was a summer 2016 reporting fellow at the Tribune, covering a variety of topics, including women's health. She previously worked as a metro reporter at The Boston Globe and a state desk reporter at The Hartford Courant. She is a graduate of Northeastern University.
Laura Thompson is the first independent to serve in the Texas Legislature in more than a half-century, even though she won't be there long. The last was Howard Green, the grandfather of actor Ethan Hawke. Full Story
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Tuesday called a lawsuit brought by three University of Texas at Austin professors against the state’s campus carry law “frivolous” and said the professors have no valid reasons for opposing guns on campus. Full Story
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