The Texas Tribune: Alejandra Martinezhttps://www.texastribune.org/about/staff/alejandra-martinez/The latest news by Alejandra Martinez.enThu, 11 Jul 2024 05:00:00 -0500CenterPoint exudes chaos, but also appears to be restoring power faster than it previously hashttps://www.texastribune.org/2024/07/11/centerpoint-power-restore-texas-houston-when-why-timeline/According to state filings, the utility is restoring power at a relatively quicker pace than after prior storms. Texans are still fed up.By Emily Foxhall and Alejandra MartinezThu, 11 Jul 2024 05:00:00 -0500https://www.texastribune.org/2024/07/11/centerpoint-power-restore-texas-houston-when-why-timeline/A fleet of utility trucks line up Wednesday morning to help restore power after Hurricane Beryl brought major power outages in Houston.Electric trucks line up to provide support with major power outages after Hurricane Beryl in Houston, on Wednesday, July 10, 2024.Joseph Bui for The Texas TribuneMillions of Texans face third day without power in summer heathttps://www.texastribune.org/2024/07/09/beryl-texas-houston-power-outages/Power companies and Texas officials say restoration efforts could take days. Experts say Texans without electricity are facing a dangerous situation.By Pooja Salhotra, Jess Huff, Emily Foxhall, Alejandra Martinez and Kayla GuoTue, 09 Jul 2024 12:02:59 -0500https://www.texastribune.org/2024/07/09/beryl-texas-houston-power-outages/Electrical workers gather supplies early Wednesday morning to provide support to people experiencing major power outages after Hurricane Beryl in Houston.Electric workers gather supplies to provide support with major power outages after Hurricane Beryl in Houston, on Wednesday, July 10, 2024.Joseph Bui for The Texas TribuneBeryl updates: Electricity returning for some CenterPoint customers, but hundreds of thousands won’t have power until next weekhttps://www.texastribune.org/2024/07/08/hurricane-beryl-texas-damage-updates-rain/Across southeast Texas, residents and officials are assessing the damage and beginning the recovery process.By Pooja Salhotra, Alejandra Martinez, Emily Foxhall, Jess Huff, Stephen Simpson, Maria Probert Hermosillo, Berenice Garcia, Kayla Guo and Dante MotleyMon, 08 Jul 2024 18:33:16 -0500https://www.texastribune.org/2024/07/08/hurricane-beryl-texas-damage-updates-rain/CenterPoint Energy Executive Vice President Jason M. Ryan speaks during a Public Utilities Commission meeting in Austin on Thursday, July 11, 2024. Leaders of various energy companies spoke to the committee about the status of their progress in restoring power in the aftermath of Hurricane Beryl.CenterPoint Energy Executive Vice President Jason M. Ryan speaks during a Public Utilities Commission meeting on Thursday, July 11, 2024. Leaders of various energy companies spoke to the committee about the status of their progress in restoring power in the aftermath of Hurricane Beryl.Sergio Flores for The Texas TribuneHow to stay safe in the Texas heathttps://www.texastribune.org/2024/07/02/texas-how-to-stay-safe-heat-climate-change/As climate change pushes temperatures higher, it’s even more important to remember how dangerous the heat is and take steps to protect yourself.By Emily Foxhall and Alejandra MartinezTue, 02 Jul 2024 12:00:00 -0500https://www.texastribune.org/2024/07/02/texas-how-to-stay-safe-heat-climate-change/Austin-Travis County EMS first responders carry a 75-year-old man to an ambulance during a 102-degree day in July 2023 outside Austin Wrench A Part in Del Valle. The man passed out while searching for car parts in the sun and told first responders he hadn’t eaten or drank any water all day.Austin-Travis County EMS first responders cart Robert Shipp, 75, of Bastrop, to an ambulance during a 102 degree summer day outside Austin Wrench A Part in Del Valle on July 7, 2023. According to the EMS crew and Shipp, he was seen passing out while searching for car parts under the hot sun, and hadn’t eaten any food or drank any water all day.Joe Timmerman/The Texas TribuneTexas weather extremes likely to become normal, scientists