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12:37 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

At The Alamo, Patrick Renews Challenge To Castro For Immigration Debate

Screenshot from Patrick's video renewing his challenge for Mayor Castro to debate him about immigration.
Dan Patrick via YouTube

Republican Dan Patrick has released a new YouTube video and radio ad challenging San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro to a debate ahead of the March primaries. Castro said he would not debate Patrick until after the March election date.

Part of the $1.8 million dollars that Patrick, a Republican candidate in the lieutenant governor’s race, has spent is radio ads that continue to prod Castro to debate him on the topic of immigration.

From the radio ad:

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2014 Primary Election
12:03 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Where Republican Lt. Gov. Candidates Are Spending Their Statewide TV Ad Dollars

Early voting is now open for the March primary and candidates are ramping up their campaigning push.
David Martin Davies TPR News

Republican candidates in the lieutenant governor’s race are spending big on their statewide TV advertising during the first week of early primary voting.

Professor Jim Henson with the University of Texas at Austin’s Texas Politics Project said there is a calculated effort behind which cities they are spending the money in. Henson said how candidates allocate campaign resources among the different geographic urban areas is a big factor behind winning.

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Arts & Culture
10:51 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Fredericksburg Road Arts Event Invites You Into The Artist's Studio

Bihl Haus Arts

It’s a once-a-year arts celebration that’s spread out over several neighborhoods along Fredericksburg Road. The On and Off Fredericksburg Road Studio Tour celebrates the artists of an area of town fast becoming known for the art it generates.

“And that takes place this weekend on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Sunday from noon to 5 p.m." said Bihl Haus Arts Executive Director Kellen McIntyre. "And we also have wonderful evening events. On Friday night from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. there’s the amazing, not-to-be-missed On and Off Fred autograph party."

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The Source - February 18, 2014
9:50 am
Tue February 18, 2014

The Source: Smart Highways | SAPD & SAFD On The City Budget

Studio Roosegaarde, a Danish design firm, has posited several smart-highway designs both low and high tech. Here is one such concept with lights illuminating only the car's path and an electric grid under the pavement.
Studio Roosegaard cc

In the first segment:

The future of transportation may be smart cars but it will take smart highways to get us there. From safety to pollution to the mother-of-all-issues, traffic, intelligent transportation offers promising solutions to all of them. 

In 2011 congestion alone cost Americans $121 billion in lost time and gas, according to the most recent Urban Mobility Study.

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Downtown Development
4:50 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Bexar Commissioners Viewing Additional Contracts For San Pedro Creek Redevelopment

San Antonio River Authority

On Tuesday Bexar County Commissioners will consider some of the contracts for renovation of San Pedro Creek.

The San Pedro Creek restoration project announced last May has been touted as the second River Walk for downtown. The project starts at Fox Tech and runs southward and ties into the trails at Mission Concepción.

County Judge Nelson Wolff said it will take over 40 acres out of the flood zone and make them developable.

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Higher Education
4:31 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Alamo Colleges Prepping High School Students For College Success

San Antonio Colleges

High school students are invited to San Antonio College this weekend for a sneak peek into the young leadership program and to get some valuable college prep.

As an extra incentive, the Alamo Colleges are offering a chance to earn one of ten $1,000 scholarships for students planning to attend an Alamo Colleges campus.

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Arts & Culture
4:13 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Jump-Start's New Production 'Tales Of Lost Southtown' Debuts Sunday

Jump-Start Performance Co.

A new stage work by the Jump-Start Performance Co. called "Tales of Lost Southtown" documents one of San Antonio’s legendary neighborhoods. The production has a preview this Sunday, February 23, at 3 p.m.

“An insight into the quirky and funny, and sometimes disturbing, aspects of the strange characters that live in the Southtown neighborhood," said Erik Bosse, who created the work.

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Fort Sam Houston
2:42 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery Cracking Down On Items Left At Grave Sites

While floral arrangements are acceptable, items like balloons, pinwheels, glass items, vigil lights, candles, statues and stuffed animals are not allowed.
Gary Cooper

The Department of Veterans Affairs is asking families of the nation’s deceased military heroes to cooperate in its policy regarding mementos placed at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.  

The VA has posted a reminder effective March 1, and the National Cemetery Administration has a floral policy on its website that is also given to families.

Aubrey David, the assistant director of Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, said the policy expressly prohibits items other than floral arrangements.

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City Government
1:32 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Bag Ban Removed From Council Agenda For More Input, Pushed To March

Flickr user Kate Ter Haar cc

This week the San Antonio City Council Governance Committee was to discuss a potential single-use plastic bag ban but the item was pulled from the agenda.

In an effort to get community input on a possible plastic bag ban in San Antonio, District 7 Councilman Cris Medina last week convened a group of people from the retail industry, the city and others to talk about a ban on single-use plastic bags.

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Downtown Development
1:10 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

City Leaders Hope USAA Move Sparks Additional Downtown Momentum

City leaders are hoping that other companies take a cue from USAA and look at using downtown spaces.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

As Texas Public Radio reported to you last month, San Antonio's downtown building vacancy rate is at 29 percent. Now that USAA has announced plans to locate some of its employees in a building downtown, city leaders hope more will follow.

The insurance company announced that 150 workers will report to One Riverwalk Place on the northeast corner of North St. Mary's and Convent in September. They'll occupy only a few floors of the tower bought by USAA Real Estate Company last year.

District 8 Councilman Ron Nirenberg praised the score for downtown.

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