Coronavirus in Texas: University of Texas at Austin cutting summer tuition

An advertisement from Medical Center Hospital in Odessa urges people to stay home. Ben Powell for…

Texas' oil and gas regulators aren't ready to cut production yet. They're not even sure how it would work if they did.

Oil prices have dropped as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Ben Powell for The Texas…

Analysis: What will Texas reopen, and when?

The intersection of Kermit Highway and Andrews Highway in Odessa is empty as an advertisement urges…

In a pandemic and an election year, Texas Democrats look for the right tone

As some in the Democratic Party criticize Republicans for the nation’s now-ruinous economy and rising death…

Texas school closings fray the personal bonds between teachers and students

Karen Sams, a 2020 Teacher of the Year, is struggling to adapt to virtual learning with…

Baylor University announces up to $80 million in budget cuts in wake of coronavirus pandemic

Baylor University in Waco. Shelby Knowles for The Texas Tribune Baylor University is cutting $65 to…

Greg Abbott’s Power Grab on Bail Reform

On March 26, 15 people incarcerated in the massive jail looming over Buffalo Bayou in downtown…

A Power Ranking of the Texans on ‘The Bachelor: Listen to Your Heart’

Last night, ABC premiered its confusing The Bachelor spin-off, Listen to Your Heart, which stuffs the…

A Week From Turning 85, Tootsie Tomanetz Misses Her Barbecue Family

Tootsie Tomanetz told me several years back that, “by staying active and busy, it helps me…

The COVID-19 Disaster Has Made a Mess of Texas’ Open Government Rules

Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic and opportunistic public servants, government agencies now have carte blanche to…

Taco of the Week: Lengua at Cuantos Tacos

Luis “Beto” Robledo’s plan for Cuantos Tacos was to take a year to see if he…

I Love Paulette Jiles’s Novels. So Why Won’t She Talk to Me?

“This was the first time I was interviewed about a new book by somebody who hated…

“We’re Prepared for Just About Anything That Comes”

Ten years ago, my wife and I started a disaster preparation service, also called a mutual…

Coronavirus in Texas: Officials to discuss oil production cuts; nearly 14,000 Texans have tested positive for the virus

The Fairmont Hotel in downtown Austin. Miguel Gutierrez Jr./The Texas Tribune Tuesday’s biggest developments: Texas Railroad…

Many Texas prisoners have been approved for parole but can't walk free yet. Advocates say coronavirus should change that.

Prisoners work outdoors at the Dr. Lane Murray Unit, a women’s prison that’s part of the…

Federal appeals court allows medication abortions in Texas during coronavirus pandemic

A women’s health clinic in Texas. Callie Richmond for The Texas Tribune The U.S. 5th Circuit…

What One Texan Had to do to Get an Abortion During the Pandemic

Alison’s anxiety over her upcoming abortion kept pace with the rapidly spreading novel coronavirus. The Central…

Texas redistricting could be affected by coronavirus-related delays of census

State representatives looked at redistricting maps on the floor of the Texas House in 2011. Bob…

230,000 Texas families filed for SNAP food assistance in March, twice as many as same month last year

Volunteers from neighboring small towns divide, package and load their trucks with food from the Amarillo-based…

A User’s Guide to How Texas’s Top Elected Officials Are Handling Coronavirus

FROM THE PILLOW FORT IN MY APARTMENT, APRIL 13—To paraphrase one of America’s greatest-ever military leaders,…

How to Have Barbecue (and Future Barbecue) Shipped to Your Door

Securing a solid supply of barbecue can be a struggle these days. Your local barbecue joint…

After a beloved principal's death, Waco middle school community grieves apart

G.W. Carver Middle School seventh grade student Tabitha Hawkins, 13, left, and mother Tobie release balloons…

The Nine Texans Honored With Guggenheim Fellowships

The board of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation announced the organization’s ninety-sixth roster of fellows…

Gov. Greg Abbott says reopening the Texas economy will be a slow process

Gov. Greg Abbott, flanked by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, left, and House Speaker Dennis Bonnen, speaks…

Mi Barrio No Se Vende

Mi Barrio No Se Vende San Antonio is planning to demolish its oldest and largest public…

Matthew McConaughey Is the Best Celebrity for These Times

With the pandemic, ongoing economic collapse, and all the hours we’re now spending isolated in our…

Coronavirus in Texas 4/13: Texas reports 13,906 cases and 287 deaths

Dr. Umair Shah speaks with Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo during a media tour of a…

Analysis: Is voting in person during a pandemic the best we can do?

Voting by mail isn’t the norm in Texas, but it is well established in other states.…

Coronavirus in Texas 4/12: More than 12,500 Texans infected

Harris County Health Department nurse Harriet Lewis administers a test at a Harris Co. testing site…

Texas Supreme Court stays lower court ruling, temporarily reviving Gov. Abbott's order restricting jail release

The Texas Supreme Court on Jan. 15, 2020. Miguel Gutierrez Jr./The Texas Tribune The Texas Supreme…

Angelo State University president reportedly steps down

After serving four years as president, Angelo State University President Brian May submitted his resignation to…

Texas prisons won't accept new county jail inmates as coronavirus spreads in lockups

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice William G. McConnell Unit at Chase Field in Beeville. Jennifer…

Vulcan Video Is Dead—Long Live Vulcan Video

Austin’s Vulcan Video survived the transition from VHS to DVD. It endured the reign of Blockbuster,…

Coronavirus in Texas 4/11: Doctors turn to plasma transfusions; churches take different approaches to Easter

Downtown Dallas on March 31. Cooper Neill for The Texas Tribune Saturday’s biggest developments: Texas doctors…

Texas doctors are using plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients to treat others. They’re not yet sure if it will work.

