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Norma McCorvey Took the Money of the Anti-Abortion Movement and Lost Herself. ‘AKA Jane Roe’ Is Her Attempt at Atonement.

Norma McCorvey puts on a cannula and adjusts the scarf on her head. “This is my deathbed confession,” she says. McCorvey, the woman better known as Jane Roe, is ready. It was 1969 and an impoverished McCorvey was pregnant for …

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With Storage Space Evaporating, the Oil and Gas Industry Will Get to Put Its Products Back Underground

Last month, as the COVID-19 pandemic pushed oil prices into negative figures, drillers in the state's sprawling shale plays were still pumping and piping oil and gas to the Texas Gulf Coast as usual. But there was a problem: The …

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Home Wasn't Safe. Then COVID-19 Made It Seem Like the Only Option.

Home Wasn't Safe. Then COVID-19 Made It Seem Like the Only Option. Seeing a “disturbing” decrease in clients and callers amid COVID-19 stay-at-home orders, some domestic violence shelters in rural counties worry this is just the “calm before the storm.” …

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Raise a Glass to the Class of COVID-19

My senior year of high school was all about parties, prom, one last wild class camping trip, and midnight diner runs with friends before we all sped away to our far-flung future lives. We stayed up all night after graduation, …

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Locked Out

Locked Out Visitation is a critical lifeline for incarcerated people, yet some families say Texas prison officials ban them from seeing loved ones over petty or unproven claims of misconduct. Michael Barajas  Chris Gash Rachel Rodriguez remembers her son …

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Is Texas Inflating Its COVID-19 Testing Numbers by Including Antibody Tests?

Texas health officials are combining some antibody tests along with more common viral tests in statewide COVID-19 tracking data. Experts say this muddies the data and potentially helps pad testing numbers while giving the public a distorted view of the …

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In the COVID-19 Economy, Texas' Commercial Fishermen Are Barely Treading Water

On Bolivar Peninsula's bay side, just beyond Delino Comeaux's small bait camp, all that's left of the boat stalls across the canal are jagged shambles, crisscrossed like pairs of splintered chopsticks reaching into a murky green-and-brown roux. Hurricane Ike's scars …

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How COVID-19 Upended Texas Prisons

How COVID-19 Upended Texas Prisons While prison officials insist they're doing their best in the face of an unprecedented crisis, Governor Greg Abbott has mostly ignored the pandemic inside the Texas prison system. By Michael Barajas May 13, 2020 Two …

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Texas Has Stopped Kicking Thousands of Kids Off Medicaid Each Month During the Pandemic, but Advocates Point to Delays for New Enrollees

For years, some Texas families have been stuck in a persistent cycle. Their kids are covered by Medicaid, until suddenly they're kicked off. Sometimes parents don't realize their children have lost coverage until they're at the doctor's office and find …

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‘The Pushback' is an Expansive Look at the Texas Left's Fight for Power

During my four years at the Texas Observer, I've scrambled after stories about the progressive movement all over the sprawling Lone Star State. So while watching The Pushback—a new documentary that chronicles the Texas left—I sometimes felt the distinct sensation …

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