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Shelley Kofler / Texas Public Radio

Two candidates for San Antonio mayor are using social media to create a buzz with videos they say they’re going to put on TV.

Former state representative Mike Villarreal became the first in the race to buy TV time this week.  Former Bexar county commissioner Tommy Adkisson and former state senator Leticia Van de Putte say they’re next.

Buying television time is expensive. Campaign consultants say it costs in the range of $100,000 to buy a week’s worth of significant TV time on San Antonio’s network affiliates and cable.

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After some heated debate and some changes, a bill that reforms how school districts can respond to children repeatedly missing class passed in the Texas Senate. 

At the start of the session during his State of Judiciary address, Texas Supreme Court Justice Nathan Hecht told lawmakers that reforming truancy laws was one of the most important issues facing them this session.  And the bill’s author, Houston Democratic Sen. John Whitmire tends to agree.

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Texas Senators approved their version of a two-year state budget.  That budget contains record spending levels for border security and an increase for public education.

The Senate’s chief budget writer, Flower Mound Republican Senator Jane Nelson says they were able to increase state spending and cut taxes while staying within the state’s spending limit.

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A San Antonio lawmaker identifies a computer glitch that kills a vote on an open carry gun bill and a bill that limits what ordinances cities can pass. Democratic Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer submitted a challenge to Sherman Republican Rep. Larry Phillip’s bill shortly after the House convened Tuesday.

Martinez Fischer says his challenge has to do with the Capitol’s new witness registration system and how the computer changed whether a person testifying was either for or against a bill.

  A former San Antonio judge is headed to federal prison after pleading guilty to bribery charges. 

Former State District Judge Angus McGinty was sentenced to two years in a federal prison after striking a plea agreement with government prosecutors. 

McGinty had faced a 15-count indictment for accepting bribes in exchange for keeping bail low for some of the defendants represented by attorney Alberto Acevedo, Jr.