is the higher education reporter at the Tribune, where she started as a fellow in 2017. She's reported on secrecy that's lingered after a sexual assault scandal; a costly way one university responded to a controversial speaker; and on a state law that bars teachers, nurses and other license-holders from working if they fall behind on their student loans. Off the higher education beat, Shannon has written about the narrow way Texas defines a "pickle," the Trump administration's zero-tolerance policy, and how Immigration and Customs Enforcement uses basements, hotels and office buildings as short-term way stations for people in their custody. She is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and Columbia University.
The meteorological firm AccuWeather estimates the storm's impact on gross domestic product will be $190 billion – one percent of the U.S.'s current GDP – and more costly than Katrina and Sandy combined.
As swamped officials struggled to respond to a deadly crisis Sunday, southeast Texans were bracing for their troubles to multiply over the coming week. Harvey is on track to produce even more devastating floods.
The storm wreaked havoc on buildings along the Texas coast and continued to dump heavy rainfall on the region, prompting concerns of possibly disastrous flooding, while widespread power outages hampered the state's relief efforts.
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick criticized the overnight removal of several Confederate statues from the University of Texas at Austin’s campus while U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz called the decision "the university’s prerogative."
After last weekend's violence in Charlottesville, Texas House members Monday called on the Texas A&M University System chancellor to stop a "White Lives Matter" rally from taking place on campus next month.
The Texas Senate advanced a municipal annexation bill to Gov. Greg Abbott on Sunday, the fifth bill sent to the governor’s desk during the special legislative session set to end in no more than three days.
The Senate Education Committee drastically altered the House's primary piece of school finance legislation Friday but suggested compromise with the House was possible with less than a week left in the special session.
In a letter sent to Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick Thursday, nearly 1,500 local school superintendents and trustees urged the head of the Senate to support the House's primary piece of school finance legislation, House Bill 21.
A law that goes into effect Jan. 1 will let store owners refuse to process credit or debit card transactions if the buyer won't show ID. Some say the law won't override contracts that currently bar merchants from doing so.