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3:59 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

House Democrats Holding Out Over Education Funding On State Budget Bill

The Save Texas Schools rally on March 12, 2011, the year state legislators cut large chunks of funding to education.
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After meeting for hours behind closed doors, House Democratic leaders declined the Republican deal on the state’s budget bill.  

Rep. Sylvester Turner, D-Houston, the vice-chair of the Democratic Caucus, said House Democrats are unified in their stance against the budget in its current form, which promises $3.2 billion for education funding.

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Texas Legislature
2:29 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Gov. Perry Closer To Getting His $1.8 Billion In Businesses Tax Breaks

Ryan Poppe TPR News

A bill that provides $630 million worth of tax incentives has already made its way out of the House, and is now heading to the Senate floor for a vote.

The bill has been altered from its original wording, streamlining those benefiting down to one business group.

"I explained to my colleagues as we’ve been trying to work through this in the last couple of days: It’s almost like I have to pick which three of my kids gets something and which do not. It’s almost impossible," said Sen. Glenn Hegar, R-Katy, who is carrying the bill in the Senate.

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Texas Legislature
1:32 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Lawmaker Seeking Alternative Path For Immigrant Driver Permit Bill

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At this late stage in the legislative session, most bills that haven't made it out of at least one chamber are left to the wind, but there is still a chance for a bill with bipartisan support that proposes to provide immigrants without legal documentation a driver’s permit.

Rep. Roberto Alonzo, D-Dallas, is carrying the bill, which was authored by Sen. Tommy Williams, R-The Woodlands.

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The Source - May 16, 2013
12:55 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

The Source: Business Incentives & The Book 'Debtors' Prison'

"Now Open" sign outside a business in downtown San Antonio
Ryan Loyd TPR News

In the first segment:

When cities and counties try to attract big businesses, they have several tools in their toolbox.  Tax abatements or breaks to businesses that bring jobs have become the new normal, so are they worth it?  

Today we talk with Brian Kelsey, professor at the University of Texas, Austin and principle at Civic Analytics, and with David Marquez from Bexar County Economic Development about what these all mean and why cities and counties are going this route.

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World Music Pick
12:01 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Lyric Romanticism On Asgeir Trausti's "In The Silence"

Ásgeir Trausti hoped to be a professional track and field athlete but his plans were detailed by various sporting injuries. He became a professional musician instead and quickly rose to to top of the Icelandic music scene.

All the words to his songs are composed by his 72-year-old father and are filled with lyric romanticism.

His first album, "Dyrd I Daudathogn," (In The Silence) is sung completely in Icelandic, he hopes to reach a broader audience with an all English version of the album currently in the works.

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Public Servants
10:36 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Fallen Deputies To Be Honored At Public Ceremony

Eileen Pace TPR

As part of National Police Week, San Antonio Police Department and Bexar County Sheriff's Department are honoring their slain officers and deputies.

SAPD held a ceremony earlier this week and Sheriff Susan Pamerleau will hold a special candlelight vigil Thursday evening for members of her department - the first time Bexar County has held such a private event.

On Friday deputies will gather for the annual public ceremony, where Sgt. Yvonne Vann, wife of Sgt. Kenneth Vann, who was shot and killed while on duty in May 2011, will speak.

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Arts & Culture
6:52 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Tejano Matriarch Immortalized By U.S. Postal Service

Members of Lydia Mendoza’s family pose in front of a large rendition of her Music Icon stamp in the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center.
Joey Palacios TPR

Lydia Mendoza has been called the first lady of Tejano and Conjunto Music and Wednesday the U.S. Postal Service unveiled a forever stamp in her honor as part of a music legends series.

La alondra de la frontera (the lark of the border) was honored at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center on the West Side.

Mendoza was born to a musical family in Houston in 1916 and she progressed in her talents, eventually mastering the 12-string guitar.

Mendoza is one of several pioneering musicians being honored in the postal services' Music Icon stamp series.

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Texas Legislature
4:24 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

With Hwy. 281 In Mind, Campbell Bill Aims To Restrict Future State Toll Projects

Ryan Loyd TPR

The Senate has passed a bill that prohibits the state’s transportation department from turning free roads into toll roads, but the "do-or-die" deadline is approaching fast for it to clear the House in time.

Sen. Donna Campbell, R-New Braunfels, authored Senate Bill 1029, which addresses the conversion of existing state roads into tollways. She said there are several highways throughout the state being eyed for this type of tolling, one of which is Hwy. 281.

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Texas Legislature
2:48 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Campus-Carry Bill Heads To Full Senate Vote

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After making its way through the Texas House, the Senate Criminal Justice Committee approved a bill that allows students and faculty to carry a handgun to class.

Sen. John Whitmire, D-Houston, the chair of the committee, told those registered to speak against the campus-carry bill that if this version of the bill didn't make it out of his committee, lawmakers will likely find a way to pass a similar campus-carry bill at another time.

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The Source - May 15, 2013
12:42 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

The Source: Business Friendly San Antonio

City of San Antonio

In the first segment:

San Antonio was given an A in terms of business friendliness by thumbtack.com.   What does it mean to be business-friendly?  And is it all that is cracked up to be?  

Hispanic Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Ramiro Cavazos joins us to speak to the business environment here in San Antonio.

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