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Austin, TX, United States

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Recent articles by Monica:

Texas teens working to eradicate menstrual sales tax

Houstonian Zoe Kass, 18, is part of the Texas Menstruation Equity Coalition, which was formed with the goal of eradicating the sales tax on essential menstrual products. → Read More

Incumbent Dan Patrick leads Mike Collier by 5 points in Texas Lt. Gov. race

New polling shows one of Texas’ most prominent politicians has a single-digit lead with less than four months until the November midterm elections. → Read More

Uvalde body cams reveal officers feared gunman escaped classroom

The body camera footage follows a release of the Texas House’s Investigative Committee’s 77-page report Sunday that, among other details, revealed “systemic failures and egregiously poor decision making.” → Read More

Texas governor race: Beto O’Rourke, Greg Abbott campaigns raise more than $20M each in 4 months

Gov. Greg Abbott raised $24.9 million in the latest campaign finance period, just a few million shy of Beto O’Rourke’s $27.6 million from late February through June, both campaigns announced Friday. → Read More

Death toll rises to 53 migrants dead after truck found in San Antonio, 3 arrested

It is the deadliest tragedy to claim the lives of migrants smuggled across the border from Mexico in recent history. → Read More

Texas abortion providers sue state to block the state’s pre-Roe laws, banning abortions

Within hours of the Supreme Court’s Friday decision, Paxton sent out an advisory stating that abortions are “now illegal here,” citing Texas statutes that existed before Roe v. Wade was first decided in 1973. Paxton said under those laws, “providers could be criminally liable for providing abortions.” → Read More

No, Texas Senator John Cornyn isn’t calling to reinstate segregation

A Saturday tweet from U.S. Senator John Cornyn has gone viral after confusion over when he compared the Roe v. Wade overturn to another landmark ruling that was overruled related to racial segregation. → Read More

How a mentor program aims to boost reading levels of Texas students

The Teen Trendsetter program, part of Barbara Bush’s foundation, aims to remove literacy gaps across Texas and the U.S. → Read More

Retired police react to Uvalde CISD chief’s account of school shooting response

AUSTIN (Nexstar/Texas Tribune) — Former police chiefs, federal law enforcement officials and experts are criticizing the Uvalde CISD police chief’s explanation of why the response to the Robb Elementary School shooting took so long. In an exclusive interview with KXAN’s news partners at The Texas Tribune, Pete Arredondo defended his actions and said he hadn’t spoken out […] → Read More

Texas House investigation into Uvalde shooting begins behind closed doors

AUSTIN (Nexstar) — More than two weeks after the second deadliest school shooting in U.S. history, Texas lawmakers kicked off an investigation into what happened behind closed doors Thursday. The three-panel investigative committee met with witnesses and heard testimony in an hourslong hearing not open to the public. Chairman Rep. Dustin Burrows, R-Lubbock, said in a […] → Read More

State of Texas: ‘There’s a sense of urgency’- Gun policy possibilities after the Uvalde mass shooting

AUSTIN (Nexstar) — The questions come after every mass shooting. When will it end? How can we keep our families and ourselves safe? What needs to change? Will anything change? History shows mixed results for those calling for gun control legislation. In Texas, the legislative response after mass shootings has led to laws aiming to […] → Read More

Deadly Texas school shooting comes just days before end of school year in Uvalde

A community is in shock after a senseless act of violence occurred at a Texas elementary school Tuesday. → Read More

State of Texas: Abortion rights uncertainty adds new urgency on the campaign trail

A Democratic congressional race in South Texas is garnering national attention, as the Roe v. Wade leaked opinion shakes up a tight runoff election. → Read More

Texas election: Property tax relief constitutional amendments on May 7 ballot

Both of the constitutional amendments garnered unanimous bipartisan support from Texas lawmakers, who say the propositions will help relieve the high property taxes Texans are experiencing as the housing market continues to boom. → Read More

SCOTUS draft ruling highlights Henry Cuellar’s abortion position in runoff election

A Democratic congressional race in South Texas is garnering national attention, as the Roe v. Wade leaked opinion shakes up a tight runoff election. → Read More

Texas explores changing to more rigorous teacher certification assessments

Prospective teachers in Texas might have to undergo a more rigorous certification process after a state board voted to adopt a new certification assessment. → Read More

Experts say gas prices may have peaked

Patrick De Haan, the head of petroleum and gas analysis at GasBuddy, said it’s difficult to predict where the markets will go with all of the worldwide turmoil happening right now. → Read More

Phone call audio: Texas lawmaker informs Melissa Lucio about stay of execution

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals issued a stay of execution for Melissa Lucio Monday just two days before her set execution date. The stay allows a lower court to hear Lucio and her lawyers' claims that new evidence would exonerate her, according to the Associated Press. → Read More

Were the charges against the woman in ‘self-induced abortion’ case legal? It’s complicated

After charging a 26-year-old Texas woman for murder for an alleged ‘self-induced abortion’ that killed an individual last week, Starr County District Attorney Gocha Allen Ramirez announced Sunday the charges have been dropped. → Read More

State of Texas: ‘They got what they wanted’ – Voters force incumbents to fight for their jobs

In the primary race for Texas Attorney General, not a single Republican or Democratic candidate got more than 50% of the vote, meaning both sides are headed to a runoff. → Read More