sayhttps://www.texastribune.org/2024/07/01/texas-extreme-weather-climate-change/Climate scientists say that extreme rain and drought are likely to become more common due to climate change.By Alejandra Martinez and Yuriko SchumacherMon, 01 Jul 2024 05:00:00 -0500https://www.texastribune.org/2024/07/01/texas-extreme-weather-climate-change/The Texas TribuneU.S. Supreme Court pauses federal smog control plan that Texas opposedhttps://www.texastribune.org/2024/06/27/supreme-court-texas-smog-epa/Environmental experts say the ruling will pause measures to reduce smog in some states and influence suits in lower courts.By Alejandra MartinezThu, 27 Jun 2024 10:17:36 -0500https://www.texastribune.org/2024/06/27/supreme-court-texas-smog-epa/Smoke from a power plant in San Antonio on Aug. 4, 2021.Smoke from a power plant in San Antonio on Aug. 4, 2021.Sophie Park/The Texas TribuneU.S. Supreme Court blocks the state’s Rio Grande water deal with New Mexicohttps://www.texastribune.org/2024/06/21/supreme-court-rejects-texas-new-mexico-water-agreement/Water law experts say the Supreme Court's recent decision will set a precedent for the federal government to intervene in water conflicts between states moving forward.By Alejandra Martinez and Berenice GarciaFri, 21 Jun 2024 15:46:48 -0500https://www.texastribune.org/2024/06/21/supreme-court-rejects-texas-new-mexico-water-agreement/The Rio Grande at the New Mexico-Texas border near El Paso in 2013.The Rio Grande at the New Mexico-Texas border on Monday, December 9, 2013 in El Paso.Ivan Pierre Aguirre for The Texas TribuneTexas farmers face mounting expenses as droughts worsenhttps://www.texastribune.org/2024/06/06/texas-drought-crop-insurance-climate-change/Rising temperatures intensify drought and increase costs for the heavily subsidized crop insurance program.By Dylan Baddour, Inside Climate News, and Alejandra Martinez, The Texas TribuneThu, 06 Jun 2024 05:00:00 -0500https://www.texastribune.org/2024/06/06/texas-drought-crop-insurance-climate-change/A farm irrigation system near Ralls, about 30 miles east of Lubbock, on June 22, 2022. Texas leads the nation in crop insurance payouts due to drought, and those costs are expected to increase because of climate change.A farm irrigation system near the High Plains town of Ralls, about 30 miles east of Lubbock, on Wednesday, June 22, 2022. Like much of Texas, the High Plains and Panhandle are facing drought conditions and extraordinary heat.Trace Thomas for The Texas TribuneSix Texas freshwater mussels, the “livers of the rivers,” added to endangered species listhttps://www.texastribune.org/2024/06/03/texas-freshwater-mussels-endangered-species-act/Freshwater mussels can pump and filter eight to 15 gallons of water a day, cleaning rivers and streams. Six of the 50 mussels that call Texas home are federally protected by Monday’s listing.By Alejandra MartinezMon, 03 Jun 2024 16:51:16 -0500https://www.texastribune.org/2024/06/03/texas-freshwater-mussels-endangered-species-act/Seven types of freshwater mussels found in Central Texas have been listed for protection under the Endangered Species Act.Endangered freshwater mussels.Ryan Hagerty/USFWSSevere storms knock out power at North Texas voting siteshttps://www.texastribune.org/2024/05/28/texas-elections-voter-turnout-storms/At least 76 polling places in four counties closed after the weather left hundreds of thousands of North Texans without power.By Alejandra MartinezTue, 28 May 2024 12:31:26 -0500https://www.texastribune.org/2024/05/28/texas-elections-voter-turnout-storms/Dallas voters cast their ballots during the 2020 primaries on March 3, 2020.Dallas voters cast their ballots during the 2020 primaries on March 3, 2020.Leslie Boorhem-Stephenson for The Texas TribuneTexas’ first-ever statewide flood plan estimates 5 million live in flood-prone areashttps://www.texastribune.org/2024/05/28/texas-state-flood-plan/The state’s flood plan shows which Texans are most at risk of flooding and suggests billions of dollars more are needed for flood mitigation projects.By Alejandra MartinezTue, 28 May 2024 05:00:00 -0500https://www.texastribune.org/2024/05/28/texas-state-flood-plan/A pickup