After the firing of Jasper's first black police chief, black community leaders say racial tensions are at "an all-time high," but some white residents say it's only a small group that is "stirring the pot." Reporter Morgan Smith visited Jasper to find out how this East Texas town is dealing with the dismissal.

Then Emily Ramshaw looks at weight-loss surgery on the taxpayers' tab. As the number of obese Texans has grown, so has the state and federal governments' comfort with funding bariatric surgery. Will Texas lawmakers try to clamp down on spending next session?

Meet Paige: Our new Facebook Messenger bot helps you keep track of the 85th Legislature. Subscribe by messaging HELLO to m.me/texastribune.org. Learn more.

Texas Tribune donors or members may be quoted or mentioned in our stories, or may be the subject of them. For a complete list of contributors, click here.

Start the conversation