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Some long-time business owners on San Antonio’s West Side have lost a battle to get their old street name back. The San Antonio City Council voted not to restore the name Old Highway 90 to what is now called Enrique M. Barrera Parkway.  The council voted 10-0. A group of business owners and community members had formed as Save Old Highway 90 in hopes of getting back the name. Combined, they had raised the $32,000 required to pay for replacing road signs. Javier Gutierrez owns Del Bravo Records on the strip of road. He says the outcome is disappointing. “We’re licking our wounds.

Texas Child Protective Services funding gets final OK — with restrictions

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Editor's note: This story has been updated with a statement from Sen. Jane Nelson.

A board of lawmakers has given final approval for $150 million in funding to help pull the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services out of its crisis mode — but there are strings attached. 

In a letter dated Thursday, the Legislative Budget Board has given the agency the go-ahead to hire 829 new caseworkers and give $12,000 raises to existing ones. The funding includes $142.4 million in state dollars and $7.6 million in federal money. 

James Goulden

An Austin-based choral group is planning their San Antonio Christmas performance.  The group is Conspirare, and their Art Director, Craig Hella Johnson, describes the group this way:

"A musical family of singers who come from all over the country. From New York and Minneapolis and Seattle and some small places in between, and certainly we have some in Austin also."

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Cameron County health officials say they want to wait until all of the test samples are in to disclose the test results on urine samples collected voluntarily by people in a southwest side Brownsville neighborhood.

A woman from that part of the city was diagnosed with Zika. She had not traveled anywhere or contracted the virus through sexual contact.


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On Fronteras:  Brownsville Zika Case, Police Diversity Training, Breaking Bread With Refugees

·         This week on Fronteras:   

·         A Brownsville woman contracts Zika locally - that steps up mosquito testing and killing.

·         Nine of 10 teachers report the election has had a negative effect on students.

·         How diversity training gives police vital cultural information for their encounters with Latinos, African Americans and immigrants.

·         The U.S. charter school model is going global in Pakistan to improve student achievement.

·         The powerful effect of breaking bread with refugees.