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.
On Tuesday, House Speaker Joe Straus won his third term as speaker after a challenge against him fizzled and Governor Rick Perry urged fiscal responsibility despite the state's improving financial picture.
According to a new report ranking the ten worst mercury-emitting coal plants in the US.
Maybe because of a new state law requiring expensive meningitus vaccinations.
Our favorite recent items from the Lufkin Daily News’ police blotter.
To commemorate the Mayan Apocalypse, video game tycoon Richard Garriott de Cayeux threw a lavish soiree at his 65-acre spread along Lake Austin, complete with various scenes of imagined end-of-the-world scenarios.
Baby rhinos, penguins on airplanes, lions in church, and other animal tales we enjoyed in 2012.
After 18 years in office, the first and only female senator from Texas says goodbye.
The "kidnapper" David Sartin hired to ship his Ukranian mail-order bride in a crate from Kiev to Texas was an ATF officer.
The world will end this Sunday, on the birthday of Joseph Smith, the founder of the Latter Day Saint movement. Or so warns the imprisoned polygamist leader of FLDS.
Four Texans received Fs—almost as many Texans as received A+s.
Twelve days after the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy, Lyndon Baines Johnson successfully pushed Congress to pass a big gun control bill.
The governor, speaking to a tea party group in a suburb of Fort Worth, held that those with concealed carry permits should be able to bring their guns everywhere.
After waiting it out for a year, the singer got a giant canary yellow diamond and will marry Brandon Blackstock.
Southwest Airlines announced that it would start charging fees for no-shows and for third bags on Friday.
Texas executed 15 people in 2012 and sent only nine new inmates to death row.