Government

Texas Roads
10:50 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Six Driving-Related Law Changes You Need To Know For Labor Day Weekend

Chris Eudaily TPR News

If you are about to head out of town for one last time this summer, or are just going to stick around the city on the long weekend, the Texas Department of Public Safety wants you to know there have been some changes made to road-related laws that take effect Sept. 1.

While there is a chance that your naiveté on a few of these matters may get you off with a friendly warning, some of these infractions could cost you some serious money.

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Minimum Wage
5:35 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Fast Food Workers In Texas Join Wage Increase Fight

Protesters gathered in Austin and around the country to rally for increasing the minimum wage.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

As part of a nationwide protest in over 60 cities, fast-food workers from Austin and the surrounding area walked off their job sites in protest of better wages from their employers.

Jennifer Castilla works at an Austin area Wendy’s Restaurant. The mother of four children makes $8/hour.

"I feel sorry for the ones who make lower than I do and that have as many kids as I got," Castilla said, "but I understand the struggle in life. I’ve been struggling my whole life in fast food and I figure now is the time to step up."

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Syrian Civil War
4:59 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Congressman Castro Opposes Boots On The Ground In Syria

Castro at the chamber meeting.
Eileen Pace TPR News

  The first term congressman from San Antonio expects to return from the congressional recess to a major decision about Syria within the next 10 days.

Congressman Joaquin Castro spoke to the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce Thursday, and many people were curious about the Syrian situation. Castro said most Americans are not in favor of getting into a war in the embattled state.

"In fact, there was a poll done that showed only 7 percent of Americans would want to see boots on the ground in Syria," he said.

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City Government
4:14 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

What's Next For The Man Who Leaked The Chan Recording?

James Stevens has no plans to get back into politics, but at this point, he's hoping for any full time job.
James Stevens

James Stevens is responsible for releasing the recording that revealed District 9 Councilwoman Elisa Chan's view on homosexuality, but isn't sure what's next for him. And although Stevens hasn't got a lot sleep lately, he does still believe he did the right thing.

"I’m not seeking any notoriety. And in fact I think every interview I do is just hurting my chances at getting a job somewhere," he said. "But people do have questions and I’m happy to answer."

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Abortion Legislation
1:35 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

State Health Council Hears Public Testimony About Abortion Clinic Restrictions

Ryan Poppe TPR News

Update (4:30) Both sides of the abortion issue were shocked after the State Health Services Council failed to vote on rules attached to the new law requiring clinics performing abortions to adhere to a new set of facility requirements.

"This was very unusual and unexpected and hasn’t happened for us in recent history as far as we can recall," said Carrie Williams with Texas State Health Services.

Though there was no vote taken, this will not prevent the law from taking effect.

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Non-Discrimination Ordinance
12:49 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Packed Council Chamber For Late Night Non-Discrimination Ordinance Discussion

Municipal Plaza Building
Ryan Loyd TPR News

The San Antonio City Council dissected the city’s proposed non-discrimination ordinance during a marathon B session Wednesday before turning the microphone over to nearly 500 people who signed up to speak during the citizens to be heard portion of the meeting.

City Attorney Michael Bernard defined the ordinance for the council during a brief presentation. Mayor Julián Castro then went back over many of the definitions and used examples to spell out for the audience what the proposal would do if passed.

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Texas Law Enforcement
11:37 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Ag. Commissioner Supports Court Limit On Landowner Liability

Texas Supreme Court justices, 2012.
State of Texas

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples has filed a brief with the Texas Supreme Court encouraging them to limit landowner liability regarding accidents that involve undocumented migrants.

Staples writes in his brief that the State of Texas must protect policies that enable landowners to secure their land from trespassers and illegal activity without fear of legal retribution.

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City Government
2:48 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Now, No One Agrees With Proposed Non-Discrimination Ordinance

Council B session briefing on the lastest draft of the non-discrimination ordinance.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Groups on both sides of San Antonio's proposed non-discrimination ordinance have fought fiercely about the matter, which would add veteran status, sexual orientation and gender identity to the language already in place.

But now, no one is in agreement over the ordinance.

That is because the city's latest draft spells out in detail what will be a part of the ordinance and what will not be. It's what will not be included that has many previous supporters up in arms.

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City Government
1:39 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Van De Putte Weighs In On Non-Discrimination Ordinance

State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte in the TPR studio.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

State Sen. Leticia Van De Putte, D-San Antonio, a leading lawmaker for equal rights, is speaking out against those who are opposing an update to the city’s non-discrimination ordinance.

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Workplace Equality
11:58 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Nancy Pelosi Speaks For Women’s Rights At Austin Stop

A bill for pay equality for women in the workplace was passed by the 83rd Legislature, but was vetoed by Gov. Perry.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

House leader Nancy Pelosi, D-California, spent much of her time speaking in Austin talking about women’s rights, primarily a woman’s right to equal pay to her male counterparts.

She was speaking at a discussion about women's economic issues hosted by the American Association of University Women of Texas at Austin Community College entitled, "When Women Succeed, America Succeeds."

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