Demonstrators in Austin marched to the state Capitol on Friday in protest of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. (Evan L'Roy / The Texas Tribune)

With little short-term hope, Texas’ abortion-rights movement sets its sights on the long run

Advocates and politicians say they hope Texas’ ban on abortion will motivate voters. But they say they’ll need to emulate the strategies of the anti-abortion movement to reach long-term success.


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Protesters march in Alpine, Texas on June 24, 2022. (Mitch Borden / Marfa Public Radio)

West Texans protest Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade

Demonstrators gathered in Alpine Friday evening to speak out against the high court’s decision ending the constitutional right to an abortion in the U.S. The protest was led by a newly-formed reproductive and abortion rights advocacy group focused on serving the Big Bend region.


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Abortion rights demonstrators attend a rally at the Texas Capitol, Saturday, May 14, 2022, in Austin, Texas. (Eric Gay / Associated Press)

Texas ‘trigger law’ to ban abortion will soon go into effect. Here are the details

Following the Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe v. Wade, Texas is now poised to eliminate abortion access in the state by enacting a so-called trigger law that will go into effect in 30 days.


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Protesters take part in rallies at the Supreme Court in Washington, DC, on Nov. 1, 2021. (REUTERS / Allison Bailey)

What happens next for abortion law in Texas

The Texas Tribune has been covering the fight over abortion rights for years. Here’s what you need to know about the ruling and how it will affect Texans.


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Signs reading “Dismantle Roe” are placed along a barrier surrounding the Supreme Court in Washington D.C., on Nov. 1, 2021. (Eric Lee for The Texas Tribune)

U.S. Supreme Court rules there’s no right to abortion, setting up Texas ban

The high court’s monumental ruling will have major impact on Texas, which has a trigger law banning abortions that goes into effect soon.


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A view of the landscape at Big Bend National Park in April 2022. (Travis Bubenik / Marfa Public Radio)

West Texas father who was reported missing with daughter in Big Bend found guilty of child endangerment

Hector Flores Jr. and his young daughter were reported missing for more than a week in the national park earlier this year before being found just south of the border in Mexico. Prosecutors accused the father of putting the girl in danger as the two traveled on foot across miles of rugged desert terrain with little food.


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State Sen. Roland Gutierrez speaks on the lawn of the Uvalde County Courthouse on Thursday, June 2, 2022. (Bri Kirkham / Texas Public Radio)

Texas Senator who represents Uvalde sues DPS over school shooting information request

Gutierrez, a San Antonio Democrat whose district includes Uvalde, said DPS has “unlawfully denied” his request and hasn’t responded to the senator within the timeframe set forth in Texas law.


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Midland County Court House (Mitch Borden / Marfa Public Radio)

Judge dismisses efforts to remove Midland’s District Attorney

Earlier this month, a pair of attorneys representing a Midland resident attempted to begin the process of removing Midland County District Attorney Laura Nodolf from office.

They made a number of accusations, including that Nodolf committed an illegal search during the investigation into the killing of a police officer and misled a grand jury to secure an indictment.


On Monday, a judge dismissed the case. 


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Video footage recorded inside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde at 12:04 p.m. May 24. Authorities stormed the classroom at 12:50 p.m.

“If there’s kids in there, we need to go in”: Officers in Uvalde were ready with guns, shields and tools — but not clear orders

The Texas Tribune has reviewed law enforcement transcripts and footage that federal and state investigators are examining after the May 24 tragedy.


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Pride Marfa 2022

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A mountain lion pictured in the Davis Mountains of Far West Texas. (Ben Masters / Fin & Fur Films)

Texas conservationists warn of dwindling mountain lion numbers, saying new protections are needed

Advocates say new rules on trapping and hunting the wild cats, along with more thorough research, are urgently needed for the animals to “remain tenable” in Texas.


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Law enforcement officers in Uvalde have faced widespread criticism for waiting to confront a shooter in Robb Elementary School last month. Police in some other Texas cities say their officers receive mass-shooter training, but there’s no guarantee that officers will respond correctly at the crucial moment. (John Lamparski/NurPhoto via REUTERS)

After Uvalde school shooting, Texas police wonder how much training is enough — and will it matter?

Police officials and law enforcement experts say there’s no guarantee that officers will follow their training and confront a shooter — no matter how much training they have.


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A view of the Terlingua area in May 2022. (Travis Bubenik / Marfa Public Radio)

Frustration grows as some Big Bend area rental owners skirt taxes

Though the region’s tourism economy is booming, some within that industry have become frustrated with local officials who are allowing some short-term rental owners to get away with not paying their taxes.


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The great student resignation

Between 2019 and 2021, Texas higher ed lost 75,000 students. What are administrators and lawmakers doing to get these students back in the classroom? Find out at The Texas Tribune’s free, public event on June 30.

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Dixon Water Foundation Pursues Ranching as Restoration on the Marfa Grasslands

“There seemed to be nothing to see; no fences, no creeks or trees, no hills or fields. There was nothing but land: not a country at all, but the material out of which countries are made.” In that description of … Continue reading

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Under a cloud of scrutiny, Midland’s District Attorney faces calls for her removal

A recent court filing alleges Midland’s D.A. Laura Nodolf committed an illegal search and misled a grand jury during a 2019 murder investigation. The lawyers behind the filing say Nodolf should be suspended and removed from office for her actions.

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Texas lawmakers have been working to ban abortion for decades. Their mission is almost complete.

In the last several years, conservative state lawmakers have passed legislation effectively banning abortion in Texas — and more restrictions could follow if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns parts of or all of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 landmark decision that guaranteed the right to choose.

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Odessa remains under boil notice following repairs to broken water main

The water is back on in most of Odessa – but still not drinkable – following a water line break Monday that affected nearly 165,000 residents in the city and surrounding area during a stretch of triple-digit heat.

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