Government

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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Bexar County
5:11 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

For The First Time In 50 Years, See The Original Bexar County Courthouse

Master plan rendering showing the sides and end of the courthouse that will be revealed once the Gondek addition comes down.
Bexar County

The Bexar County Courthouse is getting a $12-million facelift as portions of the historic structure that have been hidden for decades will finally be revealed in about a year.

The first section of what is known as the "Gondek addition" was built onto the 1896 Romanesque Revival structure in 1963, and a second phase was added 

  in 1970. The squared-off, windowless multi-story tower was a low-cost solution to a growing problem of overcrowding.

Bexar County spokeswoman Laura Jesse says the plan was never for the mid-century modern structure to be a permanent solution.

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Texas Politics
4:50 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Abbott Supporters Critical Of Wendy Davis' "Pro-Life" Statement

Wendy Davis at Rackspace during a recent stop in San Antonio.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

A pro-life group supporting Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott for governor has formed a "pro-life truth team" following remarks by Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis.

Last week Davis was at an event at the University of Texas at Brownsville, where she told reporters that she was pro-life, speaking about the life and well-being of women and children.

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2014 Governor's Race
1:03 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Abbott And Davis Talk Veteran Issues At Tarrant County Stops

Both Abbott and Davis were on the campaign trail on Veteran's Day, talking about how they would make a difference in the lives of military veterans in Texas.
Ryan Poppe/David Martin Davies TPR News

With military veterans at the front of everyone's mind this time of year, the frontrunners in the 2014 race for governor both say they would do more to better the lives of Texas veterans.

State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth and Attorney General Greg Abbott spent Veteran’s Day in Tarrant County, Davis joining the Fort Worth Veterans Day parade and Abbott at a Tarrant County Tea Party rally.

Davis served on the Senate Veteran Affairs and Military Installations committee for the past six years and said she’s made veterans a focus of her campaign:

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Texas Public Libraries
12:12 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Texas State Libraries Face $10 Million Federal Funding Cut

Central Library downtown.
City of San Antonio

Last week the Institute of Museum and Libraries Services announced that Texas public libraries could be without about about $10 million in federal grants, nearly 70 percent of the money they receive from the federal government.

The state is looking at a loss in federal money because of funding cuts that happened during the 2011 legislative session. With those cuts, the state is not able to pay a federal match program that is a part of the federal grant.

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Affordable Care Act
11:12 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Texas Still Not Expanding Medicaid Under ACA, But Gets $5 Million Grant

David Martin Davies TPR News

 The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded Texas with over $5 million for community health clinics. The money is a part of the Affordable Care Act’s pursuit of improving access to healthcare by providing medical service for Texans who can’t afford it.

"In Texas, ten community health centers were awarded more than $5.6 million and we hope that that money will help them serve an additional 46,000 plus patients," said Martin Kramer with the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration.

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City Government
2:29 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Starting In February, The Average CPS Energy Customer Will Pay $4.68 More

CPS Energy

The San Antonio City Council approved CPS Energy's proposed rate increase of 4.25 percent. With support from a majority of the city council, the average CPS Energy customer will be paying $4.68 more on their monthly bill.

The utility initially asked for a 4.75 percent increase, but later lowered it after concerns surfaced over the utility's employee incentive program.

CEO Doyle Beneby told the city council he wants to reduce the program even more, with a recommendation of cutting the incentive program's budget by half in 2015 and 2016.

City Government
1:40 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Update: Krier Tapped To Fill District 9 Council Seat

Joe Krier, the former head of the Greater Chamber of Commerce, joins Downey in his intent not to run for the seat in the special election. Paula McGee also said while she doesn't intend on running, she is not ruling it out.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Update (1:40 p.m.): Joe Krier has been named the interim representative for District 9 on the San Antonio City Council.

Mayor Julián Castro kicked off the support for Krier, citing his experience, community leadership and understanding of the district and people in District 9 as reasons for choosing him.

Art Downey, another of the three finalists and chair of the city's Ethics Review Board, received two votes. Paula McGee, another finalists, did not receive any votes.

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Health Care
1:32 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Obama Uses Texas Stop To Push Medicaid Expansion, Attend Fundraisers

The president's State of the Union Address in February 2013.
The White House

In front of hundreds of faith-based health care navigators in Dallas, President Barack Obama started his speech by citing different ways the Affordable Care Act is helping working families still recovering from the recession. 

The president said Texas’ uninsured rate is the highest in the country, which would make the state biggest beneficiary of the Affordable Care Act if state leaders would sign on for Medicaid expansion.

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