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2014 Primary Election
10:13 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Straus Looking To Keep Speakership, But First Must Get Through The Primary

Joe Straus stands with supporters as early voting opens for the March primary.
David Martin Davies TPR News

Early voting is underway for the Texas March 4 primaries and many incumbents around the state are seeing tea party-supported challengers -- that includes House Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio.

Straus holds one of the most powerful positions in state government, but before he can be speaker he must win the Republican nomination for state representative.

Straus is challenged by tea party-supported Matt Beebe, who said Straus is not a true conservative.

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Community
4:42 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Groups Protest Streetcar As VIA Moves Forward On Evaluating Chosen Route

Protesters use the Bexar County Courthouse as a backdrop to speak out against the proposed downtown streetcar system.
Eileen Pace TPR News

A grassroots coalition of protestors gathered in front of the Bexar County Courthouse Tuesday to voice opposition to VIA’s proposed downtown streetcar system.

Members of LULAC, the Tea Party and other organizations joined with numerous political candidates to protest the county’s pursuit of the downtown streetcar system after they said the voters have spoken against it. Light rail has been voted down here, but the streetcar has not been put to a vote.

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Arts & Culture
4:11 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Blue Star And Botanical Garden Showcase Contemporary Art In Collaborative Project

Bret Price Sculpture
Elizabeth Lyons

The San Antonio Botanical Garden and the Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum have teamed up for a project that all started with a pretty simple premise.

"Not everybody in San Antonio is going to be able to come to the museum to see contemporary art, so it’s important to go out into the community," said Blue Star Director of Special Projects Bill Fitzgibbons.

So go out they did. They displayed art in a wide variety of places.

"Everything from St. Paul Square to the grounds of UTSA to the Botanical Garden," Fitzgibbons said.

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Bexar County
1:11 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Bexar Commissioners Honor Jesse Trevino For Lifetime Of Work

Treviño's Virgen de Guadalupe is one of his most famous pieces.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

Bexar County Commissioners today presented the Hidalgo Award to San Antonio artist Jesse Treviño, honoring him for a lifetime of service to the community.

Treviño’s work can be seen all over San Antonio, from his Virgen de Guadalupe mosaic at Guadalupe Plaza to the recently-completed mural at the historic home of José Antonio Navarro depicting scenes of early life on the West Side.

Bexar County Commissioner Paul Elizondo said Treviño’s work is inextricably linked to San Antonio.

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Texas Politics
12:37 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

At The Alamo, Patrick Renews Challenge To Castro For Immigration Debate

Screenshot from Patrick's video renewing his challenge for Mayor Castro to debate him about immigration.
Dan Patrick via YouTube

Republican Dan Patrick has released a new YouTube video and radio ad challenging San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro to a debate ahead of the March primaries. Castro said he would not debate Patrick until after the March election date.

Part of the $1.8 million dollars that Patrick, a Republican candidate in the lieutenant governor’s race, has spent is radio ads that continue to prod Castro to debate him on the topic of immigration.

From the radio ad:

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2014 Primary Election
12:03 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Where Republican Lt. Gov. Candidates Are Spending Their Statewide TV Ad Dollars

Early voting is now open for the March primary and candidates are ramping up their campaigning push.
David Martin Davies TPR News

Republican candidates in the lieutenant governor’s race are spending big on their statewide TV advertising during the first week of early primary voting.

Professor Jim Henson with the University of Texas at Austin’s Texas Politics Project said there is a calculated effort behind which cities they are spending the money in. Henson said how candidates allocate campaign resources among the different geographic urban areas is a big factor behind winning.

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Arts & Culture
10:51 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Fredericksburg Road Arts Event Invites You Into The Artist's Studio

Bihl Haus Arts

It’s a once-a-year arts celebration that’s spread out over several neighborhoods along Fredericksburg Road. The On and Off Fredericksburg Road Studio Tour celebrates the artists of an area of town fast becoming known for the art it generates.

“And that takes place this weekend on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Sunday from noon to 5 p.m." said Bihl Haus Arts Executive Director Kellen McIntyre. "And we also have wonderful evening events. On Friday night from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. there’s the amazing, not-to-be-missed On and Off Fred autograph party."

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The Source - February 18, 2014
9:50 am
Tue February 18, 2014

The Source: Smart Highways | SAPD & SAFD On The City Budget

Studio Roosegaarde, a Danish design firm, has posited several smart-highway designs both low and high tech. Here is one such concept with lights illuminating only the car's path and an electric grid under the pavement.
Studio Roosegaard cc

In the first segment:

The future of transportation may be smart cars but it will take smart highways to get us there. From safety to pollution to the mother-of-all-issues, traffic, intelligent transportation offers promising solutions to all of them. 

In 2011 congestion alone cost Americans $121 billion in lost time and gas, according to the most recent Urban Mobility Study.

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Downtown Development
4:50 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Bexar Commissioners Viewing Additional Contracts For San Pedro Creek Redevelopment

San Antonio River Authority

On Tuesday Bexar County Commissioners will consider some of the contracts for renovation of San Pedro Creek.

The San Pedro Creek restoration project announced last May has been touted as the second River Walk for downtown. The project starts at Fox Tech and runs southward and ties into the trails at Mission Concepción.

County Judge Nelson Wolff said it will take over 40 acres out of the flood zone and make them developable.

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Higher Education
4:31 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Alamo Colleges Prepping High School Students For College Success

San Antonio Colleges

High school students are invited to San Antonio College this weekend for a sneak peek into the young leadership program and to get some valuable college prep.

As an extra incentive, the Alamo Colleges are offering a chance to earn one of ten $1,000 scholarships for students planning to attend an Alamo Colleges campus.

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