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

Southwestern Grad Murdered by Her Own Prayer Group?

27-year-old was suffocated after months of allegedly being raped, at her husband's urging, by members of the prayer group he founded in Georgetown.

Who is Mutilating the Dolphins?

Crimes against dolphins plague the Gulf of Mexico.

Long Live the Twinkie!

Following a union strike, Irving-based Hostess Brands announced on Friday that it would liquidate its factories.

Texas Performs Fifteenth and Final Execution of 2012

Preston Hughes III was executed Thursday night for the 1988 slayings of a 15-year-old girl and 3-year-old boy.

Texas Executes Fourteenth Man of 2012

Ramon Hernandez, put to death for a 2001 slaying, was also linked to three other murders, prosecutors said.

The Arguments for (and Against) Texas Secession

A petition calling for the Obama administration to let Texas secede from the United States had more than 95,000 signatures as of Wednesday morning.

Five Ways to Register Discontent with Obama’s Reelection

Here are some of the different ways Texans are expressing their discontent with the reelection of President Barack Obama.

Happy Oops-iversary, Rick Perry!

One year ago today, Rick Perry gave the nation the most 53 excruciating seconds in presidential debate history.

Kemp’s Ridley Found on Dutch Beach to Be Released into Gulf of Mexico

But how did the critically endangered sea turtle end up in the Netherlands in the first place?

Shooting from DPS Helicopter Spurs Outrage

Last month, state troopers in a Texas Department of Safety helicopter shot two Guatemalan men who were hiding in the back of a pickup truck near the border. The national media takes note.

Did You Say You Wanted to Buy a Zetas Racehorse?

The federal government made a cool $8.8 million over the weekend auctioning off racehorses that purportedly belong to the Zetas.

Meanwhile, in Lufkin...October Edition

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

What Kind of Identification Do You Need to Present at the Polls in Texas?

The law requiring Texas voters to present photo ID at the polls is currently held up in court. Here's a list of all the different forms of identification you can use to vote.

Meet the One Man Whose Death Sentence Rick Perry Chose to Commute

A full 250 executions—more than half that the state has performed since the reinstatement of the death penalty in 1976—have occurred on Rick Perry's watch.

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