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Early Election Polling
1:38 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Castro Attracts, Cruz Pushes Away Latino Voters In New Poll

Mayor Julian Castro was the first Latino keynote speaker at the Democratic National Convention.
Ryan Loyd TPR

A new poll says San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro is in a favored position to run for vice president in 2016.

The poll by Latino Decisions, a group focused on Latino political opinion research, has started speculation that Castro could be viewed as a strong contender, should he be picked as a vice presidential candidate in three years.

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Special Session - Abortion
12:56 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Abortion Measure Clears Committee On Party-Line Vote

Eileen Pace TPR News

The House State Affairs Committee voted 8 to 3 to approve House bill 2, the controversial abortion bill, without hearing the testimony of 1,000 people who had signed up to speak.

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The Alamo
11:52 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Following Boxing Event, Land Commissioner Fights For Alamo Plaza

Saul "Canelo" Alvarez signs hats, gloves and t-shirts during his appearance at Alamo Plaza to promote a September title fight in Las Vegas.
Ryan Loyd TPR

Thousands of boxing fans gathered in Alamo Plaza Monday night to see Mexican boxer Saul "Canelo" Alvarez and American Floyd "Money" Mayweather Jr. for themselves.

The mob of fans filled the plaza, screaming "Canelo" over and over, wanting his picture, his autograph and the experience of being close to the Mexican boxer.

Alvarez and Mayweather are promoting a September title fight in Las Vegas. Promoters, including retired boxer Oscar De La Hoya and his Golden Boy Productions, are touring 11 cities to hold events like the one in Alamo Plaza.

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Community
11:02 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Faces Of Drunk Driving Campaign Reminds Texans Of Safety During July 4th Holiday

Edward Jimenez holds pictures of his son, Matthew (on the right) and neighbor, 14-year-old Ricky.
Ryan Loyd TPR

The July 4th holiday is one with pool parties, barbecues and time spent with family, but according to the Texas Department of Transportation, it is also one of the deadliest holidays on Texas roads.

"This story reaches across races, genders, male, female, children are even impacted by drunk drivers and we just want to remind people if you're going to celebrate, take the time to plan ahead," said Robbi Smith of TxDOT. "Think about yourselves, think about your family members."

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Flood Recovery
10:10 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Corps Of Engineers Clears Mission Reach As Cause Of Espada Neighborhood Flooding

San Antonio River Authority

The San Antonio River Authority’s real estate team is meeting with residents of the Espada neighborhood that was flooded during the torrential rainstorm in late May. Bexar County Commissioners are hoping there is something they can do to help the residents get re-settled.

A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' report released this week found that the Mission Reach Project did not cause the devastating flood that poured four feet of water into some of the homes of the Espada neighborhood.

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Lackland Courts-Martial
9:12 am
Wed July 3, 2013

24th Court-Martial Sends Another Training Instructor To Jail

Lackland, the 'gateway' to the Air Force, has been the gateway to court-martial for instructors engaging in activities against Air Force regulations.
Eileen Pace TPR

Another military training instructor from Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland is headed to prison after his sentencing on charges of sexual misconduct.

In a special court-martial this week, Tech Sgt. Brian Hickingbottom, Jr., pleaded guilty to charges of having unprofessional relationships with three trainees in tech school, and of obstructing justice

Military Judge, Col. Donald Eller, Jr. sentenced Hickingbottom to four months confinement, hard labor without confinement for 45 days, and reduction in rank to Senior Airman.

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Special Session
5:12 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Over 1,600 Signed Up To Speak At Tuesday's Abortion Hearing

Last night's pro-choice rally on the steps of the state capitol was a carry-over from the initial rally at noon earlier in the day.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

Following a second late night rally, crowds once again gathered at the state capitol ahead of a committee hearing on abortion restrictions and bans.

Late Monday night at the capitol the group Rise Up Texas rallied people ahead of today’s committee hearing, urging them to sign up to speak.

House State Affairs Committee Chairman Rep. Bryon Cook, R-Coriscana, cut off testimony after 10 hours during the last special session.

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Special Session
2:54 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Senate Committees Act Quickly On Transportation/Juvenile Justice Bills

Ryan Poppe TPR News

It took two separate Senate committees less than 10 minutes to pass a set of transportation funding and juvenile justice bills that are similar to those seen during the first special session.

Sen. Robert Nichols, R-Jacksonville, who authored the transportation bill from the first session, said many in the Texas House were not comfortable with a hard $6 billion ceiling for money from the Rainy Day Fund that will be transferred into transportation funding.

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The Source - July 2, 2013
1:32 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

The Source: New EPA Regulations | Rethinking The Value Of College

In the first segment:

Last week President Obama announced that he would be directing the Environmental Protection Agency to enforce stricter rules on new and existing coal plants, marking some of his more ambitious climate change efforts.  

"We don't have time for a meeting of the flat earth society," remarked Obama at his June 25 press conference regarding why he would be going directly through the EPA as opposed to through congress for a deal on climate change.

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Special Session
12:20 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Two-Thirds Rule Suspended, Challenges Ahead For Dems In Special Session

Eileen Pace TPR News

Same bills, same state lawmakers, different set of voting rules.

During the regular session and the first special session, the Senate operated under the the two-thirds rule, a tradition of voting that ensures at least two-thirds of the Senate floor has an interest in debating an issue before a bill reaches the Senate floor.

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