Government

Law Enforcement
7:05 am
Wed January 23, 2013

46 Arrested On Southside In Human Trafficking, Prostitution Sting

Bexar Co. Dist. Attorney Susan Reed, State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, and Bexar Co. Sheriff Susan Pamerleau
Eileen Pace TPR

Local law enforcement officials today announced a human trafficking round-up that netted 46 suspects.

Bexar Co. Sheriff Susan Pamerleau, joined by Dept. of Homeland Security Special Agent In-Charge Vincent Iglio, State Senator Leticia Van de Putte, the district attorney and representatives from SAPD, announced the results of a sting operation Jan. 11 on the Southside of San Antonio.

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Government
11:43 pm
Sun January 20, 2013

Driver's License Mega Center May Reduce Wait Times

Texas Department of Public Safety

Most of us have had or know someone who’s had the experience of standing in a long line – sometimes up to two hours – to apply for a new driver’s license or take a new photo.

Now, officials at the Texas Department of Public Safety are promising shorter lines for those and other services at their new "Mega Center" in Leon Valley, which opened on Friday, January 18.

The DPS Driver’s License Mega Center is the state’s answer to long lines in six locations, including Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, two in Houston, and San Antonio.

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Government
11:12 pm
Sun January 20, 2013

Travelers Can Speed Through San Antonio Airport With Global Entry

Global Entry kiosk in Terminal A.
Eileen Pace

San Antonio International Airport is now an enrollment site for Global Entry, which allows passengers from international flights to be processed through Customs faster. 

The new, one-stop service opened January 11.

San Antonio got the designation from U.S. Customs and Border Protection after its Global Entry kiosks installed last August were a hit.

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Texas Legislature
12:34 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Will Texas Allow Liquor Sales On Sundays?

Grocery stores cannot sell alcoholic beverages before noon on Sundays, the proposed bill would allow liquor stores the same privilege.
Chris Eudaily TPR

A bill filed by State Rep. Senfronia Thompson (D) of Houston would allow liquor stores to join its supermarket brethren in allowing alcohol sales after 12 p.m. Liquor stores across Texas must lock their doors on Sundays, and grocery stores cannot sell alcohol before noon.

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City Government
10:42 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Castro Installs LGBT Liaison At City Hall

Adam Greenup, the Mayor's Senior Policy Advisor, has been appointed to be the point of contact for the gay community.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

Mayor Julián Castro has appointed an LGBT Liaison as a way to reach out to San Antonio’s gay, lesbian and transgendered community on social issues when city council and government is concerned.

Many major cities in the U.S. like New York, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia have a liaison to the gay and lesbian community installed in either their local government or police departments.

The San Antonio Police Department already has a LGBT liaison, and now there is one in City Hall.

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Flood Control
3:21 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

HALT! Before Driving Through Low-Water Crossings

Bexar Co. Judge Nelson Wolff introduces HALT system on Shepherd Rd. in S. Bexar Co.

Bexar County has unveiled a new electronic warning system for flash flood protection on rural roads.  The new High-water Alert Lifesaving Technology (HALT) crossing guard system will protect drivers at 52 low-water crossings.

HALT is Bexar County’s latest investment to protect drivers from drowning.

Shepherd Road is a dark, two-lane passage that transports thousands more drivers than it was built to accommodate. It passes over creekbeds more than once, and during a hard rain the straight, fast road has been deadly.

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City Government
9:37 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Texas Civil Rights Project Taking Banning Case

Michael Cuellar in the TPR studios to talk about his ban from city buildings.
Chris Eudaily TPR

The City of San Antonio’s banning of two residents from city hall and the city council chambers are going to be challenged in court.

The Texas Civil Rights Project has decided to take the case of Michael Cuellar, who was banned from City Hall and city council meetings by SAPD and City Attorney Michael Bernard.

Cuellar and John Foddrill, who was also banned from city buildings, are at the center of a debate about first amendment rights to petition the government.

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City Utilities
7:25 am
Thu January 17, 2013

SAWS Lowers Proposed Rate Increase

SAWS

Leaders of the San Antonio Water System now have lowered its rate increase projection for customers. Instead of a 9.9 percent jump, the utility is now proposing a 7 percent rise in monthly bills.

City council members have been struggling with the inevitable rising water rates, especially District 10 Councilman Carlton Soules, who agrees that infrastructure needs to be improved and updated.

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City Government
5:35 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Ethics Board Rules On DiGiovanni Case, Issues Admonition Letter

Rey Rocha addresses Ethics Review Board concerning his complaint against former Deputy City Manager Pat DiGiovanni
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

San Antonio’s Ethics Review Board met Tuesday night, more than a week after it attempted to settle an ongoing citizen complaint against former Deputy City Manager Pat DiGiovanni.

The problem for the board was that  it did not have a quorum, an issue that chair Arthur Downey said hadn’t happened in more than a decade, in his experience.

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Public Library
4:16 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Digital Library Approved By Bexar County Commissioners

The conceptual exterior of the 'BiblioTech.' Pictured is the additon of the library on the existing Precinct 1 Office
Bexar County

Bexar County plans on launching its own bookless library system this summer. Upon opening, the so-called BiblioTech will be one of the first all-digital public library systems in the country.

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