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In 1910, East Texas saw one of America’s deadliest post-Reconstruction racial purges. One survivor’s descendants have waged an uphill battle for generations to unearth that violent past.

Rural East Texas has some of the highest suicide rates in the state. But the safety net for people who need help is being stretched thin, and some Texans are falling through.

Donald Trump plans to build his border wall in the Rio Grande floodplain. What could go wrong? Well, everything.

An Observer investigation finds that unregulated dams across Texas are increasingly failing — putting people and property in jeopardy.

Inside the Rio Grande Valley’s amputation crisis.

How Texas is failing foster kids and contributing to an alarming teen pregnancy rate.

The best Texas history museum you’ve never heard of is staring down a financial crisis. Will it survive?

Texans love their state parks. But as the population explodes, Texas Parks and Wildlife is struggling to keep up:

In 1918, a state-sanctioned vigilante force killed 15 unarmed Mexicans in Porvenir. When their descendants applied for a historical marker a century later, they learned that not everyone wants to remember one of Texas’ darkest days.

Long considered “trash fish,” alligator gar have patrolled Texas rivers for millions of years. Now this living fossil is catching the attention of anglers, naturalists and TV producers alike.

Immigration authorities are extending their reach deep into the interior, putting civil liberties in jeopardy for millions of people.

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