Riane Roldan, Austin American-Statesman

Riane Roldan

Austin American-Statesman

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Past articles by Riane:

Austin police find 17-year-old safe after reported missing from hospital

The 17-year-old who was reported missing from Dell Children’s Hospital in the Mueller neighborhood has been found safe, according to Austin police. → Read More

Austin police searching for missing 17-year-old

Detectives with the Austin Police Department are asking for the public’s help in locating 17-year-old Cayden Bell.Bell was last seen at 2:30 p.m. → Read More

Bird reportedly struck plane taking off from Austin-Bergstrom

A Delta flight bound for Salt Lake City from Austin on Saturday returned to Austin shortly after takeoff after possibly striking a bird, according to Bryce Dubee, a spokesman for Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. There were approximately 135 passengers on board.The plane, an Airbus A319, will be inspected by maintenance workers. The airport’s on-staff wildlife biologist will then confirm… → Read More

New postage stamp depicts beauty of West Texas

The limestone cliffs of Santa Elena Canyon in Big Bend National Park will soon adorn priority mail postage stamps across the country.Designed by art director Greg Breeding with original art by Dan Cosgrove, the stamp depicts the Rio Grande flowing through the 1,500-feet-high canyon, one of the park’s most visited destinations.The stamp, to be released Jan. 18, is part of a focus in 2020 on… → Read More

Austin group sues to obtain contract for area migrant detention center

An Austin-based advocacy group is suing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for its contract to operate the T. Don Hutto Residential Center, a → Read More

Biden 'record player' comment puzzling in Dem debate

When asked what responsibility Joe Biden thinks Americans need to take to repair the legacy of slavery, the former vice president's response left some → Read More

Harris: Trump tweets were ammunition for El Paso shooter

Addressing a question about mass shootings during Thursday's Democratic debate in Houston, Sen. Kamala Harris praised former Rep. Beto O’Rourke for what she called his courage in the wake of the mass shooting in his native El Paso.Then she pivoted to President Donald Trump, whose rhetoric on immigrants and the border with Mexico has drawn repeated fire from Democrats."People asked me in El Paso… → Read More

Bill Flores to leave Congress, the 5th Texas Republican to retire

U.S. Rep. Bill Flores, R-Bryan, announced Wednesday that he would not seek another term."Serving my country as the representative of the hardworking Texas families in the 17th Congressional District has been an honor and one of the greatest privileges of my life,” Flores wrote in a statement.The retired former CEO and president of an oil and gas company was first elected in 2008, when he… → Read More

Brass knuckles and other self-defense items will be legal in Texas starting Sept. 1

House Bill 446, authored by state Rep. Joe Moody, lifts a ban on brass knuckles and similar self-defense items. → Read More

New law makes it easier for college students to avoid taking classes that won't transfer

The bill mandates required reporting from colleges and universities about courses that don't transfer, and aims to help students save time and money. → Read More

Texas raises the legal smoking age, exempting members of the military

Senate Bill 21, authored by Sen. Joan Huffman, a Republican from Houston, made Texas the 16th state to raise the legal smoking age from 18 to 21. → Read More

President Trump is talking about red-flag laws. Texas lawmakers have blocked those bills in the past.

In the wake of shootings in El Paso and Dayton, Ohio, the president and Congress are discussing laws blocking access to firearms for people considered an imminent threat. But here in Texas, bills that would do that have made little traction. → Read More

Here's everything you need to know about Texas gun laws

A debate over gun control was reignited after a gunman killed 22 people at a Walmart in El Paso. Here's a rundown of Texas' gun laws. → Read More

Residents told to "stay indoors, shut their windows," after fire at ExxonMobil plant in Baytown

A fire at a plant east of Houston left six people injured, according to The Houston Chronicle. → Read More

The federal government opened a model facility for migrant kids last month. Now it's being closed.

Kevin Dinnin, head of the San Antonio-based nonprofit that runs the Carrizo Springs shelter, said it was "too much, too late." → Read More

Near the border, a former camp for oilfield workers now holds hundreds of migrant children

The emergency shelter in Carrizo Springs has already drawn protests, but the company that runs it says it's providing a better environment for migrants than overcrowded Border Patrol facilities. → Read More

Zero tolerance may be over, but migrant children are still being separated from parents

More than a year after President Donald Trump ended the policy that led to widespread family separations, migrant advocates say the government continues separating children from parents for questionable reasons. → Read More

Asylum seekers will appear before judges via teleconferencing in tents as "Remain in Mexico" program expands to Laredo

Laredo's mayor says U.S. Customs and Border Protection plans to build tents to hold asylum proceedings through "virtual courtrooms." → Read More

No toothbrushes or showers, kids coughing all night: Migrants describe conditions inside border facilities

The Tribune interviewed more than a dozen migrants after their release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection facilities. The conditions they described ranged from livable to horrible. → Read More

June has been a deadly month for migrants crossing the border into Texas

As migrants continue arriving at the Texas-Mexico border, drownings have spiked in recent weeks, with nine people drowning in El Paso-area canals this month alone. Border Patrol and soldiers have rescued others. → Read More