Government

Government
12:22 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

City Partners With UHS In Teen Pregnancy Reduction Effort

Mike Gallagher, the newly appointed member to District 10, opposed the birth control agreement between the city and University Health System.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

The City of San Antonio and the University Health System are partnering to target teen pregnancy.

A few years ago, San Antonio residents identified teen pregnancy as the biggest problem the city faces. While leaders with the SA2020 initiative say teen pregnancy is down, Metro Health Director Dr. Thomas Schlenker said the rate is still far above the national average at 40 percent.

To further reduce the pregnancy rate, the city reached an agreement with University Health to provide about 250 girls with the contraceptive each year for three years.

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City Government
11:55 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Update: Special Election For District 9 & 10 Council Seats Is May 10

The city council is expected to officially call for a special election May 10 to fill former Councilwoman Elisa Chan's District 9, and former Councilman Carlton Soules' District 10.
City of San Antonio

Update (2/7): City council voted Thursday to call a special election for May 10 to fill the unexpired terms of former District 9 Councilwoman Elisa Chan and former District 10 Councilman Carlton Soules.

Applicants who wish to run in the special election may file for a place on the ballot beginning Feb. 10. The filing deadline is March 10.

According to the Bexar County Elections Office, the city's special election will be held in conjunction with Bexar County's joint general and special election.

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2014 Election
10:46 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Both Sides Of Gun Debate Question Wendy Davis' Stance On Open Carry

Screenshot from Wendy Davis campaign video.
Wendy Davis for Governor

Both gun groups and those wanting more restrictions aren’t surprised by Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis’ position on open carry laws. Davis, in a written statement to the Associated Press, stated that she did support the practice for handguns and had a vision for how that would work in Texas.

The questionnaire asked the state senator from Fort Worth if she supported open carry and why.  Davis answered that she does, but that governmental should be sensitive to private property owners, who may not want allow open carry within their facilities.

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City Government
2:08 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Medina Focuses On Emergency Funding During Trip to D.C.

City Councilman Cris Medina says he's in Washington, D.C. to fight for emergency funding that the city lost in 2013.
City of San Antonio

San Antonio city leaders are in Washington, D.C. this week to fight for federal funding for the city.

The delegation heads to our nation's Capitol each year to speak with lawmakers on getting money people pay in taxes to come back to San Antonio.

District 7 Councilman Cris Medina sent a letter to his constituents to let them know what he's fighting for in particular: Emergency and natural disaster funding.

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City Government
12:36 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

City Council Set To Hear From SAPD-SAFD Benefits Task Force

Ryan Loyd TPR News

In two weeks the San Antonio City Council will receive a briefing on the results of the Healthcare and Retirement Benefits Task Force, known as the Legacy Task Force.

The committee studied how the city can modify the current system in place for uniformed safety personnel. While all sides see a resolution in sight, it depends on who you ask as to the route that will get them there.

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Bexar County
4:02 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Domestic Partner Benefits Approved For Bexar County Employees

Commissioner Kevin Wolff talks to the press after the decision to pass the benefits provision.
Joey Palacios TPR News

Bexar County Commissioners have unanimously passed a provision that would allow county employee benefits to be extended to domestic partners.

The county is calling it a “Plus One Qualifying Adult” benefits package. It’s essentially the same as domestic partnership benefits only under a different name. The provision will allow county employees to list one other adult they are financially interdependent with on their health, vision, dental, and life insurance plans.

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2014 Election
3:30 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Abbott Campaign Outraises Davis By Over Three Times In January

Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott.
Courtesy photo

Likely Republican nominee Greg Abbott’s ability to raise money continues to dominate the 2014 race for governor. Abbott’s campaign raised over three times the amount of money Wendy Davis’ campaign was able to collect  in January.

In the last three months of 2013, Democratic candidate Davis’ campaign had taken in more money than Abbott during the last three months of the year. That celebration was short-lived as Abbott’s campaign showed they were able to raise more than $3 million dollars in January -- Davis’ campaign raised just under $1 million.

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2014 Election
1:23 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Abbott Vows To Keep Up Pressure On Davis In Undercover Audio

Campaigning between the two likely gubernatorial nominees has heated up over the past month.
Ryan Poppe/David Martin Davies TPR News

A Democratic strategy group supporting the Wendy Davis campaign has introduced new undercover audio of Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott promising to continue attacking Davis through social media.

The Lone Star Project infiltrated an Abbott fundraiser in Wimberley on Jan. 21 and recorded his comments to the crowd of supporters.

While Abbott doesn’t say much, he does indicate the type of campaign he will run against his likely opponent after the March primaries, state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth.

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Texas Public Schools
1:40 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

SBOE Member Says New Textbook Review Rules Were In The Works For Months

The Texas State Board of Education has revamped how they select people to review school textbooks prior to their adoption. Some on the board were critical of how panelists were selected during the adoption of this year’s science textbook.

During the last round of book reviews it was revealed that some of those selected to review textbooks did not have a background in biology and were supporting teaching creationism, attempting to skew how books explained the Theory of Evolution. 

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2014 Election
10:51 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Van De Putte And Dewhurst Face Off Over Senate Committee Comments

Screen shot from a David Dewhurst campaign video.
Dewhurst campaign video

 State sen. Leticia Van De Putte and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, both candidates in the lieutenant governor's race, traded barbs at the Department of Texas Veterans of Foreign Wars Mid-Winter Conference in Austin. The friction continued to come from statements made by Dewhurst about the importance of certain Senate committees.

A few months ago, Dewhurst, when asked why he appointed so many Democrats to head up Senate committees, said he only appointed them to non-important groups -- that includes the Senate Committee on Veteran’s Affairs and Military Installations.

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