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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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TxDOT Construction
11:18 am
Wed October 3, 2012

Discovery of Rare Spider Changing $15 Million Contruction on 1604

This TxDOT rendition shows the original project that would take 151 underneath 1604 and join it with Alamo Ranch Parkway.
Texas Department of Transportation

The Hwy. 151 and Loop 1604 project is supposed to alleviate current and projected traffic congestion on the interchange by turning 151 into an underpass connecting to Alamo Ranch Parkway, but now the project’s completion date is in limbo.

Texas Department of Transportation spokesman Josh Donat said the agency will have to work with the Federal Highway Administration and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to redesign the roadway.

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Mexico's Drug War
10:52 am
Tue October 2, 2012

Nuevo Laredo Seeing Rising Death Toll

More than 15 people were killed in Nuevo Laredo over the last weekend. According to Mexican authorities, 13 died in gun battles between rival criminal organizations and two more were killed in a run-in with the Mexican Army.

Nuevo Laredo is across the Rio Grande from Laredo Texas and is 150 miles South of San Antonio.

Officials said they found seven dismembered bodies Sunday morning at a parking lot in Nuevo Laredo’s central business district. On the bodies was a message, but its contents were not released.

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Bexar County
4:49 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

Judge Keith Baker Retires, Need to Fill Open Bexar County JP3 Seat

Bexar County District Attorney Susan Reed and County Commissioner Kevin Wolff discuss plans for revamping the Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace court.
Eileen Pace Texas Public Radio

The Justice of the Peace in Precinct 3 has been a part-time position for 30 years, through all of Judge Keith Baker’s tenure while he maintained a separate law practice. After a recent audit showed 10,000 warrants have been in limbo in his court since January, Judge Baker announced he will retire at the end of this year.

First, District Attorney Susan Reed got the word out that all of those warrants will be served within the next two weeks.

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Convention Center Contract
9:22 am
Fri September 28, 2012

Deputy City Manager Pat DiGiovanni Opens Ethics Case Against Himself

City of San Antonio

San Antonio Deputy City Manager Pat DiGiovanni has opened an investigation into his own conduct after concerns were raised about a potential conflict of interest.

The city's ethics review board will look at the case, which stems from DiGiovanni's new employment with the non-profit Centro Partnership, whose goal is to revitalize the downtown San Antonio area, and his role at the city.

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Mexico's Drug War
4:37 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Maquiladora Activists Find Themselves in Drug War Crossfire

He fears being identified will put his kidnapped girlfriend in even more danger, and it may also get him killed. The veteran labor activist in Tamaulipas State in Mexico said that for the last two years, he and many colleagues have had to go in hiding.

"Pues la lucha por la justicia amenaza cualquier interés."

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San Antonio Police Department
4:27 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

In Wake of Recent Deaths, Police Department Revising Pursuit Policies

City of San Antonio

One-year-old Wesley and three-year-old Walter Maspero were killed after a suspected drug dealer that police were staking-out fled; David Rodriguez hit the vehicle that the youngsters were in at 80 mph.

Days later, 55-year-old Pedro Tenorio was killed when suspected burglars making a getaway crashed into his motorcycle.

"In both those instances, the officers had completely disengaged from the chase," said Police Chief William McManus.

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Congressional District 23
3:17 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Canseco and Gallego in Spanish-Language Debate for Congressional Seat

State Rep. Pete Gallego, D-Alpine, answers questions in English with reporters following an all-Spanish debate. Gallego and Congressman Francisco Canseco are vying for Texas District 23, which runs from El Paso to San Antonio.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

From his stance that big banks are his opponent's focus and not small business, State Representative Pete Gallego, D-Alpine, said U.S. Congressman Francisco "Quico" Canseco, R-Texas, went to Washington, D.C. and became a part of the problem. Canseco said he wants growth in the private sector, where his opponent would destroy the country's economic force.

Each of the candidates argued back and forth on a stage at Palo Alto College Tuesday night. The debate was hosted by Univision and AARP, and conducted entirely in Spanish.

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