Sonia Smith, a native of Houston, is a graduate of Georgetown University. She has reported on convict cowboys at the Angola Prison Rodeo, celebrity magazines in Moscow, and aerial hog hunting in Knox City, Texas. She has also written for Slate, the Associated Press, the Baton Rouge Advocate, the Kyiv Post, and the Dallas Morning News and was a finalist for the 2008 Livingston Awards for Young Journalists. Her great-great-grandfather was a Texas Ranger in Kerr County in the 1870’s.
Last summer, four prisoners died from heat-related causes in Texas's sweltering prisons.
The expansion of the Port Arthur plant briefly made it the largest in the country before an accident disabled the new 325,000-barrel-per-day crude distillation unit.
KUT's Terrence Henry and Mose Buchele discuss the stories behind their research and reporting on the drought.
The billionaire picked up the Waco Tribune-Herald for an undisclosed sum on Friday.
The feds raided Jovitas, an old Austin establishment, and arrested fifteen people they say were involved in a heroin distribution ring.
A scoop from the Austin American-Statesman reveals the state spent $50,000 buying up the drugs last year before other states scrambled to get them from sources abroad.
The Perrys are expected to move back into the Greek Revival mansion, which was torched by arsonists in 2008, next month.
A seventy-million-year-old Tyrannosaurus bataar skeleton finds itself at the center of a legal battle involving a Dallas auction house, a Houston lawyer, and the president of Mongolia.
Should nonproducing oil rigs be demolished, or are the habitats marine life have built around them too valuable to compromise?
The wife and children of famed auto designer Carroll Shelby are fighting over control of his remains more than a month after his death.
As much as anything, the economic boom in Texas depends on water. So what will industry do as the state gets drier? The Texas Tribune's Kate Galbraith explains.
A grand jury will decide whether to pursue criminal charges against the Shiner dad, but the public seems to favor his use of deadly force.
What's more embarassing for an eight-year-old boy? School authorities forcing you to take a shower or your parents making a federal case out of the matter?
The River Systems Institute at Texas State University has deployed $30,000 drone to study environmental concerns across the state.
The billionaire, convicted in March of running a $7 billion Ponzi scheme, faced up to 230 years in prison.