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Past articles by Rick:

'We don’t seem to learn': 10 years after tragic Texas chemical explosion, risk remains high

Ten years after fertilizer explosion, the impact ripples through one Texas town. And experts warn more work is needed to avert ammonium nitrate disaster. → Read More

When the officers are Black: Tyre Nichols' death raises tough questions about race in policing

The five police officers are Black. Does it matter? Experts say the race of the victim in police-involved shootings is far more important. → Read More

Border Patrol agent's murder trial the latest in string of incidents stirring distrust

Border Patrol agents are part of the community in Laredo. But the upcoming murder trial involving an agent could threaten the agency's image there. → Read More

'Didn't have time to scream': As the shooting started at Club Q, bodies fell, and an Army vet rose

Gunshots erupted and people fell to the floor before a patron tackled the Colorado Springs shooter. The entire ordeal took less than 10 minutes. → Read More

Political theater vs. daily survival: Inside the dire situation facing migrants bused across US

More than 20,000 migrants bused to New York from U.S.-Mexico border face daily challenges, from housing to food, and could be key issue in elections. → Read More

Migrants are helping rebuild Florida after Hurricane Ian. They might not get paid for it.

Migrants are on the front lines of hurricane recovery in Florida, but many are vulnerable to abuse. Some employers refuse to pay them. → Read More

Border shelters warn migrants about human trafficking after DeSantis flights to Martha's Vineyard

After Gov. Ron DeSantis sent migrants to Martha's Vineyard, some border workers are advising migrants to beware of human trafficking. → Read More

Migrants were promised jobs, free housing before being taken to Martha's Vineyard

The 50 Venezuelan migrants flown to Martha's Vineyard from Texas say they were promised jobs and free housing. → Read More

Migrants, people of color vulnerable to white extremists groups along US-Mexico border

Fueled by conspiracy theories, white extremists are targeting migrants and other groups, according to Homeland Security and local watchdog groups. → Read More

Border Patrol agents rarely removed or terminated for wrongdoing, according to internal report

A new federal report reveals Border Patrol agents rarely get harsh discipline for misconduct. More than 200 agents were arrested last year. → Read More

EXCLUSIVE: 'This is when it all got real': Firefighter log reveals deadly moments at Astroworld

A Houston Fire Department log of the Astroworld Festival obtained exclusively by USA TODAY reveals how the deadly event unfolded. → Read More

EXCLUSIVE: As Astroworld disaster unfolded, Houston Fire Department lost contact with private medic group

At Travis Scott concert, a private medical team called ParaDocs worked to treat victims. Amid the chaos, Houston fire officials couldn't reach them. → Read More

Astroworld Festival victims were teens, college students and at least one aspiring model

Astroworld victim Rodolfo Angel Peña was a Laredo college student and aspiring model. He went to the show with friends and died in the crowd crush. → Read More

Biden campaigned against Trump's Mexico border policy. Now he's relaunching it

President Joe Biden's administration is poised to bring back the "Remain in Mexico" policy that denies asylum seekers safety in the United States. → Read More

Texas state troopers arrest thousands of migrants crossing the border. Critics call it unconstitutional.

More than 4,500 migrants have been arrested by Texas law enforcement officers. Critics call it unconstitutional. → Read More

Separated at the border, reunited three years later: Dad and daughter come together at airport

Many of the parents separated from their children were deported to their home countries, leaving behind hundreds of parentless migrant children. → Read More

Analysis: Proposed Texas-Mexico border wall draped in legal, ethical concerns and politics

A wall along the Texas-Mexico border will need exemptions from federal environmental laws, as well as land from private landowners in South Texas. → Read More

'A year that's ripped my heart out': George Floyd family struggles with loss a year since killing

Family and friends of George Floyd still miss his laugh, texts and outgoing personality one year since his murder by police in Minneapolis. → Read More

After days of uncertainty, Chinese rocket reenters atmosphere over Indian Ocean

The U.S. Space Command said it could confirm that the rocket reentered over the Arabian Peninsula at about 10:15 p.m. EDT. → Read More

'Really unpredictable': Chinese rocket hurtling back to Earth; parts of US in possible debris zone

A section of a Chinese rocket is falling to Earth and could hit late Saturday. China's government expects most of it will burn up during reentry. → Read More