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Looking back at some of the best Texas Tribune reads of 2023

Our journalists brought life to the experiences of everyday Texans, held powerful institutions accountable and surfaced stories that went beyond the daily news cycles.

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She was told her twin sons wouldn’t survive. Texas law made her give birth anyway.

Miranda Michel cradles her twin sons Helios and Perseus Langley in her arms a day after delivery at Medical City Dallas in Dallas, TX on August 10, 2023. Unable to legally terminate the pregnancy in Texas despite the twins having lethal fetal anomalies and a zero percent chance of viability, Michel carried her twins to term.

“Someone tell me what to do”

Collage by ProPublica. Body camera stills obtained by ProPublica and The Texas Tribune

“He has a battle rifle”: Police feared Uvalde gunman’s AR-15

The gunman's AR-15 style rifle lays in a supply closet of Room 111 at Robb Elementary School.

Family legacies and the state’s Jim Crow past underlie a fight over mineral rights on a stretch of South Texas scrubland

Louis Eckford’s name is seen pictured in an Abstract of Title dated November 21, 1889, declaring his purchase of land from the guardian of Lula Haskins Thursday, Aug. 17, 2023 in Karnes City.

A storied Texas Panhandle newspaper halts publication after 130 years

Canadian Record editor Laurie Ezzell Brown talks about the current state of small Texas newspapers. Her newspaper has ceased its print publication leaving only the online version to serve the community’s needs.

No water, roads or emergency services: How climate change left a rural neighborhood nearly uninhabitable

Robert “Bobby” Lawrence and his wife Linda outside their home along highway TX-105 on August 22, 2023.

These rural Texans opted out of a degree. The community college down the street wants them back.

Nikki Murray feeds her granddaughter, Auriella Murray, 1, while sitting with her family members at her home on Sunday, December 3, 2023 in Vernon. Murray, who works as a cashier at McDonald’s, attended Vernon College in the early 2000s but withdrew to raise her two kids while in an abusive relationship. College is still a dream for her, but she is currently settled in her job and continues to focus on caring for her family.

Can John Sharp protect his maroon empire?

Texas A&M Chancellor John Sharp poses for a portrait in his office on Monday, March 27, 2023 in College Station, TX.

A former NFL player persuaded politicians that his child ID kits help find missing kids. There’s no evidence they do.

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“The first child is the one that pays the most”: How one family carved out Medicaid coverage for a rare treatment

Gabe Nolasco points to a decoration during a holiday light exhibit outside of Cook's Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas on Dec. 2, 2023. Gabe Nolasco, 4, is currently recovering from a thymus transplant as treatment for his congenital athymia. As such, the Nolascos quarantine and wear masks in spaces with other people in order to avoid contamination.

This class president is the model of a successful Texas teen. After a ban on trans health care, she can’t wait to leave the state.

Topher Malone’s mother helps her put on her graduation attire in their home in Round Rock the morning of the ceremony on May 26, 2023.

Rep. Andrew Murr took on Ken Paxton and lost. He has no regrets.

State Rep. Andrew Murr, R-Junction, poses for a portrait on Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2023, in Junction.

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