Texas

Jon Queally, staff writer
Last week it was the body-slamming of a reporter on the eve of a special election. This week begins with an elected official threatening to murder another. As hundreds of protesters stormed the Texas state Capitol and political tensions soaring over a recently approved anti-immigration law, scuffles and apparent threats of deadly violence between...
Andrea Germanos, staff writer
"The Texas lawmakers of the 85th legislative session are on the wrong side of...
Lauren McCauley, staff writer
On Sunday, roughly 500 people rallied at the Austin City Hall before marching to the Governor's mansion in protest of SB4. (Photo: Gus Bova/Texas Observer via Twitter)
Taking aim at the new Texas law that bans sanctuary for undocumented immigrants...

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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."...