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City Government
9:37 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Texas Civil Rights Project Taking Banning Case

Michael Cuellar in the TPR studios to talk about his ban from city buildings.
Chris Eudaily TPR

The City of San Antonio’s banning of two residents from city hall and the city council chambers are going to be challenged in court.

The Texas Civil Rights Project has decided to take the case of Michael Cuellar, who was banned from City Hall and city council meetings by SAPD and City Attorney Michael Bernard.

Cuellar and John Foddrill, who was also banned from city buildings, are at the center of a debate about first amendment rights to petition the government.

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City Utilities
7:25 am
Thu January 17, 2013

SAWS Lowers Proposed Rate Increase

SAWS

Leaders of the San Antonio Water System now have lowered its rate increase projection for customers. Instead of a 9.9 percent jump, the utility is now proposing a 7 percent rise in monthly bills.

City council members have been struggling with the inevitable rising water rates, especially District 10 Councilman Carlton Soules, who agrees that infrastructure needs to be improved and updated.

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San Antonio Books
7:08 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Cheever Books: The Rare And Unique

A hand written sign directs customers further back into the rooms that are more like small caves, the walls lined with books from floor to ceiling.
Chris Eudaily TPR

Where else can you find six hardback volumes of Moliere's plays?

Cheever Books has it, along with thousands of other titles lining the shelves of the old house on Broadway. Books in the hallways, books in each corner of every room, and books sitting neatly stacked on the floor.

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City Government
5:35 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Ethics Board Rules On DiGiovanni Case, Issues Admonition Letter

Rey Rocha addresses Ethics Review Board concerning his complaint against former Deputy City Manager Pat DiGiovanni
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

San Antonio’s Ethics Review Board met Tuesday night, more than a week after it attempted to settle an ongoing citizen complaint against former Deputy City Manager Pat DiGiovanni.

The problem for the board was that  it did not have a quorum, an issue that chair Arthur Downey said hadn’t happened in more than a decade, in his experience.

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Public Library
4:16 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Digital Library Approved By Bexar County Commissioners

The conceptual exterior of the 'BiblioTech.' Pictured is the additon of the library on the existing Precinct 1 Office
Bexar County

Bexar County plans on launching its own bookless library system this summer. Upon opening, the so-called BiblioTech will be one of the first all-digital public library systems in the country.

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The Source
3:25 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Banned From City Hall: The City Responds And The ACLU Reacts

John Foddrill and Michael Cuellar are major players in a case involving the first amendment.
Chris Eudaily TPR

A follow-up on last week’s program about being banned from city hall. First an extended interview with City Attorney Michael Bernard and then the ACLU sounds off on the right to petition the government. Finally, Evita Mendiola, the spokesperson for Haven for Hope talks about how the cold weather affects the homeless in San Antonio.

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Lackland Investigation
9:16 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Investigation Reveals Possible Male Victims, Female Suspect At Lackland

The latest batch of basic training recruits wait for transport to Lackland after arriving at San Antonio International Airport on Jan. 15, 2013.
Eileen Pace TPR

The Air Force is releasing details of the first male victims in its widening investigation of the sex scandal at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.

Air Force officials said late Tuesday that a female instructor is now under investigation for having an alleged unprofessional relationship with a male technical trainee.

In addition, another male instructor has been identified as part of the Air Force probe, suspected of abusive sexual contact of two male trainees.

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San Antonio Books
7:14 am
Wed January 16, 2013

The Collectors Authority: Comics Get A Little Help

Pete Contero does the books while surrounded by comics and graphic novels.
Chris Eudaily TPR

Many of the book store locations on the West, East, and South Sides of town are of a religious or scholastic tilt, but Collectors Authority stands out as a beacon for comic book collectors.

Part of the reason this local comic book store has been in business for so long on the Southside is its ability to serve a clientele that doesn't really have anything else.

Inspiring reading

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KPAC Blog: Itinerarios
5:00 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Eduardo Mata: A Documentary Film

Wikipedia

 Last year (2012) was a Mexico-wide -- and even international -- year of reflection upon the life and career of the Mexican composer and conductor Eduardo Mata. He would have been 70 years old, if not for his tragic death, much too young, in 1995.

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City Government
3:34 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

City Council Considers Dissolving Commission For Children And Families

Melody Woosley, interim director of the Human Services Department, speaks to council members about the dissolution of the Commission for Children and Families.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

The City of San Antonio's Department of Human Services has recommended to council members that a commission dealing with children and families be dissolved.

Formed in the 1980's, the Commission for Children and Families was created to address the needs of parents and their children.

At that time, the city wanted to identify opportunities for learning and growing, making neighborhoods safe, and improving lifestyles and financial fitness.

But times have changed.

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