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Government
4:02 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Cornyn And Doggett Embody Opposing Views Of Immigration Reform

Undocumented immigrants are rounded up at a car wash in Maricopa Couty, Ariz.
Jose Munoz

On the heels of President Obama’s statements on immigration and a plan from the Gang of Eight bi-partisan Senate committee, two national lawmakers from Texas are offering their input on what immigration should look like over the coming years.

This week the president introduced his plans for what could become comprehensive immigration reform, which include:

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Bexar County Sheriff
3:48 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Pamerleau Gets $500,000 For Emergency Overtime Payroll

Bexar Co. deputies wait for sheriff to make presentation to county commissioners
Eileen Pace TPR

Bexar County Commissioners have approved emergency funding to temporarily pay overtime to Bexar County detention officers, but the sheriff has a plan to save the county a quarter-million dollars.

Sheriff Susan Pamerleau said the county can save $250,000 by allowing her and the county manager to conduct an in-house staffing study instead of paying a third party.

Pamerleau said staffing issues at the jail are the most critical problem in her office, where she says 50 positions remain vacant.

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Bexar County
1:58 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Cowboy Hat Is Back For Bexar Sheriff's Deputies

Bexar Co. Sheriff Susan Pamerleau sports her new "silver belly" gray Western hat, one of those on the new approved list for county deputies' headgear
Eileen Pace TPR

Bexar County Commissioners proclaimed Feb. 7 through Feb. 24 "Official Rodeo Season" and Feb. 7 as "Official Dress Western San Antonio Day."

To herald the official rodeo season and the cooler weather, Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau has issued an order proclaiming cowboy hats as officially approved headgear for sheriff’s deputies.

"Because it's tradition for Texas sheriffs. When I went to newly-elected sheriffs' school, I was probably one of the only ones who didn't have a cowboy hat on," Pamerleau said.

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Texas Legislature
3:25 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

Lobbying Your Legislator: Make Your Voice Heard

KUT News

Originally published on Mon January 28, 2013 3:19 pm

With the Texas Legislature back in Austin, lobbyists from across the state have descended to advocate for and against the thousands of bills that will be filed.

So what if you’re just a regular Texans with an opinion? Do lawmakers want to hear from you? Do they care what you think?

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City Council
1:33 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

Nirenberg Running For Council Seat Being Vacated By Williams

Current District 8 City Councilman Reed Williams will not seek re-election this term.
Ryan Loyd TPR

Ron Nirenberg, the associate general manager for Trinity University's non-commercial jazz station, KRTU, has officially announced his candidacy for City Council District 8.

Nirenburg has been preparing for the race for nearly a year. The 35 year old stressed accountability and ethics as his vision for city hall with a crowd of 100 supporters at Orsinger Park on Saturday.

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Government
4:22 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Texas Legislature: Rep. Lavender Proposes Open Carry Law

A bill in the Texas House proposes removing the concealed portion of Texas gun laws allowing license holders to freely display their weapons.

State Rep. George Lavender, R-Texarkana, proposed HB 700, which alters the code that says a firearm can’t be seen, but does require it be in a belt or shoulder holster with dual points of resistance.

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City Government
10:58 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Video: Mayor Castro Makes Case For Re-Election

Mayor Castro celebrates the passing of the Pre-K 4 SA initiative on election night with his family.
Eileen Pace Texas Public Radio

Mayor Julián Castro is holding a re-election rally on Feb. 2 to "officially" announce his run for mayor in 2013, but a video released yesterday already makes his intentions clear.

Castro took some big political strides in his second term in the office, and the announcement effectively puts an end to talk that he will run for a higher office anytime soon.

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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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