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3:12 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Budget Requests A Challenge For City Council During Shortfall

Bexar County

The city of San Antonio is facing a $35 to $50 million shortfall in the general fund for 2014, but outside agencies are requesting funding in the next budget before decisions are made to cut or reduce their piece of the pie.

These are items that are considered unfunded, and city leaders must figure out if the city can afford the requests.

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Government
2:56 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Low Black Turnout At Polls Means Struggle Isn't Over, Says Chair Of Legislative Black Caucus

State Rep. Sylvester Turner
Mose Buchele StateImpact Texas

 This week of Juneteenth, we're taking a look at the 2012 voting numbers for African-Americans, and why there is a gap between younger generations and those from the civil rights era of the 1960s.  

"Lost in translation," is what the chair of the Legislative Black Caucus, Houston Democratic Rep. Sylvester Turner, says may be happening when it comes to younger generation blacks showing up at the polls.  He says critical votes cast during events like the civil rights movement are simply just history for a younger generation.

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Texas
12:17 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Brewers Raise A Glass to New Beer Laws In Texas

Enjoying a locally brewed cold one will soon be easier.
Clemensfranz Wikimedia Commons

State Rep. Mike Villarreal, D-San Antonio, raised a glass Wednesday night at the Blue Star Brewing Company to toast new beer laws adopted by the Texas Legislature and signed by Governor Rick Perry.

Those bills, dubbed the Texas Freedom Beer laws, will be changing the way craft brewers are able to reach their fans.

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The Source - June 20, 2013
11:32 am
Thu June 20, 2013

The Source: The State Of Investigative Reporting | Kids and the Legislative Session

Flickr user Roar Pettersen (roarpett)

In the first segment:

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Government
11:17 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Lt. Governor Dewhurst Tweets Senate Abortion Bill Was About Ending Abortion

Texas Lt. Governor David Dewhurst
Campaign photo Wikimedia Commons

Lt. Governor David Dewhurst took to Twitter on Wednesday to say that a senate abortion bill was about ending abortion in Texas.  

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Arts & Culture
5:15 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

'Comedy Warriors' Premieres At San Antonio Film Festival

Bobby Henline before he was wounded.
Service photo

  "Comedy Warriors," one of the most meaningful movies in this year’s San Antonio Film Festival, presents the stories of our nation’s war heroes in a comedy, a method that has been the key to healing for more than one wounded warrior.

After his experiences in Iraq, narrow grocery-store aisles cause Bobby Henline to freeze up. He can’t think and he starts looking for a way out, but the former 82nd Airborne soldier has no trouble on a wide-open stage telling humorous stories to audiences.

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The Source - June 19, 2013
4:39 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

The Source: Deadlines In The Student Loan Debate | Zombie Culture

Flikr user Laura Taylor

In the first segment:

July first marks the end of a temporary reprieve from student loan rates that was passed by Congress last year -- the rates will go up to over six percent. What does this jump in rates mean for students, for the government, and for taxpayers?  

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Special Session
12:09 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Senate Drops Several Key Abortion Bills In Order To Pass One During Special Session

Gov. Rick Perry announces his support for a bill preventing abortions after 20 weeks last December.
Office of the Governor

Sen. Glenn Hegar, R-Katy, the author of the 20-week fetal pain abortion bill, withdrew his own bill in order for lawmakers to pass something related to abortion during the special session.

Hegar said he abandoned his bill because of poor of timing.

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Classical Spotlight
11:15 am
Wed June 19, 2013

Church Choirs Preview English Cathedral Residency

Dr. Joseph Causby
John Clare/Texas Public Radio

The St. Mark's Choir and Youth Choir are going to Exeter Cathedral to be choir in residence from July 22-July 28. They will be responsible for singing daily services, with one day off! In total, they will perform 7 services (two on Sunday).

This weekend, Sunday at 4pm, the choirs are presenting a concert entitled, "Exeter in Texas" were they offer a preview of some of the music:

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Bexar County
11:03 am
Wed June 19, 2013

Long-Time Tax Assessor-Collector Honored By Bexar County Commissioners

Bexar County

On Tuesday Bexar County Commissioners honored the late Rudy A. Garza for his years of service as the county tax assessor-collector.

Before he was Bexar County’s tax assessor-collector, Garza was chief of investigation for the district attorney’s office in the 1970s, which is when Tommy Adkisson, now a county commissioner, knew him.

Adkisson looked up to Garza as a mentor, and described him as skilled at everything he did.

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