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.


Texas Posts Fourth Highest High School Graduation Rate in Nation

New data from the U.S. Department of Education says that Texas is tied for fourth place with a high school graduation rate of 86 percent for the 2010-2011 school year.

U.S. Government to BP: No New Contracts, For Now

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is temporarily suspending the British oil giant’s ability to receive contracts from the federal government.

Did You Say You Wanted to Buy Lee Harvey Oswald’s Bathtub?

<p>The Oak Cliff apartment fixtures that witnessed the 1962-1963 fights between the assassin and his wife are on sale. &nbsp;</p>

Texans Are Getting Richer!

Cities across Texas boasted impressive personal income growth in 2011, government data shows.

State Department Renews Mexico Travel Warning

U.S. Citizens are cautioned to avoid the four Mexican states bordering Texas just a week before President Obama is set to meet with incoming Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto.

PHOTOS: Superwreck on Interstate 10

Startling images of the 140-vehicle pileup on Interstate 10 west of Beaumont on Thanksgiving Day.

Sandy’s Furry Refugees Fly Southwest

Pets separated from their owners by Superstorm Sandy got a lift from Southwest Airlines to a no-kill shelter in California.

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.