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.
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.
The federal government made a cool $8.8 million over the weekend auctioning off racehorses that purportedly belong to the Zetas.
Our favorite recent items from the Lufkin Daily News’s police blotter.
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.
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.
Donnie Lee Roberts, 41, was put to death for the 2003 slaying of his girlfriend in their Lake Livingston home. He was the twelfth man executed by Texas this year.
Actress Eva Longoria and and Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa predict Texas will be purple in 2016 in an opinion piece at Politico.
Two lawsuits filed against the wealthy creater of the Cadillac Ranch allege that Marsh forced teenagers to perform various sexual acts.
A billboard bearing the civil right leader’s image and the words “Martin Luther King Jr. was a Republican. VOTE REPUBLICAN!” has cropped up on the boulevard in Dallas that bears his name.
Connie Britton took to the pages of USA Today to criticize the Romney campaign for using the Friday Night Lights slogan “clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose.”
Laura Bush stumped for Mitt Romney in Michigan over the weekend, but the legacy of her husband still looms large over the Republican party.
The 42nd president charmed a crowd of 3,000 gathered in South San Antonio High School’s gymnasium Thursday afternoon.
Texas put Bobby Lee Hines to death Wednesday for the 1991 slaying of Michelle Haupt inside her Carrollton apartment.
The satirical Twitter feed is run by five women, two of whom live in Texas.
The Texas Attorney General on Tuesday sent a strongly-worded letter to the OSCE, an international organization that has observed U.S. elections for the last decade.