The plasma of a patient who has recovered from COVID-19. Carlo Cozzoli for Fotogramma via REUTERS…

Limited seating and pajama bottoms: How Texas churches are preparing for a socially distant Easter

The Glorious Way Church in Houston will host two Easter services limited to about 100 people…

Court blocks Gov. Abbott's order limiting jail release during pandemic after judges challenged its constitutionality

Inmates at the Harris County Jail in Houston. Michael Stravato A state district judge in Travis…

Texas banned abortion during the pandemic, but she got one anyway. How the legal battle is creating confusion for clinics

A Planned Parenthood examination room in Austin. Eddie Gaspar/The Texas Tribune Heather Artrip had an abortion…

Thousands of Migrants in Matamoros Set to be Moved to a New Encampment, Advocates Say

The COVID-19 pandemic has turned Holy Week—a time when Matamoros’ streets and churches are typically packed…

Texas officials say they see signs that social distancing is slowing the spread of coronavirus

Gov. Greg Abbott declared a statewide emergency March 13. Eddie Gaspar/The Texas Tribune The top officials…

Brisket Country Works With Joints on T-Shirts, Logos, and More

Just like many pitmasters, M. Brady Clark has a passion for barbecue while maintaining a day…

Still Fearing Violence, Migrants Subject to Trump’s Remain in Mexico Policy Are Now Bracing for a Pandemic

Less than a mile away from the bridge that separates Matamoros from Brownsville, asylum seekers live…

A Laredo ER spent $500,000 on coronavirus tests. Health officials say they’re unreliable.

In a video posted on social media, U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo, carries boxes of coronavirus…

Hollywood, Texas: It’s the Start of “the Dennissance,” According to Dennis Quaid

A number of us are—or should be!—stuck at home watching TV right now. So it makes…

The Best Thing in Texas: A Parade for Mami in San Antonio

WHO: 83-year-old Herminia Valdez and the whole Valdez clan. WHAT: A family parade in the middle…

Watch Gov. Greg Abbott give latest update in state's response to fighting the spread of coronavirus

Texas continues to see a surge in the number of people testing positive for the new…

The State’s Ban Isn’t Stopping Texans From Getting Abortions

More than one hundred patients at Whole Woman’s Health facilities in Texas were turned away on…

Shuttered by the Coronavirus, Texas Art Museums Are Moving Online

Computer screens may not be able to capture the magic of museums, but they’re the next…

Coronavirus in Texas 4/10: Austin creates $15 million relief fund; San Antonio loses $100 million in revenues

Members of the National Guard hand out food at the Kelly Memorial Food Pantry in Central…

Analysis: Texas has scant data about the pandemic, leaving a lot of questions

Nurse Kristen Howell, left, and medical lab technician Amanda Hernandez administer a test for the new…

Special education students fall behind as Texas schools scramble to adapt

Logan Heller, 14, has severe intellectual and medical disabilities and struggles with losing the stability of…

More than 13% of Texas nursing homes have at least one resident with coronavirus, officials say

The Tomball nursing home in Houston is where an elderly man lived before dying this week…

Government watchdog: Millions wasted on Tornillo migrant detention facility

The Tornillo detention facility, used in 2018 to detain undocumented immigrant children, was reopened last year…

Feeding Those Who Feed Us

These restaurants and organizations are providing discounted or free meals to members of the restaurant community,…

Pins and Needles: Crepe Paper Wildflowers

Well, we’re all still sheltering in place, and likely will be for a while. We might…

‘I’m in Limbo Here’: Texans Are Met with an Overwhelmed and Antiquated State Unemployment System

Four months ago, Alan Chastain moved from Louisiana to the Houston area for a promising new…

Mark Cuban’s Advice for Texas Small Business Owners

The economic fallout of the COVID-19 crisis has devastated small businesses throughout Texas, as shelter-in-place orders…

Dental Procedures, Groceries, and Dart Boards: How Texans Plan on Spending Their Stimulus Checks

No one knows how long Texans will be forced to stay home, or how long it…

Tristan Ahtone is the Texas Observer’s Next Editor-in-Chief

These past few weeks have been rough. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold in Texas,…

Lessons on the Long Game from Goose Island’s Whooping Cranes

Word came on March 10 from my daughter’s Houston middle school: Their spring break learning trips…

Gene Wu on Coronavirus and the Rise in Hate-Fueled Attacks Against Asian Americans

Jose L. Gomez, a 19-year-old charged with three counts of attempted capital murder, allegedly wanted to…

‘I Think I’m Gonna Die’: Coronavirus Compounds Risk for Dialysis Patients in the Rio Grande Valley

Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday morning, Carmen Zuniga leaves her house in McAllen before dawn to…