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Minjarez Wins House District 124 Runoff

Apr 20, 2015

Voters went to the polls Tuesday to select a winner in the runoff for the Texas House District 124 seat.

With 2,439 ballots cast, or less than three percent of registered voters, Ina Minjarez defeated Delicia Herrera with 55 percent of the vote.


The House  seat became available when José Menéndez was elected to the Texas Senate in another special runoff election.



San Antonio Councilmember Robert Trevino is accusing Uber of backing out of a deal he says the transportation company and the City struck together in March.


The District 1 councilman says Uber helped draft the final ordinance as the City sought to keep them in San Antonio, then did an about face and decided to leave.


Ryan E. Poppe

Members of the Texas House approve legislation aimed at local entities, like the City of Denton, that banned oil and gas technique of hydraulic fracturing also known as fracking.  

House Energy Resources Chairman Drew Darby, a Republican from San Angelo, says his legislation still allows cities to set limits on oil and gas companies, it however would not limit where the companies could operate underground.

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.

Ryan E. Poppe

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.