Terrence Henry

Senior Reporter, StateImpact Texas

Terrence Henry is a Senior Reporter at KUT and StateImpact Texas. He has worked as an editor, writer and web producer for The Washington Post and The Atlantic. He has a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Brigham Young University.

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StateImpact Texas
11:00 am
Wed October 23, 2013

More than Prayer: How Prop 6 Aims to Improve Water Supplies in Texas

Water sources like Lake Travis have seen record lows since the drought in 2011, Proposition 6 hopes to develop techniques to preserve existing, and develop new, water supplies.
Lower Colorado River Authority

2011 was the driest year in Texas’ recorded history — crops failed, herds were sold off and lakes and reservoirs literally went dry. And in the middle of this catastrophic drought, the state of Texas had one vocal strategy: Pray for rain. Texas Governor Rick Perry issued a proclamation that year asking Texans to pray for rain for three days.

Now, a few dry years and billions of dollars in drought losses later, the state government has decided that prayer alone isn’t enough for a thirsty state. And, while Perry admits we can't make it rain,  Proposition 6, a state constitutional amendment on the ballot this year, will extend the existing water supply and develop new supplies.

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Fort Hood Shootings
1:54 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Hasan Declines to Present Defense During Sentencing

Brigitte Woosley

Update, 2:30 PM: When given the opportunity to speak on his own behalf today, Hasan simply said "the defense rests." The jury was dismissed, and will likely return tomorrow morning for closing arguments for sentencing.

Earlier: Emotional testimony from survivors and family members of victims of the Fort Hood shooting ended today in the military trial of Army Major Nidal Hasan, now in its sentencing phase.

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Fort Hood Shootings
8:28 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Emotional Testimony During Sentencing of Fort Hood Shooter

Maj. Nidal Hasan could be sentenced to death.
Brigitte Woosley

The second day of sentencing begins today in the military trial of convicted Fort Hood shooter Maj. Nidal Hasan.

The court is likely to hear more testimony from survivors and the families of those killed.

A jury found Hasan guilty of premeditated murder Friday in the November 2009 mass shooting that killed 13 and wounded 32. In the sentencing phase, the focus has shifted to the human cost of Hasan's shooting spree.

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Texas
6:01 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Drought Outlook Better in East Texas, Worse in South

South Texas will likely be staying dry for the foreseeable future.
U.S. Drought Monitor

Good news and bad in the latest drought forecast from the federal government: The situation is expected to improve in the next few months east of Central Texas, but it’s expected stay bad and even get worse in parts of South Texas.

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Texas
5:07 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

DPS Official: State Doesn't Enforce Safety Regs at Plants

A House committee is looking into regulations at sites such as chemical plants.
KUT News

Two weeks ago, a fire ignited at a fertilizer plant in the small Central Texas town of West, and 20 minutes later, a massive explosion killed 15 people. More than 200 were injured and nearly 150 homes destroyed.

Thursday, Texas lawmakers questioned state agencies that had oversight over the plant, but they didn’t get many answers.

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Austin
1:25 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Look: Mouthwatering Photos From Austin Food & Wine Festival

Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon, KUT

The second Austin Food & Wine Festival wrapped Sunday, with a new setup and schedule.

While last year's festival was marred by long lines, little food and a dusty Auditorium Shores, a venue change to Butler Park (with plenty of grass and shade) and some tweaks to the schedule (with less events competing with each other) made for a vastly improved festival experience.

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West Plant Explosion
6:52 am
Mon April 22, 2013

After Fertilizer Explosion, Concern Over Safety, Regulation & Zoning

Candlelight vigil in West.
Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

The investigation into what caused the fire at the West Fertilizer Plant that led to Wednesday's explosion is still ongoing. But officials say they’ve found no sign of criminal activity.

Listen to the Radio Story: Issues of Safety and Regulation Come to Light

Investigators will also look into any safety or regulatory issues at the plant. But even at this early stage, there are signs that not all was right with the plant. The disaster has also brought up questions about how well regulation of facilities like these works in Texas.

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West Plant Explosion
1:33 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

What it Was Like in West, Texas the Day After the Explosion

Nineteen-year old Sammy Chavez says he was just two hundred yards away from the plant when it blew.
Filipa Rodrigues, KUT News

Terrence Henry reports on the day after the explosion in the town of West, Texas.

Search and rescue efforts are still ongoing in the town of West outside of Waco. On Wednesday night, a massive explosion at a fertilizer plant rocked the small community. At least 200 were injured and twelve fatalities have been confirmed by state officials.

For the first full day after the blast, residents and first responders tried to understand what happened, while continuing search and rescue efforts. 

Thursday in West began with locals like Darryl Garrick thinking back to what had happened the night before. He lives just south of Main Street.

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SXSW
12:28 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

SXSW Film: One Maiden's Fantastic Voyage

Laura Dekker set out to sail around the world at the age of 14.
Maidentrip filmmakers

A word of warning: if you're going to see “Maidentrip” at SXSW Film this week (and by all means, you should), you may want to secure a large line of credit beforehand, as afterwards you'll likely have the inclination to go out, buy a boat, and set off to circumnavigate the globe.

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SXSW Film
4:53 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

SXSW Film: Looking In on God's Vegas, aka Branson, Missouri

The city of Branson, Missouri is home to under 11,000 permanent residents, but enjoys more than 7.5 million visitors a year. A new documentary premiering at SXSW Film this week takes a peek behind the rhinestone curtain to look at the lives of the performers when they’re not on stage. It’s called ‘We Always Lie to Strangers.’

