Alexa Ura Reporter

Alexa Ura covers politics and demographics for The Texas Tribune, where she started as an intern in 2013. She previously covered health care for the Trib. While earning her journalism degree at the University of Texas at Austin, she was a reporter and editor for The Daily Texan. A Laredo native, Alexa is a fluent Spanish-speaker and is constantly seeking genuine Mexican food in Austin.

Recent Contributions

Texas Not Budging on Rule Requiring Burial or Cremation of Fetal Remains

An exam room at ChoiceWorks, formerly Whole Woman's Health Clinic, on June 27, 2016, the day the U.S. Supreme Court struck down portions of HB 2 restricting women's access to abortions in Texas.
An exam room at ChoiceWorks, formerly Whole Woman's Health Clinic, on June 27, 2016, the day the U.S. Supreme Court struck down portions of HB 2 restricting women's access to abortions in Texas.

Despite intense outcry from the medical community and reproductive rights advocates, Texas isn't budging on a proposed rule to require the cremation or burial of fetal remains.

Texas Threatens to Withdraw from Refugee Resettlement Program

Rally at Wooldridge Park in Austin to protest Gov. Abbott's decision on Syrian refugees on Nov. 22, 2015
Rally at Wooldridge Park in Austin to protest Gov. Abbott's decision on Syrian refugees on Nov. 22, 2015

As part of its fight to keep Syrian refugees out of the state, Texas is threatening to withdraw from the nation's refugee resettlement program if federal officials don't “unconditionally approve” a state plan requiring additional vetting.

 

Some Can't Find New Homes as Demolition of Corpus Christi Public Housing Nears

D.N. Leathers Public Housing Complex resident Jasmine Mosley holds her son De' Monei Traylor, 2 in their apartment on September 8, 2016
D.N. Leathers Public Housing Complex resident Jasmine Mosley holds her son De' Monei Traylor, 2 in their apartment on September 8, 2016

With demolition set for late this year to make way for a new bridge, tenants of the D.N. Leathers housing project in Corpus Christi have until Oct. 31 to find new homes. Many are having trouble, and say they aren't getting enough help.