Cathaleen Qiao Chen

Cathaleen Qiao Chen , a junior at Northwestern University, has covered criminal justice and higher education, among other topics, at the Texas Tribune. A native of Xinjiang, China, she moved to the U.S. at age 8. She is studying sociology, journalism and creative writing at Northwestern.

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Locals Hope SpaceX Will Launch South Texas Economy

NASA administrator Charles Bolden, right, shows off the Dragon spacecraft as SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, left, listens in McGregor, TX on June 13, 2012.
NASA administrator Charles Bolden, right, shows off the Dragon spacecraft as SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, left, listens in McGregor, TX on June 13, 2012.
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Private aerospace company SpaceX has received a preliminary green light from the FAA for a launch site in the southern tip of Texas. Some in Brownsville are over the moon about the economic windfall it could bring.

Davis Announces Proposal of 10 Debate Dates

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis, speaks to crowd during a campaign stop at East Austin restaurant Juan in a Million on May 6th, 2014
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis, speaks to crowd during a campaign stop at East Austin restaurant Juan in a Million on May 6th, 2014

Still ironing out the details of a formal debate, the Wendy Davis campaign on Tuesday announced 10 potential dates for a Rio Grande Valley appearance against her gubernatorial opponent Greg Abbott.

More Emergency Centers Are Gearing Up to Receive 911 Texts

Janice Chase a 911 responder in Allen, takes a call in the 911 call center, which is located in the Allen City Hall building.
Janice Chase a 911 responder in Allen, takes a call in the 911 call center, which is located in the Allen City Hall building.
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In an effort to modernize the emergency call system, a national initiative looks to increase the use of text-to-911 technology. And with such service available at 27 call centers in 12 counties, Texas is a key participant in that effort.

UT Board Chairman Calls for Regent Hall to Resign

University of Texas Regent Wallace Hall talks with colleague Gene Powell during a break at a regents' meeting  on May 14, 2014.
University of Texas Regent Wallace Hall talks with colleague Gene Powell during a break at a regents' meeting on May 14, 2014.

Three days after a legislative committee said there were grounds to impeach University of Texas System Regent Wallace Hall, the chairman of UT’s board of regents said Hall should resign.

 

Perry Urges UT to Consider Alternative to Tuition Hikes

UT System Chancellor Dr. Francisco Cigarroa and Board of Regents Chairman Paul L. Foster as UT Regents study tuition increases on May 14, 2014.
UT System Chancellor Dr. Francisco Cigarroa and Board of Regents Chairman Paul L. Foster as UT Regents study tuition increases on May 14, 2014.

UPDATED: In light of Gov. Rick Perry’s word of caution about raising tuition, the University of Texas System Board of Regents on Wednesday only approved tuition increases for out-of-state and health science campus students. 

SBOE Incumbent Faces a Strong Tea Party Challenge

State Board of Education incumbent Pat Hardy, left, is facing Eric Mahroum, a Tea Party activist, in a Republican primary runoff in North Texas.
State Board of Education incumbent Pat Hardy, left, is facing Eric Mahroum, a Tea Party activist, in a Republican primary runoff in North Texas.

Pat Hardy, a 12-year incumbent on the State Board of Education, is facing a tough re-election fight against a Tea Party activist in a Republican primary runoff that could shift the balance of power on the GOP-dominated board. 

Dewhurst, Patrick Engage in Nasty Lt. Gov. Debate

State Sen. Dan Patrick and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst are in a runoff in the GOP lieutenant governor's race.
State Sen. Dan Patrick and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst are in a runoff in the GOP lieutenant governor's race.

In the most contentious matchup yet in what has become an increasingly vicious Republican runoff for lieutenant governor, Dan Patrick and incumbent David Dewhurst hurled personal attacks at each other in Dallas on Wednesday.

 

 

DPS Introduces New Mounted Patrol Unit for Capitol

Texas Department of Public Safety officer Michael Knight and his horse Ranger stand by as the Texas DPS announces the launch of a new Mounted Horse Patrol Unit, which will be assigned to the Capitol Complex. May 6, 2014.
Texas Department of Public Safety officer Michael Knight and his horse Ranger stand by as the Texas DPS announces the launch of a new Mounted Horse Patrol Unit, which will be assigned to the Capitol Complex. May 6, 2014.

The Texas Department of Public Safety is not horsing around with its new mounted patrol unit for the state Capitol complex. Formally introduced Tuesday morning, it includes three donated horses and four trained state troopers.

Alamo Colleges System Names First Student Trustee

Jacob Wong, 35, is the first student to become a trustee member for Alamo Colleges.
Jacob Wong, 35, is the first student to become a trustee member for Alamo Colleges.
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The Alamo Colleges system on Friday named a student member to its board of trustees. According to the system, Jacob Wong will be the first student in Texas to serve as a trustee on a community college board. 

Candidates Talk Urban-Rural Divide in Runoff

The race to replace U.S Rep. Steve Stockman in Congressional District 36 is a battle of geographical allegiance between supporters of the two Republican candidates headed to the May 27 runoff: Brian Babin (l) of southeast Texas and Ben Streusand (r) of suburban Houston.
The race to replace U.S Rep. Steve Stockman in Congressional District 36 is a battle of geographical allegiance between supporters of the two Republican candidates headed to the May 27 runoff: Brian Babin (l) of southeast Texas and Ben Streusand (r) of suburban Houston.
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The race to replace U.S Rep. Steve Stockman in CD-36 is a battle of geographical allegiance between supporters of the two Republican candidates headed to the May 27 runoff.