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Bexar County
2:28 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Burn Ban Issued For Bexar County

Bexar County

Dry, hot weather conditions have forced Bexar County Commissioners to order a new burn ban.

The court order bans outdoor burning in unincorporated Bexar County for the next 90 days, but it’s still okay under the ban to burn household trash or other domestic waste in a burn barrel with a wire mesh screen to prevent the spread of sparks and flames.

Thanks to some good rainy days at the beginning of summer, San Antonio has not been under a burn ban since early June.

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Eagle Ford Shale
12:21 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

TxDOT Considering Gravel Roads In South Texas As Cost-Saving Measure

Roads in counties located in the Eagle Ford Shale area are getting heavy traffic from the oil and gas boom.
South Texas Environmental Education and Research

Roads are being worn down with the high volume of heavy-load trucks passing in and out of the Eagle Ford Shale area, causing TxDOT to balance the need for frequent repairs with cost saving measures in their budget.

A paved road costs the agency about $500,000 per mile to maintain, but gravel roads cost about $10,000, so TxDOT wants to convert 83 miles of roadway into gravel, a decision that is being met with opposition from county officials.

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The Source - August 21, 2013
10:57 am
Wed August 21, 2013

The Source: Working Free From Intimidation | Dealing With Anger

Flickr user Michael Lokner cc

In the first segment:

This month Bradley Jones sued Texas state Rep. Patricia Harless, R-Spring, her husband Sam and two other employees of Fred Fincher Motors in Houston, which the Harlesses own, for repeatedly shocking him with a stun gun over the course of 9 months for amusement.

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Science & Technology
4:26 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Tesla Opens Texas Supercharger Stations, But Still Can't Sell Vehicles In State

Tesla Motors model S in San Marcos at the unveiling of the new Tesla supercharger station.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

The Tesla Motors Model S starts as soon as you sit down behind the wheel and press on the brakes -- there's not even a place for a key -- and from that point there is no sound, even when accelerating.

Tesla unveiled its latest string of supercharger stations in Texas this week to help provide its car owners a free charge along several of the state’s major roadways, but the addition of the supercharger station in San Marcos is on the heels of a legislative letdown.

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City Government
3:27 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Chan Supporters Cheer Her Public Defense Of Leaked Audio

District 9 Councilwoman Elisa Chan was given a standing ovation and cheered by supporters at a news conference where she responded to a comments made public from a staff meeting.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

A room full of supporters gave District 9 Councilwoman Elisa Chan a standing ovation as the embattled politician entered the media briefing room at City Hall on Tuesday.

Chan's office gave reporters a 30 minute notice for the time and location of the press conference, and the applause coming from the room packed with people supporting Chan lent speculation that the news conference was more than just a response to her leaked comments from a May 21 staff meeting.

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BiblioTech
2:33 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Applications Now Open For BiblioTech Library Cards

Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff holds the first issued BiblioTech Library Card. Partons can pick-up their own cards on opening day.
Joey Palacios TPR News

Bexar County residents can now apply for their own BiblioTech library card, as the country’s first bookless all-digital public library gets ready to open its doors less than a month from now.

When it opens, the library will have 10,000 titles available for download from the publisher 3M.

"If  you have an Android or an Apple device you would simply download the 3M Cloud Library app and put in your library card information and you will have instant access," said BiblioTech Branch Manager Catarina Velasquez.

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Higher Education
12:27 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Universities Deal With $2.7 Billion Tuition Revenue Bond Shortage

Texas State University-San Marcos is putting two new buildings on hold due to the shortage in tuition revenue bonds.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

From the tail end of the regular legislative session until the last seconds of the final special session of the summer, 60 Texas colleges and universities held their breath wondering if Gov. Rick Perry would add legislation to provide an extra $2.7 billion in tuition revenue bonds to complete various projects on campuses.

Sen. Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo, authored a bill with bipartisan support to cover the money, but Perry didn't add it to the special sessions.

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Community Safety
10:22 am
Tue August 20, 2013

DPS Begins Increased DWI Patrols, Continues Over Labor Day Weekend

State of Texas

Starting Monday, the Texas Department of Public Safety is stepping up DWI patrols and the enhanced enforcement period will last through Sept. 9, which includes Labor Day weekend.

The DPS said troopers will focus patrols in high-risk areas for alcohol-related crashes.

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The Source - August 20, 2013
9:49 am
Tue August 20, 2013

The Source: Pot Legalization | The Book Of Immortality

In the first segment:

In the book "Smoke Signals," Martin A. Lee traces the history of cannabis from the counter-culture movement of the 1960s to the multi-billion dollar industry it is now. With states like Washington and Colorado decriminalizing the plant, what does this mean for Texas?

In the second segment:

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Gov. Rick Perry
9:39 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Judge Names Special Prosecutor In Perry Coercion Complaint

rickperry.org

This week San Antonio District Judge Robert "Bert" Richardson named area attorney Michael McCrum as the special prosecutor in the criminal complainant against Gov. Rick Perry.

"We’re too early to say there is going to be a trial in this matter," McCrum said. "Just because a complaint has been filed by a citizen doesn’t mean there is actually a prosecution in place. It’s my responsibility to look into the matter and decide if something went wrong, something that needs to be addressed in criminal court and whether or not charges need to be filed."

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