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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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City Government
9:05 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Chan Faces Ethics Violation Complaint

Dist. 9 Councilwoman Elisa Chan faces an ethics violation complaint for conducting a staff meeting that revolved around more than city business.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

District 9 Councilwoman Elisa Chan is now facing an ethics complaint based on the secretly-recorded staff meeting in May where she used homophobic language and discussed possible political aspirations on city time.

D'mitri Kosub, a resident of Chan's district, filed a sworn complaint of ethics violations Tuesday with the San Antonio City Clerk's office.

The complaint alleges that Chan violated city policies by using city staff, time and property for a "partisan political purpose."

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West, Texas
12:06 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

State Agencies Provide Update On Texas Fertilizer Plant Safety

Committee hearing on the West explosion investigation at the beginning of May.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

State officials are reporting back to a group of House lawmakers about what Texas is doing to keep communities similar to West, Texas safe from another fertilizer plant explosion.

State Fire Marshal Chris Connealy said his office has been conducting fire inspections of these types of facilities:

"We’ve done 62 inspections, thus far only five have said 'no,'" he said. "We still have about 140 to 153 facilities that we will finish up in October and then we will have this map created by November."

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Texas Voter ID
5:30 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Mismatched Names Could Keep You From Voting

Chris Eudaily TPR News

With the Texas voter ID law in effect you need to make sure the name on your ID matches the one on your voter registration card. If they don't, you could run into difficulty at the polls. 

"For instance," said Bexar County Elections Administrator Jacque Callanen, "my name is Jacque. One document would be 'Jacque,' another would be 'Jacquelyn.' That’s a similar name."

Callanen said voters with similar names will be asked to fill out additional forms at the polling place to make the changes before voting.

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Texas Supreme Court
3:25 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Divorce Cases Taking Same-Sex Marriage Issue To Texas Supreme Court

Texas Supreme Court justices, 2012.
State of Texas

The Texas Supreme Court has decided it will take a look at two separate divorce cases from 2010 that involve same-sex couples who were legally married in another state.

One of the cases, which took place in Travis County, ended with a judge agreeing to settle the couple’s divorce, but a different judge refused to hear the another case involving a couple living in Dallas.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott intervened in both the cases, arguing to the court that Texas law forbids any action that recognizes same sex marriage, including divorce.

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Politics
2:21 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Cruz Talks Affordable Care Act And Immigration At Austin Stop

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas.
cc Wikipedia Commons

Sounding more and more like a presidential candidate on his visit to a high-tech facility in Austin, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz addressed the need to end the Affordable Care Act in order to expand job growth.

Cruz said he doesn’t have the numbers to defund the program, he said that effort must come from regular people.

"So where I am focusing my energy is speaking directly to the American people, working to energize and mobilize the American people," Cruz said.

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2014 Election Campaign
10:51 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Abbott Says Fed Voter ID Lawsuit Is Just Democrat Campaign Tactics

Greg Abbot at La Villita in San Antonio to announce his candidacy for governor in 2014.
Eileen Pace TPR News

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has been fighting for years to keep voter ID laws in place for Texas, and yesterday U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder filed a lawsuit against the Texas voter ID law, one of the strictest in the country, alleging that it disenfranchises minority votes.

Abbott said the move is just part of the Obama administration's link to the Texas Democratic Party and is  a campaign tactic to build support for the party going into 2014.

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City Government
9:56 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Weighing Both Sides, Cris Medina Supports Non-Discrimination Ordinance

Dist. 7 Councilman Cris Medina said he will support San Antono's non-discrimination ordinance.
City of San Antonio

San Antonio District 7 Councilman Cris Medina is the latest to throw his support behind the proposed non-discrimination ordinance, which would extend protections for veteran status, gender identity and sexual orientation.

In a statement, Medina wrote:

"I am supporting the proposed ordinance because I oppose discrimination in all forms."

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