Government

East Side Revitalization
10:48 am
Fri January 10, 2014

President Obama Elaborates On East Side Promise Zone Initiative

City of San Antonio

  President Barack Obama has selected five areas in the country to be "promise zones" designed to revitalize economically and educationally distressed areas. The East Side of San Antonio has been selected as one.

During a news conference, the president named the East Side specifically, pointing out that 40 percent of adults do not have a high school diploma and crime is 50 percent higher in that part of town.

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Bexar County Jail
9:25 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Bexar County Jail Cracks Down On Security After Discovery Of Smuggled Cell Phones

Secondary jail entrance where staff, contractors, and volunteers must now go through security checkpoint for admission to jail
Eileen Pace TPR News

There are only two entrances open to the Bexar County Jail after officials discovered several incidents of security violations involving cell phone use in secure areas of the jail. 

Sheriff Susan Pamerleau announced Thursday that one contractor had been arrested after jail officials learned he had brought cell phones into the jail.

"The individual was granted access to the jail to perform his job, but he abused that access by bringing in a cell phone and providing it to an inmate," Pamerleau said.

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Transportation
11:53 am
Thu January 9, 2014

TxDOT Begins Search For Next Director

State of Texas

Texas Department of Transportation Chief Financial Officer James Bass has been named as the interim director of the state agency as the Texas Transportation Commission, the group that oversee's TxDOT, works to find a replacement.

TxDOT executive director Phil Wilson is stepping down and will take a position at the Lower Colorado River Authority.

Wilson was the first TxDOT director to not have an engineering background and Jeff Mosely, chairman of the Transportation Commission, said the new director will likely follow that trend.

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Texas Supreme Court
11:09 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Texas Supreme Court Ruling In Online Defamation Case Could Set Precedent Statewide

Texas Supreme Court justices.
State of Texas

The Texas Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Thursday and decide whether defamatory comments can be forcibly removed from the Internet. The suit is a first of its kind for the state’s highest court and challenges whether the Texas Constitution is sufficient for the 21st century.

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City Government
9:42 am
Thu January 9, 2014

District 9 Interim Councilman Krier Considering Election Run

Joe Krier was appointed to the City Council's District 9 seat in November. He is now considering running in the special election in May for the remainder of the term.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Two months after being appointed to the City Council District 9 seat to "fill in" until a special election can be held, Joe Krier said he's considering a run for the seat in May.

The former Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce executive said he was careful with his words during his November interview, telling the council he did not anticipate to seek the seat beyond six months.

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Texas Supreme Court
3:34 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Texas Supreme Court Hears Arguments In Fracking Water Trespass Case

Texas Supreme Court justices, January 2013.
State of Texas

The Texas Supreme Court heard oral arguments this week on whether an injection well company trespassed onto an East Texas rice farmers land when they deposited fracking waste water into a nearby property.

FPL Framing, Ltd., a rice farming company based in East Texas, has filed suit against Environmental Processing Systems, a company that disposes of the backwash that is a result of natural gas hydraulic fracking, and in this case is accused of migrating into a farm’s water supply on an adjacent property.

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Transportation
4:32 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

City Taking Over Maintenance For Some State Roads In Limited TxDOT "Turnback" Deal

This year the city will take control of the stretch of Broadway from IH-35 to Alamo Heights.
Eileen Pace TPR News

San Antonio will be taking control of 21.8 miles of roads within the city that are currently owned and maintained by the state.

But to get to this point, city leaders placed strict conditional requirements on the Texas Department of Transportation.

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Texas Politics
3:13 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Business Groups Speak Out Against Tea Party Legislators Who Opposed Funding Bills

The Texas Future Business Alliance is hoping to get Republican candidates through the primary who support funding urgent state needs like water, roads and education, all hot topics in the last legislative session.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

Some of Texas’ biggest trade and business associations are looking to counter anti-big government groups like the tea party that have crowded recent Republican primaries -- the group’s effort is in response to actions taken in the past legislative session against state infrastructure bills.

The Texas Future Business Alliance is made up of ten business groups that are supporting Republican candidates who have supported water infrastructure bills and transportation and education funding in the past.

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Transportation
2:02 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Texas Transportation Forum A Chance For Inter-City Collaboration/Competition

Traffic flows northbound on Hwy 281 at Nakoma.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

Just before the ninth-annual Texas Transportation Forum got underway in San Antonio, leaders announced a $800 million investment in the city that will expand portions of Hwy 281, Loop 1604 and I-10. The move makes way for toll lanes on portions of the roadways, but there will continue to be free lanes.

San Antonio District 6 Councilman Ray Lopez said the forum is a chance to get ideas from other entities on how they are moving people.

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Abortion In Texas
12:05 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Attorneys For Pro-Abortion Groups Exploring Options For Coming 5th Circuit Ruling

Attorneys exit the court building in October after final arguments in what was the first legal challenge of Texas' new abortion law.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

As a panel of federal judges on the US 5th Circuit Court is wrestling with a decision in the lawsuit against Texas’ new abortion law andattorneys for pro-abortion groups are exploring what comes next, which could mean taking the case to the U.S. Supreme Court or seeking a new panel at the circuit court level.

Two of the judges on the 5th Circuit panel are the same justices that threw out a lower court’s injunction, which allowed the hospital admitting privileges requirement to take effect while both sides waited for a trial and decision. 

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