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11:18 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Alan Warrick Takes Runoff Campaign To The Streets

Alan Warrick campaigns on the side of the street, hoping voters choose him as the next Dist. 2 councilman.
Credit Ryan Loyd / TPR News

Alan Warrick wants to be the next East Side San Antonio City Councilman. The businessman pulled in the most votes in the Nov. 4 election, but did not receive the 50 percent plus one vote needed for a victory.

Keith Toney, the current council appointee to the seat, following Ivy Taylor's switch from District 2 to the mayor's chair, came in second. A runoff election is scheduled for Dec. 9, with early voting from Dec. 1-5.

 

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Immigration Executive Order
4:17 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Abbott Hints At Potential Lawsuit Against President Obama Over Immigration

In his final days as the state’s attorney general, Greg Abbott is gearing up for a fight against President Barack Obama’s executive order on immigration. Abbott outlined some of ways he feels the president overreached his executive authority.

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Same-Sex Marriage
2:00 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Attorney Challenging Texas Same Sex Marriage Laws, Files Motion To Lift Ban

Attorney Neel Lane with two of his clients, Cleopatra De Leon and Nicole Dimetmen
Credit Ryan E. Poppe

A San Antonio attorney representing two same-sex couples is asking a federal district judge to join other federal district and appellate courts in lifting the ban on gay marriage in Texas. Part of the original order striking down the ban on the same sex marriage ban in Texas never actually lifted the ban.

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Social Studies Textbooks
4:39 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

State Board of Education Passes All But One Textbook Publishers Social Studies Selection

Texas State Board of Education in the final adoption of 2015's social studies textbooks
Credit Ryan E. Poppe

It has been a long and contentious journey, one that ended rather anticlimactically on Friday. After receiving thousands of last minute corrections, the State Board of Education adopted all but one of the Texas 2015 social studies textbook submissions. The one not adopted, was because a publisher refused to compromise on the book’s content, and the board believed that content violated state policy.

For the most, however, textbook publishers were able to address both Republican and Democratic groups’ concerns about reportedly “biased” presentations of some content. 

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Government
5:07 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Divided House? Two San Antonio Democrats Announce Candidacy For Van De Putte Seat

Two Democrats in the Texas House quickly announced their intention to run for the Senate seat being vacated by San Antonio State Sen. Leticia Van De Putte; both Trey Martinez-Fischer, and his party rival, Jose Menendez, said they were the best lawmakers for the job.

Both Martinez-Fischer and Menendez have had their toe on the starting line for many months now, waiting to see what became of Van De Putte’s run for Lt. Governor, and her bid for mayor, just recently announced. 

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Government
4:01 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Fresh Off Defeat For Lt. Gov., Leticia Van de Putte Is Running For Mayor

Leticia Van de Putte speaks to supporters on Election Night. Fresh off the campaign trail for Lt. Gov., the State Senator from San Antonio will now run for mayor.
Credit Ryan Loyd / TPR News

The field of candidates interested in leading San Antonio is getting larger. (Wednesday night, Democratic State Senator from San Antonio, Leticia Van de Putte, announced her plans to run for mayor.

Inside her West San Antonio home, a block away from where she grew up, Leticia Van de Putte sat on her couch and talked about the tough decision it was to throw her name into the hat.

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LGBT-Rights
1:50 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Threats Over Religious Freedom Bill Puts State Senator Under DPS Watch

Donna Campbell  filed a bill that would allow Texas business owners to operate within their own religious convictions. She and her office then received threats over the legislation. She opened up about the bill, the threats and reports that some groups will argue that the bill would allow businesses to discriminate against the LGBT community.

The bill causing so much controversy is one New Braunfels Republican State Senator, Donna Campbell, filed during the previous session. It allows business owners to operate within their own religious convictions and beliefs.

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Government
11:17 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Civic Shutdown: Alamo Heights Closes For A Week

The city posted the note it would be closed until Friday while the city administrative offices move to its (new) old location.
Credit Ryan Loyd / TPR News

It's not often that a city shuts its doors for a week.

But city leaders in Alamo Heights decided the measure was necessary, because of the sheer logistical minutiae involved in moving the city administration from Austin Highway, a temporary location, back to their original digs at 6116 Broadway. The Broadway location underwent a total, and very expensive, overhaul over the last year-and-a-half.

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Social Studies Textbooks
8:54 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Testimony Gets Heated During Final Public Hearing Over 2015’s Social Studies Texts

UN Conspiracies, Communism and the Common Core: These were just some of the critiques brought up during the final public hearing over the revisions and adoption of the state’s 2015 social studies textbooks. 

Conservative activists, and some on the State Board of Education, did not react positively to certain revisions made to a selection of social studies textbooks up for adoption this week.

Mary Lynn Gerstenschlager is a legislative liaison for the conservative Texas Eagle Forum. She testified before the state board on what she saw as a one-sided view of climate change.

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Perry Indictment
8:51 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Judge Rules Against Perry Legal Team’s Motion To Throw Out Indictments

Governor Rick Perry following pre-trial criminal indictment hearing.
Credit Ryan E. Poppe

  A San Antonio judge assigned to Gov. Rick Perry’s criminal trial, has ruled that the actions taken by the prosecution during the Grand Jury trial were legal and fair, and that the case would continue.  The governor’s attorneys are pulling out all stops to get the indictments against him thrown out of court.

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