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Bexar County
10:39 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Monthly Tax Payment Plan Coming Soon To Bexar County

Bexar County

Bexar County property owners will soon be able to pay their property taxes on a monthly basis rather than waiting until the end of the year in a move that should make things easier for people on fixed incomes. 

Seniors and disabled property owners have been able to use a four-payment program, paying smaller payments to the tax office from January through July.

Bexar County Tax Assessor-Collector Albert Uresti said most property owners who pay their taxes directly to the county have had only two options to pay their taxes: Once a year or in half-payments.

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Health Care
5:04 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

HHS Secretary Talks Affordable Care Act At Trinity University

Official portrait of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
U.S. Government

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will be visiting the Alamo City this week, joining the City of San Antonio to provide more information about the Affordable Care Act.

Sebelius will speak Thursday evening when Trinity University and the Metropolitan Health District host a public event to offer information about the new health care act, much of which takes effect in the next year.

The city previously hosted Sebelius when it unveiled the Por Vida Health Campaign, an ongoing city-wide marketing campaign to get restaurants to offer healthy choices.

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City Government
4:11 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

San Antonio Getting Outside Backlash For Anti-Discrimination Ordinance

In May, supporters of an anti-discrimination ordinance proposal showed their appreciation to the City Council on the steps of City Hall.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

San Antonio city staffers say letters are rolling into city hall by the dozens from people who are angry about the proposed anti-discrimination ordinance.

The ordinance being considered by the San Antonio City Council would prohibit discrimination within the city’s hiring practices and anyone who contracts a job with the city.

Although the ordinance maintains anti-discrimination policies for race, color, religion, age and disability, the proposal would add veteran status, sexual orientation, and gender identity to the list. The latter two are why most people are angered.

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Border & Immigration
3:22 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Latinas Gaining More And More Economic Power In The U.S.

2013 U.S. female population distribution by age. Blue=Total females, Green=Latinas.
Nielsen

A report released this week by Nielsen titled Latina Powershift says that Latinas are an economic power and may define the next American generation.

The report says U.S. Hispanic women have recently and rapidly surfaced as prominent contributors to the educational, economic, and cultural wellbeing of not only their own ethnicity, but of American society and the consumer marketplace.

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The Source - August 7, 2013
2:41 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

The Source: Payday Lenders Hold On | Immunizations In Texas

In the first segment:

Payday lenders and their legislative allies managed to defeat a bill in the Texas Legislature this past session, and they have a whole host of tricks to get around laws in other states.

We talk with ProPublica writer Paul Kiel, who has written extensively on the subject in his Debt Inc. series,  about the arsenal of financial products and loopholes that payday lenders exploit in order to get around laws in states all across the country.

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2014 Election
2:32 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

With Criticism Still Fresh From Legislative Sessions, Dewhurst Ramps Up Campaign

The first video by the Dewhurst campaign was issued several weeks ago and highlights his efforts in pushing through the final passage of the abortion bill in the second special session.
Dewhurst campaign video

Following a rough and rocky regular session and series of special sessions, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst has announced he will seek another term.

Dewhurst has presided over the Texas Senate for over a decade, during the course of the first special session this summer, he faced criticism about his leadership and handling of the controversial abortion bill.

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Privacy
2:04 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

ACLU Suggests Legislative Check On License Plate Data Collected By Police

License plate readers quickly read license plates and relay any violations on record to the officer in the patrol car.
Flickr user Steven Perez (silas216) cc

An open records analysis by the American Civil Liberties Union released a few weeks ago shows that multiple Texas police departments are using license plate readers to capture and store information on the traveling patterns of everyday drivers.

Automatic license-plate readers are cameras mounted on police patrol cars, road signs and bridges that scan car license plates and check to see if there are any violations on record. According to Tom Hargis with the ACLU of Texas, many police departments in the state are keeping that data beyond the initial scan for years at a time.

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City Government
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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