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Call Them Refugees

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As political leaders argue over the crisis at the Texas-Mexico border, local communities and nonprofits carry the weight.
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Doing the Lord’s Work

A San Antonio woman is counting on Texas’ Religious Freedom Restoration Act to trump a local ordinance that could end her decade-old ministry of feeding the needy.

A San Antonio woman is counting on Texas’ Religious Freedom Restoration Act to trump a local ordinance that could end her decade-old ministry of feeding the h...Read More

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Wrong Side of the Tax

A meteoric rise in property assessments in a West Texas town wreaks havoc on low-income taxpayers.

Big Spring’s fast-rising home appraisals this year are particularly wreaking havoc on low-income homeowners, exposing another problem with Texas' heavy relian...Read More

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Letters from Death Row: The Biology of Trauma

New studies show that trauma biologically alters the brains of young boys in ways that affect their adult behavior.

Texas executes more of its citizens—almost all of them men—than any other state. New studies show that trauma biologically alters the brains of young boys i...Read More

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At Rest in the Fields

Celebrating childhood's end at Eloise Woods

Austin natural-burial park Eloise Woods provides a place where people can bury their dead themselves, a place where the memory of the deceased grows into the la...Read More

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Letters from Death Row: Faith Behind Bars

An informal Observer survey finds complex religious beliefs among death row inmates.

Solitary confinement forces many inmates to do a lot of soul-seeking, but despite the misconceptions, not all death row inmates turn to religion for solace. In ...Read More

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Creatures Great and Small

At home with the exotic animals in Lampasas.

Part of a billion-dollar industry in the U.S., a handful of exotic animal auction houses in Texas expose a legal blind spot in state wild animal laws....Read More

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A Neighborhood Apart

A Corpus Christi highway project threatens to sever a community already devastated by industry.

Residents of two Corpus Christi neighborhoods claim energy companies stole their health by polluting the air, water and ground around their homes. Now they are ...Read More

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