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

Thirsty Texas Fights Water War on Two Borders

At the same time Texas is fighting to get water from Oklahoma, state officials want to block Mexico from pumping water out of the Rio Grande.

“Big Rich Texas:” Big Fat Lawsuit

A cast member of Big Rich Texas claims that a woman who did not make the show has launched a smear campaign against her.

No Expense too Small for Ron Paul

The Texas Republican congressman's campaign appears to report every expense—even a $0.22 purchase from FedEx—to the Federal Elections Commission.

Texas’s Love Affair with “Big Chicken”

How have industrial chicken farms changed Texas? 

The End of Hunting for Exotic, Endangered Antelopes

The scimitar-horned oryx will be fully covered by the federal Endangered Species Act starting Wednesday, but could this mandated protection actually lead to the extinction of the species?

Life in the Eagle Ford Boom

A dispatch on how the petrodollars from the Eagle Ford Shale boom are reshaping life in South Texas.

Where in the World is George W. Bush?

George W. Bush's post presidency has been marked by silence. What has he been up to?

Could Spinach Save the Citrus Industry?

A Texas researcher is working to fight citrus greening by using bacteria-fighting genes found in spinach.

The Top Ten Most Rabid Counties in Texas

Give that skunk in your yard wide berth, because it might be rabid.

What if Texas Were to Actually Secede?

NPR explores what Texas would look like as an independent state in the modern era.

Homeless, Unemployed Cats Make Fresh Start at San Antonio Country Club

Feral cats are not typically considered productive members of the economy, but several "feline employment agencies" in Texas are out to change that.

Meanwhile, in Lufkin...

Our favorite recent items from the Lufkin Daily News' police blotter.

DEA Sting Nets American Soldiers Who Agreed to Kill for Zetas, Officials Say

Three men allegedly agreed to a murder-to-hire plot proposed by DEA agents posing as members of the Los Zetas cartel.

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.

March Madness: Airline Edition

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

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