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

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.

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.

Jack Abramoff to Tigua Indians: I’m Sorry

The disgraced lobbyist apologizes for his treatment of the El Paso tribe, but is it too little too late? 

Suspected Jewel Thief Dishes with Reporter

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram lands an interview with John O’Brien, the main suspect in the “rooftop burglaries.” 

Is Athens “Ground Zero for the War on Christmas”?

A nativity scene on the Henderson County Courthouse lawn is at the center of national spat. 

Mexican Authorities Tortured an El Pasoan Prisoner

A Texas man serving time in a federal prison in Juárez was beaten and abused by soldiers.

Furry Friday: How to Feed 6,000 Zoo Animals

The Houston Chronicle offers a glimpse into the how the Houston Zoo’s industrial kitchen operates.

Controversial “One State Under God” Plates Approved

The DMV approved a religious plate the same day the Sons of Confederate Veterans filed a lawsuit against the agency for infringement of free speech.

Former Houstonian Faces Lashing in Saudi Arabia

Shaima Jastaniah, who lived in Houston for ten years, could be flogged for driving the black BMW SUV she had shipped to Saudia Arabia from Texas. 

UT Law Dean Asked to Resign

As a compensation scandal unfolds, the University of Texas Law Dean, Larry Seger, resigned at the request of university President Bill Powers.

Warren Jeffs’ Batty New Writings from Jail

Polygamist leader Warren Jeffs has sent out his third mass mailing of “revelations” from God this year. 

Dick Durbin Shares Joaquin Luna’s Story on Senate Floor

The Illinois senator told the teen’s tragic story to inspire his colleagues to pass the DREAM Act. 

Another Earth? Scientists Discover a Habitable Planet

Kepler-22b is situated in the “Goldilocks” zone, which could make it just right for maintaining life. 

VIDEO: Rick Perry Takes Over Iowa’s Airwaves

The governor’s campaign just bought $1 million worth of advertising in the Hawkeye State. What commercials might Iowans expect to see?

Woman Fights for Three Meals a Day in Prisons

An Austin woman worried about the health of her father, an inmate at the Eastham Unit, is petitioning the prisons to feed inmates three meals every day.

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