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Analysis: Election Day in Texas isn’t even the half of it

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Voters lined up at the Austin Community College Highland Campus in Austin for the first day of early voting on Oct. 24, 2016.
Bob Daemmrich for The Texas Tribune

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If money voted — heck, if yard signs voted — Beto O’Rourke would be well on his way to the United States Senate.

But only voters vote. […]

2018-10-19T06:07:08-05:00 October 19th, 2018|State News|

Study says family separations are causing a mental health crisis in the Rio Grande Valley

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At a press event in Alton, Texas, two organizations unveiled a study that found undocumented families in the Rio Grande Valley experience higher levels of “toxic stress” due to fear of deportation.
Hannah Wiley/The Texas Tribune

In a self portrait that a 10-year-old girl pencil-sketched after her father was deported, her expression is solemn, eyes downcast and tears stream down her face.

“What I felt when [they] took my dad […]

2018-10-19T06:07:05-05:00 October 19th, 2018|State News|

Texas voters: Tell us what problems you have while voting

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Illustration by Todd Wiseman

The Texas Tribune is part of Electionland — a collaboration of newsrooms across the country tracking voting problems — and working to collect stories from voters casting ballots in the 2018 general election. Whether you’re voting early (which begins Monday in Texas) or heading to the polls on Nov. 6, we want to hear from you if you have any trouble voting.

You can […]

2018-10-19T06:07:18-05:00 October 19th, 2018|State News|

Mavs hoping to bounce back from loss to Phoenix with a win in their home opener

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DALLAS – The regular season opener for the Dallas Mavericks is forever ingrained in the history books, and they definitely learned a thing or two during Wednesday’s 121-100 loss to the Phoenix Suns.

And most of the lessons learned came at the defensive end of the floor, where the Mavs were less than stellar when they allowed 37 points in the first quarter and an additional 38 points in the fourth quarter. It became a major point of emphasis for the Mavs, who allowed too many wide open shots down in the Valley of the Suns.

“We’ve got to communicate better and […]

2018-10-19T02:40:32-05:00 October 18th, 2018|Dallas Mavericks|

O’Rourke says he may have gone “a step too far” using Donald Trump’s “Lyin’ Ted” nickname for Cruz

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U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso, the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate, speaks at a televised town hall meeting in McAllen on Oct. 18, 2018.
CNN screenshot

Beto O’Rourke, the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate, expressed some regret Thursday evening for using the infamous nickname “Lyin’ Ted” during a recent debate with the Republican incumbent, Ted Cruz.

“It’s not something that I feel totally comfortable with, and perhaps in the heat […]

2018-10-19T06:07:09-05:00 October 18th, 2018|State News|

Federal appeals court finds Texas foster kids were endangered — but strikes down some attempts at reform

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The John Minor Wisdom United States 5th Court of Appeals building in New Orleans, Louisiana, on Oct. 3, 2017.
Jolie McCullough / The Texas Tribune

A federal appeals court on Thursday once again confirmed what advocates and lower courts have said for years: There are major, troubling flaws in Texas’ child welfare system. But the judges also struck down many specific remedies that a lower court had proposed to target those […]

2018-10-19T06:07:11-05:00 October 18th, 2018|State News|

San Antonio approves plan for Alamo Plaza overhaul

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The Alamo in San Antonio.
Angi English

The San Antonio City Council on Thursday approved a plan for an overhaul of the Alamo Plaza, the San Antonio Express-News reported.

According to the Express-News report, the council’s 9-2 vote authorized a proposal that would close streets in front of the monument, initiate a 50-year agreement for the Texas General Land Office to lease and manage the site and repair the Cenotaph — […]

2018-10-19T06:07:16-05:00 October 18th, 2018|State News|