One of the jobs Glen Hegar, Texas’ new Comptroller of Public Accounts, has is to estimate just how much spending money the state’s lawmakers will have over the next two years. This time around, a large unspent surplus from the previous administration has given the comptroller a little more breathing room despite a continued drop in oil prices.

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The Texas Legislature begins its biennial session Tuesday in Austin. 

Tax cuts, school finance, tuition re-regulation, vouchers, all hot-button issues that will break along party lines as much as along the urban vs rural divide.

What do you want from the Texas Legislature this year. What big issues are you hoping are addressed?



Arts San Antonio is bringing a world renowned, well-reviewed cellist to the Alamo City, but her sound isn’t exactly classical.

“Yeah, my name is Maya Beiser, and I play the cello.”

She has many styles, from a tranquil, moody style, all the way to AC/DC’s ‘Back in Black.’ She plays the cello, but she’s not what people think of when they think of a cellist.

“No [I'm not]… I use electronics to create a one-woman orchestra, if you will.”

More on how and why she does what she does, but first, a little backstory.

White House

Few would deny that former San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro was a charismatic and dynamic leader. It was those attributes that allowed him to turn a nearly-unpaid city mayor job, at $3,000 a year, into the cabinet of the most powerful man on the planet, as U.S. Secretary of housing and urban development. 

But as San Antonio reevaluates everything from transportation and public safety, to conservation and urban transformation, has the city seen a slow down or even an outright reversal of the vision for the city?

Katie Schoolov

On Fronteras:

-- Outrage over the murders of 43 students continues in Mexico. In parts of the country, the killings appear to have led to a slightly more robust media.

-- The police department in a California border town is under investigation by the FBI. The new police chief of Calexico says the department is plagued by extortion and professional misconduct.

-- Author Michele Serros died recently of cancer. She wrote about her struggles to fit in and bicultural life as a young Chicana writer. We remember Serros and her impact on the literary world.

-- Schools in Pasadena, Texas, are experimenting with “charlas” or talks. The idea is to help students by coaching their parents through informal meetings.