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12:14 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Is The Beaver Behind Patrick?

Dan Patrick Facebook Page

U.S. Congressman Joaquin Castro says he’s changed his position on a boycott of the Texas-based Buc-ee’s gas and convenience stores after learning the company isn’t supporting Dan Patrick’s campaign.   

In the past, Buc-ee’s owners Don Wasek and Beaver Aplin have donated to various Republicans, and on the night of the primary election, the two called Dan Patrick directly pledging their support and money.  But Buc-ee’s general counsel Jeff Nalado says these campaign donations aren’t reflective of Buc-ee’s the company.

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Government
8:39 am
Wed March 12, 2014

San Antonio Defense Attorney Pleads Guilty To Theft And Forgery

Bexar County Courthouse
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Hilda Valadez was known around the Cadena-Reeves Justice Center as Bexar County’s highest-paid court-appointed attorney, reportedly receiving more than $400,000 dollars over three years before 2010. She defended indigent clients, often in high-profile murder cases. Now she's on the other side of the law, entering a plea agreement that she hopes will keep her out of prison.

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2014 Election
10:02 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Tea Party Republicans Urge Attorney General Candidate Branch To Bow Out

Dan Branch
Campaign file photo

A group of Tea Party Republicans from the Texas House have issued an open letter to State Rep. Dan Branch, who's facing a May 27 runoff election with Ken Paxton for the Republican nomination in the Attorney General’s race. The letter asks Branch to drop out of the race.  Rep. Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola) was one of the undersigned and says based on election returns, Branch doesn’t have a chance.

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Environment
7:14 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Burn Ban In Effect For 75 Texas Counties

Texas Forest Service shows 75 counties under a burn ban on March 11, 2014, including Bexar and adjacent Wilson and Kendall Counties.
Texas Forest Service

With the area expected to remain under moderate-to-extreme drought conditions through the summer, Bexar County Commissioners have approved a new burn ban, effective immediately. 

Bexar joins 74 other counties are under a burn ban as of today, according to the Texas Forest Service. Bexar County Fire Marshal Craig Roberts says he’s seen an increase in the number of grass fires in the late afternoons, in all parts of the county.

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Government
6:19 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Bexar County Requesting Funds To Prevent Sexual Assault Behind Bars

Bexar County jail seeking $250,000 in federal funds
Eileen Pace TPR News

The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office is applying for a federal grant under a new law designed to prevent sexual assault in jails.

The grant could provide the county with as much as $250-thousand dollars to help the jail maintain new federal standards.

Congress passed the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) in May of 2012, and it includes provisions to prevent, detect, and respond to allegations of sexual abuse in any kind of detention facility.

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Arts & Culture
6:02 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Will Your Child's Summer Be A Work Of Art?

Student at work
Kiko Martinez

Even while many San Antonio families are enjoying Spring Break this week, they're already thinking of summer, and what the kids will be doing while school's out. The Southwest School of Art’s summer program registration is just around the corner, and they offer a ten week long summer studio experience.

Patricia Morales directs the Young Artists Program at the Southwest School of Art.

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The Source - March 11, 2014
4:18 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

The Source: Obamacare Bus Tour Stops In San Antonio

David Martin Davies TPR News

  The deadline to enroll in the ACA, also called Obamacare, is March 31st. After that date you will have to pay a penalty. In expectation of the deadline, several high-profile events have been marking the past month. The largest navigator nonprofit in the country Enroll America is having its "Get Covered Bus Tour." 

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2014 Election
2:21 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Democratic Comptroller Candidate Collier Touts CPA Background, Challenges GOP Nominee To Debate

Mike Collier
Courtesy photo

The Democratic candidate in the Texas Comptroller’s race, Mike Collier, says poor forecasting is the reason the state had to cut school funding in 2011, adding that as the only Certified Public Accountant that is running in 2014, he's more qualified to be forecasting the state’s overall revenues and how the Legislature sets a two-year budget, than his opponent, Republican Glen Hegar. 

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Arts & Culture
2:04 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

"Poetic License" Taken With Carmen Tafolla Films

Carmen Tafolla
Chris Eudaily TPR News

Carmen Tafolla’s run as San Antonio’s Poet Laureate is coming to an end soon, and she's being honored by the city in an unusual way. Seven San Antonio filmmakers were selected to create short films based on seven of Tafolla's poems.

“We feel that this is a great opportunity to combine poetry and film in a new manner,” said the city's Special Projects Manager Sebastian Guajardo.

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Environment
12:22 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

San Antonio City Leaders To Hear Recommendation On Plastic Bag Ban

San Antonio city leaders will hear a recommendation on March 19 from staff on how to move foward with a possible plastic bag ban in the Alamo City.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Just over a year ago, city leaders in Austin instituted a city-wide ban on single-use plastic bags. As San Antonio leaders decide on the consequences of a similar ban, shoppers in Austin say it's only a matter of getting used to.

They carry on as if nothing ever changed. "It just took a little time to get used to it, but it's definitely worth it," said Bethany Martin as she carried her groceries out of an Austin-area Whole Foods on Monday.

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