is a summer 2016 newsletters fellow at the Tribune and recent graduate of Harvard, where she studied history and sociology and was managing editor of The Harvard Crimson. Prior to the Tribune, Madeline worked at the Philadelphia Inquirer, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Toledo Blade as a metro intern.
Robert Lynn Pruett, convicted in the 1999 stabbing death of a state correctional officer, has won another stay of execution from a Court of Criminal Appeals judge. His lethal injection was set for August 23. Full Story
In a rebuke of a private firm’s plans to build a bullet train between Houston and Dallas, local officials in rural southeastern Texas moved Tuesday to restrict high-speed rail development in their corner part of the state. Full Story
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
Special education classrooms in New Jersey are employing blended learning, but what makes some lessons unique is a new tool: NASA’s EarthKAM, or Earth Knowledge Acquired by Middle School Students. Full Story