is the women’s health reporter at The Texas Tribune, where she started as a fellow in 2017. Her stories — on higher education and other topics — have prompted lawmakers to change three state laws, including one involving a very narrow definition of the word “pickle.” She is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and Columbia University.
The move comes after the university acknowledged it under-reported the number of rapes and other crimes on campus in recent years. Texas State's president told students Thursday that the school is cooperating with the federal agency and has already made reforms. Full Story
The Texas Tribune is suing to discover what happened to millions raised mostly from top lobbying firms, corporations, wealthy businesspeople and trade groups for the inauguration of Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick. Full Story
"This health threat is serious enough that I want to see the ban include every building, outside space, parking lot, garage and laboratory within the Texas A&M System," Chancellor John Sharp wrote in a Tuesday memorandum. Full Story
Texas State, which has already undertaken reforms, said the "system previously in place did not produce accurate statistics." School officials said the U.S. Department of Education has been working with university police to ensure accurate information in an annual campus security report due next month. Full Story
The university has already begun tightening its financial controls and will strengthen its efforts to detect and prevent fraud. The law school’s dean, Ward Farnsworth, has been asked to make improvements. Full Story
Although policies restricting children’s presence in the workplace are common, the introduction of one at Stephen F. Austin State University has been met with monthslong resistance from some faculty members. Full Story
Texas made it easy for rent-to-own companies to press criminal charges against people who fell behind on their payments for household goods. A new law, passed after a Texas Tribune and NerdWallet investigation, gives broad new protections to their customers. Full Story