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Law Enforcement
11:56 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Death Penalty Not Sought In Texas Chief's Fatal Shooting

SAN ANTONIO — The Bexar County district attorney will not pursue the death penalty against the man charged in the shooting death of a police chief last summer.

District Attorney Nicholas LaHood on Tuesday cited Joshua Manuel Lopez's mental health and lack of criminal record as reasons the penalty will not be sought if he's convicted.

Investigators say Elmendorf Police Chief Michael Pimentel was shot twice while making a traffic stop in August to serve a misdemeanor warrant for graffiti. They identify the 25-year-old Lopez as the shooter.

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Hollywood
11:44 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Ventura won't see ‘American Sniper,’ says Kyle is no hero

MINNEAPOLIS  — American Sniper is tops at the box office but don’t expect to see former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura lining up at a theater for it.

Ventura, a former Navy SEAL, won $1.8 million in a defamation lawsuit last year against the estate of the late Chris Kyle, the SEAL protagonist of the movie, which has sparked debate over whether snipers should be considered heroes. Ventura said Wednesday he would not see the film partly because Kyle is no hero to him.

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Government
11:22 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

U.S. Attorney General Nominee Tells Sen. Cornyn She’s Not Eric Holder

WASHINGTON  — Confronting skeptical Republicans, attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch pledged a new start with Congress and independence from President Barack Obama Wednesday, even as she defended the President’s unilateral protections for millions of immigrants in the country illegally.

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Edwards Aquifer Protection Program
7:28 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Major Source Of Aquifer Shelter Funding Waits On City Decision

The shaded regions indicate which areas of the recharge zone have been purchased by the City of San Antonio
Courtesy photo

On Thursday, the San Antonio City Council will decide whether to ask voters to renew a sales tax for aquifer protection and park maintenance. This one-eighth of a cent sales tax could potentially have a host of uses.  

At the moment, the City of San Antonio uses most of the money collected from the sales tax to buy property in the Edwards Aquifer Recharge zone, which replenishes the area’s water supply. The tax was first approved in 2000, and 133,000 acres have been purchased so far through this money. 

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Community
6:47 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Homeless Being Counted In San Antonio

Credit Haven For Hope

The annual San Antonio/Bexar County Point in Time Count of the Homeless is taking place Thursday.

Dianne Talbert with the South Alamo Regional Alliance for the Homeless says hundreds of volunteers will be surveying the homeless and doing demographic counts.

“HUD (the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development) requires us to do this count once a year. We identify demographic information to them and that is in support of the funding that they provide for us for shelter and homeless services,” said Talbert.

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Healthcare
6:05 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Abbott: State Agencies Must Make Contracting Changes

Following a controversial no-bid deal at the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, Gov. Greg Abbott has issued a challenge to state agencies to reform their contracting practices — and given them written direction on how to do it.  

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Perry Indictment
5:33 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Perry: Charges Won’t Affect White House Run

Former Texas Governor Rick Perry reacting to a state judge's denial of his attorney's motion to have his criminal case thrown out of court.
Credit Ryan E. Poppe

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry said on Wednesday that continuing legal charges would not affect his decision on whether to run for President in 2016, or not. A San Antonio judge has denied Perry’s attempt to have the felony abuse-of-power case against him thrown out.   

Perry had just addressed voters in the early primary state of South Carolina on Tuesday, when State Judge Bert Richardson announced his decision; he would not throw out the charges Perry faced. 

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Arts & Culture
4:30 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

The Institute of Texan Cultures Features A Culture You May Not Know

Buffalo Soldier from last year's event
courtesy Institute of Texan Cultures

They’re a part of the American West that doesn’t get a lot of attention, but maybe it’s high time they did.  They were called the Buffalo Soldiers, and the Institute of Texan Cultures wants you to know about them.

“Buffalo Soldiers after the Civil War became very prevalent in West Texas as it led up into the Indian Wars.”

Greg Garret’s an Education Specialist with the Institute.

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The Source - January 28, 2015
2:02 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

The Source: Is Open Carry Movement Losing Steam At Texas Legislature?

Credit Paul Flahive, Texas Public Radio / Ⓡ

The Open Carry movement in Texas, the movement that endorses people be allowed to openly carry guns—be they handgun or rifle— unrestricted, is having its moment.

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