Government

2014 Election
10:59 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Republican Lieutenant Governor Primary Focused On Border Security

U.S. Border Patrol vehicles near the border fence.
David Martin Davies TPR News

On March 5, Texas voters will weigh in during a primary election for what many say is the most powerful job in state politics: Texas lieutenant governor.

Four well-known Republican candidates are vying for the nomination and a chance to face off against state Sen. Leticia Van De Putte, D-San Antonio.

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Texas Legislature
2:50 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Rep. Scott Turner Challenging Joe Straus For Speaker In 2015

Ryan Poppe TPR News

Freshman state Rep. Scott Turner, a tea party-backed Republican from North Texas who used to play in the NFL, announced that he had filed with the state to be considered for speaker of house in 2015, but one political expert isn’t surprised by the challenge.

Professor Jim Henson with the University of Texas at Austin’s Texas Politics Project said this type of tea party challenge against current Speaker of the House Joe Strauss, R-San Antonio, has happened so often that it has become expected.

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2014 Governor's Race
3:40 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Abbott Appeals Court Order To Pay Davis' Legal Bills From 2011 Redistricting Case

Every confrontation between Abbott (left) and Davis is shaping the narrative running up to the 2014 election, where the two will likely face each other for governor.
Ryan Poppe/David Martin Davies TPR News

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has appealed a decision ordering his office to pay the nearly $270,000 in legal bills for state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, charges she accumulated in a 2011 federal redistricting case involving her senate district.

Last year, a federal three-judge panel ruled in favor of Davis and a federal district judge in San Antonio revisited that order, affirming the ruling.

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Same-Sex Marriage
12:11 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Challenges To Texas Same-Sex Marriage Ban Move Forward In Separate Courts

Attorney Neel Lane represents the couples challenging the Texas ban on same-sex marriage in San Antonio.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

Austin Federal District Judge Sam Sparks surprised all parties when he decided to not force two couples who filed suit in San Antonio to join two other cases challenging Texas’ constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. 

San Antonio attorney Neel Lane, who represents the San Antonio couples -- Cleo DeLeon and Nicole Dimetman, and Victor Holmes and Mark Phariss -- is pleased with Sparks' decision.

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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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