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11:12 am
Mon May 13, 2013

Rebecca Viagran Unseats Ozuna With Ease In District 3

Rebecca Viagran talks to supporters on election night after she handily won the District 3 seat.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

San Antonio's South Side has a new councilwoman to represent them at City Hall. Rebecca Viagran clinched 51 percent of the vote, surging far above Leticia Ozuna’s 38 percent.

Ozuna, although not truly an incumbent because she was appointed to the seat a year and a half ago to fill Jennifer Ramos’ unexpired term, was running her first race and expected to win the seat.

She cited experience and her work on technology issues for the city as reasons she should come back for a full term. Mayor Julián Castro also endorsed her.

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City Council Elections
11:01 am
Mon May 13, 2013

City Election Wrap: Easy Wins, An Upset And Two Runoffs

Shirley Gonzales led the five challengers in District 5 and now faces incumbent David Medina in a June 15 runoff.
Ryan Loyd TPR

Saturday's city council election wrapped up with several decisive victories for incumbents, but a few races are still to be decided.

District 4 Councilman Rey Saldaña beat his challenger with 84 percent of the vote, East Side Councilwoman Ivy Taylor will be returning for a third term, Ray Lopez of District 6 and Cris Medina of District 7 each won their races handily, as did District 9 and 10 Council Members Elisa Chan and Carlton Soules.

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Higher Education
9:28 am
Mon May 13, 2013

Updated: No More Bargaining For Passes To UTSA Graduation

UTSA has outgrown its Convocation Center, where graduates heretofore walked the small stage at separate commencement ceremonies for each college.

Update: (11:46 a.m.) City officials are expecting an additional 8,000 vehicles in the downtown area for the graduation ceremonies this afternoon and advise people traveling in and around downtown to plan for congestion.

The first ceremony is scheduled to conclude at 4:30 p.m., meaning afternoon traffic congestion on area highways and streets will likely begin earlier than normal.

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The Source - May 13th, 2013
7:07 am
Mon May 13, 2013

The Source: City Elections And San Antonio Beer Week

San Antonio City Hall
Ryan Loyd TPR News

In the first segment:

An incumbent unseated, and runoffs in District 8 and 5. How does this election change the direction of city hall? We will take a look at the results of Saturday's municipal elections with Gilbert Garcia of the San Antonio Express-News and Texas Public Radio's Ryan Loyd.

In the second segment:

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World Music
4:59 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

World Music Celebrations: Moroccan Rose Festival

H.Zell Wikimedia Commons

Each week on World Music (Saturday nights from 8-10 on KSTX 89.1 FM), I take a look at celebrations happening around the world. This week, a fragrant festival in Morocco.

ROSE FESTIVAL

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Texas Legislature
4:29 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Texas Moves Closer To Becoming Second State To Pass Drone Bill

One of 10 Predator B drones that DHS uses to patrol the U.S.-Mexico border. This plane is based in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Hernán Rozemberg

With the growing number of drones being used by by law enforcement and the public, Texas lawmakers are taking up the issue to try and set some ground rules.

House Bill 912 would restrict the use of drones, and is inching closer to becoming law. 

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Texas Legislature - Transportation
3:42 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

With Transportation Bill Pulled, Is There Still Hope To Fix Texas Roads?

Eileen Pace TPR

The likelihood of fixing Texas roads seems slim as Rep. Drew Darby, R-San Angelo, a leader of transportation in the House, withdrew his bill from the floor.  

The bill would have raised the state’s registration fee $50 to help pay for roads, but that was lowered to a $15 increase as the bill was debated. 

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City Council
2:34 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Following Recent Ethics Questions, City Council Votes To Raise Standards

Councilwoman Elisa Chan came under fire for not disclosing that her North Side business bordered the site for a proposed branch library.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

New ethics standards are on their way to San Antonio City Hall as the city council voted to add changes to the ethics code after several recent incidents cast a shadow of doubt on city leaders.

The most recent incident was over the vote for a new District 9 library, which was located next to Councilwoman Elisa Chan’s North Side business.

At the time, city staffers working on the project knew the library and Chan’s business, Unitech, were bordering each other, but said nothing to the city council on the matter.

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Texas Matters
2:24 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

President Obama Touches Down In Texas

Though a staunchly Republican state, President Obama has found success in visits to Texas.
Joey Palacios TPR

Texas Matters: President Obama visited Austin on Thursday to promote his jobs and middle class growth strategy. Also on this show: Latino unemployment in Texas, the Boquillas border crossing opens in Big Bend and the last night to pass bills out of the Texas House.

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Fronteras Desk
2:01 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

More On Disney's 'Dia De Los Muertos' Debacle

Valeria Pearson, left, and Jessica Perry took a couple of hours to pain their faces like sugar skulls for Dia de los Muertos. The celebration in Las Vegas takes place at the Winchester Cultural Center.
Veronica Zaragovia Fronteras

Fronteras: Disney reacts to public outcry by withdrawing its effort to trademark ‘Dia De Los Muertos.’ Also on the show: It is widely reported that the nation has 11 million people living here without authorization, we take a closer look at that number. Young people in the Mormon Church are called to serve a 2-year mission, but what happens if you're sent on a mission, and you have no immigration papers? The changing face of Native American health programs under the federal healthcare overhaul. 

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