Sonia Smith

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.

Stories

Five Confirmed Trader Joe’s in Texas

Watch out, Whole Foods! The California-based specialty grocery chain just confirmed it signed a lease for space in San Antonio, the fifth location for a Trader Joe’s in Texas.

Texas Waterways are Nation’s Fourth Most Polluted

Companies released some 14.6 million pounds of industrial pollutants and toxic chemicals into Texas’ waterways in 2010. Find out which water channels are the dirtiest. 

Disturbing New Details Emerge about Man Arrested in Family’s Murder

Trey Sesler, an online anime critic from Waller, is said to have been planning a Columbine-style attack on a local high school. 

‘Wall Street Journal’ Snags Interview with Big Spender Harold Simmons

The press shy billionaire calls Karl Rove his “personal political muse” and reveals why he’s bent on defeating President Barack Obama.

Hutchison Criticizes Perry over Women’s Health Program Decision

Texas’s senior Senator pushed for Rick Perry and the Obama Administration to work out their differences to ensure the Women’s Health Program can serve low-income women.

Part of Texas Still in “Exceptional Drought”

Recent rains may have some fooled, but the costliest drought in the state’s history still grips Texas. 

‘Vogue’ Shoots Spread at Cadillac Ranch

Renowned photographer Mario Sorrenti visited Cadillac Ranch with a band of models in December for a spread that ran in the magazine’s March issue. 

Rick Perry's Top 10 Zingers from the Gridiron Dinner

Rick Perry drew chuckles on purpose over the weekend with his speech at the Gridiron Dinner in Washington, D.C.

Are You Smarter than a High School Student?

Test your smarts with 15 sample questions from the new STAAR subject matter tests.

Pope Benedict and Five Other Dignitaries Wearing Sombreros

Foreign leaders visiting Mexico often don sombreros as a display of cross-cultural good humor.

Robert Caro Takes Aim at Dallas

In an excerpt from his long-awaited fourth volume on LBJ, Robert Caro delves into those fateful hours in Dallas on November 22, 1963.

Plano Model Injured by Propeller Sues Plane Insurer

Lauren Scruggs, the 23-year-old model and fashion blogger who lost an hand and eye in the accident, rejected a $200,000 settlement.

Feds Say Austin Nightclub Owners Have Alleged Hezbollah Ties

Mike and Steve Yassine and eight others are accused of a broad array of crimes, including money laundering, drug distribution, and sending money to the Lebanon-based Islamic militant group.

March Madness: Airline Edition

One year, three inappropriate rants abroad airplanes in Texas. What’s in the air?

Texas Executes Fourth Man of 2012

Jesse Joe Hernandez, who was pronounced dead on Wednesday night at 6:18 p.m., had beaten a 10-month-old baby to death in 2001.

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