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9:08 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Community Events Could Be On Chopping Block As City Looks At Budget Cuts

District 1 Councilman Diego Bernal disagrees with Mayor Julián Castro's proposal to cut City Council Project Funds.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Ahead of the start of classes on Aug. 26, San Antonio City Council members are hosting community-wide back-to-school fairs in each of their districts.

At the same time, the city's budget is closing in on adoption and deep cuts will have to be made. Mayor Julián Castro is recommending a cut to member discretionary funds, which are known as City Council Project Funds and are used for community events like the back-to-school fairs.

Currently each district gets more than $61,000.

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Community
5:45 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Bexar County Approves $5.5 Million To Help Flooded Espada Residents

The 100-year flood plain near Espada Road.
San Antonio River Authority

It’s been more than two months since the flood, and the process of recovery in the Espada area is moving forward slowly. The San Antonio River Authority has offered residents a few options, but so far no action has been taken.

SARA is offering Espada residents three options: A direct buyout, an option to remain on the property and rebuild their homes to flood standards, or Bexar County will buy a flood easement where owners would retain their property for agricultural purposes but live elsewhere.

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The Source - August 6, 2013
5:02 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

The Source: What Is After CSCOPE? | The Cranes And The Water

Texas Education Service Center Curriculum Collaborative (TESCCC)

In the first segment:

CSCOPE, an online curriculum provider for 877 school districts in Texas, became a rallying cry for conservative talk-radio hosts and legislators and the one legislator who is both, Sen Dan Patrick, R-Houston, led the charge.  

Now that the state's contract with the curriculum management tool has been canceled, what happens?  

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84th Legislature
4:47 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Sen. Lucio Already Preparing His Adoption Class Bill For Next Session

Eileen Pace TPR News

State Sen. Eddie Lucio, D-Brownsville, was the only Democrat in the Texas Senate to vote for the controversial abortion bill earlier this summer, and said he will re-file his bill requiring women to take a class about adoption before they can get an abortion.

Lucio is not against providing extra healthcare funds to make services available, but is still true to his beliefs about abortion.

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World Music
4:38 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

A Calypso Revival... From Canada

Cumbancha Records

Drew Gonsalves is the musical voice behind the Canadian group Kobo Town. Born in Trinidad, Gonsalves believes that Kobo Town, Trinidad is the exact location, where the musical style known as calypso was created.

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November Ballot
4:03 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Political Action Committee Preparing To Mobilize Water Bill Support

Water was one of the big issues in the 83rd Legislature along with education and transportation funding.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

Water Texas, a political action committee formed by Speaker of the House Joe Strauss, R-San Antonio, and Rep. Allan Ritter, R-Nederland, is getting ready to start a campaign to encourage voters to approve the use of $2 billion from the Rainy Day Fund to help fund the next 50 years of water projects in Texas.

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Special Session Part III
3:00 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Lawmakers Wrap Third Special Session With Transportation Bill

Chris Eudaily TPR News

The final transportation bill will provide the Texas Department of Transportation with $1.2 billion per year in road funding from the Rainy Day Fund.

The speaker of the House and the lieutenant governor will appoint a ten-person committee each legislative session -- five members each of the House and Senate -- which will determine a sufficient balance in the Rainy Day Fund before money can be transferred into the State Highway Fund.

The Rainy Day Fund minimum will then have to be approved by the full House and Senate on a simple majority vote.

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Community
1:52 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Texas Sales Tax Holiday Is This Weekend, Aug. 9-11

State Comptroller Susan Combs.
State of Texas

Texas Comptroller Susan Combs is reminding shoppers the annual sales tax holiday weekend is scheduled for this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 9-11.

Families can save money by not paying sales tax on most clothing, footwear and school supplies priced under $100. A full lists of tax-free items can be found at www.TexasTaxHoliday.org.

Environment
1:19 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Submit Your Drought Photos To State Photo Contest

Texas Water Development Board

The on-going drought in Texas is drying up farms, ranches and wildlife but it’s also a historic event for the state, which is now looking at capturing and preserving the images of the drought. 

What does your Texas drought look like? is a statewide photo campaign that invites Texans to contribute their photos of the effects of the drought using social media.

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Border & Immigration
10:40 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Census Study Says Non-English Speaking Growing In U.S.

Percentage of people 5 years and over who spoke a language other than english at home.
U.S. Census Bureau

A new U.S. Census report shows a growing number of U.S. residents speak a language at home other than English as the level of English proficiency in the nation holds steady.

The report, Language Use in the United States: 2011, says the percentage of people speaking a non-English language increased from 19.7 percent in 2007 to 20.8 percent in 2011. 58 percent of U.S. residents that speak a foreign language at home also speak English very well.

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