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The Texas Observer 10h
At both Terezin and Tornillo, making art allowed children to transcend — at least in their imagination — the barbed-wire fences that surrounded them.
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The Texas Observer 11h
Every year, the Texas Workforce Commission identifies thousands of employers who’ve engaged in wage theft, ordering them collectively to pay about $10 million a year in back wages. Yet around half the time, employers simply refuse to pay.
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The Texas Observer 12h
‘Do Something with This Grief’: Mom of Sante Fe Shooting Victim Turns to Politics
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Engineer Who Helped Build the Wall Details Its Weaknesses
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John William King, a 44-year-old white supremacist who lynched James Byrd Jr. in Jasper in 1998, is set to be executed in Hunstville Wednesday evening. That’s pending a decision by SCOTUS on a final appeal from his attorneys to spare his life. From 1999:
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Paige Williams 16h
"A lot of people think, 'Oh it's just school board, it doesn’t matter.' But your little boards, that’s where your first line of defense in your democracy is." ht
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The Texas Observer 16h
The Dallas City Council passed the state’s third local paid sick leave policy. As San Antonio’s policy moves forward, and Austin’s is blocked by a state appeals court, the GOP is moving to invalidate and pre-empt such ordinances across the state.
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The Texas Observer 17h
“The wall is a joke.” Joseph Jarvis, a contractor who oversaw the fabrication and installation of a stretch of border wall in 2011, climbed the barrier in his 60s, and even made his own climbing shoes to make the job easier.
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The Texas Observer 17h
John William King, a 44-year-old white supremacist who lynched James Byrd Jr. in Jasper in 1998, is set to be executed in Hunstville Wednesday evening. That’s pending a decision by SCOTUS on a final appeal from his attorneys to spare his life. From 1999:
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The Texas Observer 18h
Rhonda Hart, a vocal advocate for gun violence prevention, is running for school board in a bright red Texas district. Her 14-year-old daughter, Kimberly, was killed in the shooting at Santa Fe High School last May.
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Gus Bova 18h
This little story includes: 1. An engineer who worked on the wall calling the barrier "a joke" 2. A video of activists scaling the wall in 9 seconds 3. A collage of "methods used by illegal entrants to defeat border fencing" made by the government itself
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The Texas Observer 19h
House Bill 48 would require the workforce commission to create a public, searchable database of employers — including the names of owners and upper managers — who’ve stolen workers’ wages and snubbed the commission’s payment orders.
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The Texas Observer 20h
How Climate Change Is Driving Central American Migrants to the United States
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Michael Kanin 20h
talked to an engineer who has worked on the US-Mexico border wall. Here's what a plans for a higher version of the wall might mean for folks trying to get over it. From a professional (via ; full story is at ):
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The Texas Observer 21h
Uncaged Art: Finding life and light in art from detention.
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Texas Tribune Apr 23
Rhonda Hart has been advocating for gun reform since her daughter was killed in the Santa Fe school shooting. Now, she's running for the school board in her red district. From the :
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The Texas Observer 22h
Wage theft is a quiet crisis in the Lone Star State. A bill that would publicly expose bad actors may have a chance at the Legislature.
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The Texas Observer 22h
NEW: Engineer Who Helped Build the Wall Details Its Weaknesses by
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The Texas Observer 23h
Rhonda Hart, a gun reform advocate whose daughter was killed in the Santa Fe High School shooting last May, is running for school board in her bright red Texas district.
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The Texas Observer Apr 23
TX House tentatively passes to legalize hemp. The plant, a type of cannabis w/o psychoactive properties, can make paper, clothing & building materials. Legalization still needs OK from Senate and governor, but could boost rural economies.
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