Government

Veteran Affairs
11:16 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Van De Putte Calls For Veterans Affairs Wait Time Investigation

Credit U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

On Monday, state Sen. Leticia Van De Putte, D-San Antonio, spoke out against the alleged misreporting and manipulation of wait times at U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs clinics.

A whistleblower alleges that the VA has been making veterans wait long periods of time before seeing a doctor, but recording a shorter wait time in official reports.

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University of Texas
1:39 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

House Select Committee Votes To Impeach UT Regent Hall

Marsha Miller University of Texas

For the first time in Texas history, state lawmakers have voted to impeach a state official that was appointed by the governor.

On a vote of 7-1, the Texas House Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations voted to impeach UT Regent Wallace Hall. State Rep. Charles Perry, R-Lubbock, was the only vote against impeachment.

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City Ordinances
9:38 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Months After City's NDO Passes, Complaint Process Still Unclear

San Antono's non-discrimination ordinance enlivened supporters and opponents to voice their opinions.
Credit Ryan Loyd / TPR News

Eight months have passed since San Antonio city leaders approved a revision to the city's non-discrimination ordinance. The update included the addition of gender identity, sexual orientation and veteran status to the list of protected classes in the city.

But nearly a year later, residents still have no clear way of filing a complaint.

According to Deputy City Attorney Veronica Zertuche, currently there is no single place where people can go to make their complaint.

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2014 Governor's Race
2:51 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Abbott Education Plan Calls For Increasing Funding For Online Learning Resources

Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott at a San Antonio campaign stop.
Credit Joey Palacios / TPR News

Republican candidate for governor Greg Abbott has released the third plank in his campaign education platform. Abbott is calling to increase funding for the state's Virtual Schools Network and awarding schools with grants to increase online learning.

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Transportation Funding
2:55 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Transportation Expert Says Texas Will Need $28 Billion To Maintain Roads

Northbound traffic on Hwy. 281 at Nakoma.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

Following a study on the issue of transportation funding, a researcher from Texas A&M left lawmakers stunned when he detailed how the state will need even more money for roads over the next two years.   

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2014 Republican Lt. Gov. Runoff
3:21 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

T.V. Attack Ads Go Live In Latest Lt. Gov. Debate Between Dewhurst And Patrick

Dewhurst (far left) and Patrick (far right) debated once again in the lieutenant governor primary runoff.
Credit WFAA and the Texas Tribune

The final debate in the Republican lieutenant governor primary runoff election got combative as both state Sen. Dan Patrick and incumbent Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst fixated on each others' personal finance decisions and the latest round of attack ads.

Early on in the debate, which was held in Dallas and hosted by the city’s ABC affiliate, WFAA-TV, and Texas Tribune, the two candidates set the same tone that Texas voters following the race have become familiar with.

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State Capitol Police
3:03 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

DPS Launches Mounted State Capitol Patrol Ahead Of 2015 Legislative Session

The DPS Mounted Horse Patrol Unit with the Houston Police Department's mounted patrol.
Credit Ryan E. Poppe / TPR News

The Texas Department of Public Safety has officially launched a mounted patrol on the state capitol grounds.

Much like their first use during the 2013 special session abortion rallies, the DPS is hoping the horse patrol will make troopers more visible.

The idea of having a mounted patrol on the state capitol grounds was an idea first put forth by former state Sen. Tommy Williams, R-The Woodlands. And during 2013 special session, it was also one of first times a mounted patrol was used for crowd control during a number of high-capacity abortion rallies.

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District 9 Special Election
12:46 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Candidate Bert Cecconi Not Giving Up Hope For District 9 Office

Bert Cecconi is running for City Council District 9.
Credit courtesy

The final candidate in our look at the race for San Antonio City Council District 9 is Bert Cecconi.

He's been an office hopeful for several years. According to city records, among the races he's run are a 2003 and 2007 bid for City Council District 8.

He switched to District 9 when the new city district lines were redrawn. Cecconi's determination isn't wavering, though.

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2014 Election
4:35 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Van De Putte’s Lieutenant Governor Campaign Gets National Help From Howard Dean

Walking arm-in-arm with Wendy Davis at the MLK march earlier this year in San Antonio, Leticia Van De Putte (left) is trying to gain momentum as her Republican opponent is still being decided in a primary runoff.
Credit Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

In late April, former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean began an effort to encourage Democratic donors to support Leticia Van De Putte’s Texas bid for lieutenant governor.

Using his political action committee Democracy for America, Dean is also raising awareness through online campaigning, something many politicos say Dean gave birth to during his 2004 presidential bid.

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Politics
2:28 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Gov. Perry Talks Presidential Bid, Second Chances On 'Meet The Press'

Speaking this weekend on NBC’s "Meet the Press," Gov. Rick Perry was asked about the gaffs in his failed 2012 presidential run and how to recover ahead of the 2016 election.

Perry seems to be showing more signs of a 2016 run and said America is a land of second chances.

"I would tend to agree with them on the botched effort side of it," Perry said.

"So what went wrong?" asked host David Gregory.

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