Jordan Rudner

Jordan Rudner is a reporting fellow for The Texas Tribune and a Plan II and history senior at the University of Texas at Austin. Jordan previously interned at KUT News and the Supreme Court of the United States. She spent five semesters in the dimly lit basement offices of The Daily Texan, including one semester serving as managing editor.

Recent Contributions

Two Contentious GOP Runoffs for Top Criminal Court

State District Judge Mary Lou Keel (l) and state District Judge Ray Wheless
State District Judge Mary Lou Keel (l) and state District Judge Ray Wheless

One candidate shares a name with a much more famous Republican. Another is accused of being a Democrat in disguise. A third has repeatedly pledged to take a criminal law certification test, which he’s already failed at least once.

Special House Election in San Antonio Likely Headed to Runoff

Ruth Jones McClendon (c), D-San Antonio, and Sylvester Turner, D-Houston, criticize Republican Senators and Gov. Rick Perry for an inadequate effort on April 28, 2011.
Ruth Jones McClendon (c), D-San Antonio, and Sylvester Turner, D-Houston, criticize Republican Senators and Gov. Rick Perry for an inadequate effort on April 28, 2011.

It's likely that no candidate will clear 50 percent in the special election for the unexpired seat in Texas House District 120, voters will be asked to come to the polls again this summer for — yes — an extra special election.

Texas Court: Houston Overstepped with Air Pollution Rules

This flue gas scrubber, installed at a Valero refinery in Houston in 2006, reduces emissions of nitrogen oxide, sulfur dioxide and particulate matter.
This flue gas scrubber, installed at a Valero refinery in Houston in 2006, reduces emissions of nitrogen oxide, sulfur dioxide and particulate matter.

In a victory for a coalition of large industrial facilities, the Texas Supreme Court ruled Friday that the city of Houston illegally subverted state law by passing two ordinances designed to regulate air pollution. 

Across Texas, Dangerous Animals Aren't Widely Tracked

Animal control officers in Conroe, Texas captured a young female tiger wandering the streets on April 21 after widespread flooding in the Houston area.
Animal control officers in Conroe, Texas captured a young female tiger wandering the streets on April 21 after widespread flooding in the Houston area.

A tiger left roaming the streets of Conroe after last week's floods has unearthed a unique complication: There are few statewide regulations regarding dangerous wild animals in Texas.

Texas Ag Chief Wore Two Hats at Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

Sid Miller, who was elected agriculture commissioner in November 2014, is shown at Day 3 of the Texas Republican Convention in Fort Worth on June 7, 2014.
Sid Miller, who was elected agriculture commissioner in November 2014, is shown at Day 3 of the Texas Republican Convention in Fort Worth on June 7, 2014.
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As Texas agriculture events go, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo was a must-do for state Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller and his staff. But Miller had more than an industry interest. He also had a personal one.

Foster Care Teen Arrested in UT Student's Death

UT students Alfonso Galindo holds onto Erica Gomez during a community gathering in honor of Haruka Weiser on the University of Texas campus on April 7, 2016.
UT students Alfonso Galindo holds onto Erica Gomez during a community gathering in honor of Haruka Weiser on the University of Texas campus on April 7, 2016.

A 17-year-old arrested in connection with the death of University of Texas at Austin student Haruka Weiser is in the care of the Texas foster youth system, an official said Friday.

Texas Supreme Court Rules on Who Owns Dog

Who's a good boy? Monte Carlo is a good boy, and also the property of his owners in the eyes of the law, the Texas Supreme Court ruled Friday.
Who's a good boy? Monte Carlo is a good boy, and also the property of his owners in the eyes of the law, the Texas Supreme Court ruled Friday.

The dog days are over for a Houston family who successfully affirmed their ownership rights over a German Shepherd after a three-year legal battle that ended up at the Texas Supreme Court.