Texas Should Do More to Catch Cheating Schools, Feds Say

A U.S. Department of Education review finds problems with Texas’ ability to spot school districts cheating on statewide tests.

Searching for Souls in Wells, Texas

In tiny Wells, Texas, a revival led by the much-maligned Church of Wells is not going as planned, especially not since the parents of Catherine Grove showed up looking for their daughter.

Behind Their Music: Al Jourgensen and Rex Brown

The journey to rock stardom is chronicled in two new books: Ministry by Al Jourgensen and Official Truth, 101 Proof by Rex Brown.

Houston Could Become Fifth Major Texas City to Crack Down on Payday Loans

Mayor Annise Parker took a step toward making Houston the fifth major Texas city to pass restrictions on payday loans.

Who’s Footing the Bill for Investigative Journalism?

Nobody knows where the hell to find the profits to pay for increasingly rare kick-ass investigative reporting in Texas.

State of Texas: Bumpy Roads Ahead

If there’s one thing Texas has long done well, it’s road building. But perhaps no more.

Van De Putte Announces Bid for Lieutenant Governor in San Antonio

Texas Democrats’ long-awaited lieutenant governor hopeful Leticia Van de Putte announced her candidacy in San Antonio to a roomful of applause, mariachi music and Texas flags.

Observer Radio Episode 35: Texas’ Anti-Abortion Law, CSCOPE and an Invasion by Lizard People

Freelance writer Saul Elbein stops by discuss his story about America’s conspiracy theory culture. Then he accuses us of being lizard people. No, seriously.

WTF Friday: To Catch an Immigrant

In this week’s WTF Friday: David Dewhurst really, really hates Obama; the Young Conservatives of Texas hunt immigrants; and Wayne Christian resurfaces.

Noir Does Dallas

Today, November 22, 2013, marks the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination in Dallas. The white Xs in Dealey Plaza that demarcated […]