pushes through flood waters in Livingston on May 2, 2024. Thousands fled their Southeast Texas homes as heavy rains saturated multiple counties.A truck in flood waters in Livingston on May 2, 2024. Thousands fled their Southeast Texas homes as heavy rains saturated land in multiple counties.Drone Bros LLCFederal forecasters predict the highest number of storms ever for 2024 seasonhttps://www.texastribune.org/2024/05/23/texas-noaa-hurricane-season-forecast/Wind changes caused by the La Niña climate pattern and warmer-than-average ocean temperatures are expected to be major drivers to this year’s hurricane season.By Alejandra Martinez and Maria Probert HermosilloThu, 23 May 2024 11:03:55 -0500https://www.texastribune.org/2024/05/23/texas-noaa-hurricane-season-forecast/Evacuees ride in the back of Chris Ginter's truck in Houston on Aug 29, 2017 after Hurricane Harvey caused catastrophic floods along the Texas coast. Ginter helped evacuate people from their flooded neighborhood near the Buffalo Bayou.A load of evacuees in the back of Chris Ginter's monster truck in Houston on Tuesday, Aug 29, 2017. Ginter helped evacuate people from their flooded neighborhood near the Buffalo Bayou.Michael Stravato for The Texas TribuneTexas lizard added to endangered species list over the oil and gas industry’s objectionshttps://www.texastribune.org/2024/05/22/texas-dunes-sagebrush-lizard-endagered-list-permian-basin-oil/The dunes sagebrush lizard lives in the same West Texas land that supports the state’s biggest oil and gas fields, and industry leaders say the new designation will hurt drilling and production.By Alejandra Martinez and Carlos Nogueras RamosWed, 22 May 2024 05:00:00 -0500https://www.texastribune.org/2024/05/22/texas-dunes-sagebrush-lizard-endagered-list-permian-basin-oil/The dunes sagebrush lizard, which lives in the oil-rich Permian Basin, has been listed as endangered after a decades-long effort.Dunes Sagebrush LizardRyan Hagerty/USFWSNorth Texas landowners trying to stop a reservoir that Wichita Falls calls crucialhttps://www.texastribune.org/2024/05/09/texas-lake-ringgold-wichita-falls-tceq-reservoir-water-supply/State regulators face a critical decision this week on whether to approve a permit for a new reservoir that the city of Wichita Falls says is vital for ensuring enough water for the region. But some locals are fighting the project.By Alejandra MartinezThu, 09 May 2024 05:00:00 -0500https://www.texastribune.org/2024/05/09/texas-lake-ringgold-wichita-falls-tceq-reservoir-water-supply/Deborah Clark, left, points to land that she says will be inundated if the permit to build Lake Ringgold is approved, on Monday in Henrietta. The city of Wichita Falls is seeking a permit to construct Lake Ringgold in Clay County, a reservoir the city says will help with future water needs.Deborah Clark, left, points to land that she says will be inundated if the permit to build Lake Ringgold is approved on Monday, May 6, 2024 in Henrietta, Texas. The city of Wichita Falls is seeking a permit to construct Lake Ringgold in Clay County, a reservoir the city says will help with future water needs. Residents and ranchers of Clay County say they will lose acres of their property and claim the project is unnecessary. Desiree Rios for The Texas TribuneHow the flooding in Southeast Texas got so direhttps://www.texastribune.org/2024/05/03/weather-flooding-polk-liberty-montgomery-harris-county/Since Sunday, multiple rounds of rainfall have soaked the region, causing rivers and creeks to swell and rise out of their banks.By Alejandra Martinez and Emily Foxhall, Graphics by Yuriko SchumacherFri, 03 May 2024 17:23:27 -0500https://www.texastribune.org/2024/05/03/weather-flooding-polk-liberty-montgomery-harris-county/The Lake Livingston Dam is seen releasing water on May 3, 2024, in Livingston. The Southeast Texas reservoir reached capacity during several days of intense rainstorms this week.The Lake Livingston Dam is seen releasing water on May 3, 2024, in Livingston. The Southeast Texas reservoir reached capacity during several days of intense rainstorms this week.Drone Bros LLCRain