Government

City Government
11:43 am
Thu November 21, 2013

San Antonio Says There Are No Pay Disparities Among City Employees

The San Antonio' City Council Governance Committee on Wednesday discussed pay disparities at the request of Dist. 7 Councilman Cris Medina.
City of San Antonio

A new study completed by the city's human resources department shows there is no pay disparity between male and female employees who work for the city. District 7 Councilman Cris Medina requested the city take a look at potential pay disparities.

On Wednesday, Joe Angelo, chief human resources officer, went before the council's governance committee, and said there is no systemic evidence that pay disparities exist within the city.

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Health Care
4:01 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Thanks To ACA Rollout Problems, Texas High-Risk Insurance Pool May Stay Open

Problems with Healthcare.gov are making it difficult for those in the Texas Health Insurance Pool to determine the future of their coverage.
U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst is urging the state not to close its high risk insurance pool at the beginning of the year. Uncertainly over Healthcare.gov has some members of the pool uncertain if they’ll have coverage in January.

Dewhurst sent a letter to Texas Department of Insurance asking that the termination be delayed, citing the difficulties presented by the health care website that could delay coverage for some of those on the pool.

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Immigration Reform
11:57 am
Wed November 20, 2013

UT Students Protest For Immigration Reform

Ryan Poppe TPR News

A group of students from the University of Texas at Austin marched yesterday in front of the state capitol, calling on Congressman Roger Williams, R-Texas, to support a house resolution that would reform immigration policies.

The group University Leadership Initiative and other students against the Young Conservatives of Texas’ "Catch an Illegal Immigrant" game are hoping to somehow catch the eye of Williams, who they are asking to co-sponsor House Resolution 15, which is also known as the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act.

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Texas Water
11:14 am
Wed November 20, 2013

LCRA Votes To Raise Water Threshold For Highland Lakes

LCRA hearing to decide on raising the lake level threshold for the Highland Lakes.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

After hearing from state lawmakers, conservation groups and affected farmers, the LCRA board voted to raise the lake level threshold before any water is released to the rice farming irrigation areas of Texas.  

The LCRA approved raising the lake level threshold from 850,000 acre feet to 1.1 million acre feet of water, and the board also asked the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to enforce mandatory water restrictions for people living along the Highland Lakes, limiting lawn watering to once a week.

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Abortion In Texas
10:53 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Supreme Court Refuses To Block Texas Abortion Law By Narrow Margin

Flickr user Adam Fagen (afagen) cc

The U.S. Supreme Court is siding with the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals decision that allows Texas abortion law to remain in effect while awaiting a trial.

Planned Parenthood of American asked Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia to review the Fifth Circuit Court ruling that allowed the law to remain in effect while awaiting trial.

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Bexar County
9:13 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Bexar County Commissioners Appoint Two New Judges

Bexar County

On Tuesday, Bexar County Commissioners appointed two people to positions on local court benches.

Commissioners began accepting applications for judge of County Court at Law No. 10 after Judge Irene Rios announced Nov. 5 that she was stepping down to enter the race for the Fourth Court of Appeals.

Commissioners appointed Tina Torres, who told the court she has worked on every type of civil matter the county court hears. Torres is a graduate of St. Mary’s Law School and has practiced civil litigation for 17 years.

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Bexar County
11:57 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Soccer Complex Completes Bexar County Sports Facility Improvement Program

Bexar County

Bexar County officials joined those from the Southside Independent School District to officially open the Mission City Soccer Complex, which completes the county’s Community Venues Program.

The county wanted to bring quality youth sports facilities to parts of town where there were none, or where the facilities had lost their luster or declined from a lack of maintenance or funding for improvements.

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2014 Election
1:59 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Van De Putte Will Announce Her Intentions For 2014 Elections Next Week

With Wendy Davis having already declared for the top office in the state, speculation has continued over Van De Putte's possible run for lieutenant governor.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

According to sources inside state Sen. Leticia Van De Putte's campaign, her formal kickoff ceremony and announcement for what she plans to do in the 2014 election will be Friday, Nov. 23.

Since the end of the summer,Van De Putte has continued to mention that she was considering a run for lieutenant governor and had begun an exploratory campaign. Van DePutte said family has been a major consideration in what comes next, as over the past year her family has suffered the loss of three loved ones.

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2014 Election Campaign
9:51 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Dewhurst Asks Republicans In D.C. To Look Into Possible NSA Surveillance On Texas Gun Shows

Dewhurst is pushing his conservative credentials after losing the U.S. Senate race in 2012 to Ted Cruz, a tea party conservative.
David Dewhurst campaign

Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst has sent Republican Texas lawmakers on Capitol Hill a letter, asking them to look into whether the National Security Administration’s surveillance program tapped Texas gun show phones, tracked gun purchases or attendance.

Professor Jim Henson heads up the Texas Politics Project at the University of Texas at Austin and said Dewhurst’s request serves the purpose of wanting to be viewed as a staunch conservative.

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Health Care
4:48 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Affordable Care Act Navigators Will Be At Bibliotech To Help With Enrollment

Bibliotech is hosting ACA enrollment sessions Wednesdays and Fridays now through March.
Eileen Pace TPR News

Bexar County is offering space at Bibliotech for residents to get help with signing up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

The county is partnering with AACOG, Centro Med, Communicare and other community agencies to bring in ACA-certified navigators for the free assistance at Bibliotech.

Bexar County spokeswoman Laura Jesse said Bibliotech is an ample venue for residents to get the help they need.

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