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“Power Companies Get Exactly What They Want”: How Texas Repeatedly Failed to Protect Its Power Grid Against Extreme Weather

“Power Companies Get Exactly What They Want”: How Texas Repeatedly Failed to Protect Its Power Grid Against Extreme Weather

This article is co-published with The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan local newsroom that informs and engages with Texans. Sign up for to get up to speed on their essential coverage of Texas issues.In January 2014, power plants owned by Texas’ largest electricity producer buckled under frigid temperatures. Its generators failed more than a dozen times in 12 hours, helping to bring the state’s electric grid to the brink of collapse.The incident was the second in three years for North Texas-based Luminant, whose equipment malfunctions during a more severe storm in 2011 resulted in a...

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“Power companies get exactly what they want”: How Texas repeatedly failed to protect its power grid against extreme weather

“Power companies get exactly what they want”: How Texas repeatedly failed to protect its power grid against extreme weather

This article is co-published with ProPublica, a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. to receive stories like this one in your inbox as soon as they are published.Also, , our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news.In January 2014, power plants owned by Texas’ largest electricity producer buckled under frigid temperatures. Its generators failed more than a dozen times in 12 hours, helping to bring the state’s electric grid to the brink of collapse.The incident was the second in three years for North Texas-based Luminant, whose...

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The Trump Administration Keeps Awarding Border Wall Contracts but Doesn’t Own the Land to Build On

The Trump Administration Keeps Awarding Border Wall Contracts but Doesn’t Own the Land to Build On

ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to receive as soon as they’re published.This article is co-published with The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan local newsroom that informs and engages with Texans. Sign up for to get up to speed on their essential coverage of Texas issues.LA GRULLA, Texas — The federal government said it needed Ociel Mendoza's land on the outskirts of this tiny Texas town — and it couldn't wait any longer.Each additional day of delay was costing the government $15,000 as contractors waited to begin construction on the...

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Biden camp cancels multiple Texas events after a "Trump Train" surrounded a campaign bus

Biden camp cancels multiple Texas events after a "Trump Train" surrounded a campaign bus

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking into a Friday incident in which a group of Trump supporters, driving trucks and waving Trump flags, surrounded and followed a Biden campaign bus as it drove up I-35 in Hays County, a law enforcement official confirmed to The Texas Tribune Saturday.The confrontation, captured on video, featured at least one minor collision and led to Texas Democrats canceling three scheduled campaign events on Friday. The campaign officials cited “safety concerns” for the cancellations.The highway skirmish came as Democrats close ground in a state that is...

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November 1, 2020
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Texas is on track for record turnout in this election after breaking early voting records

Texas is on track for record turnout in this election after breaking early voting records

After the conclusion of three weeks of early voting, 9.7 million Texans have cast ballots, crushing previous early voting totals in the state and setting Texas on a course for record turnout in this Tuesday's general election.At least 9,709,376 voters cast early ballots, according to preliminary final numbers released by the Texas Secretary of State and the counties on Saturday morning. That is 57.3% percent of registered voters, just shy of the overall turnout of 59.4% in 2016 by 2 percentage points.Of those early votes, 8,738,363 were cast in person; 971,013 were cast by mail.Early...

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October 31, 2020
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Records Show Trump’s Border Wall Is Costing Taxpayers Billions More Than Initial Contracts

Records Show Trump’s Border Wall Is Costing Taxpayers Billions More Than Initial Contracts

ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to receive as soon as they’re published.This article is co-published with The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan local newsroom that informs and engages with Texans. Sign up for to get up to speed on their essential coverage of Texas issues.On the same day in May 2019, the Army Corps of Engineers awarded a pair of contracts worth $788 million to replace 83 miles of fence along the southwest border.The to be completed in January 2020, the Corps said then. Four months into this year, however, the government...

October 28, 2020
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Private Border Wall Fundraisers Have Been Arrested on Fraud Charges

Private Border Wall Fundraisers Have Been Arrested on Fraud Charges

ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to receive as soon as they’re published.This article is co-published with The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan local newsroom that informs and engages with Texans. Sign up for to get up to speed on their essential coverage of Texas issues.When we asked Brian Kolfage last month to explain how his group We Build the Wall had spent the $25 million it had raised, plus address concerns of corruption when the private sector takes over the building of border walls, he scoffed.“How is there corruption?” Kolfage, a...

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August 21, 2020
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