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

Book by Dallas Navy SEAL Sniper Tops NYT Best-Seller List

American Sniper, the autobiography of Chris Kyle, the most successful sniper in American history, topped the New York Times best-seller list this week.

Feathery Friday: Baby Bald Eagles in Llano, Turkeys and Penguins in San Antonio

A selection of our favorite bird-related stories from around the state.

More East Texas Towns are Going Wet

Two stories explore what is happening in East Texas as more and more towns vote to sell alcohol.

Bum Steer: Salon Owner Injects Clients with “Unknown Substance”

Authorities arrested Carmel Foster, the owner of Tyler’s Queen Divas Hair Salon, for allegedly performing a procedure to enhance the butts and breasts of some clients.  

Energy-Loving Texas Could Be Ground Zero Against Keystone XL

Landowners who vehemently oppose TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline took to the streets and the courts to protest the project.

Cattle Rustling on the Rise

Rising beef prices make cattle rustling incredibly lucrative, with animals fetching up to $1,000 per head at sale barns.

Inside San Antonio’s Animal Court

The Wall Street Journal’s Nathan Koppel writes about San Antonio’s new court, designed to handle animal cases. 

New LCRA Water Plan Approved

The Lower Colorado River Authority approved a new water management plan Wednesday, giving it more tools to deal with extreme drought.

Jury Convicts Man in Torture Case

Jeffrey Maxwell of Corsicana, who abducted a former neighbor and tortured her on a deer-skinning rack, was convicted and faces multiple life sentences for his crime. 

Middle Schoolers Protest Unhealthy School Lunches

More than thirty Tivoli students brought their own lunches to school last week as part of a grassroots protest for healthier meal options.

Supreme Court to Hear Case on UT Admissions Policy

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear Fisher v. Texas, a case that could limit or eliminate using race as a college admissions factor.

Peek Inside the Quinlan Home Where the Buffalo Roams

Meet Wildthing, the unlikely Bison housepet of an eccentric family in Quinlan.

Will A&M Elect Its First Female Yell Leader?

As Texas A&M moves to the SEC, change is afoot at the university, but not everyone is supportive of this particular proposal. 

Babies-in-Chief: Texan Presidents as Children

Happy Presidents’ Day! Before the three presidents from Texas were politicians they were … babies. See baby pictures of LBJ, George H.W. Bush, and George W. Bush.

John Glenn's Historic Orbit, 50 Years Out

On February 20, 1962, John Glenn became the first American to orbit the earth.

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