Becca Aaronson develops news applications and works on special investigative projects for The Texas Tribune. As a native of Austin with a bachelor’s degree in cultural theory from Scripps College in Claremont, Calif., Becca joined the Tribune in 2010 with a passion for building a new media model that promotes civic engagement. She was promoted in 2012 to cover health care for the Tribune, during which time she was nationally recognized for her coverage of women’s health and abortion politics. A founding member of the Tribune’s news apps team, Becca left the health care beat in 2014 to work on news apps full-time.
In the 2015 Texas legislative session, state lawmakers weren't shy about using their religious beliefs to defend their policymaking. Check out "God & Governing," our documentary series on the role lawmakers' personal faith played in their legislating.Full Story
In the second week of the 31 Days, 31 Ways series, we explained the new rules on truancy penalties, showed the potential impact of the state's decision to oust Planned Parenthood from a cancer screening program, and covered much more. Revisit the stories here.Full Story
In the first week of the Tribune's 31 Days, 31 Ways series, we wrote about a new law to train law enforcement on dog encounters, mapped where more than 1 million Texans who purchased Obamacare health plans are, and covered much more. Revisit the first week's stories here.
Here's an updated look at the lawsuits filed by Texas against the Obama administration.Full Story
Over the course of this year's legislative session, House Speaker Joe Straus and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick made their priorities known by what bills got the lowest bill numbers. Take a look at how those proposals fared.Full Story
The U.S. Supreme Court's decision on Monday to temporarily lift Texas' strict regulations on abortion providers means at least 10 clinics that do not meet those standards may continue to perform the procedure.Full Story
The city of San Antonio, the MD Anderson Cancer Center and the University of Texas at Dallas are the latest additions to the Tribune's Government Salaries Explorer.Full Story
A three-judge panel of the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Texas' strict abortion regulations on Tuesday. See how the number of licensed abortion facilities in Texas has fallen since those rules took effect.Full Story
Take a look back at our 10-part series on the impact of Rick Perry, Texas' longest-serving governor. See what he will probably be most remembered for, and his impact in various policy areas.Full Story
After years of drought, heavy rain across the state has finally refilled many Texas reservoirs. Check out the Tribune's Reservoir App to see where the drought has receded, and which Texas communities' reservoirs are still parched.Full Story
Here’s a look at how the Texas House and Senate budget proposals compared and what the two chambers ultimately settled on, using information from the Legislative Budget Board.Full Story
As Texas negotiates with the Obama administration over how to pay for health care for the poor and uninsured, the state's safety-net hospitals and clinics are steeling themselves for an uncertain future.Full Story
The House on Tuesday took up legislation on cutting the business franchise tax, also known as the margins tax. Learn more about the issue at hand in the Tribune's Texas Legislative Guide. And watch the action in the House and Senate using our livestream.Full Story