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Jef Rouner

Jef Rouner
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Jef Rouner is an award-winning freelance journalist, the author of The Rook Circle, and a member of The Black Math Experiment. He lives in Houston where he spends most of his time investigating corruption and strange happenings. Jef has written for Houston Press, Free Press Houston, and Houston Chronicle.

Oil Industry Outlook Still Grim — Especially in Texas

Texas has been hit especially hard by the economic downturn since the start of the coronavirus pandemic thanks to a catastrophic drop...

Texas Social Workers Prepare to Fight Removal of LGBTQ, Disabled Protections

After prompting from Gov. Greg Abbott, the Texas State Board of Social Workers voted unanimously last week to remove protections regarding sexual...

Everything You Need to Know About the Ken Paxton Scandal So Far

Since news of the latest scandal involving Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and his alleged bribery and misuse of office broke nearly...

Lina Hidalgo: How the Times are Shaping Harris County’s Top Officeholder

In the biggest county around the biggest town in Texas sits Judge Lina Hidalgo as the biggest boss. Her term as Harris...

Your Guide to Right-Wing Extremists in Texas as the Election Nears

Early voting in Texas starts on Oct. 13, and there are already concerns being voiced by the FBI that armed right-wing extremist...
Property Taxes

Texas Cities Could Raise Taxes Now. Here’s Why They Aren’t.

In 2019, Senate Bill 2 was passed, capping property tax rates in Texas. But there was a loophole regarding states of emergency...
DPS program

Countless Children Safe Thanks to a Little-Known Texas Rescue Program

Amid the noise of child trafficking conspiracies, a program started by the Texas Department of Public Safety in 2006 has spread nationwide...

Republicans Pass Buck on Expanding Texas Tribal Gambling

Texas Republicans want to expand gambling on tribal lands. Texas Republicans don’t want to expand gambling on tribal lands. Confused? That’s an...
AT&T Tradition

Tradition Collides With Calls to Uproot Racism at Texas A&M

All colleges have their own traditions, but few adhere to them quite as strongly as Texas A&M. Amid the recent social justice...

Long Waits at the Border Hurting Texas Economy

When non-essential traffic across the Texas-Mexico border started to increase over the summer, Customs and Border Patrol began artificially inflating the wait...

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