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Texas Education
10:54 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Texas Textbook Battle Over Evolution Likely To Continue Until The Final Day

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The battle over how evolution will be presented for all public school students in Texas led to rallies and heated testimony during a State Board of Education meeting.

Much of the controversy has to do with a group of people who are proponents of "creationism" that are trying to alter the way evolution is presented in next year’s biology textbook, questioning the soundness of the theory.

Dan Quinn is with the Texas Freedom Network, the group that rallied against the alteration of the materials.

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KPAC Blog
10:44 am
Fri October 18, 2013

A Haunting Performance From The Symphony: "The Composer Is Dead"

Akiko Fujimoto.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

The San Antonio Symphony is back with another offering for South Texans and this one a little out of the ordinary.

"The 'Halloween Spooktacular' is the first of the three family concerts," said Associate Conductor Akiko Fujimoto. "It is the weekend before Halloween, Sunday afternoon. We are featuring a piece called 'The Composer is Dead' and it sounds pretty spooky but it is actually a great whodunnit mystery piece with a narrator.

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Affordable Care Act
10:05 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Healthcare Advocates Holding Statewide ACA Events To Inform & Sign People Up

Members of the Texas Organizing Project took advantage of the big crowds at Síclovía in September to promote the ACA.
David Martin Davies TPR News

A group of nonprofits and healthcare advocates are holding a large statewide outreach and education program with a goal of getting Texans signed up in the Affordable Care Act marketplace.

The Texas Organizing Project is holding a weekly event that kicks off this week in San Antonio, Houston and Dallas.

"We really talk about what are the benefits of the affordable care act, what options they have, what options their family might have, is there financial assistance, and a little bit of health insurance 101," said Tiffany Hogue with the Texas Organizing Project.

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Transportation
4:52 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

TxDOT Hopes To Cash In By Publishing Top Toll Road Violators

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The Texas Department of Transportation says they hope shaming toll road violators will lead to the collection millions of dollars in unpaid toll violations.

“It’s no secret Texas has a fundraising challenge when it comes to funding transportation,” says TxDOT spokeswoman Veronica Beyer. “The goal is to get [violators] to call us and get on some type of payment plan.  Again there’s 27-million dollars worth of unpaid tolls out there. That’s money that could be used to pay [state] debt, [or] to bond the operation of these toll roads.”

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The Source - October 17, 2013
2:43 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

The Source: Gun Rallies Downtown | Proposition 6 Opposition

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In the first segment:

On Saturday, downtown San Antonio will be filled with an estimated 1,000 armed men and women espousing their right to carry openly rifles and shotguns. "Come and Take It San Antonio!" has billed itself as a peaceful march and open carry event at the site of the Alamo.  

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2014 Governor's Race
11:54 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Davis Campaign Heads To D.C. For National Fund Raising Event

Davis took the podium at Rackspace during a recent San Antonio campaign stop.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis is headed to Washington, D.C., next week to raise some national campaign cash.

The event is being hosted by two groups that helped launch Davis, Battleground Texas and The Lone Star Project.

"It’s a gathering of Texans who are in D.C.," said The Lone Star Project’s Matt Angle. "A lot of them work in and around the capitol but their hearts and many cases their votes are still in Texas."

The event is also not limited to just Texans or their money.

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City Utilities
11:06 am
Thu October 17, 2013

San Antonio City Staff Recommend 4.25% CPS Energy Rate Increase

CPS Energy cut its rate increase proposal from 4.75 percent to 4.25 percent. The city council is expected to vote on the issue Nov. 7.
CPS Energy

San Antonio city staffers have recommended the CPS Energy rate increase of 4.25 percent, which would add $4.68 to the average customer's bill.

The city's chief financial officer told the city council that CPS Energy leaders have worked hard to make their rate request as low as possible.

Ben Gorzell said the city worked closely with the utility and found the budget process this time around had improved significantly over 2010. Gorzell made four recommendations to the utility.

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City Government
10:18 am
Thu October 17, 2013

City Council About To Accept Applications To Fill District 9 Seat

Councilwoman Elisa Chan will officially step down from council when her colleagues accept her resignation Thursday.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

The San Antonio City Council will accept the resignation of District 9 Councilwoman Elisa Chan at Thursday's council meeting.

Starting Monday, Oct. 21, and running through Friday, Nov. 1, the city clerk will be accepting applications of those interested in an appointment to represent District 9. A special election will be held next May so that constituents can pick a council person who will remain in the seat until the 2015 city council elections.

The city council will review the applications on Wednesday, Nov. 6, and vote to fill the vacancy the next day.

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Education
6:37 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Texas A&M San Antonio Dream Maker Award Goes To Steen, Hughes

One award was presented to Texas Secretary of State John and Ida "Weisie" Steen (holding award and in blue tie).
Texas A&M-San Antonio

On Wednesday the Texas A&M San Antonio Foundation honored major supporters of the university with its Dream Maker Award.

The school honored a number of benefactors for their help in funding the education of some local students who otherwise could not have secured tuition assistance.

University President Dr. Maria Hernandez-Ferrier, said one of those students is Savannah Villanueva, who had a great need for tuition assistance, but other scholarships would not consider her application because of her age.

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Political Fundraising
5:00 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Ted Cruz Uses Attention From "Faux" Filibuster To Flex Fund-Raising Muscle

Will Ted Cruz turn all this momentum into a presidential run in 2016? Being born in Canada, can he even be president?
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New numbers out today show Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas was able to turn his 21-hour overnight denunciation of Obamacare into just under $800,000 in contributions for the Ted Cruz Victory Committee, his political action committee.

Austin-based GOP strategist Matt Mackowiak said it’s not abnormal for politicians to use an event like Cruz’s filibuster-like speech to raise campaign dollars.

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