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Texas Cemetery Scraps "Whites Only" Policy

The San Domingo Cemetery in Normanna, Texas. Donna Barrera claims she was told that  her deceased husband Pedro could not be buried in the cemetery because of his Hispanic ethnicity.
The San Domingo Cemetery in Normanna, Texas. Donna Barrera claims she was told that her deceased husband Pedro could not be buried in the cemetery because of his Hispanic ethnicity.

After drawing ire for its alleged “whites only” policy, a Texas cemetery admitted its refusal to bury Latino residents is discriminatory and violates federal and state law.

Georgetown — north of Austin — is the nation's fastest-growing city among those with populations greater than 50,000, according to new census data.
Georgetown — north of Austin — is the nation's fastest-growing city among those with populations greater than 50,000, according to new census data.

Texas Suburbs Among Fastest-Growing U.S. Cities

Big Texas cities continue to add the greatest number of people, but the action is in the suburbs when it comes to rates of growth. Led by Georgetown, Texas has four of the nation's 10 fastest-growing cities.

The San Domingo Cemetery in Normanna, Texas. Donna Barrera claims she was told that  her deceased husband Pedro could not be buried in the cemetery because of his Hispanic ethnicity.
The San Domingo Cemetery in Normanna, Texas. Donna Barrera claims she was told that her deceased husband Pedro could not be buried in the cemetery because of his Hispanic ethnicity.

Texas Cemetery Sued Over “Whites Only” Policy

Dorothy Barrera hoped she and her late husband would eventually be together again at the San Domingo Cemetery, but she says the cemetery association refused to allow her husband's burial because he was Hispanic.

Hays County — with its population spread across suburbs like Buda, Wimberley and Dripping Springs — is the fastest-growing county in Texas among those with populations greater than 10,000.
Hays County — with its population spread across suburbs like Buda, Wimberley and Dripping Springs — is the fastest-growing county in Texas among those with populations greater than 10,000.

Suburban Population Continues to Surge in Texas

Texas’ suburban population continues to surge, with growth in some suburban counties outpacing growth in  the state’s biggest cities, new U.S. Census Bureau figures show.

Mexican flags wave along Harrisburg Ave. in Houston. Drawn in 1991 to reflect the area’s booming Hispanic population, the Houston-based 29th Congressional District has never had a Hispanic representative.
Mexican flags wave along Harrisburg Ave. in Houston. Drawn in 1991 to reflect the area’s booming Hispanic population, the Houston-based 29th Congressional District has never had a Hispanic representative.

Houston House Race a Test Case of Identity Politics

The upcoming primary face-off between incumbent Gene Green and Adrian Garcia in Houston's 29th congressional district will test case the influence of identity politics in Texas Democratic races.

A group gathered at Wooldridge Park in Austin on Nov. 22, 2015, to protest Gov. Greg Abbott's decision not to accept refugees from Syria.
A group gathered at Wooldridge Park in Austin on Nov. 22, 2015, to protest Gov. Greg Abbott's decision not to accept refugees from Syria.

Syrians Small Fraction of Refugees Reaching Texas

Federal resettlement numbers show a refugee population in Texas that is mostly from Myanmar — which the U.S. State Department still classifies as Burma — and Iraq, with most living in the state’s major metropolitan areas.

Video: You're Welcome, America: Texas in 2050

Here's full video of the "You're Welcome, America: Texas in 2050" session from the 2015 Texas Tribune Festival. The session was presented by Steve Murdock, a former state demographer and a former director of the U.S. Census Bureau.

A child walks in a United Nations refugee camp in Turkey where thousands of Syrian refugees reside.
A child walks in a United Nations refugee camp in Turkey where thousands of Syrian refugees reside.

Texas Could See Increase in Syrian Refugees

As part of the massive exodus of refugees from the Middle East, Texas could soon become home to hundreds of Syrian refugees fleeing their country. The United States has announced it will take in 10,000 Syrian refugees in the next year.

Texas Department of Public Safety recruit graduation class on April 7th, 2011 in Austin, Texas
Texas Department of Public Safety recruit graduation class on April 7th, 2011 in Austin, Texas

Troopers Ticketing Fewer Overall, but More Hispanics

State troopers are writing far fewer traffic tickets now than five years ago, but an increasing share of them are being issued to Hispanic drivers, a Tribune analysis of state data shows. The Texas Department of Public Safety says it can't explain why that's happening. 

 

Downtown El Paso at night.
Downtown El Paso at night.

Demand for Bilingual 911 Services Growing

While Texas continues its demographic march into diversity, only one city — El Paso — requires its 911 emergency call takers to be fluent in English and Spanish. Other cities are striving to keep up with the need to handle emergency calls in a wide range of languages.