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Campus Carry Debate Plays Out in House Hearing

Higher education leaders have long opposed the idea, but a slew of conservative House members stood Thursday to defend campus carry.

Death Row Inmate Appeals, Cites Report Showing Racial Bias in Harris County

The study found that from 1992 to 1999, Harris County prosecutors sought the death penalty for African-Americans more than three times as often as they did for whites with similar cases. Hispanics fared even worse—the DAs pushed for capital punishment four times as often for Hispanics as they did for whites.

Librotraficantes Fight Attempt to Whitewash History in Texas Universities

After hauling banned books into Arizona, Houston writer Tony Diaz brought his “Librotraficante” campaign to the Texas Capitol Thursday, to fight a proposal to count only “comprehensive survey” courses toward college degree requirements.

Observer Panel at SXSW Interactive: Tweeting the Drug War (Video)

What can the most censored state in Mexico teach others about freedom of expression during a devastating drug war?

Observer Panel at SXSW Interactive: Survival of the Scrappiest

What wisdom could the Observer impart to other nonprofits struggling to keep up the journalistic fight in the age of pay walls and social media?

A Gun Show at the Capitol

There was a pro-gun rally at the Capitol on Wednesday afternoon. Normally those events take place in front of the Capitol, but this one […]

Hot List: Day 66 of the Legislature

  All those early morning Senate Finance Committee sessions on the budget have paid off. The committee passed Senate Bill 1 on to the […]