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2014 State Election
11:17 am
Fri May 31, 2013

State Sen. Dan Patrick Weighing Run For Lt. Governor

State of Texas

Taking a long view of the 2014 elections, Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, is predicting a "dust-up" for several key state positions including the lieutenant governor’s office.

"That’s where I believe I could be the most effective, if I were to run. And it’s not David Dewhurst, it’s not anti-Dewhurst, if I run it would be about my vision, my conservative vision for Texas, and that's what it's about, it has nothing to do with David Dewhurst," Patrick said.

Patrick said the lieutenant governor’s office isn't the only job where voters should expect a changing of the guard.

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City Government
10:16 am
Fri May 31, 2013

City Council Facing 2014 Budget Challenges

City of San Antonio

The city’s financial forecast for the rest of fiscal year 2013 looks good according to San Antonio City Manager Sheryl Sculley. She told the city council the city is $5 million ahead of budget.

But the concern lies in the next fiscal year, where she and her staff predict a $35 to $50 million shortfall.

Sculley said 75 percent of the budget goes toward core services like police, fire, public works and parks and city council usually doesn't reduce funding for those services.

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Arts & Culture
9:39 am
Fri May 31, 2013

The Playhouse Re-Opening Saturday After Flood Damage Clean Up

Fans blow hot air to evaporate the water-logged carpet.
Eileen Pace TPR

At 8 a.m. Saturday Asia Ciaravino raced down to The Playhouse theater to find a disaster falling from the ceiling.

"The plaster actually came loose a bit... [a] six-foot slab of it smashed onto the audience floor," she said.

Ciaravino, The Playhouse CEO and president, said one staff member was working at the time and heard the collapse after heavy rains collected on the roof, pouring onto the ceiling area and dropping everything to the carpeted theater floor of the Russell Hill Rogers Theater.

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Special Session
9:04 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Senate Duo Says They Have Answer To Solve Transportation Funding Crisis

Eileen Pace TPR

Sen. Robert Nichols, R-Jacksonville, said his plan uses a portion of the Rainy Day Fund without actually taking money out of the Rainy Day Fund.

"What it does is once you pass a certain threshold and as the fund approaches filling, which it got pretty close, then it would splinter part of that off for constitutionally dedicating some of that revenue stream to transportation," Nichols said.

Nichols says this will allow the Rainy Day Fund to continue to grow, but not as quickly. Sen. Tommy Williams, R-The Woodlands, helped solidify the financing portion of the plan.

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Growing Cities
2:59 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

San Marcos Rate Of Population Growth Leads Nation -- Why It's Booming

U.S. Census Bureau

Eight of the 15 fastest-growing large cities in the United States are in Texas, but among those eight, it may come as a surprise that San Marcos is leading the charge, with a 4.9 percent rate of growth.

San Marcos had the highest rate of growth between July 2011 and July 2012 among all "large cities" in the U.S. (defined as cities and towns with at least 50,000 people). They made the list by the skin of their teeth, barely cracking the mark with a Census Bureau population estimate of 50,001.

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The Source - May 30, 2013
1:25 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

The Source: Comptroller Susan Combs & West Side Preservation

Texas Bond Review Board

In the first segment:

Susan Combs, Texas state comptroller, launched a new website--tellthetruthtexas.org--detailing the cities and counties in the red on projects large and small. She gives her take on public debt and why Texas owes over $7,000 per capita.  Ben Gorzell, San Antonio Chief Financial Officer, also joins us.

In the second segment:

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Community
11:18 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Food Bank Has Plenty Of Food, Needs Volunteers To Help Distribute

San Antonio Food Bank

The San Antonio Food Bank is asking for the public’s help as the need for volunteers is critical over the next 12 weeks.

Thousands of children who participate in the national school breakfast and lunch program won’t be getting those meals during summer vacation.

The National Association of Letter Carriers raised half a million pounds of food on May 11, and now the San Antonio Food Bank is strategizing the delivery of that food.

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Environment
10:11 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Speakers Protest Development At City Council, But Can Council Do Anything?

A rare view from inside the Bracken Bat Cave when the bats have migrated to Mexico for the winter. Hoses vacuum out guano for use as fertilizer.
Eileen Pace

San Antonio City Council last night heard three hours of pleas from opponents of a high-density housing development who said it will be the beginning of the end of the Bracken Bat Cave.

Dozens of speakers came to ask council to prohibit SAWS from building sewer lines to the Comal County project.

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Gun Control
9:03 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Pamerleau Says Gun Control Debate Should Focus On Mental Illness

Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerlau took the oath of office on Jan. 1, 2013.
Javier Salazar

From the senseless deaths of children in Newtown, Connecticut at Sandy Hook Elementary, to the movie theater massacre in Aurora, Colorado, high-profile tragedies involving guns never cease to shock people across the nation.

The debate has sparked dialogue on whether the problem is guns, or the people behind them.

Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau said she believes mental illness is an issue that needs to be thoroughly examined.

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Flood Control
7:24 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Turning Northwest Plaza Lot Into City Park/Flood Control Plain

An artists rendering of the two detention ponds that will take the place of the former shopping center.
Bexar County

As the flood waters recede and evaporate from Saturday’s rains, Bexar County is breaking ground on a flood control project on Fredericksburg Road.

The Northwest Plaza Shopping Center at Fredericksburg and Gardania was condemned and torn down a few years ago and is now a concrete slab.  The 26-acre plot of land just a few blocks south of loop 410 and Wonderland Mall will now become two large detention ponds about 8 feet deep to alleviate flooding.  

The $28 million Laddie Place flood control project is part of the county’s 10-year $500 million flood plan.

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