John Burnett

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The National Park Service expands its African-American history sites

Sunday, June 26, 2022

The National Park Service is trying to include more Black history into the story of America. Some of the proposed sites are painful, others are controversial.


The new Juneteenth federal holiday traces its roots to Galveston, Texas

Monday, June 20, 2022

Union Gen. Gordon Granger set up his headquarters in Galveston, Texas, and famously signed an order June 19, 1865, "All slaves are free." President Biden made Juneteenth a federal holiday last year.


Four enduring myths about Juneteenth are not based on facts

Monday, June 20, 2022

As the U.S. celebrates the second federal holiday honoring Juneteenth, several myths persist about the origins and history about what happened when enslaved people were emancipated in Texas.


A tiny Texas school district 'in the middle of nowhere' is arming half its staff

Saturday, June 11, 2022

The only school in Harrold, Texas, has 100 to 125 students, and the district has 27 employees. Half are learning to shoot weapons because the nearest sheriff's deputy is at least 20 minutes away.


A former pastor grieves the loss of his great-granddaughter in Uvalde

Sunday, May 29, 2022

Julián Moreno is the retired pastor of a Baptist church in Uvalde. Members of the congregation gathered to remember his great-granddaugher and another girl who was killed in the shooting.


The Uvalde shooting renews questions about school security

Saturday, May 28, 2022

Texas has tightened security at schools considerably over the past four years. But the new protective measures came up short earlier this week in Uvalde.


Encore: The United States' only native parrot is being studied, to save it

Thursday, May 26, 2022

We know the bird can mimic human speech; now a researcher is trying to understand parrot-to-parrot communication. He's looking at the red-crowned parrot, which is the only parrot native to the U.S.


How the elementary school shooting is impacting the Uvalde community

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

The town of Uvalde, Texas, is mourning, as some parents await identification of slain students and some post memorials in social media.


The number of Americans who say they won't get a COVID shot hasn't budged in a year

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Politics, religion, distrust and disinformation all play a role. "I've realized that there's no convincing somebody once they have their mind made up," says a social worker in Beaumont, Texas.


Mexican border town sees an increase in sales of abortion drugs to women from the U.S.

Monday, May 09, 2022

US customers started deluging Mexican border pharmacies after Texas passed an anti-abortion law last fall. A two-pill combination costs about $400 and does not require a doctor's prescription.


Texas' abortion law led some to get abortion pills in Mexico, with grim consequences

Friday, May 06, 2022

Since Texas passed its anti-abortion law, more and more women have been getting abortion pills at unregulated pharmacies in Mexican border towns — where they are freely sold without a prescription.


Amid lawsuits over Sandy Hook shooting denial, InfoWars files for bankruptcy

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones's website Infowars has filed for bankruptcy. The move could put on hold defamation lawsuits over false claims that the Sandy Hook shooting was a hoax.


Alex Jones' Infowars files for bankruptcy after Sandy Hook defamation lawsuits

Monday, April 18, 2022

Infowars has filed for bankruptcy. The move postpones founder Alex Jones' civil trial that had been scheduled to begin next week.


Red/Blue Workshops try to bridge the political divide. Do they really work?

Wednesday, April 06, 2022

More and more nonprofits are bringing Americans with opposing political views together for civil discussions on divisive issues. Critics question whether these encounters produce lasting results.


U.S. truckers are protesting vaccines, even as pandemic restrictions ease

Thursday, March 03, 2022

A truckers' convoy inspired by what happened in Canada in February is rolling across America toward Washington, D.C. They're protesting vaccines even as states are lessening pandemic restrictions.


Americans are fleeing to places where political views match their own

Friday, February 18, 2022

America is growing more geographically polarized — red ZIP codes are getting redder and blue ZIP codes are becoming bluer. People appear to be sorting.


The widening political chasm is revealed in real estate data

Thursday, February 17, 2022

Red zip codes are getting redder and blue zip codes are getting bluer, causing many to rarely interact with folks with whom they disagree. People are purposely moving to places reflecting their views.


Christian Nationalism is stronger than ever, even without Donald Trump as president

Friday, January 14, 2022

Christian Nationalism has grown in the last year. Now, some more mainline churches are speaking out against the movement, which they see as opposed to the teachings of Jesus.


The trip to the U.S. Southern border is hard, let alone for kids traveling alone

Tuesday, January 04, 2022

The last decade has seen a historic migration of unaccompanied children crossing the U.S. border with Mexico. What does the future hold for America's newest child migrants?


This prized parrot is in peril from pet poachers

Friday, December 03, 2021

The beloved Red-Crowned Parrot, the official bird of Brownsville, Texas, and one of two native parrots in the U.S., faces threats from people stealing nestlings to sell into the pet trade.