is a reporting fellow for The Texas Tribune. She is a senior at the University of Texas at Austin pursuing a bachelors degree in journalism and public relations. Before coming to the Tribune, she interned at the Houston Chronicle, the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and the Austin American-Statesman. She previously served as managing editor for The Daily Texan, UT-Austin's student-run campus newspaper.
Advocates say recent court rulings created loopholes in laws meant to make government transparent. Lawmakers sought to close those this year — but may have created a loophole for themselves. Full Story
The upper chamber added those changes to a broader bill that must pass for the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission to continue functioning. The House has already signaled it would let breweries sell beer to go. Full Story
Dallas County District Attorney John Creuzot ignited a firestorm of controversy when he announced he wouldn't prosecute some low-level crimes, including certain theft offenses. But he's among many prosecutors turning their focus away from nonviolent offenses. Full Story
Senate Bill 18 would require universities to create disciplinary sanctions for students who interfere with free speech activities. It would still allow universities to put restrictions on the time, place and manner of such activities. Full Story
The changes to the new rating system — which gives districts a letter grade in three categories: student achievement, school progress and closing the gaps — were finalized during the 2017 legislative session. Full Story
Late last month, the University of Texas at Austin denied the Beto O'Rourke campaign's request to pass out flyers on campus. If Senate Bill 18 becomes law, the university would have had to grant permission. Full Story
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality said that at the maximum levels detected, the benzene levels could cause headaches and nausea, but no long-term effects. State Rep. Briscoe Cain has called for an investigation into the incident. Full Story