Government

Waste Water
4:50 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Video: Grease Clogs Inside San Antonio's Sewers

SAWS

SAWS customers will likely see a 9.9 percent net rate increase on their water bills in the new year, thanks in large part to an increase in sewer overflows. The water utility is asking consumers to join them for upcoming community meetings to learn more about how to reduce costs.

San Antonio Water System has 5,000 miles of sewer pipe and Spokeswoman Anne Hayden said sewer spills have become so common that the utility must do more repair and clean-up than they have had to do in the past.

Part of the problem is consumer habits.

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County Charter Bill
9:52 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Could The City Of San Antonio And Bexar County Become One Governing Body?

Screen cap of the Texas Legislature's District viewer showing Bexar County and San Antonio. A bill, if passed and approved by voters, would merge the governments of the two.
Texas Legislature

The City of San Antonio and Bexar County could have a unified government if a bill in the legislature giving voters the option to create a county charter is made law.

Like all counties in Texas, Bexar County has a Commissioner’s Court and its municipalities have independent mayor/council governments. A bill filed in the House by State Representative Lyle Larson would merge the two for a metro-government.

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The Alamo
9:18 am
Fri November 23, 2012

Scathing Report Concludes Daughters Of The Republic Of Texas Failed In Care Of Alamo

The Alamo, June 2012.
Eileen Pace Texas Public Radio

An 18-month investigation by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott's Office concluded that the Daughters of the Republic of Texas failed to properly preserve and maintain the Alamo, misused state funds for its own benefit, failed to address conflicts of interest, and let its own organizational interests get in the way of acting in the best interest of the Alamo and the State of Texas.

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The Two-Way
12:14 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Live Blog: President Obama's News Conference

President Obama during his news conference at the White House today.
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 14, 2012 8:44 pm

Eight days after his re-election — with the fiscal cliff looming, questions being raised about the deadly attack on the U.S.

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TxDOT Toll Roads
12:59 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Group Calls For Boycott Of 85 mph State Highway 130 Toll

Anti-toll activist Terri Hall (far right) stands with protesters on the city's North Side.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

After a toll-free trial run, State Highway 130 has begun charging motorists to use the Seguin-to-Austin 85 mile-per-hour highway. Texas Uniting for Reform and Freedom (TURF) is urging drivers to boycott the fastest highway in the United States.

With the $13 one-way toll now in effect on SH 130, going to Austin from Seguin and back could cost you almost half a tank of gas.

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State Lawmakers
9:32 am
Tue November 13, 2012

State Senator Leticia Van de Putte Files Bills To Protect Victims Of Human Trafficking

Wikipedia Commons

District 26 State Senator Leticia Van de Putte (D) said minors who have been kidnapped and made to do things against their will should not be punished further by the justice system, even though they have technically engaged in conduct that violates prostitution laws.

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Post-Election Congressional Session
11:14 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Gonzalez And Lame Duck Congress Scramble To Avoid Fiscal Cliff

Offical congressional portrait of Charlie Gonzalez, who is retiring at the end of this term.
U.S. Congress

For the first time in 50 years there wasn’t a Gonzalez listed on the ballot for Congressional District 20 of Texas.

Gonzalez is done with politics, but he isn’t done with being a congressman – not until his replacement, Democrat Joaquín Castro, is sworn in as his replacement in district 20.

Gonzalez has a prediction about the looming  sequestration, or fiscal cliff, that could force automatic austere spending cuts to the federal budget: “Fiscal Cliff - It’s not going to happen.”

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Bexar County
9:25 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Bexar County Court Records Now Available Online

Bexar County

Bexar County employees have completed the first phase of uploading court records to the Internet. The county's database is now available for anyone to search for court documents filed with the district clerk or the county clerk’s offices.

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City Ordinances
3:15 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Councilman Lopez Proposing Ordinance To Tighten Rules On Sexually-Oriented Businesses

City Council passed an ordinance in 2005 seeking to regulate sexually-oriented businesses, but an injunction fell into place that prevented the city from enforcing the new rules. The injunction was lifted in 2010, but sexually-oriented businesses have continued to operate with very few regulations being enforced.

District 6 Councilman Ray Lopez is looking to change all that with his ordinance that strengthens the language as to what constitutes a sexually-oriented business.

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2012 Election
10:56 am
Thu November 8, 2012

How Accurate Were Presidential Predictions In The 2012 Election?

Nate Silver, who writes the FiveThirtyEight Blog was surprisingly accurate predicting President Obama's electoral vote count. The president shown here on his visit to San Antonio this summer.
Joey Palacios TPR

There were several notable predictions made leading up to the General Election on Nov. 6, and since the first debate the opinion polls were twisting the odds this way and that. Now that the results are in, we can see who had the right idea, and who was just guessing.

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