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Marissa Navarro is one of 17 students from Edcouch-Elsa High School in the Rio Grande Valley who performed in a statewide mariachi festival this spring. by

The New Ensemble

Texas’ best high school mariachi bands take the stage.

The New Ensemble Mariachi music is on the rise in Texas high schools. The state festival in Edinburg draws the best of the best. By Robyn Ross June 10, 2020 For...Read More

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Locked Out

Visitation is a critical lifeline for incarcerated people, yet some families say Texas prison officials ban them from seeing loved ones over petty or unproven claims of misconduct.

Locked Out Visitation is a critical lifeline for incarcerated people, yet some families say Texas prison officials ban them from seeing loved ones over petty or...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

Lourdes Salinas en el punto elevado desde donde llamó para pedir ayuda y evacuar residentes en la inundación de Junio del 2018. by

Bajo el Agua

Las colonias, asentamientos irregulares en la frontera entre México y Texas, se ven sumamente afectadas por las tormentas, inclusive las más pequeñas. Para una asociación local sin fines de lucro, la solución está en generar vivienda accesible y sustentable, pero ¿cómo reconstruir en un área que se inunda constantemente?

Bajo el Agua Las colonias, asentamientos irregulares en la frontera entre México y Texas, se ven sumamente afectadas por las tormentas, inclusive las más pequ...Read More

The redevelopment of Alazán-Apache is one of multiple projects looking to land on the West Side. by

Mi Barrio No Se Vende

San Antonio is planning to demolish its oldest and largest public housing project, threatening the future of a deeply historic neighborhood—one that anchors the city’s identity as the nation’s Mexican American capital.

Mi Barrio No Se Vende San Antonio is planning to demolish its oldest and largest public housing project, threatening the future of a deeply historic neighborhoo...Read More

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Building Trust

As Texans face the skyrocketing cost of housing, community land trusts offer the promise of permanent affordability. You just have to give up ownership of your land.

Building Trust As Texans face the skyrocketing cost of housing, community land trusts offer the promise of permanent affordability. You just have to give up own...Read More

A gentrified street in East Austin. by

The Gentrification of Texas

As the cost of housing skyrockets, Texans are getting pushed out and left behind. The stakes couldn’t be higher.

The Gentrification of Texas As the cost of housing skyrockets, Texans are getting pushed out and left behind. The stakes couldn’t be higher. In early 2020, ha...Read More

Bar-G Feedyard near Summerfield is part of a vast constellation of feedlots that dot the western Panhandle. by

Something in the Air

In the Texas Panhandle, which produces a fifth of the U.S. beef supply, communities are being choked by fecal dust from nearby feedlots. The state’s regulatory agency isn’t doing anything about it—and it’s about to get a whole lot worse.

In the Texas Panhandle, which produces a fifth of the U.S. beef supply, communities are being choked by fecal dust from nearby feedlots. The state’s regulator...Read More

Horses graze in front of the Polunsky Unit, outside of Livingston in East Texas. by

A Solitary Condition

Texas has banished hundreds of prisoners to more than a decade of solitary confinement. Many of these prisoners aren’t sure how—or, in some cases, if—they will ever get out.

The Prison Inside Prison Texas has banished hundreds of prisoners to more than a decade of solitary confinement, an extreme form of a controversial punishment l...Read More

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