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6:09 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Police Chief McManus Reverses Course On Increased Panhandling Ordinance

Ryan Loyd TPR News

In a surprising move Wednesday, San Antonio Police Chief William McManus revealed that he is stepping away from his proposal that, if approved by council, would have made it against the law in the city to give anything - from money to blankets - to a panhandler.

The revelation came up at the end of the city council's public safety committee. The item was not scheduled to be discussed. But a question from a council member on where the proposal stood prompted the chief to explain why he's aborting the plan.

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Election Campaigns
5:59 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Poll Shows Davis Cutting Abbott’s Lead, Van De Putte Still Trails Patrick

A new poll released this week shows Democratic candidate for Governor Wendy Davis down by 9 points, with her Republican opponent Greg Abbott inches away from claiming a majority of those surveyed.  

The results of a trial ballot issued by the Texas Lyceum group shows Attorney General Greg Abbott claiming 49-percent of those polled and 40-percent stating they’d vote for his Democratic gubernatorial opponent Senator Wendy Davis.  

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Arts & Culture
5:20 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Briscoe Western Art's First Voice of the American West

Ben Nighthorse Campbell
Courtesy Briscoe Western Art Museum

The Briscoe Museum of Western Art "Voices of the American West’s" first speaker appears Thursday, October 2nd, and his resume is about as odd as it gets. He’s a well known creator of Jewelry. He’s a Colorado Rancher. And he was an Olympic Athlete.

“Bill Bradley and I were on the same Olympic Team in 1964” he said.

He was even a Senator for two six-year terms. Have you guessed who he is? He says you can call him Ben.

“Ben’s good.”

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Public Health
5:14 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Officials Identify Five Schoolchildren That Were In Contact With Texas Ebola Patient

Texas health officials say so far they have identified and located eighteen people that came into contact with a Texas man diagnosed with Ebola. Five of those eighteen are schoolchildren all attending classes at different campuses in Dallas.

State and Federal Health Officials say the schools are safe and they remain open.  The five kids, ranging from elementary-age children to high schoolers, are being monitored at home and have not been quarantined. 

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Arts & Culture
3:49 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

SAY Si Given Art by the Romo Family

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Sara Hinojosa, courtesy of SAY Sí

Two local educators offer up a chunk of their art collection.  More on that in a moment, but first, a term we need to understand: Serography. Here's SAY Si's Jon Hinojosa.

“The easiest and best way to understand what Serography is is that it’s really a screen printing or a silk screening process.”

Think Andy Warhol and Campbell’s Soup cans. Those are Serographs. This is is the point where UTSA's Harriet and Ricardo Romo come into the picture with their involvement in something called the Serie Project.

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Law
10:53 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay Cleared Of Criminal Charges

Credit Ryan E. Poppe / TPR News

Former United States House Republican Majority Leader Tom DeLay  has been cleared by Texas’ highest criminal court of all charges related to his 2010 conviction by the state’s Public Integrity Unity on charges of money laundering and conspiracy.   

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The Source - October 1, 2014
9:19 am
Wed October 1, 2014

The Source: Winter Comes And With It Gardens

Credit Texas A&M Agrilife Extension / http://bit.ly/1rLExtK

  With an already scorching summer, the drought has exacerbated that already problematic growing season for the home gardener in Texas.

Fortunately for San Antonio, sitting on the edge of both Central and South Texas  a second growing season begins right now, and it is arguably the most productive of the growing seasons.

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Government
8:53 am
Wed October 1, 2014

DOJ Settles $6 Million Suit With Help Of San Antonio Whistleblower

Credit Flickr user @doug88888 / cc

The U.S. Department of Justice with the help of a San Antonio whistleblower settled a 7 year-old court case  over allegations that Caremark, a part of CVS Health, intentionally miscalculated the amount they repaid Medicaid for prescriptions for more than a decade.

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Community
6:50 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Bexar County Votes To Provide $3.78 Million To San Antonio Public Library

Jean Brady, who chairs the San Antonio Public Library board, asks county to negotiate long-term funding plan
Credit Bexar Co.

Bexar County voted Tuesday to continue $3.78 million in funding for the next fiscal year for the for the San Antonio Public Library system - the same level of funding as last year. 

But library officials worry about the future of county support as it continues to build its Bibliotech clientele.

Library board chairwoman Jean Brady took her plea for a long-term approach to county commissioners.

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Community
5:14 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Human Rights Campaign Won't Budge On AT&T's Perfect Equality Score

AT&T has earned a perfect score since 2004 on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index.

The Human Rights Campaign says it'll take a lot more than a petition to convince them that a company's Corporate Equality Index Score, which measures how a company treats lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people, should be lowered.

But that's exactly what Matt Hileman, a San Antonio transgender man, wants to happen with AT&T's perfect score. It was last year when Hileman, who worked at AT&T, said he overheard two of his co-workers talking about transgender people in a threatening way.

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