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Texas Legislature
9:38 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Senate Bill Would Give Press And Citizen Journalists Added Protection When Filming Police

Ryan Loyd TPR News

A bill winning favor in the Senate provides protection to anyone with a smartphone or other camera while filming the police. 

Senate Bill 897, which was authored by Sen. Craig Estes, R-Wichita Falls, reinforces protection for a citizen's first amendment right if they are arrested for filming the police.

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City Council Elections
6:19 am
Tue April 30, 2013

On First Day Of Early Voting, David Medina Warned About Voting Violation

Dist. 5 Councilman David Medina was cited for a voting violation of entering a polling location with a logo shirt on the first day of early voting.
Ryan Loyd TPR

Now that early voting is underway, San Antonians will see a barrage of candidate signs popping up like spring flowers at polling locations across the city.

In addition to the campaign signs at the Collins Garden Library on District 5’s North Park Street, campaign volunteers to some of the six candidates in the race to represent the city's near west side are welcoming people to the polls.

"Vote David Medina!" could be heard as one man shouted the words proudly in an effort to get the incumbent, David Medina, re-elected.

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Downtown Development
4:07 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Commerce Street Closure Begins Today, Market Street To Follow

The red line in this image shows the area of Commerce Street that will be converted into a bike and pedestrian lane.
Capital Improvement Management Services

Construction begins today for the realignment of Market Street underneath IH-37, and as the city begins to make way for expansion of the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, parts of Market Street need to be repositioned.

The first phase is a permanent closure of the contraflow lane from the northbound feeder road onto Commerce Street. The road will be converted into a pedestrian walkway and bike lanes.

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Texas Education
3:34 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Texas Education Commissioner Campaigns For Reducing High-Stakes Exams

Michael Williams photo from 2009 when he was the Texas Railroad Commissioner
Christopher C. Leonard cc

State Education Commissioner Michael Williams has been campaigning over the weekend to reducing the number of high-stakes exams required for graduation. 

At a business luncheon put on by the Texas Association of Businesses, Williams spoke about reducing the number of end-of-course exams from the current number of 15 tests.

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Texas Legislature - Education
2:31 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Van De Putte Helping Streamline G.I. Bill Assistance For Veterans

Office of State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte

The Texas Senate has passed a bill that will help veterans more easily access their education funds under the G.I. Bill.

SB 1158, The Hazelwood Act, was designed to ensure veterans and their children that they would be exempt from specific tuition and fees at public institutions of higher learning in the State of Texas.

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Texas Legislature
11:07 am
Mon April 29, 2013

Lawmakers Vote To Place Oversight On Comptroller & Major Event Fund

Aerial photo of the Circuit of the Americas in Austin.
Circuit of the Americas Facebook photo

The Texas Senate approved SB 1678, which was authored by Bob Deuell, R-Greenville, in response to misspending related to the addition of a Jumbotron at the American Airlines Center in Dallas and another at the Circuit of Americas facility in Austin. 

Deuell said the fund, which is controlled by the Texas comptroller, needed a major overhaul.

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Texas Legislature - Education
9:16 am
Mon April 29, 2013

Passage Of Senate Bill Could Change How State Evaluates Teachers

The Save Texas Schools rally on March 12, 2011.
Flickr user Phil Ostroff cc

Unlike its House companion, Senate Bill 1403 does not rely heavily on test scores taken from high-stakes exams to evaluate teachers.

Originally the bill included a provision that mandated 25 percent of a teacher's evaluation was directly related to students' grades on the state’s end-of-course exams.

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City Council Elections
4:04 am
Mon April 29, 2013

Swayed By Nirenberg Campaign Ad, Williams Endorses Briones

Dist. 8 Councilman Reed Williams endorsed Rolando Briones for his seat.
Ryan Loyd TPR

After more than a year watching the race from the sidelines, outgoing District 8 Councilman Reed Williams has finally announced who he is backing to fill his seat.

Williams, who said last year he wouldn’t be seeking his third term in order to spend more time with family, initially wanted to keep his opinions about the candidates to himself to allow each of the challengers a fair shot at the job.

But a mailer to constituents by candidate Ron Nirenberg put the councilman over the edge.

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Texas Legislature
4:38 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

At State Capitol, Lawmakers Memorialize Those Who Died In West Fertilizer Explosion

Ryan Poppe TPR News

The senator representing the town of West shared his first-hand account of the damages related to the fertilizer plant explosion and memorializes those who died during the fire.

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Texas Legislature
10:33 am
Thu April 25, 2013

$17.5 Million Grant On The Line If Texas Passes Texting Ban

Senate Committee on Transportation hearing for the texting bill.
Ryan Poppe TPR

 The Senate Committee on Transportation heard emotional testimony Wednesday about the horrors of texting while driving as the state legislature is thinking about federal grant possibilities. 

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