San Antonio River Foundation

There’s lots of buzz about plans for a new park overlooking the Mission Reach.  The $10 million plan for Confluence Park, to be situated at the confluence of the San Antonio River and San Pedro Creek, will focus on teaching responsible water use and landscaping practices.

Stuart Allen is the project manager.

“Well, it’s a 3-1/2 acre outdoor learning classroom. The intent of the project is to create a destination on the Riverwalk where students and river visitors alike can learn about native plant species and witness a large-scale water catchment system,” Allen said. (TBEC Review) / CC

AUSTIN — E-cigarettes would be off-limits for Texas minors to purchase under a proposal that the Legislature has approved and sent to Gov. Greg Abbott.

The Senate had previously passed the prohibition and voted 28-2 on Monday to endorse changes the House made when approving it. Abbott’s signature would make it law.

The proposal bans selling e-cigarettes to minors, as well as possession of the devices by Texans under 18.

E-cigarettes are battery-operated smoking devices that vaporize chemicals for inhalation.

The bill also directs state health officials to study c-cigarette use statewide.

Grand Jury Declines To Indict Texas Cop In Shooting Death

May 18, 2015
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SAN ANTONIO — This was perhaps, not unexpected, but it might not be the last we hear of this. On Monday, a Tarrant County grand jury declined to indict a Grapevine, Texas, police officer in the fatal shooting of a Mexican national who was unarmed, but reportedly, “legally inebriated,” after a high speed chase and a traffic stop captured on patrol car video.

Grapevine police and prosecutors on Monday announced Officer Robert Clark would not face charges in the Feb 20, 2015, death of Ruben Garcia Villalpando.

In an unusual move, though perhaps appropriate given the scrutiny police departments across the country are under, Grapevine Police Chief Eddie Salame issued a very quick statement “to the community” on the grand jury proceedings (which you can watch here).

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AUSTIN — University of Texas athletic director Steve Patterson says the Longhorns could play football in Mexico City by 2020 as UT considers expanding its brand internationally.

Patterson, who took over as athletic director 19 months ago, spoke at the Associated Press Sports Editors’ Southwest Region meeting Sunday in Austin. Patterson says UT has a natural advantage because of its proximity to what he considers to be a lucrative fan base in Mexico.

HOUSTON — The Houston Rockets are heading to the Western Conference finals for the first time in 18 years after overcoming a 3-1 series deficit to eliminate the Los Angeles Clippers. “It’s the ultimate confidence-booster,” James Harden said. “There’s only a handful of teams that’s done that. We fought back. We fought three really hard games and came away with it.”

Harden scored 31 points, Dwight Howard had 16 points and 15 rebounds and the Rockets never trailed in a 113-100 victory over the Clippers on Sunday, sending them to the conference finals for the first time since 1997.