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SXSW
10:41 am
Mon March 11, 2013

SXSW Film Traces New Orleans' Post-Katrina Trek to 'Abnormal'

Three stalwart Saints fans during the team's 2010 playoff season.
facebook.com/GettingBackToAbnormal

Post-Katrina New Orleans is "Getting Back to Abnormal"

Hurricane Katrina changed more than just the landscape of New Orleans. After the disaster, thousands of people moved away from the city, most of them black and poor. In the years since, the city has slowly been rebuilt. But what has become of its culture?

KUT News reports on a new film premiering today at the South by Southwest film festival, “Getting Back to Abnormal,” that tries to answer that question.

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SXSW
9:35 am
Thu March 7, 2013

SXSW Film Kicks Off Friday

A still from "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone," featuring Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi and Jim Carrey.
Warner Bros./New Line Cinema

The longest part of the South by Southwest festival, the film portion, starts Friday. This is its 20th year, with more than 100 features to screen. KUT News talked with SXSW Film Festival Producer Janet Pierson about the festival's allure.

People love coming to the SXSW Film Festival – filmmakers and talent, they have a great time here; and partly it’s the magic of Austin, and it’s what happens with the Austin audiences.

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Environment
5:12 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Lege Weighs Frackers' Water Needs

Oil and gas drillers are using more and more water.
Erik Reyna/KUT News

Fracking has opened up huge deposits of oil and gas in Texas and other parts of the county. It’s brought plenty of jobs – and profits – to the state. But it also requires something Texas has in short supply these days: water. 

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Environment
5:33 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

This Bill Aims to Quiet Down Texas' Water Wars

The Red River is one interstate point of contention over water rights.
courtesy flickr.com/texasbackroads

As Texas begins a third year of drought, conflicts with neighboring states over water are progressing as well. Now, as Terrence Henry reports for StateImpact Texas, one state lawmaker is hoping to bring some calm to Texas’ water wars.

There’s an abundance of water that’s available that flows into the Gulf of Mexico, and no one’s capturing the economic benefit from it.

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Environment
5:05 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Former VP Al Gore on 'The Future'

Credit courtesy Random House

We’re sitting on the edge of a massive global transformation.

Soon robots, globalization, consumption and pollution will all intersect to create a world that’s unlike anything humanity has every known. That’s according to former Vice President Al Gore’s new book, The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change.

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environment
6:35 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

East Texas Quakes Related to Oil and Gas Drilling?

Wastewater produced by hydraulic fracturing is disposed in wastewater wells, some of which are located near Timpson, Texas.
Eddie Seal, Texas Tribune

Some people in the small East Texas town of Timpson are wondering if oil and gas drilling disposal wells are causing earthquakes in the area. The town registered its third earthquake in a week yesterday afternoon.

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Politics
12:39 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

Dewhurst Accuses Campaign Manager of Embezzling $600K

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst at the 2012 Texas Republican convention. Dewhurst and aides say a campaign manager used his access to embezzle funds.
Ben Philpott, KUT News

Texas Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst is accusing one of his aides of stealing at least $600,000 from his campaign.

The Dallas Morning News reports that Kenneth “Buddy” Barfield, an Austin political consultant who has worked for Dewhurst for years, is alleged to have use accounting tricks and false invoices to take the money. The embezzlement allegedly goes back years, and could involve up to a million dollars of campaign funds.

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Transportation
9:09 am
Fri December 21, 2012

Headed to the Airport? Get There Early

Passenger traffic is up this year at ABIA, and this year's holiday traffic is no exception.
Credit Photo by Mose Buchele/KUT News

If you're headed on a flight out of Austin today, you may want to heed official advice and get there 90 minutes early. Or maybe even a little earlier than that.

KUT's own Mose Buchele, a reporter for StateImpact Texas, sent us the photo above from the airport early this morning, well before the day's flight schedule had peaked. And it's only expected to get busier throughout the day. 

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2012 Election
11:58 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Pete Gallego Defeats Fransciso 'Quico' Canseco in CD-23

Democrat Pete Gallego has ousted a Republican incumbent in a West Texas house race.
Texas Tribune

Republican incumbent Rep. Francisco "Quico" Canseco, R-San Antonio, was defeated by challenger state Rep. Pete Gallego, D-Alpine, for the 23rd congressional district, according to projections by the Texas Tribune. The district encompasses much of far West Texas, from San Antonio to El Paso along the border. With 82 percent of precincts reporting, Gallego has fifty percent of the vote to Canseco's 46 percent. 

The race was among just a handful of competitive races for congressional seats in Texas this fall, along with Republican Randy Weber’s race against Democrat Pete Lampson for the 10th congressional district.

Canseco was a Tea Party candidate who won office two years ago, but lost re-election to Gallego, who has served in the state legislature for 22 years.

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2012 Election
11:27 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Randy Weber Defeats Nick Lampson in CD-14

Randy Weber won Ron Paul's congressional seat in Southeast Texas.
randyweber.org

Randy Weber, a Republican state representative from Pearland, defeated former Democratic congressman Nick Lampson in the race to replace Congressman Ron Paul in the 14th Congressional District. With 51 percent of precincts reporting, KUT's political reporting partner Texas Tribune has called the race for Weber. 

CD-14 is in Southeast Texas, running from outside of Houston to the outskirts of Corpus Christi along the Gulf Coast. It was one of the few competitive congressional races in the state this year. The seat came open after Ron Paul, a former presidential Republican primary candidate, decided not to seek re-election.

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