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Robert Inks

Robert Inks is the night news editor at the Tribune. Before joining the Tribune in October 2015, Robert copy edited for several newspapers in and outside Texas. He also was a writer and editor for online global affairs website Stratfor and a project manager for newspaper publisher GateHouse Media. Robert is an Austin native and a UT-Austin graduate.

Recent Contributions

Marjorie Kamys Cotera for The Texas Tribune

The Brief: Lawmakers stay optimistic to start session

A tight budget and a political conversation already dominated by social issues like who can use which bathroom did nothing to dampen the spirits of state lawmakers on Tuesday, the first day of the 85th Legislative Session.

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Todd Wiseman / The Texas Tribune

The Brief: Rhetoric already heating up in "bathroom bill" fight

While announcing Senate Bill 6 — the so-called "bathroom bill" — on Thursday, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick admitted he was in for a "tough fight." The final weekend before the Legislature convenes for its 2017 regular session has already seen the first skirmishes.

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Todd Wiseman / The Texas Tribune

The Brief: Transgender bathroom fight heads to Legislature

After months of sparring over the rights of transgender Texans, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Sen. Lois Kolkhorst on Thursday announced a bill that would require transgender people to use bathrooms in public schools, government buildings and public universities based on “biological sex.”

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Callie Richmond

The Brief: Fetal remains burial rule delayed again

After two days of hearings in a lawsuit over whether Texas should be allowed to put its fetal remains burial rule into effect, U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks on Wednesday moved to delay implementation of the rule for another three weeks while he comes to a final decision.

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Trump the top topic for TribTalk in 2016

Election years in Texas are never for the faint of heart, but 2016 proved even more chaotic than usual — and everyone who wrote for TribTalk had an opinion on the direction the state and country are headed.

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New in TribTalk: Protecting foster kids

Texans recognize that the problems at Child Protective Services are not with the hardworking people in the agency but are the natural result of legacy thinking, which trusts the state to institutionalize, engineer and manage families, writes Brandon J. Logan of the Texas Public Policy Foundation.

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