EoT: Fishing for Fraud, and an Alamo Fight
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Eyes on Texas is a weekly look at how the national media views Texas.

The New York Times finds out just how serious Texans are about their fishing, and that the long arm of the law extends even into the leisure fishing world. “Texas is the only state with a tournament fishing fraud law, but perhaps the most extraordinary thing about the crime was how ordinary such fraud has become across the country,” writes Manny Hernandez.

The Washington Post, via the Associated Press, is once again remembering the Alamo, with “one Texas agency mounting pressure on another to loan out one of the state’s most sacred texts for display at ‘the shrine of Texas independence.’ ”

The Atlantic runs the numbers on why Texas — now the “King of Exports” –- has left California’s export industry in the dust. “Since 1998, the state has increased its total exports by 217 percent, compared to 139 percent for the country as a whole,” it reported. “California’s have risen by a comparatively paltry 66 percent.” This story isn’t too number-heavy, though, with some easy-to-digest graphs.

Jezebel, the snarky but serious feminist media outlet, reported this week that Texas women with unwanted pregnancies are dangerously taking matters into their own hands: “Concerned women’s health providers in Texas report that they’re seeing a higher number of women who cross the Mexican border to acquire misoprostol in order to terminate their unwanted pregnancy, but show up to their regular clinic to ask for a pregnancy test shortly after, finding that the pills hadn’t been effective.”

ABC News reported that a Texas condo owner who called 911 after she discovered that burglars had taken everything from her home, including the bathroom sink, was surprised to discover that her neighbors were harboring her stuff.


Welcome to Reporting Texas, a digital media initiative from the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin. Reporting Texas accepts submissions from undergraduate and graduate students throughout the university, promoting engagement in the digital age of journalism.

Supported by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York and its Initiative on the Future of Journalism Education, Reporting Texas serves four primary goals: To showcase the best work of our University of Texas at Austin undergraduate and graduate students; to offer quality, multimedia reporting to local, state, and national news outlets; to experiment with new approaches in journalism education; and to combine aspects of community reporting with multimedia resources.

These efforts grow out of two previous initiatives at the University of Texas at Austin School of Journalism – CapLink and the Capital News Service – in which student journalists provided free public affairs reporting to community newspapers around Texas. In that spirit, Reporting Texas offers all content free of charge to all news outlets as long as we are credited for our work.

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