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MLS team appearences
The number of times Major League Soccer teams appear on nationally-televised games on both English and Spanish-speaking networks.

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The number of times Major League Soccer teams appear on nationally-televised games on both English and Spanish-speaking networks.
Tom Herman’s annotated, transcribed press conference: His words, our words on USC, Angry Birds and bubble gum

7:40 PM Tuesday, Sep. 19, 2017

Tom Herman held his regular Texas game-week press conference on Monday despite the fact that the Longhorns are off this week. It lasted about five minutes shorter than a normal game-week presser would go — and it also became fairly contentious at times, with back-and-forths with reporters who asked critical questions...
356 days: How long in Austin rain days to match Harvey’s worst
 The National Weather Service published a list of the rain amounts Harvey dumped in and around Houston over the weekend, and the little town of Dayton, Texas, topped the list at nearly 40 inches of rain. There were six other locations that received 30-plus inches of rain from 8 p.m. Thursday to 8 a.m. Monday, including Waller ...

8:46 PM Monday, Aug. 28, 2017

The National Weather Service published a list of the rain amounts Harvey dumped in and around Houston over the weekend, and the little town of Dayton, Texas, topped the list at nearly 40 inches of rain. There were six other locations that received 30-plus inches of rain from 8 p.m. Thursday to 8 a.m. Monday, including Waller ...
Bastrop oil spill stirs Austin’s angst over Longhorn pipeline
 Six months before a maintenance crew caused an 87,000-gallon crude oil spill in Bastrop County on July 13, the pipeline’s owner and operator agreed to pay $18 million in penalties and remediation efforts related to three spills that fouled waterways in three states, including a 20,000-gallon spill in Texas City.

7:56 PM Friday, Aug. 04, 2017

Six months before a maintenance crew caused an 87,000-gallon crude oil spill in Bastrop County on July 13, the pipeline’s owner and operator agreed to pay $18 million in penalties and remediation efforts related to three spills that fouled waterways in three states, including a 20,000-gallon spill in Texas City.
Bastrop oil spill stirs Austin’s angst over Longhorn pipeline
 Six months before a maintenance crew caused an 87,000-gallon crude oil spill in Bastrop County on July 13, the pipeline’s owner and operator agreed to pay $18 million in penalties and remediation efforts related to three spills that fouled waterways in three states, including a 20,000-gallon spill in Texas City. As part of...

7:53 PM Friday, Aug. 04, 2017

Six months before a maintenance crew caused an 87,000-gallon crude oil spill in Bastrop County on July 13, the pipeline’s owner and operator agreed to pay $18 million in penalties and remediation efforts related to three spills that fouled waterways in three states, including a 20,000-gallon spill in Texas City. As part of...
Texas leads U.S. in number of farms. It also leads in foreign-bought agricultural land.
 With good reason, Texas politicos like to brag on the state’s agricultural exploits: Texas leads the nation when it comes to cattle, cotton and hay production and boasts more farms and ranches than any other state in the union. But Texas agriculture has another distinction that gets considerably less attention. Over the last ten years...

12:45 AM Saturday, Jul. 15, 2017

With good reason, Texas politicos like to brag on the state’s agricultural exploits: Texas leads the nation when it comes to cattle, cotton and hay production and boasts more farms and ranches than any other state in the union. But Texas agriculture has another distinction that gets considerably less attention. Over the last ten years...
Texas sees surge in foreign purchases of agricultural land
 With good reason, Texas politicos like to brag on the state’s agricultural exploits: Texas leads the nation when it comes to cattle, cotton and hay production and boasts more farms and ranches than any other state in the union. But Texas agriculture has another distinction that gets considerably less attention. Over the last ten years...

3:22 PM Friday, Jul. 14, 2017

With good reason, Texas politicos like to brag on the state’s agricultural exploits: Texas leads the nation when it comes to cattle, cotton and hay production and boasts more farms and ranches than any other state in the union. But Texas agriculture has another distinction that gets considerably less attention. Over the last ten years...
Texas leads U.S. in number of farms. It also leads in foreign-bought agricultural land.
 With good reason, Texas politicos like to brag on the state’s agricultural exploits: Texas leads the nation when it comes to cattle, cotton and hay production and boasts more farms and ranches than any other state in the union. But Texas agriculture has another distinction that gets considerably less attention. Over the last ten years...

