is the water fellow at The Texas Tribune. He is a second-year master’s candidate in the journalism program at The University of Texas at Austin, where he also serves as a teaching assistant. Carlos has previously reported for The Austin American-Statesman and Catholic Spirit, the newspaper for the Diocese of Austin. Carlos is an avid runner and enjoys time spent on Austin’s Greenbelt.
For years, Diane Wilson has tried to get Formosa Plastics Corp. to stop discharging plastic pellets from its sprawling petrochemical complex on the Central Texas coast. This week, she's getting her day in court.
According to court documents, Michael Center accepted $100,000 to help a student gain admission to the university through the tennis program. He is one of dozens of people named in a growing national college bribery scandal. "He is innocent," his lawyer said.
Before Hurricane Harvey, state aquarium staff evacuated turtles, stingrays, dolphins and other recovering animals from an aging rescue center they feared would blow away. Now, they're asking the state for help to build a new facility.
The Environmental Defense Fund concluded that oil producers burned off more natural gas than they reported to the state. But Texas officials expressed skepticism of those findings during a state Senate hearing Wednesday.
In 1993, the Legislature passed a law that said state parks and historic sites could receive all of the money generated by a tax on the sale of sporting goods. Since then, state lawmakers have given the parks department only about 40 percent of those collections.
State Sen. Charles Perry, chairman of the Senate Committee on Water and Rural Affairs, has a package of bills that could create Texas' first statewide flood plan. He says coastal Texans aren't the only ones at risk of property loss.
Nearly 500 water utilities across the state tested positive for atrazine — a weed killer — which can lead to harmful health effects, according to a new report. The Environmental Working Group also found that utilities are testing water during times when the herbicide isn't being used as much — and that they may be lowballing the results.