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

Remembering the Space Shuttle Columbia

Ten years ago, Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated over East Texas as it reentered the Earth’s atmosphere, killing all seven astronauts aboard.

What’s With Austin’s Traffic?

Two questions for Ginger Goodin, of the Texas A&M Transportation Institute.

Drawing Straws

Those in the Senate chamber yesterday witnessed the strange ritual of drawing lots to stagger Senate terms after redistricting.

Which Dem Will Fill Mario Gallegos's Seat?

The race to replace the late Texas State Senator Mario Gallegos.

Obama Administration Says No to Texas Secession

Sorry, secessionists. The White House says the U.S. Constitution does not "provide a right to walk away from" the Union.

Karl Lagerfeld’s Return to Texas

Thirty-four years after showing his 1979 Chloé collection at Houston's Neiman Marcus, the designer plans to show his Chanel collection in Dallas in 2014. 

Texas Republicans Moderate on One Thing: Immigration

After a few hardline moves in 2011, the Texas Republican Party may be returning to its moderate stance on immigration policy. 

Opening Day of the 83rd Legislature

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.

Five of the Worst Mercury-Polluting Power Plants Are In Texas

According to a new report ranking the ten worst mercury-emitting coal plants in the US.

Community College Enrollment in Texas Drops

Maybe because of a new state law requiring expensive meningitus vaccinations.

Meanwhile, in Lufkin . . . December Edition

Our favorite recent items from the Lufkin Daily News’ police blotter.

How Millionaires Celebrate End-of-Days

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.

Furry Friday: Our Five Favorite Animal Stories of the Year

Baby rhinos, penguins on airplanes, lions in church, and other animal tales we enjoyed in 2012.

Kay Bailey Hutchison's Valedictory Speech

After 18 years in office, the first and only female senator from Texas says goodbye.

Bachelor Who Attempted to Abduct and Poison His Mail-Order Bride Convicted

The "kidnapper" David Sartin hired to ship his Ukranian mail-order bride in a crate from Kiev to Texas was an ATF officer.

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