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 the Border a War Zone?

Valley farmers posting videos to ProtectYourTexasBorder.com say there is increased violence in the area, but critics find the stats don’t back up this claim.

Largest 4-H Donor Gets Hollywood Treatment

“Deep in the Heart” tells the story of Centerville’s Dick Wallrath, an alcoholic rancher turned 4-H philathropist.

What Does the Likely Primary Date Mean for Elections?

The newest Texas primary date, which will “probably” be held on May 29, affects more than congressional races. 

Dogs of War Immortalized on Stamps

Four new 65-cent stamps pay homage to the dogs of war.

HPD Crime Lab To Be Revamped?

Houston Mayor Annise Parker suggested making the city’s crime lab independent and adding a Innocence Project representative to the board overseeing it.

UNT Student Wins Jeopardy College Championship

Eighteen-year-old Monica Thieu became the youngest College Jeopardy Champion in the contest’s history.

Tweaks to STAAR Exam Rollout

State senator Florence Shapiro says that the Texas Education Agency can (and should) waive the requirement that tests count toward fifteen percent of final grades this year.

Corpus Pooch Nearly Wins Westminster

Cinders, a wire-haired dachshund from Corpus Christi, was one of seven finalists for the Best in Show title.

Nude Cowgirl Leads Cops on Slow-Speed Chase

Eighteen-year-old Taylor Burnham was naked, but for her cowboy boots, when she was stopped by cops in her Jeep Wrangler in Corpus Christi.

Daughter of “Cheerleader Mom” Breaks 20-Year Silence

Shanna Widner appeared on Good Morning America to discuss the horror of dealing with her mother, Wanda Holloway, taking out a hit on her cheerleader classmate’s mom. 

Why Was Katy Preteen Acquitted of Murder?

The twelve-year-old girl admitted shooting her father in the head in 2009, but she said she did it because he had abused her.

Kentucky Man Defends Laredo

After an angry Laredo transplant uploaded a hateful YouTube video blasting the city, Jack Strunk, a former Laredoan, posted his own video defending the border town. Now, he’s being given the keys to the city. 

Perry Blasts Obama in Op-Ed About the Keystone XL Pipeline

The governor took a page from his presidential campaign playbook and slammed the president in the pages of the Wall Street Journal. 

Pragmatic Budget Cuts Could Close the Post Office of Romantics

The tradition of sending mail through the tiny town of Valentine to receive a special stamp could end if the USPS shutters the branch. 

Ron Paul Still Has a Chance to Win Maine’s Caucus

If the congressman can pick up enough votes in Maine’s Washington County, which delayed its vote due to inclement weather, he might end up winning the state. 

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