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12:52 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

With Fireworks Restrictions Eased For July 4 Celebrations, Stay Safe!

Watch out for flying bottle rockets!
U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission

Fireworks sales began Monday for the July 4 holiday, and although fire officials would rather see people play it safe and go see a professional pyrotechnics show, they realize some people enjoy lighting their own -- especially in San Antonio.

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Special Session (Part Deux)
11:47 am
Wed June 26, 2013

SB5 Fails To Pass Before Midnight, But Another Special Session Is Expected

Eileen Pace TPR News

The attempted filibuster by Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, slipped off the rails, but Democrats were still able to defeat the legislation with a little help from citizens who packed the state capitol.

Davis’ filibuster lasted about 11 hours, until the strict filibuster rules of the Texas Legislature allowed Republicans to end her attempt to block the bill just short of the midnight deadline.

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Education
10:56 am
Wed June 26, 2013

Petroleum Industry Lends Support To Texas A&M-San Antonio

The natural gas boom in South Texas is driving demand for more STEM universitgy graduates.
South Texas Environmental Education and Research

The San Antonio chapter of the American Petroleum Institute is investing in the university’s science technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields and other programs that support the oil industry.

Although Texas A&M-San Antonio does not have a petroleum engineering major currently, the institute is supporting possibilities for the school’s future.

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Government
9:01 am
Wed June 26, 2013

Texas Enforcing Voter ID Law After Supreme Court Strips Portion Of Voting Rights Act

Chris Eudaily TPR News

Section four of the Voting Rights Act has been eliminated, and Texas can now legally enforce its voter I.D. law according to Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott.

Section four outlined which states would fall under the discretion of the Department of Justice what would require pre-clearance for implanting new voting laws under section five. Moments after the Supreme Court decision, Abbott issued a statement saying the Texas Voter I.D. law would take effect immediately.

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Mission Reach
6:22 am
Wed June 26, 2013

Large Section Of Mission Reach Re-Opened To public

Part of a trail washed out on the Mission Reach following the May flooding.
Paul Flahive TPR

On Monday the San Antonio River Authority re-opened a part of the Mission Reach trails damaged in last month’s floods.

The section opened runs from VFW Boulevard to Mission Road.

SARA had to close portions of the Mission Reach after large sections of soil washed out from under the trails, creating a dangerous situation for pedestrians and cyclists.

Gloria Rodriguez, who is in SARA’s Community Relations Department said some of those areas in the project have been repaired and are ready for exploring again.

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Military
10:54 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Four Military Working Dogs Honored for Service to Their Country

MWD Leo, ready to enter civilian life with Staff Sgt. Rachel Lopatesky
Eileen Pace

They served a total of 32 years of faithful service to their country, and Tuesday, they retired.

Four members of the Canine Security Forces were formally honored at a ceremony at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph.

The MWDs – or Military Working Dogs --  were awarded certificates of meritorious service. Commander of the 902d Security Forces Squadron, Major Gregory Bodenstein, says all the dogs are war heroes.

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Classical Spotlight
8:58 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

USAF Band Of The West Celebrates Independence Day

Airmen Ainsley Davis and Jennifer Daffinee at the TPR studios
John Clare / Texas Public Radio

This week starts local performances with Lackland Air Force Base's Band of the West, led by Captain Michael Hoerber. The concerts are free and open to the public, but tickets are recommended for early seating. (For the San Antonio concerts at Sea World, admission is required to the park, but the concert is free inside.)

The patriotic program includes music of all branches of the military, and span from the Revolutionary War to today. Ensembles include their Concert Band, Dimensions in Blue, Warhawk, and  soloists Ainsley Davis and Jennifer Daffinee.

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Education
5:10 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

SAISD Issues District-wide Pay Raises

San Antonio Independent School District

Teachers and staff members in the San Antonio Independent School district will receive a boost in their paychecks starting next semester.

Raises do not happen every year, but the SAISD wanted to introduce a more competitive pay scale to match up with its Bexar County counterparts.

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Government
5:05 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

DPS Begins Issuing Free Voter Certificates, Photo ID Or Not

Chris Eudaily TPR News

Now that the Texas Voter ID law is firmly in place, the Department of Public Safety will begin issuing Election Identification certificates to voters without a Texas identification card.

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Government
3:00 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Newly Elected Shirley Gonzales' Two New Big Jobs: Councilwoman and Mom

Shirley Gonzales announced at her runoff watch party that she and her husband are expecting a baby at the end of the year.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

The good news hasn’t stopped for newly-elected District 5 Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales.

During her runoff election night watch party at her west side campaign headquarters, Gonzales announced she is expecting a baby. By the end of the night, she’d won the election against her opponent, incumbent David Medina. The events mean two big jobs are ahead for Gonzales, who in her free time is also an Ironman competitor.

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