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Texas’ Largest Corporate Welfare Program Is Leaving Companies Flush and School Districts Broke

The state’s Chapter 313 program offers steep discounts on property taxes to attract big industrial projects that are supposed to pay off over the long term. But by the time these projects return to the tax rolls, much of that value has disappeared.

As the United States struggled to meet demands for fuel in the early 2000s, Motiva Enterprises decided to double the capacity of its oil refinery in the Gulf Co...Read More

Hurricane Laura pushed power lines onto cars and uprooted trees in Orange. by

Running from the Storm

Hurricane Laura underscores the threat and disruption of storm seasons super-charged by climate change.

Last week, as Nathaniel Smith and his daughter boarded a school bus to drive out of the path of Hurricane Laura, he thought of the last time a storm forced them...Read More

Dianne Gonsoulin Hastings, pictured outside her Austin home, spent decades looking for her sister Donna. by

The Disappeared

Genetic genealogy is helping to crack cold cases and identify victims left nameless for decades. The process is surprisingly effective—and controversial.

Genetic genealogy is helping to crack cold cases and identify victims left nameless for decades. The process is surprisingly effective—and controversial. By L...Read More

Flooding in Port Arthur during Hurricane Harvey. by

The Next Census Could Determine the Future of Port Arthur

If a city’s population drops below 50,000, it’s no longer considered an urban area. This different designation means it could lose some of the federal dollars directed toward larger metropolitan areas.

The 2020 census will almost certainly reshape the face of politics and power in Texas. State legislative districts, as well as their congressional counterparts,...Read More

Janis Joplin, pictured here in New York City in 1969, embraced a bohemian appearance and style. by

Janis Joplin’s Inimitable Voice

An authoritative new biography explores what drove the iconic Texan singer.

Texas-born rock icon Janis Joplin has been one of American culture’s most compelling figures for more than 50 years, in large part because of the intrigue she...Read More

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