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Ryan E. Poppe

Former Democratic state senator and San Antonio mayoral candidate Leticia Van de Putte described Cruz as being a “gentleman” in all the past encounters she has had with the former Texas solicitor general.

“He’s very polite, he’s charming.  And even though adversarial, he has a very different relationship one-on-one, very cordial, he asks about kids, I ask about his kids, he’s just a very regular guy," Van De Putte said.

But, “Given said that our views are radically opposite in many instances," Van De Putte explained.

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While the President may have kicked off this year’s South by Southwest festival, First Lady Michelle Obama was certainly no “second act.”

Ryan E. Poppe

In 2003, state lawmakers voted to cut the budgets for state colleges and universities by 11 percent per student. In return, lawmakers gave up their right to set the cost of tuition.  They gave universities control over tuition so the schools could make up for the loss of state dollars.

Steve Leslie is the deputy vice chancellor of the UT System.  He says since 2003 then the Texas Legislature has cut millions more in state funding for public universities.

Ryan E. Poppe

The sometimes controversial, always candid Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller is just over a year into his first term as a state-elected official.  In an interview with the Texas Tribune’s Evan Smith, Miller discusses his efforts to increase fees and allow schools to serve deep-fried foods again.  

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The San Antonio City Council has unanimously adopted a new method for grading the cleanliness of restaurants.   It includes an optional pilot program to display a letter grade of A-through-C visible to the public in restaurants.  

It’s lunchtime at Willy B’s Pizza and More near Main Plaza. Employees slice large pies as customers place orders. Owner Vanessa Box welcomes the new health inspection system and letter grade placards. “I think it’s a good idea, in fact at Willy B’s we already post our [score],” she says.