Government

City Government
3:30 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

SAWS Board Appointment Angers Council Members Soules & Chan

Council members Carlton Soules and Elisa Chan are frustrated their SAWS board recommendation did not receive approval from their colleagues.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

One of the most important jobs city leaders have is to appoint board members to CPS Energy and the San Antonio Water System. On Thursday they took up SAWS, and left two members walking away angered that their recommendation to represent the Northeast quadrant did not get approved by their colleagues.

District 10's Carlton Soules and District 9's Elisa Chan picked Kirk Francis for his knowledge and experience with water issues.

Chan said Francis would bring a certain characteristic that may be missing from the current SAWS board.

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2014 Election
1:25 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Campaign Brouhaha Over In-State Tuition For Students Without Documentation

Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott at one of his first campaign stops in McAllen, Texas.
David Martin Davies TPR News

This week the Texas political world is buzzing over where Attorney General Greg Abbott -- the perceived GOP front-runner for governor -- stands regarding the issue of providing in-state tuition for students without immigration documentation.

The inquiry into Abbott followed the fallout in the lieutenant governor’s race, where Republican candidates picked each other apart over the issue. At a recent Austin event, Abbott ducked reporters’ questions, saying he was running late and had no time to talk.

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City Government
10:48 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Finding Solutions To San Antonio's Air Quality Problems

The skies above Blanco, TX are part of the regional air quality concern local leaders are sorting out.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

San Antonio's air quality is weighing on the minds of local leaders who think a plan of action needs to be taken now to reverse the trends of more polluted air.

This is why District 6 San Antonio City Councilman Ray Lopez has already created what's known as a council consideration request (CCR) to begin the process.

Lopez has received the support from four council members, including District 2 Councilwoman Ivy Taylor, District 4 Councilman Rey Saldaña, District 7 councilman Cris Medina, and District 8 Councilman Ron Nirenberg, to form a group to create a plan of action.

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City Government
4:45 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

San Antonio Continues Monitoring Effects Of Government Shutdown

City of San Antonio

The federal government shutdown could impact cities the longer it continues. Tom Downs, the City of San Antonio's federal consultant, believes an agreement might be in the works, but city leaders are closely watching out for possible consequences.

Downs held a video-conference with city leaders on Wednesday from his office in Washington, D.C. and said he's closely monitoring the situation for San Antonio.

The mood for compromise has been slow because the Republican-controlled House and the Democratic-controlled Senate want different things.

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2014 Governor's Race
3:17 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Abbott Gets Down To GOP Basics At Realtor Association Campaign Stop

Greg Abbott delivers his remarks to the Texas Association of Realtors.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

Attorney General Greg Abbott, who is the perceived front-runner on the Republican ticket for governor, spoke to the Texas Association of Realtors in Austin today, asking for their vote. 

Abbott steered away from the women’s issues he focused on during his speech in El Paso on Tuesday, and instead returned to more traditional GOP topics.

"I’m running for governor because I believe that your business and your future should be defined only by the size of your dreams not by the size of your government," Abbott said.

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Texas Roads
12:59 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Possible Solution To TxDOT's South Texas Gravel Road Proposal

Larry D. Moore Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0

A special committee in the Texas Senate may have found a solution to the hundreds of miles of roads in South Texas and the Permian Basin that were slated to be converted into gravel.

The Texas Department of Transportation announcement near the end of the summer surprised members of the legislature and as the discussions wore on, the number of miles that were up for conversion grew into the hundreds.

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Texas Water
5:13 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Perry Asks Voters To Approve Prop. 6 For Water Project Funding

Using the dwindling Lake Travis as a backdrop, Gov. Perry asked Texans to vote "yes" on Prop 6.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

Gov. Rick Perry inspected the water levels at Lake Travis and then urged voters to approve proposition 6, the water project funding program that would pay for the next 50 years of water projects in the state that is up for a vote on this November's ballot.

Prop. 6 would take $2 billion from the Rainy Day Fund and place it in a separate fund which would then be loaned out to organizations around the state to fund water projects. Those organizations would then pay back the loan with interest to keep the fund going.

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2014 Governor's Race
11:55 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Corrected: Two More Candidates Added To Race For Governor

Chris Eudaily TPR News

(Oct. 14)***There were several errors in the original reporting of this story as it pertains to Kathie Glass: Glass is a Libertarian candidate and is not running in the Republican primary for governor in 2014. When Glass ran for governor in 2010, she also did so on the Libertarian ticket. Tom Glass, who is her husband and vice-chairman of the Texas Libertarian Party, brought these errors to our attention (see comment below story). An on-air correction will also be made for this story

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Criminal Justice
4:46 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

State Refusing To Give Back Execution Drug

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A Houston-area compounding pharmacy has sent a letter asking the state to return the drugs it sold the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for death row executions.

The name of the drug is pentobarbital and it has been a hard item for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice to track down after the state’s overseas sellers backed out of their contract to sell the drug used in lethal injections.  

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Economic Stabilization Fund
3:50 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Study Shows Rainy Day Fund Looks Stable Even With Water And Transportation Draw

Chris Eudaily TPR News

In the next two years voters will be deciding two propositions that take a percentage from the oil and gas tax money helping grow the state’s Rainy Day Fund. 

The first of those is up for a vote this November and would take $2 billion out of the fund to help pay for water projects. The second proposition, which will be on the 2014 ballot, will take $1 billion to fund transportation projects. 

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