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Environment
2:40 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

After Years Of Contention, EPA Backs Down On Texas Clean Air Permitting

EPA

Officials with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the Environmental Protection Agency have reached an agreement as it pertains to Texas’ clean air plan. The resolution allows major polluters like oil refineries some flexibility on clean air permits.

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Transportation
2:17 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

TxDOT Approves Creation Of High-Speed Rail Commission

The Texas Transportation Commission has given the green light to forming a high-speed rail commission to oversee a bullet train project between Fort Worth and Dallas. The Texas Department of Transportation agreed to take $15 million in federal funds in order to study the issue.

This week, commissioners set up a separate high-speed rail commission headed up by former transportation commissioner Bill Meadows.

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The Source - January 30, 2014
12:34 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

The Source: Hungry Kids Don't Learn | A Changing Texas Brings Big Challenges

Students at Washington-Lee High School select their breakfast of Scrambled Eggs and Biscuits, on Wednesday, October 19, 2011 prepared by Arlington Public Schools.
USDA Photo by Bob Nichols

In the first segment:

Texas students are coming to class hungry, an estimated 1.5 million kids across the state participate in breakfast in the classroom programs. Texas requires any district with over 10 percent of kids qualifying for free and reduced lunches to offer breakfast as well, and the results are fed kids who can concentrate on their work. 

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Arts & Culture
12:23 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Your Window To Asia Opens Saturday At The Institute Of Texan Cultures

Lion dancer, Asian Festival.
James Benavides

It comes around once a year, and when it does, San Antonio’s Asian population takes center stage.
The 27th annual Asian Festival is all in one day, and it happens on Saturday from 10 a.m.-5p.m. at the Institute of Texan Cultures.

"There’ll be stages for music and dance, there’ll be food vendors with authentic specialties from China and Japan, India, Laos and Cambodia, so many wonderful food opportunities," said ITC Senior Communications Specialist James Benavides.

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Community Safety
11:22 am
Thu January 30, 2014

SAPD Says Leon Creek Greenway Attack Was A Hoax

A stretch of the Leon Creek Greenway.
City of San Antonio

Frustrating and thoughtless is how San Antonio Police Chief William McManus describes a recent alleged attack that turns out to have never happened.

The woman claimed to have been assaulted Jan. 17 on the trails at the Leon Creek Greenway by a man with a neck tattoo wearing a ski mask. But according to Police Chief William McManus, detectives had information that led them to believe the attack never happened, and they quickly discovered the alleged victim in the case made the whole thing up.

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Environment
10:25 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Energy Companies Show Off New Devices At DistribuTech Conference

Attendees walk around the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center during the DistribuTech conference in San Antonio.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

The smartest minds are in town energized about new technology and the changing world of energy production and consumption.

This year's DistribuTech conference is in San Antonio and is helping change the future of the energy industry.

Inside the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, leaders from the world's largest energy companies are busy talking about the latest and greatest in power transmission. The buzz is overwhelming, but really what It's really all about is how energy companies are updating their systems to better serve customers.

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Arts & Culture
10:10 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Uganda's Watoto Children's Choir Sings Against All Odds

Watoto Children's Choir
Watoto staff

Their music is pretty well guaranteed to put a smile on your face but the kids who are making it haven’t had a lot to smile about. They're from strife-torn Uganda.

“Some of the children we have were abandoned on the streets," said Watoto Children’s Choir Team Leader Phillip Mugerwa.

“Others, they saw their parents murdered during war. Others saw their parents die of HIV and AIDS,” he said.

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Business
10:00 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Valero Reports Spike In 4th Quarter Earnings, Attributes Increase To End Of Recession

Eileen Pace TPR News

San Antonio-based Valero Energy is reporting a 28 percent increase in its fourth quarter earnings, and officials say the nation’s oil industry is healthier as a whole now that the recession is coming to an end. 

Valero Wednesday reported an increase of $1.3 billion dollars over the fourth quarter earnings of 2012. 

Vice-President of Media and Community Relations Bill Day said the company is starting to see steady increases now, in part due to the end of the recession.

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2014 Election
9:24 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Voter ID Reminder For 2014 Primary Election

Chris Eudaily TPR News

Voter ID certificates are now available at Texas DPS offices and county elections offices are working to get voters properly registered for next month’s early voting in the primary elections.

The Electronic Identification Certificate is the required document for all voters who do not already have a state or U.S. photo ID. According to the voter ID law that went into effect in November, every voter must show an acceptable form of ID to be allowed to cast their ballot.

Accepted photo IDs include:

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2014 Election
4:56 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Davis Says Opponents Picked A Fight With The "Wrong Texas Gal"

Screen shot from Wendy Davis' "A Texas Story" campaign video.
Wendy Davis for Governor

The daughters of likely Democratic gubernatorial nominee Wendy Davis ran to her aide during a fundraising event in Austin. The state senator from Fort Worth also took a moment to, what she says, "set the record straight."

Before the candidate took the stage, her daughter Amber corrected some of the things being said about her mother’s parenting while she attended Harvard law school.

Davis said over the last 10 days Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott has done everything possible to skew her story by taking issue with certain dates and her parenting skills.

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