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The San Antonio City Council has approved upgrades to a roadway where a nine year old girl was struck and killed on her way to school.

The upgrades to the road include new school zone signs, overhead flashing beacons and pavement improvements in the crosswalks. Councilman Joe Krier requested the city look at improvements after a driver struck and killed Tatyana Babineaux on Braesview as she walked to school in January.

With the approval of a master lease agreement by the San Antonio City Council, Google Fiber may be speeding toward the Alamo City.

To help seal the deal, the city moved forward with the agreement, making the city the landlord, and Google the tenant, in which it will rent city-owned premises like fire and police stations to install network huts.

The city's Economic Development Department director Rene Dominguez told the city council that there will be about 40 such sites, with a rent of $2,250 per site. That comes to $90,000 each year.

U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

A new report out this week from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services shows Texas ranks third in the nation for the number of people registering under the Affordable Care Act, but a Texas conservative think-tank says many of those people weren’t previously uninsured and there are millions that haven't taken any action.

Dan Patrick Facebook Page

U.S. Congressman Joaquin Castro says he’s changed his position on a boycott of the Texas-based Buc-ee’s gas and convenience stores after learning the company isn’t supporting Dan Patrick’s campaign.   

In the past, Buc-ee’s owners Don Wasek and Beaver Aplin have donated to various Republicans, and on the night of the primary election, the two called Dan Patrick directly pledging their support and money.  But Buc-ee’s general counsel Jeff Nalado says these campaign donations aren’t reflective of Buc-ee’s the company.

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Hilda Valadez was known around the Cadena-Reeves Justice Center as Bexar County’s highest-paid court-appointed attorney, reportedly receiving more than $400,000 dollars over three years before 2010. She defended indigent clients, often in high-profile murder cases. Now she's on the other side of the law, entering a plea agreement that she hopes will keep her out of prison.