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3:05 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Abortion Rights Event At The State Capitol Draws Small Crowd

The flood of people that swarmed the capitol in the days after Sen. Wendy Davis' filibuster at the end of June had slowed to a trickle by Monday's event.
Trey Martinez Fischer Facebook

A rally that started at the capitol in Austin yesterday only drew a small number of people compared other abortion rights events around the state.

About 300 abortion rights supporters gathered at the capitol to speak out against last week’s passage of a strict abortion bill during a national day of action.  Demonstrators huddled under umbrellas and rain gear intently listened to keynote speaker Jim Hightower, the former agriculture commissioner, who had a few choice words for Gov. Rick Perry and other Republicans at the state capitol.

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2014 Election
1:48 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Davis Campaign Fund Tops $1 Million, But Still No Announcement About Her Plans

Sen. Wendy Davis at a Stand With Texas Women rally in San Antonio last week.
David Martin Davies TPR News

Fort Worth Sen. Wendy Davis' campaign fund is growing fast, leading many interested Democrats to believe she will make a run for the governor's office in 2014.

According to a campaign finance report issued by Davis' office, she has received nearly $1 million in donations, and that number is steadily growing.

Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa said the prospect of Davis making a run for the governorship continues to look promising.

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Northside RFID Pilot
12:49 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Embattled RFID Pilot Program Discontinued At Northside ISD

This December 2012 photo shows the ID that will no longer be used at the district. Students will return to standard ID cards.
Joey Palacios TPR

After a full year of testing a radio frequency identification project at two of its campuses, the Northside Independent School District has decided to discontinue its student locator pilot at John Jay High and Anson Jones Middle Schools.

Students at Jay and Jones will no longer have to wear the RFID badges that projected their location on campus to school administrators. The $270,000 project started last fall as a way to take student attendance.

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Special Session
11:02 am
Tue July 16, 2013

New Transportation Plan Would End Gas Tax Diversion

Chris Eudaily TPR News

The Texas House has given initial approval to a transportation funding plan that uses money from the gas tax rather than tapping the Rainy Day Fund.

As it stands today, and has since 1991, 20 cents of every gallon used to fill up your car has gone to the state's highway fund with the stipulation that five cents of it would go to fund education.

House Joint Resolution 2, authored by Rep. Joe Pickett, D-El Paso, would stop that diversion. Rep. Larry Phillips, R-Sherman, is the co-sponsor of the bill and explained the difference between the House bill and the Senate version.

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Public Library
9:50 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Library Board Considering Strengthened Internet Policies

City of San Antonio

The San Antonio Public Library could be tightening up its internet security measures to keep kids from seeing something they shouldn't online.

Currently, there are no filters installed on computers located at branch libraries or the central library downtown, according to the library’s community and public relations manager, Caitlin Cowart.

Instead, users must click an agreement before surfing the internet that outlines terms of use, said Cowart. Additionally, Cowart said staff members monitor users in the open spaces where computers are.

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Animal Welfare
9:01 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Animal Care Services To Evaluate Free Spay/Neuter Zip Codes

Eileen Pace TPR

San Antonio Animal Care Services will soon be reevaluating the areas where the highest animal problems are being reported.

Using a geographic information system, Animal Care Services collects all kinds of information about the city's stray animal population, where the highest number of bite cases are coming from, and where deceased animals are being found.

Public Information Officer Lisa Norwood said that information helps focus the department's efforts.

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KPAC Blog
10:53 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Camp KPAC: Day One

This week, KPAC's James Baker and yours truly are working with a group of area high school students, offering them an opportunity to learn the ins and outs of radio production. We'll be recording and interviewing young classical musicians, and editing the material into a final project using the techniques they learn.  One of the students, Lennon Maldonado, a recent Thomas Jefferson High School graduate who will be attending San Antonio College in the fall, had this to say about today's experience:

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2014 Election
3:45 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Republican Pollster Predicts A Purple Texas In 10 Years

Visit https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Red_state,_blue_state.svg for a color key.
Wikipedia Commons user Angr cc

Texas Democrats may still have a chance to be relevant with voters in the state following this past month’s abortion debate and efforts to rally Hispanic voters.

While Republicans at the state capitol are still celebrating the recent passage of a bill that will impose restrictions on abortion facilities, behind the scenes there is uncertainty for the party.

Republican pollster Dr. David Hill said that uncertainty is especially the case for how Hispanic voters see the Republican party.

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Special Session - Abortion
12:53 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Texas Senate Gives Strict Abortion Bill Final Passage

Eileen Pace TPR News

It took lawmakers ten hours of debate to pass the strictest abortion legislation Texas has ever seen on a vote of 19 to 11 Friday night.

Democratic lawmakers in the Texas Senate tried 21 times to change the bill by adding resolutions but none of those attempts were successful. Sen. Judith Zafarinni, D-Laredo, was one of those who tried to change the bill.

"As a pro-lifer I tried mightily to amend this bill to prohibit the abortion of an unborn child after 5 months," Zafarinni said. "Please remember that 11 Democrats voted for that amendment today."

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The Source - July 15, 2013
12:24 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

The Source: Filibuster! | Implementing Texas Education Reform

Screen shot from "Mr. Smith goes to Washington."

Segment 1:

When we think about the filibuster we think about Jimmy Stewart collapsing on the floor of the Senate in the movie "Mr. Smith goes to Washington," or Rand Paul and his drone filibuster, and now maybe you think of Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis’s filibuster at the end of June.  

For the Democrats in the U.S. Senate, the party that controls that chamber in Congress, they think of a headache.  

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