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Ebola in Texas
6:16 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Governor Perry Creates Ebola Task Force

Credit Ryan Poppe / TPR News

 Texas Governor Rick Perry has created a special infectious disease task force aimed at stopping the spread of Ebola throughout the state. One of the duties of the Ebola task force will be to learn from the mistakes made in the state’s response to the Ebola case in Dallas.  This week, Governor Perry issued an executive order creating the Texas Task Force on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response.

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Law
3:16 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Couple Files Motion To Expedite Same-Sex Marriage Case At US 5th Circuit

A San Antonio attorney for a pair of same-sex couples that have the sued the State of Texas over its statutes concerning gay-marriage has asked the US  Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals to hear their case next month, citing concern for one his clients who is pregnant.  

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Government
8:50 am
Fri October 3, 2014

San Antonio City Council Schedules Vista Ridge Public Hearing

SAWS map of the proposed $3.4 billion Vista Ridge pipeline, which would import 16 billion gallons of water from Burleson County.
Credit SAWS

  

Four days after the San Antonio Water System voted unanimously to move forward with the Vista Ridge Pipeline contract, San Antonio City Council has scheduled a public hearing on the project.

The Vista Ridge pipeline would originate in Burleson County and be constructed along creekways over 140 miles in a southwest line through Bastrop, Austin, down I-35 and eventually to San Antonio. It would be developed by a consortium led by Abengoa, a company based in Seville, Spain. -

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Perry Indictment
4:59 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Poll: Governor Perry’s Approval Ratings Remain Unchanged Following Indictment

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A new poll shows a majority of Texans believe the criminal charges against Governor Rick Perry related to his indictment for coercion and abuse of power are strictly political. The poll also points out how the indictment has not changed how people view the governor.

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Government
6:09 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Police Chief McManus Reverses Course On Increased Panhandling Ordinance

Ryan Loyd TPR News

In a surprising move Wednesday, San Antonio Police Chief William McManus revealed that he is stepping away from his proposal that, if approved by council, would have made it against the law in the city to give anything - from money to blankets - to a panhandler.

The revelation came up at the end of the city council's public safety committee. The item was not scheduled to be discussed. But a question from a council member on where the proposal stood prompted the chief to explain why he's aborting the plan.

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Election Campaigns
5:59 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Poll Shows Davis Cutting Abbott’s Lead, Van De Putte Still Trails Patrick

A new poll released this week shows Democratic candidate for Governor Wendy Davis down by 9 points, with her Republican opponent Greg Abbott inches away from claiming a majority of those surveyed.  

The results of a trial ballot issued by the Texas Lyceum group shows Attorney General Greg Abbott claiming 49-percent of those polled and 40-percent stating they’d vote for his Democratic gubernatorial opponent Senator Wendy Davis.  

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Public Health
5:14 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Officials Identify Five Schoolchildren That Were In Contact With Texas Ebola Patient

Texas health officials say so far they have identified and located eighteen people that came into contact with a Texas man diagnosed with Ebola. Five of those eighteen are schoolchildren all attending classes at different campuses in Dallas.

State and Federal Health Officials say the schools are safe and they remain open.  The five kids, ranging from elementary-age children to high schoolers, are being monitored at home and have not been quarantined. 

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Law
10:53 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay Cleared Of Criminal Charges

Credit Ryan E. Poppe / TPR News

Former United States House Republican Majority Leader Tom DeLay  has been cleared by Texas’ highest criminal court of all charges related to his 2010 conviction by the state’s Public Integrity Unity on charges of money laundering and conspiracy.   

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Government
8:53 am
Wed October 1, 2014

DOJ Settles $6 Million Suit With Help Of San Antonio Whistleblower

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The U.S. Department of Justice with the help of a San Antonio whistleblower settled a 7 year-old court case  over allegations that Caremark, a part of CVS Health, intentionally miscalculated the amount they repaid Medicaid for prescriptions for more than a decade.

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Statewide Debates
1:54 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Debate Recap: Lt. Governor Candidates Go On The Attack

Candidates in the state’s Lt. Governor Race quickly established how different they are from one another during their one and only statewide debate on Monday night as the two tore into each other’s record over issues ranging from immigration to abortion to tax reform.

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