Government

Government
12:05 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

City Of Castle Hills Eyes Removing VIA Service

Castle Hills City Hall
Joey Palacios TPR News

The city of Castle Hills is considering removing VIA and VIA Trans service from it’s city boundaries.

If the Castle Hills City Council approves it, the citizens of the small San Antonio suburb will be able to vote on whether or not to remove VIA from the city. Acting Castle Hills Mayor Timothy Howell, who was placed into the position last week, said he’s not taking a side on the issue yet.

“I think it’s very important that we allow the citizens to decide what they want to do moving forward,” Howell said.

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2014 Election
11:16 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Abbott, Davis & Van De Putte Court Texas Educator Vote

Greg Abbott addresses the ATPE conference in Austin on Thursday, July 10.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

Three of the four candidates vying for the top two offices in Texas spent the day in Austin last Thursday laying out each of their visions for public education at an teachers conference in Austin. Republican lieutenant governor nominee Dan Patrick was invited but declined the invitation.

The Association of Texas Professional Educators is the largest independent teacher’s association in the United States, and teachers represent a large block of Texas’ voting population.

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City Government
5:37 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Anonymous Email Makes Allegations Against Councilman Cris Medina

An anonymous email released Thursday alleges Medina misused office, staff member time, and funds.
Credit City of San Antonio

A lengthy and highly charged email went out to members of the media Thursday, alleging misconduct, illegal use of campaign funds and city office time, and the suspicious firing of several staffers from Councilman Cris Medina's office.

Medina told TPR during a phone conversation following the release of the email that he's looking into pressing criminal charges against the still-unknown writer of that email for impersonating him because it appeared to originate from the councilman himself.

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Mayor Julián Castro
10:38 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro: "It Is, For Me, Bittersweet To Say Goodbye"

Julián Castro cracks a smile after he spoke about his confirmation at City Hall.
Credit Ryan Loyd / TPR News

Since the confirmation process to lead the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development left some uncertainty, San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro had remained mum about the future.

But on Wednesday, a full Senate confirmation finally allowed the 39-year-old mayor, husband and father to let his guard down and talk candidly about his new role in Washington, D.C.

During a Wednesday afternoon news conference, Castro spoke with emotion and candor.

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Texas Business Taxes
3:46 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Coalition Rallies To Dump The State Franchise Tax In 2015 Legislative Session

A group of Republican lawmakers, business alliances and tea party activists are hoping to gather enough support ahead of the 2015 legislative session in order to do away with the Texas franchise tax.   

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City Government
3:42 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

City Served With Lawsuit Claiming Women Did Not Receive Fair Pay At ACS

Credit City of San Antonio

The city of San Antonio has now officially been served a lawsuit that claims two women at Animal Care Services were paid significantly less than their male colleagues doing the same jobs.

Their attorney, Lawrence Morales, points to clear evidence that the city violated the Equal Pay Act. He feels confident about data he said shows his clients were compensated less than the male managers at the city's Animal Care Services department.

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Texas Foster Care
11:01 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Following Deaths Of Two Foster Kids, State Stops Child Placements With Contractor

The Department of Family and Protective Services has put a temporary hold on foster care placements with a private contractor following the drowning deaths of two children placed in a home by the company.  

Child advocacy groups are demanding reforms, pointing to the record number of children dying in the Texas foster care system over the last year.

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Immigration
11:13 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Gov. Perry Urges Congress To Put Pressure On Mexico To Curtail Flow Of Immigrants To U.S.

While Texas is on the front lines of caring for the women and children surrendering to U.S. Border Patrol, pressure is mounting on Congress to come up with a lasting plan.
Credit Flickr user Adam Fagen (afagen) / cc

Texas Gov. Rick Perry testified before the U.S. House Homeland Security Committee, urging the president and congress to take more diplomatic efforts to stop the surge of accompanied minors coming into the state and send the National Guard to the border.   

Perry told members of the committee that the federal government has not tried to put any type of pressure on Mexico in order to stop the flow of accompanied children entering Texas every day.

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Government
3:03 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Greg Abbott Says State Should Not Disclose Location Or Contents Of Chemical Plants

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott explained his opinion on why the state should not disclose sensitive information about chemical plants like the one in the city of West, Texas that exploded one year ago.

In a legal opinion released this week, Abbott said the state should withhold the addresses and list of substances at chemical plants storing dangerous chemicals. While the state will not provide this information openly, Abbott said the public still has the ability to get the information themselves.

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Border & Immigration
2:16 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Lawmakers Discuss Impact Of Immigrant Surge On Government & Local Agencies

Texas House Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee gets updates from state agencies on the effects of an immigrant surge along the Texas-Mexico border.
Ryan E. Poppe TPR News

The Texas House Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee lined up several state agencies and city leaders from the Rio Grande Valley to detail how the thousands of Central American children coming to Texas is affecting various functions of state and local government.  

The Department of Public Safety’s Steve McCraw said there is a lack of security related to the large number of border patrol agents who are having to spend more time processing unaccompanied children. 

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