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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott spelled out six critical items that needed to be tackled immediately during his first State of the State address on Tuesday. Those agenda items ranged from fixing Texas’ school finance system to funding border security at the highest level in the state’s history. These items are actual bills that Abbott has assigned to various lawmakers and is hoping to have fast tracked through the legislative process. 

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San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor said on Tuesday that she would not be seeking an endorsement from the police and fire unions, in her quest for a full term in the office where she has stand-in duties for the moment.  

For six months there has been speculation that Mayor Taylor would join the race to the election for mayor, scheduled for May 9. It is a title she has held since July after former mayor, Julian Castro, left to head the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development. 

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The relationship between China and the U.S. has been evolving since the "opening" of the country in the 1970s, most notably marked by President Richard Nixon's trip to the country.

Professional China-observer for the CIA, Department of Defense, and other government entities, Mike Pillsbury, wants U.S. leaders to rethink our tone, strategy, and narrative when it comes to the newly minted largest economy in the world.

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  Bexar County Jail saw a spike in its female residents from around 450 in 2011 to over 700 today. This near doubling of the population means the jail needs more women in its ranks. Men are not allowed to work in many living areas for incarcerated females, despite what you saw on Orange Is The New Black. 

Why are we seeing this spike? Who should apply for these kinds of jobs with the county?


  • Raul Banasco, deputy chief and jail administrator for Bexar County's Adult detention center
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FINAL UPDATE:  All the votes have been counted. José Menéndez will represent District 26 in the Texas Senate, replacing Leticia Van de Putte, who's stepping down to run for San Antonio Mayor. A special election will now have to be called to fill the House District 124 seat left vacant by Menéndez.

Diego Bernal will represent District 123 in the Texas House, replacing Mike Villarreal, who is also stepping down to run for San Antonio Mayor.