Government

Gun Violence In Schools
4:56 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Teacher Gun Training Bill Heads To House Floor For Debate/Vote

As the entire country continues to grapple with gun violence at schools, the Texas House could be close to a vote on teacher gun training.
Oleg Volt Wikipedia Commons

A bill that provides teachers with law enforcement training on how to "take-out" a gunman on campus moves one step closer to becoming law.

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Legislature Budget
3:11 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

With More Than 260 Amendments, House Budget Debate Expected To Last Into Evening

Ryan Poppe TPR News

Both Republicans and Democrats say it will be a long day as the House considers a Senate budget bill. An amendment added by Rep. Donna Howard, D-Austin, addresses the possibility of Medicaid expansion in Texas.

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Medicaid Expansion
2:35 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Texas Republican Stance On Medicaid Expansion Seems To Be Shifting

Texas Democrats, led by U.S. Congressman Joaquín Castro at the podium and his brother Julián, held a press conference Monday to talk about Medicaid expansion.
Ryan Poppe TPR

The Obama Administration gave states the option of either implementing a Health Exchange system or signing on for Medicaid expansion. Up until now Republicans have been against both plans, but Rep. John Zerwas, R-Simonton, has indicated that health exchanges may be the right choice for Texas.

"This allows us to comfortably draw down the money from the federal government attributed to providing healthcare to the group of people who are the 130 percents," Zerwas said.

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Texas Legislature
11:48 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Ted Nugent Lets Committee Have It On Bill To Regulate Deer Hunting

Outspoken 1970s rocker and gun rights activist took to the capitol.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

The Motor City Mad Man turned McLennan County, Texas-resident testified against a bill that would prohibit the hunting of breeder deer for up to 60-days after they have been released into the wild.

"There is a pulse of numb-nuts in the country that would ban this commission, ban hunting, ban low-fence, ban high-fence, ban feeders, ban crossbows, ban muzzle loaders - they would ban it all under the scam of what they perceive to be fair-chase," Nugent said.

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Texas Legislature
9:51 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Senate Passes Bills Reforming Leadership & Transparency At CPRIT

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) has been in troubled water over grant funding issues and a lack of transparency. In the wake of the group publicly announcing that it was shutting down its foundation, Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, laid out her bill to the Senate.

"The executive director of that foundation indicated on the record that they had given my office every piece of information that we had requested and she absolutely knows that not to be true," Davis said.

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Texas Legislature
4:44 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

LGBT Workplace Equality Bill Would Ban Such Discrimination Statewide

Van de Putte has had a busy legislative session so far and her workplace equality bill is just another example of her leadership role.
Office of State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte

A bill in the Texas Senate authored by Sen. Leticia Van DePutte would make it illegal for any employer to discriminate against someone based on their sexual orientation.

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City Council Elections
9:50 am
Tue April 2, 2013

District 2 Candidate Darden Emphasizes Need For Community Partnerships

Norris Tyrone Darden is challenging incumbent Ivy Taylor for District 2
Courtesy Norris Tyrone Darden

Challenging the incumbent to the East Side city council seat are four opponents who say they want to address the issues facing District 2: Antonio Diaz, Hector Medina, and Norris Tyrone Darden.

Darden praises current Councilwoman Ivy Taylor for the job she’s done, but is careful in using words that give her too much credit. The long-time resident of the district said Taylor, an outsider who is not originally from San Antonio, is not addressing what really needs to be addressed.

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Transportation
2:23 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Streetcar Proponents Push Forward, Opponents Keep Up The Fight

VIA Metropolitan Transit

The back and forth on VIA's proposed modern streetcar continued Thursday night at a meeting to gather public input; the system is on track to launch in 2017, but many people are determined to derail the idea.

The proposed downtown system for San Antonio involves five miles of rail with one route traveling north to south through downtown, and the other east to west. Like most of the exact details involving the system, it's yet to be determined where the embedded rails and overhead powerlines would go.

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City Council Elections
2:03 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

District 8 Candidates Push Each Other Into Political Corners

Mike Kueber
Courtesy Mike Kueber

The race for San Antonio’s City Council District 8 has been chock full of the usual campaigning techniques. Rolando Briones, Ron Nirenberg and Mike Kueber have participated in neighborhood association debates and town forums, they’ve walked the streets and they’ve been out doing community meet and greets.

But the heat is on between Briones and Nirenberg, and although Kueber isn't in the middle of the ruckus, he is taking the opportunity to ask questions of his own.

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Airport Funding
11:52 am
Thu March 28, 2013

To Help Ease Sequestration Cuts, Stinson May Get Temporary TxDOT Funding

An SAPD helicopter sits in a hangar at Stinson Airport.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

Gov. Rick Perry has asked for state funding to help airport control towers stay open after federal budget cuts take effect.

A week after San Antonio learned the tower at the historic Stinson Airport would be de-funded as part of sequestration, the governor made a plea to the Texas Transportation Commission to fund 13 of the small airport towers for 90 days. The Commission controls funding for the Texas Department of Transportation.

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