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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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Environment
2:07 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Environmentalists & Attorney General Both Happy About EPA Case, But For Different Reasons

EPA

Texas Environmentalists and Attorney General Greg Abbott are pleased that the U.S. Supreme Court is willing to hear the case regarding how the Environmental Protection Agency will regulate power plant greenhouse gases.

"We hope the Supreme Court rules in the EPA’s favor -- that they adopt the standards -- however, even if they don’t the EPA does have other ways to get at this issue," said Luke Metzger, executive director of Environment Texas.

Metzger said the EPA could rewrite the rules and target chemical pollutant that is emitted with the carbon gases.

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Arts & Culture
1:24 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

This Sunday, SA Chamber Choir Will Leave You "Breathless"

Scott McPherson
Beate Gersch

The San Antonio Chamber Choir begins its ninth season on October 20 with "Beginnings and Endings" at the Oblate School of Theology’s Immaculate Conception Chapel.

"We feature a wide range of music from the early Baroque music of Sweelinck with a Bach motet through Mahler, an Estonian composer of note, we go on to music of Britten and Holst, and we close with some wonderful spiritual arrangements by Moses Hogan." said Artistic Director Scott MacPherson.

The group's website says that one of the selections of the performance with leave listeners breathless.

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The Source - October 16, 2013
12:17 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

The Source: What We Say Online | The Why Axis

The number of comments on this story about a 107-year-old man who died in a shootout with police reached 134, many of which were personal attacks on people who commented.
tpr.org

In the first segment:

Scientific American and  Popular Science will no longer allow users to comment online saying: "Comments can be bad for science," citing the skewing abilities of a minority on long-established scientific beliefs such as evolution and climate change.

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Gov. Rick Perry
9:25 am
Wed October 16, 2013

Gov. Perry Takes His Economic Development Message Overseas

rickperry.org

Gov. Rick Perry and his wife are spending the next ten days overseas as part of an economic and water development effort in London and Israel.

The trip is being funded by Americans for Economic Freedom, the group promoting Perry’s national profile for a possible presidential run.

Government
10:07 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Councilman Ron Nirenberg Will Leave Job To Focus On City Duties

Councilman Ron Nirenberg will leave his job as General Manager of KRTU to focus on his duties with the city.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

In five short months, District 8 Councilman Ron Nirenberg has found juggling the demands of his job at Trinity University's jazz station, KRTU, and the constituents of his Northwest Side area, divided his focus a bit more than he'd like on each.

Not to mention his wife and his young son.

That's why the newly-elected councilman said he is stepping down as the General Manager of KRTU, a role he assumed recently after serving as the station's Assistant General Manager.

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