Government

State Research Funding
5:00 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Scientists Resign from Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas

Some of the scientists with the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas have resigned, with one warning that the $3 billion taxpayer-funded agency is headed down a path of systematic abuse.

Texas is home to the country’s second largest cancer-research fund, which is the largest of any state. The only entity funded at a higher level is the federal National Institutes of Health. C-PRIT has awarded almost $700 million in grants in the past three years.

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Local Elections
5:22 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

Donna Campbell and John Courage Debate for Texas Senate District 25

Texas Senate District 25 includes areas of six different counties.
State of Texas District Viewer

Following the primaries, Tea Party favorite Dr. Donna Campbell and Democrat John Courage emerged as the contenders for the Texas Senate District 25 seat.

The primary knocked longtime Senator Jeff Wentworth, R-San Antonio, out of the running, along with challenger, former Railroad Commissioner Elizabeth Ames Jones.

Perhaps one of the only issues Campbell and Courage agree upon is opposition to toll roads, but they have vastly different views on health care, education, and energy.

So how does a physician plan to serve full time in the Senate?

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Healthier Cities
3:36 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

San Antonio and Chicago Employees Face-Off for $5 Million

City of San Antonio

The cities of San Antonio and Chicago are entering a competition to see which one has the healthiest city employees.  

It’s a battle to see which city can reduce the bulge, put out the cigarette, and create a healthy lifestyle among its workers. The two cities will compete for three months to win a grant from the American Beverage Association.

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Sales Tax Revenue
2:16 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

September Sales Tax Allocations Up 9.9 Percent for San Antonio

The statewide totals for the amount of sales tax returned to local communities was on the plus side of $551 million and showed an overall 11 percent increase over Sept. 2011.

Comptroller Susan Combs said continued strength in the manufacturing and oil and natural gas sectors led to the increase, but consumer spending was also up in restaurants and retail stores.

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City Hall
11:52 am
Wed October 10, 2012

Ethics Board Finds DiGiovanni Violated Code

Deputy City Manager Pat DiGiovanni sits before the Ethics Review Board Oct. 9 to explain his beliefs that he did not violate the city's ethics code
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

In a unanimous ruling Tuesday night, the Ethics Review Board found that Deputy City Manager Pat DiGiovanni violated the city's ethics code when he failed to recuse himself from a conflict of interest involving a city contract and his future employer.

Earlier this year, DiGiovanni took on oversight of the selection process for contractors in a $300 million bid to expand and renovate the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.

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Voter Registration Deadline
3:47 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

Voter Register Deadline Approaches to Vote in Nov. Presidential Election

Bexar County

The last day to register to vote is Tuesday, October 9th. Bexar County Elections Administrator Jackie Callanen says the date is extended because of the Monday holiday, and she’s optimistic that a few extra people might register before the deadline.

"When we had the primary election, here in Bexar County we had 875,000 people registered to vote," said Callanen. "Today when I looked at the numbers, we had 898,000. So we're increasing by about 1,000 or 1,500 a day from the applications that we have."

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Hays Street Bridge
9:37 am
Fri October 5, 2012

Hays Street Bridge Restoration Group Demands Public Vote for Land Use

Graciela Sanchez of the Esparanza Peace and Justice Center and Hays Street Bridge Restoration Group protests the use of the land as an area to be developed.
Eileen Pace Texas Public Radio

Members of the Hays Street Bridge Restoration Group lined the steps of San Antonio City Hall Monday to demand a public vote on the use of the vacant land adjacent to the historic bridge. The group wants a park in the open space, not a brewery. 

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Government
11:02 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Politicit Makes Elections Predictions Based on Social Media Chatter

No one has a crystal ball to predict the upcoming election results, but one man says he's close.

A year ago, Josh Light says he introduced his web site, Politicit, which gives candidates an "it" score based on social media chatter and main stream media reports.

"You take all this data based on what people are doing and saying on the internet, we put it through a machine learning algorithm, and then it gives us a score we call an "it" score, and it correlates with election results," he said.

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San Antonio Police Department
4:39 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

SAPD Ride-Along Offers New Perspective of Community in San Antonio

Dozens of officers and firefighters responded to a scene on Frio City Rd. for a call of a man atop a freight train.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Nearly 2,300 police officers patrol the streets of San Antonio, and Councilman Rey Saldaña said the issues are about the same as other cities of a similar size, but here in the Alamo City, the policing is different.

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U.S. Congressional Race
4:30 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

The Race for Texas' New Congressional District 35

Central Texas Congressional Districts via the Texas Legislative Council's District Viewer. District 35 is the orange area stretching up IH-35.
State of Texas District Viewer

As Republican candidate Susan Narvaiz points out, both of the top candidates in the newly created Congressional District 35 race are newcomers being that District 35 is newly created; although Congressman Lloyd Doggett, who currently represents Texas' 25th District, has been in the political arena for quite some time.

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