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How much should City Council members and the mayor be paid? That’s one of the issues on the ballot as early voting continues in San Antonio’s local elections. We decided to size up the issue by talking to voters and a former mayor who knows what it takes to be an effective city official.

San Antonio council members do not currently earn a salary. They’re paid $20 for each meeting they attend, or about $1000 per year. The mayor receives a little more per meeting, earning a maximum of $4,000 a year.

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The migration of minor children from Central America into the United States is one of the most painful problems facing us, as a community, said a leading advisor to Pope Francis, who is supposed to visit the U.S. Capitol in September and is expected to talk to lawmakers about a number of issues. Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga of the Honduras visited San Antonio this week and talked about what Central American children were going through.

The influx of minor children from the Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala is a migration issue the cardinal holds close to heart. He is Archbishop of Tegucigalpa, the capital of the Honduras.

Cardinal Maradiaga said he believed drug lords organized the migration to divert attention from their activities. “I am convinced this was organized by the drug lords. They were paying coyotes in order to move so many children at once, in order to attract [attention] to this problem and to leave other places free for their traffic.”

The Pay Day Lending industry has been successful in avoiding regulation in Texas at the state level but 22 cities have passed ordinances that try to cap the fees and roll overs for the loans.

A bipartisan effort has come together in Austin this session to try to corral payday and Auto title lenders with House Bill 3047.

At a press conference former House Speaker Tom Craddick expressed his dissatisfaction with the consumer lenders.

Cleburne, Texas Police Department

Based on incident reports gathered from various Texas cities, there were more 200 fatal shootings of animals in 2014. It’s been argued that many of these dog shooting were unnecessary and could have been prevented had the police officer had been trained to deal with dogs more effectively.

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Protests continue in Baltimore and across the nation over the death of Freddie Grey, who was fatally injured while in police custody.

This is just the latest example of problems police are facing with growing distrust with the public over the use of force particularly with members of the minority communities. In Baltimore and in other parts of the nation like Ferguson protests have turned into violence riots and clashes with the police.  

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