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Abortion In Texas
4:00 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Dan Patrick Stock Purchase Clashes With His Anti-Abortion Stance

Current state Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, is running for lieutenant governor in 2014.
State of Texas

An anti-abortion group in Texas is shocked to learn news that state Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, a Republican candidate for lieutenant governor and leading voice in the anti-abortion camp, bought stock in a drug company that manufactures abortion-inducing medication.

Patrick writes that he purchased the stock several years ago through a money manager and wasn’t aware that Teva Pharmaceuticals was the maker of the morning-after pill known as Plan B.

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Local Business
3:53 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

San Antonio A Top City For Business Development

The U.S. Chamber cited San Antonio's "culture of business" in its award as one of the top cities for business growth in the U.S. Bibliotech, opened in South San Antonio Sept. 14, 2013, is one of the elements that has contributed to that culture.
Eileen Pace TPR News

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has named San Antonio as one of the top seven cities in the country for business development.

The Enterprising Cities study is based on business-friendly strategies and partnerships at multiple levels throughout the culture of the cities. 

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Texas Education
3:24 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Education Commission Set To Approve New Charter Schools Under New Law

TEA Commissioner Michael Williams.
Christopher C. Leonard cc

Following several hearings on the issue and meetings with private charters, the Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams is ready to add nearly a dozen new charter schools to state system.

Under a new law first authored by state Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, the state is able to raise the number of charter school contracts from the current 215 schools to 305 by 2019. 

Williams is wasting no time selecting a number of new schools allowed to operate in Texas. He said he was hit with 31 applications once the law took effect.

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Affordable Care Act
3:13 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Democratic Lawmaker Clarifies Intention Of ACA Navigator Rules

Public meetings, like this one on the San Antonio West Side, are helping explain the online health insurance exchanges that open on Oct. 1.
David Martin Davies TPR News

The lawmaker who authored the bill to allow the Texas Department of Insurance to impose rules on the navigators tied to the Affordable Care Act is clarifying the role of the bill, and saying that the governor took it out of context.

State Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, authored SB 1795, which is now law, and said Gov. Rick Perry’s letter to the insurance commissioner, which has caused a stir among Democratic lawmakers, goes beyond the intent of the bill.

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Arts & Culture
2:10 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Jazz'SAlive This Weekend At Travis Park

Jazz'SAive

Downtown will be alive with Jazz this weekend as Travis Park is the epicenter for Jazz'SAlive, a live Jazz music event that’s been drawing San Antonians and top flight musicians for the last three decades.

"Strangely enough we have several bands that played in ’83 when this first started," says Executive Vice President of the San Antonio Parks Foundation Judi Deleon.

"We’ve got Small World, we’ve got the Regency Jazz Band, we have Beverly Houston who’s been around a long time, we’ve got such great talent," Deleon says.

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Texas Matters
1:23 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Texas Politics, The Death Penalty, Endangered Species And Water Wars

The dunes sagebrush lizard.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Texas Matters: A look at major issues from all over the state this week -- Tom DeLay is acquitted of money laundering, the American Bar Association reviews the states system of capital punishment, alleged scandal with the dunes sagebrush lizard and a water tug-of-war between the Highland Lakes and Matagorda Bay.

If this isn't money laundering, then what is?

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Bexar County
11:06 am
Fri September 20, 2013

MPO Starts Regional Planning Meetings For Boerne, New Braunfels And Seguin

The Hwy. 281-1604 interchange project is one example of MPO projects. The MPO is looking at expanding its reach to include the metro areas where intensive growth has increased population density adjacent to Bexar County.
Joey Palacios TPR News

The San Antonio-Bexar County Metropolitan Planning Organization is beginning a regional transportation plan to include Boerne, New Braunfels and Seguin for the next 25 years of growth.

In that time, the metro population is expected to grow by 1.5 million, fueling the need for an integrated transportation outlook.

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Fronteras Desk
10:50 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Border Drug Series: From Cartel To End User

On Sept. 6, 2013, CBP officers at the Otay Mesa commercial port of entry discovered 1,623 pounds of marijuana in a shipment of limes.
Courtesy of CBP

Fronteras: First we look at the link between cartels and the end user, addicts. San Diego as a number one entry point for meth. How trucking companies and law enforcement try to keep up with the evolving business of drug smuggling. A smuggling ring revealed that operated from Arizona to Washington State.

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Texas Coast
10:21 am
Fri September 20, 2013

LCRA Wants To Stop The Flow Of Water Into Matagorda Bay

Lower Colorado River Authority

The Lower Colorado River Authority’s board voted 9-6 to stop the flow of water going into the Matagorda Bay’s estuaries.

The board will ask the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to cease the flow of the 5,800 acre feet of water projected for the area.

"The idea there is that there would be a small area at the delta where the Colorado River flows into Matagorda Bay that would be a refuge area where fish and shellfish can survive a drought," said Jennifer Walker with the Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club.

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City Utilities
9:44 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Public Meetings Coming Up For CPS Energy And SAWS Rate Hikes

SAWS Facebook

The San Antonio City Council has begun reviewing potential rate increases from the San Antonio Water System and CPS Energy, a process that will continue until November.

The first of the meetings started Wednesday, when CPS President and CEO Doyle Beneby provided the council an overview of the utility's 4.75 percent proposed increase, which would add $5.19 to the average gas and electric bill each month.

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