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4:24 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

With Hwy. 281 In Mind, Campbell Bill Aims To Restrict Future State Toll Projects

Ryan Loyd TPR

The Senate has passed a bill that prohibits the state’s transportation department from turning free roads into toll roads, but the "do-or-die" deadline is approaching fast for it to clear the House in time.

Sen. Donna Campbell, R-New Braunfels, authored Senate Bill 1029, which addresses the conversion of existing state roads into tollways. She said there are several highways throughout the state being eyed for this type of tolling, one of which is Hwy. 281.

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Texas Legislature
2:48 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Campus-Carry Bill Heads To Full Senate Vote

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After making its way through the Texas House, the Senate Criminal Justice Committee approved a bill that allows students and faculty to carry a handgun to class.

Sen. John Whitmire, D-Houston, the chair of the committee, told those registered to speak against the campus-carry bill that if this version of the bill didn't make it out of his committee, lawmakers will likely find a way to pass a similar campus-carry bill at another time.

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The Source - May 15, 2013
12:42 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

The Source: Business Friendly San Antonio

City of San Antonio

In the first segment:

San Antonio was given an A in terms of business friendliness by thumbtack.com.   What does it mean to be business-friendly?  And is it all that is cracked up to be?  

Hispanic Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Ramiro Cavazos joins us to speak to the business environment here in San Antonio.

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Texas Business
12:25 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Technology Industry Thriving In The Lone Star State

Chris Eudaily TPR News

Texas is making headlines in the tech industry as a report released today by the TechAmerica Foundation indicated that Texas is now second only to California in the number of high-tech jobs.

The latest edition of Cyberstates, a comprehensive state-by-state look at  tech employment, wages, and other key economic factors state-by-state, said Texas continues to be a leading cyber state by most tech industry metrics, including employment, payroll, and establishments.

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Classical Spotlight
11:14 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Music Of The Sun Lights Up Carver Center Friday

Ethel String Quartet
courtesy of the artist

For over 15 years, Ethel has been on the edge of chamber music - performing with rockers, on soundtracks, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and in the Grand Canyon.  

Friday evening is a chance to hear the string quartet live and in person, along with Native American flutist Robert Mirabal.

"It's beautiful stuff," quips Dorothy Lawson, artistic director and cellist of Ethel. "There's a profound sense of sinking into an altered space when we perform this program."

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Texas Legislature
10:41 am
Wed May 15, 2013

State Sen. Escorted To Office By DPS After Heated Exoneration Debate

Ryan Poppe TPR News

The Senate Criminal Justice Committee hearing was to be one of the last phases for a bill that would set up the state’s first exoneration commission to examine past wrongful convictions to determine what went wrong.

The hearing began with Sen. Joan Huffman, R-Houston, stating she didn’t feel the Tim Cole Exoneration Commission was a needed item, and then it escalated from there.

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Arts & Culture
9:13 am
Wed May 15, 2013

21st Century House Museums Lead National Historic Preservation Month

The front of the Edward Steves Homestead.
San Antonio Conservation Society

May is National Preservation Month, and The National Trust for Historic Preservation is asking communities to think of creative ways to engage the public.

San Antonio is doing that with a seminar this weekend on Historic House Museums.

The National Trust has several suggestions for how to be a preservationist, such as:

  • Go ghost-hunting
  • Look up at second stories
  • Touring a house museum

Conservation Society president Nancy Avellar said they are trying to help some of the museums move into the 21st Century.

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State Budget
3:30 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Committee Still Debating Spending Issues In State Budget Bill

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Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie, a house leader on the Legislative Budget Board, said the joint committee has hit snags in several areas, but has reached a tentative agreement on some key spending issues in regard to Senate Bill 1, the state budget bill.

"Hopefully we will have an agreement sometime today on public education," Pitts said, adding that they were discussing $3.2 billion for public education would be taken from the state general revenue and property tax appraisals.

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City Government
2:36 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

With Only 7 Percent Voter Turnout In May Election, City Policies Roll On

Current San Antonio City Council Districts.
Chris Eudaily TPR

Voters cast their ballots over the weekend and now that the city elections are over - except for two June runoffs in Districts 5 and 8 - the direction of policies in San Antonio will largely continue uninterrupted.

This is mostly to do with the fact that voters chose candidates like Mayor Julián Castro, District 1 Councilman Diego Bernal and District 4 Councilman Rey Saldaña, who all support progressive issues.

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Texas Legislature
12:03 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Legislature Passes Strict Political Nonprofit Contribution Transparency Bill

Ryan Poppe TPR News

From now on political nonprofit groups will have to post any contributions being received from lawmakers or money going towards political campaigns thanks to a bill passed in the Texas Senate and now House.

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