Government

Election Campaigns
12:57 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

The Leak Of Dan Patrick’s Mental Health Records May Have Helped Him

Republican lieutenant governor candidate Dan Patrick outside the Alamo ahead of his debate with San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro.
Credit Dan Patrick via YouTube

Just before start of this week, Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, who is supporting Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst's bid for re-election in the runoff, leaked documents detailing state Sen. Dan Patrick's treatment for depression during two separate hospitals stays 30 years ago.  

Professor Mark Jones, the head of the political science department at Rice University in Houston, said Dewhurst and his associates have made the impossible, possible.

"It’s taken Dan Patrick, who is not especially a sympathetic figure, and turns into him into a sympathetic figure,” Jones said.

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Disaster Relief
11:04 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Emergency Management Chief Says State Is Missing Out On Billions Because Of Poor Planning

TDEM Chief Nim Kidd walks with Gov. Rick Perry during a hurricane emergency response exercise and resource showcase in Austin ahead of the 2013 hurricane season.
Credit Texas DPS

Texas cities damaged by various disasters in the last five years still qualify for billions of dollars in federal aid, but an official with the Texas Division of Emergency Management testified before state lawmakers this week that the state needs to do a better job getting and using that money.

Chief W. Nim Kidd, the head of the Texas Division of Emergency Management, told the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Rural Affairs and Homeland Security that one of the areas in need of improvements is how to get counties affected by a disaster the federal money they need to rebuild.

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Bexar County Commissioners Court
9:01 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Debra Guerrero & Tommy Calvert Vie For Democratic Spot On Precinct 4 Ballot

Tommy Calvert and Debra Guerrero are trying to be the Democrat on the Precinct 4 ticket in November.
Credit Campaign photos

Among the races being decided during the runoff election is the open Precinct 4 seat on the Bexar County Commissioners Court. One of four people, two from each party, will take the place of Tommy Adkisson, who who gave up the seat to run for county judge.

Tommy Calvert and Debra Guerrero are the two Democratic candidates who survived the March 4 primary election.

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Mayor Julián Castro
11:57 am
Mon May 19, 2014

With Talk Of Cabinet Position Swirling, City Ponders Life Without Mayor Castro

Mayor Julián Castro delivered the keynote speech at the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. The speech, many have said, put him on a national platform.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

The White House isn't talking and neither is Mayor Julián Castro.

Today he helped hand out awards inside city council chambers to businesses for the 2014 Healthy Workplace Recognition Program.

Afterward, a swarm of media caught up with him, only to hear the three-term mayor say what he's said before.

"All I'm going to say today is that I enjoy being mayor, and I'm going to continue to work hard on behalf of the people that elected me," Castro said. "I'll talk about the future and other things later."

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Criminal Justice
9:55 am
Wed May 14, 2014

U.S. 5th Circuit Halts Texas Execution Based On New Information

A Texan man on death row who was scheduled to be the nation’s first execution since the botched lethal injection in Oklahoma has been granted a stay. The US 5th Circuit Court of Appeals halted Robert James Campbell’s execution based on an IQ score taken in 1982.

Campbell came within hours of being executed, but the U5th Circuit believed there was sufficient evidence to prove Campbell would’ve been labeled intellectually disabled  if certain pieces of evidence hadn’t been withheld during his original trial.

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Veteran Affairs
11:16 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Van De Putte Calls For Veterans Affairs Wait Time Investigation

Credit U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

On Monday, state Sen. Leticia Van De Putte, D-San Antonio, spoke out against the alleged misreporting and manipulation of wait times at U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs clinics.

A whistleblower alleges that the VA has been making veterans wait long periods of time before seeing a doctor, but recording a shorter wait time in official reports.

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University of Texas
1:39 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

House Select Committee Votes To Impeach UT Regent Hall

Marsha Miller University of Texas

For the first time in Texas history, state lawmakers have voted to impeach a state official that was appointed by the governor.

On a vote of 7-1, the Texas House Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations voted to impeach UT Regent Wallace Hall. State Rep. Charles Perry, R-Lubbock, was the only vote against impeachment.

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City Ordinances
9:38 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Months After City's NDO Passes, Complaint Process Still Unclear

San Antono's non-discrimination ordinance enlivened supporters and opponents to voice their opinions.
Credit Ryan Loyd / TPR News

Eight months have passed since San Antonio city leaders approved a revision to the city's non-discrimination ordinance. The update included the addition of gender identity, sexual orientation and veteran status to the list of protected classes in the city.

But nearly a year later, residents still have no clear way of filing a complaint.

According to Deputy City Attorney Veronica Zertuche, currently there is no single place where people can go to make their complaint.

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2014 Governor's Race
2:51 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Abbott Education Plan Calls For Increasing Funding For Online Learning Resources

Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott at a San Antonio campaign stop.
Credit Joey Palacios / TPR News

Republican candidate for governor Greg Abbott has released the third plank in his campaign education platform. Abbott is calling to increase funding for the state's Virtual Schools Network and awarding schools with grants to increase online learning.

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Transportation Funding
2:55 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Transportation Expert Says Texas Will Need $28 Billion To Maintain Roads

Northbound traffic on Hwy. 281 at Nakoma.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

Following a study on the issue of transportation funding, a researcher from Texas A&M left lawmakers stunned when he detailed how the state will need even more money for roads over the next two years.   

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