3:18 PM Friday, Jul. 14, 2017

With good reason, Texas politicos like to brag on the state’s agricultural exploits: Texas leads the nation when it comes to cattle, cotton and hay production and boasts more farms and ranches than any other state in the union. But Texas agriculture has another distinction that gets considerably less attention. Over the last ten years...
Despite renewed effort, Texas game wardens struggle to diversify ranks
 Five years after Texas Parks and Wildlife Department officials pledged to diversify the agency’s law enforcement ranks following federal complaints over how the Texas game wardens operated, the agency has failed to fold more women or African-Americans into its ranks, according to an analysis by the American-Statesman. As a further lawsuit...

7:46 PM Thursday, Jul. 13, 2017

Five years after Texas Parks and Wildlife Department officials pledged to diversify the agency’s law enforcement ranks following federal complaints over how the Texas game wardens operated, the agency has failed to fold more women or African-Americans into its ranks, according to an analysis by the American-Statesman. As a further lawsuit...
Taking a look at salaries in Austin’s tech sector 
 This summer, we asked Austin’s tech industry a difficult question: Tell us how much money you make. Our goal was to gather demographic and salary data on Austin’s tech industry, one of the fastest-growing and most vital pieces of the Central Texas economy.  Many of you answered that call. We got 2,659 responses from a cross-section...

11:34 PM Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017

This summer, we asked Austin’s tech industry a difficult question: Tell us how much money you make. Our goal was to gather demographic and salary data on Austin’s tech industry, one of the fastest-growing and most vital pieces of the Central Texas economy.  Many of you answered that call. We got 2,659 responses from a cross-section...
Covering the Big Game: Our staff memories of Texas-USC

11:58 PM Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015

The American-Statesman sent a crew of more than 10 staffers to the 2005 national championship game. Just like fans or players, their memories of covering Texas-USC remain as strong as ever. We reached out to a few of them — columnists Kirk Bohls and Cedric Golden, writer Suzanne Halliburton, photographers Ralph Barrera and Deborah Cannon...
Pardon our dust: It takes time to make history

10:26 PM Monday, Aug. 24, 2015

If you have come across this site this week and it looks a bit spare, that’s because we are in development mode. Hookem.com will make its public debut at the end of the week. Come back for the best coverage of Longhorns sports in the country.
Private school data suggest vouchers could have big effect in Austin
 The number of students in charter schools in Travis County has doubled in the past five years, while private school enrollment has remained stagnant, an analysis by the American-Statesman shows. The data suggest that an increasing number of local parents are seeking low-cost alternatives to traditional public education. The data also indicate...

2:09 AM Sunday, May. 31, 2015

The number of students in charter schools in Travis County has doubled in the past five years, while private school enrollment has remained stagnant, an analysis by the American-Statesman shows. The data suggest that an increasing number of local parents are seeking low-cost alternatives to traditional public education. The data also indicate...
Wait list at Austin VA clinic nearly double national average
 Nearly a year after revelations of secret waiting lists, falsified data and poor patient care sparked calls for an overhaul at the Department of Veterans Affairs, most Central Texas veterans are waiting longer for medical appointments than the average veteran. The problem is particularly acute at the VA’s bustling Austin Outpatient...

10:00 AM Thursday, Apr. 09, 2015

Nearly a year after revelations of secret waiting lists, falsified data and poor patient care sparked calls for an overhaul at the Department of Veterans Affairs, most Central Texas veterans are waiting longer for medical appointments than the average veteran. The problem is particularly acute at the VA’s bustling Austin Outpatient...
Where Wendy Davis and Greg Abbott draw their fundraising support
 If the Texas governor’s race were determined by a national election, it might be Wendy Davis’ to lose. The state senator’s filibuster of abortion legislation last year went viral, giving her the celebrity and momentum to attract Democratic donors from coast to coast. Davis succeeded in nationalizing the governor’s...

11:51 PM Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014

If the Texas governor’s race were determined by a national election, it might be Wendy Davis’ to lose. The state senator’s filibuster of abortion legislation last year went viral, giving her the celebrity and momentum to attract Democratic donors from coast to coast. Davis succeeded in nationalizing the governor’s...
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