mistreatment of Animals, But It Didn’t

Netflix’s runaway hit is a salacious interpersonal drama that buried what could have been a hard-hitting exposé of the patchwork regulations that are failing t [...] Read full article: Tiger King Could’ve Told a Tough Story o...→

Mapping the Number of COVID-19 Cases in Texas per Doctor

Many counties with limited medical resources—including no primary care physicians—now have COVID-19 cases. Read full article: Mapping the Number of COVID-19 Cases in ...→

Sunny Sone

Sunny Sone is the engagement editor at the Texas Observer. You can contact them at sone@texasobserver.org. Read full article: Sunny Sone...→

City Nature Challenge Can Help Us Find Resilience and Mindfulness at Home

This year, researchers are asking residents to become citizen scientists in their own backyards in hopes of collecting vital data in otherwise overlooked areas [...] Read full article: City Nature Challenge Can Help Us Find R...→

Jason Buch

Jason Buch is an independent journalist based in Seattle. A native of Austin, Buch spent 10 years covering immigration and the Texas-Mexico border for Texas ne [...] Read full article: Jason Buch...→

Along the Border, Witnesses of Smuggling Crimes Are Being Held in Detention, Despite Coronavirus Concerns

Even as jails across the country release low-level offenders, federal prosecutors in Texas are still asking judges to detain immigrants they want to testify ag [...] Read full article: Along the Border, Witnesses of Smuggling...→

The Next Census Could Determine the Future of Port Arthur - The Texas Observer

The census wasn’t designed to account for the ever-increasing frequency of hurricanes and floods along the coast. What does that mean for Port Arthur? Read full article: The Next Census Could Determine the Futu...→

Amal Ahmed

Amal Ahmed is the summer 2019 editorial fellow at the Texas Observer, reporting on climate and the environment. Originally from Dallas, she has a journalism de [...] Read full article: Amal Ahmed...→

Texas Had a State Office That Could Have Investigated Racial Disparities in COVID-19 Cases. Lawmakers Defunded it Three Years Ago.

While early reports elsewhere show African Americans disproportionately infected and dying from COVID-19, Texas’ data is incomplete. Read full article: Texas Had a State Office That Could Have...→

‘Cheer’ Takes an Overlooked Sport Off the Sidelines

"Cheer" reminds me of my time as a high school dancer: training for intense athletic competitions while being reduced to halftime entertainment. Read full article: ‘Cheer’ Takes an Overlooked Sport Off th...→