is a Columbia-Institute for Nonprofit News reporting fellow. She recently interned on Bloomberg News’ financial regulations team after graduating from Columbia University’s Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism. Largely raised in Vancouver, Canada, she previously reported on labor, public health, climate, politics and foreign affairs for various regional and national outlets there. Originally from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Alex speaks Vietnamese and enjoys a good bún bò Huế.
Voters in Denton, San Marcos, Killeen, Elgin and Harker Heights overwhelmingly supported the local ballot propositions to decriminalize low-level possession. These moves followed Austin voters’ similar decision in May. Full Story
Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office announced that the state is signing on to the $5 billion proposed settlement but hasn’t yet disclosed how its share of the money would be spent if the deal is finalized. Full Story
Ron Wilson, a Democrat who served as state representative between 1977 and 2004, pleads guilty to one count of tax evasion after trying to hide some of his income and failing to pay taxes over two decades. Full Story
Attorney General Ken Paxton pursued charges against Rogers, who was on parole when he voted in the 2020 primary election. But a judge tossed the case after a higher court said Paxton can’t unilaterally prosecute election crimes. Full Story