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

Is Fracking Polluting the Groundwater?

The EPA issued a draft report last week linking fracking to groundwater contamination, but this did not cool the industry’s support of the practice.

Boquillas Crossing to Reopen

For many in this remote part of Texas, the crossing is convenient, but detractors fear the port entry could compromise security.

Things Get Hog Wild in a Fort Worth Neighborhood

Thirty feral hogs escaped from their pens at a local meatpacking plant and led animal control officers on a frantic chase.

VIDEO: Perry Is Not Politically Correct

In his latest ad, Perry tries to convince voters that he won’t engage in the “politically correct” ballet danced in D.C.

Dallas Cowboys Legends Endorse Tom Leppert for Senate

If you take your political cues from your favorite football stars, we may have the Senate candidate for you.

Should Ron Paul Run as a Third-Party Candidate?

Glenn Beck and Joe Scarborough said if Newt Gringrich wins the nomination, they would rather vote for the Texas Congressman. 

Building a Different Kind of Wall in the Valley

After stray bullets hit two students at an Edinburg junior high, officials consider erecting a cinder-block wall around the property.

Theology Professor Calls Islam a Cult

A Tarrant County College adjunct professor resigned from his post after two Muslim students objected to his characterization of Islam in his Great Religions of the World class.

Abilene Strippers Suing Over Backpay

Four strippers from Abilene are suing their employer in hopes of recouping overtime and unpaid wages they would have been entitled to if they were considered employees instead of contractors.

Tasteless Casket Photo Goes Viral

A picture of fifteen Air Force members posing with a metal casket containing a seemingly lifeless corpse has led to an investigation at Lackland Air Force Base.

Border Fence Threatens America's Remaining Ocelots

Biologists are worried that the U.S.-Mexico border fence adversely impacts endangered species and other animals.

RIP Billie Jo Spears

The Beaumont-raised country crooner, known for the number-one hit “Blanket on the Ground,” died of lung cancer at her home in Vidor.

Perry Says He’s “the Tim Tebow of the Iowa Caucuses”

In Thursday’s GOP debate in Sioux City, Rick Perry scored one of the night’s most memorable lines when he compared himself to the often-underestimated Broncos quarterback. 

Furry Friday: Reindeer Take the Interstate

Two reindeer ran out onto I-45 during rush hour in Webster. 

Texas Executions Drop to Fifteen-Year Low

The number of people Texas executes each year is steadily declining as public sentiment in America turns against the death penalty.

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