Texas

Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Texas showed the sharpest increase of maternal deaths of all U.S. states between 2000 and 2014, with that rate doubling in the two-year period after the state slashed funding for Planned Parenthood and women's health programs, according to a study to be published next month. Many of the family planning clinics that lost funding or closed were an "...
Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Texas is about to execute Jeffery Wood for a murder he didn't commit. (Photo: Kurt and Sybilla/flickr/cc)
Texas—the state that leads the nation (pdf) in number of executions—is on the...
Sarah Smith, ProPublica
There are 15 states with new voting laws that have never before been used...

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Days after a barge spilled 170,000 gallons of especially heavy sticky oil, dubbed "the worst stuff you can dump in the water," into Galveston Bay, crews are scrambling to contain tar balls being pushed to shore by winds and tides, and biologists have found dozens of oiled birds from nearby, crucial bird habitats. With the spill occurring at the worst possible time - many wintering birds still there, many more en route north - environmentalists say that "we expect this to get much worse."...