Texas

Andrea Germanos, staff writer
A recent study found that maternal death rates in Texas were the highest in the United states, and among the worst in the developed world, with the number of such deaths doubling from 2010 to 2012. But Texas lawmakers—who devoted time to a slew of anti-LGBTQ bills —were apparently unmoved by that startling trend, choosing to close out their...
Jon Queally, staff writer
Last week it was the body-slamming of a reporter on the eve of a special...
Andrea Germanos, staff writer
"The Texas lawmakers of the 85th legislative session are on the wrong side of...

Further

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."...