eases in Southeast Texas but flooding will take time to recedehttps://www.texastribune.org/2024/05/03/texas-floods-weather-harris-county/Thousands of residents have either evacuated or are now under shelter orders.By Emily Foxhall, Carlos Nogueras Ramos and Alejandra MartinezFri, 03 May 2024 05:00:00 -0500https://www.texastribune.org/2024/05/03/texas-floods-weather-harris-county/Emergency personnel respond to flooding on FM 1988 on May 2, 2024, in Livingston.Emergency personnel respond to flooding on FM 1988 on May 2, 2024, in Livingston.Drone Bros LLC17 pro-Palestinian demonstrators arrested at UT-Dallas as police break up encampmenthttps://www.texastribune.org/2024/05/01/ut-dallas-palestinian-protest-arrests/UT-Dallas is the second campus in Texas where Department of Public Safety troopers have made arrests while breaking up protests.By Alejandra MartinezWed, 01 May 2024 17:35:11 -0500https://www.texastribune.org/2024/05/01/ut-dallas-palestinian-protest-arrests/Protesters chant as DPS officers look on at the University of Texas at Dallas on Wednesday, May 1, 2024. Pro-Palestinian demonstrators set up an encampment on the campus before dawn. At about 4 p.m., DPS and other police officers showed up and tore down the encampment and arrested several people.Protesters chant as DPS officers look on at the University of Texas at Dallas on Wednesday, May 1, 2024. Pro-Palestinian demonstrators set up an encampment on the campus before dawn. At about 4 p.m., DPS and other police officers showed up and tore down the encampment and arrested several people.Shelby Tauber for The Texas TribuneWhat you need to know about toxic “forever chemicals” the EPA is restrictinghttps://www.texastribune.org/2024/04/22/texas-pfas-forever-chemicals-what-you-need-to-know-guide/The EPA recently set new limits on the toxic chemicals used to make everything from nonstick pans to firefighting foam. Here’s how to protect yourself and your family.By Alejandra MartinezMon, 22 Apr 2024 05:00:00 -0500https://www.texastribune.org/2024/04/22/texas-pfas-forever-chemicals-what-you-need-to-know-guide/Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick asks state to halt new cement plant permits until 2025https://www.texastribune.org/2024/04/16/texas-cement-plant-permits-dan-patrick-letter-tceq/Citing community concerns about a planned cement plant in Grayson County, Patrick’s letter asks TCEQ to reject the permit and halt permit approvals statewide.By Alejandra MartinezTue, 16 Apr 2024 15:45:41 -0500https://www.texastribune.org/2024/04/16/texas-cement-plant-permits-dan-patrick-letter-tceq/Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick sent a letter to the state environmental agency asking it to stop approving new permits for cement plants statewide until the Legislature can weigh in next year. Patrick expressed concern about a planned cement plant in North Texas that residents oppose.Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick speaks during a keynote lunch at the Texas Public Policy Foundation Texas Policy Summit 2024 at the AT&T Hotel & Conference Center in Austin, TX on Mar. 21, 2024. Lt. Gov. Patrick spoke on policies regarding energy, border control, school choice and taxes.Maria Crane/The Texas TribuneDozens of Texas water systems exceed new federal limits on “forever chemicals”https://www.texastribune.org/2024/04/16/texas-pfas-forever-chemicals-public-water-systems-epa-limit/The EPA set its first-ever drinking water limits for five types of PFAS chemicals, and nearly 50 Texas public water systems have reported exceeding the new limits for at least one.By Alejandra MartinezTue, 16 Apr 2024 05:00:00 -0500https://www.texastribune.org/2024/04/16/texas-pfas-forever-chemicals-public-water-systems-epa-limit/A cascade aerator at a Texas wastewater plant. Nearly 50 water utilities around Texas have reported levels of PFAS chemicals that exceed a new federal limit.A cascade aerator on the site of the Twin Oaks Valley Water Treatment Plant outside of San Antonio, where the San Antonio Water System maintains an underground storage reservoir.Gabriel Cristóver Pérez for The Texas Tribune