Alejandra Martinez, Texas Tribune

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Past articles by Alejandra:

Republican Caucus backs Dade Phelan as Texas House speaker

Republican members of the Texas House endorsed Phelan’s bid for reelection in a nonbinding vote on Saturday. An official vote from the entire Texas House will take place in January. → Read More

Beyond Dallas’ white history — city officials work to preserve Black, Asian and Latino landmarks

The City of Dallas has tried to identify places or buildings with historical significance in the past. But the history of Black, Latino and Asian communities was often overlooked. → Read More

The EPA Placed a Texas Superfund Site on its National Priorities List in 2018. Why Is the Health Threat Still Unknown?

Predominantly Latino residents in Grand Prairie, west of Dallas, say they’ve been told little or nothing about air, soil and groundwater poisoned by TCE, a known human carcinogen. → Read More

Report Details Ways To Rethink The Role Of Police Response To Mental Health Calls

In mid-June, a coalition of community activists and faith leaders in Dallas came up with a list of demands that challenged city leaders to rethink the role → Read More

Researchers Take A Critical Look At How Dallas Can Be More Welcoming To Immigrants

A new report shows Dallas immigrants are struggling with homeownership, job opportunity and access to healthcare. → Read More

Texas Teens Offer Virtual Tutoring And Mentorship To Health Care Workers' Children

When the pandemic hit, 16-year-old Amruth Nandish of Houston found he had a lot of time on his hands. → Read More

'This Is Really Happening!' A Dallas-Based Sorority Sister Celebrates Kamala Harris

When Joe Biden announced Kamala Harris as his running mate, Dallas attorney Jill Louis' phone blew up with text messages. Harris and Louis were members of → Read More

'When It's On The Shelf, We Snarf It Up': Dr Pepper Is In Short Supply At Some Stores

First it was toilet paper, then hand sanitizer. Now, one of Texas' favorite soft drinks is in short supply — Dr Pepper, and it’s got many talking on social → Read More

A Group That Advocates For Foster Care Children Needs Hispanic Volunteers

The nonprofit Court Appointed Special Advocates of Tarrant County, which advocates for children placed in foster care, is struggling to recruit Spanish → Read More

'We Are Not A Toilet': Activists Call For Removing 'Shingle Mountain' In Southeast Dallas

Environmental and social justice activists gathered at Dallas City Hall Plaza on Wednesday to say they've run out of patience and want the huge pile of → Read More

Dallas Mourns Murdered Soldier Vanessa Guillén With Candles, Lowriders, Mariachi

Family, friends and hundreds of Dallasites laid out flowers and candles on Tuesday night outside city hall in honor of 20 year-old soldier Vanessa Guillén. → Read More

Family, Friends Of Slain Soldier Vanessa Guillén Demand Reforms

The killing of U.S. Army Specialist Vanessa Guillén, 20, has sparked a nationwide controversy about sexual assault and harassment in the military. In a → Read More

'We Need Freedom From Fear': 93-Year-Old Opal Lee Celebrates Juneteenth Amid Protests

Inside a historic red-brick home in Fort Worth, 93-year-old Opal Lee, her granddaughter and volunteers answer calls, shift papers and walk back and forth → Read More

North Texas LGBTQ Advocates React To Supreme Court Ruling On Workplace Discrimination

North Texas LGBTQ advocates are celebrating the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling on sexual discrimination in the workforce. In a 6-3 vote, the Supreme → Read More

West Dallas Church Leader Says There's No Avoiding Conversations About Black Lives Matter

The recent Black Lives Matter protests across the world have sparked conversations about racism and police brutality at a historical West Dallas church. → Read More

Heard On Sundial: Reopening Miami-Dade And The Keys, And Stem Cell Treatment For Coronavirus

On this Wednesday, May 6, episode of Sundial: What would reopening look like in Miami-Dade County? The results of Miami-Dade County’s reopening of parks, → Read More

Heard On Sundial: Disability Rights During COVID-19; How Coronavirus Impacts Religious Holidays

On this Wednesday, April 8, episode of Sundial: Disability rights during coronavirus Hospitals and healthcare workers are doing their best to prepare for → Read More

What Does Dating Look Like In The Time Of Coronavirus?

Love always finds a way. Dating is dependent on people meeting in person, sharing quality time and physical touch. In the time of the coronavirus and → Read More

Social Distancing Entertainment: Ultra Virtual Audio Festival, Virtual Movie Theaters And More

The coronavirus pandemic has forced closures of restaurants, bars, nightclubs, concert halls and theaters -- the places that would've taken up our weekends → Read More

Heard On Sundial: Housing In The Time Of COVID-19

On this Wednesday, March 25, episode of Sundial: WLRN depends on donors to remain South Florida’s leading nonprofit, most trusted source of news and → Read More