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11:46 am
Wed November 6, 2013

State Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments On Same-Sex Couples Filing For Divorce In Texas

Current bench sitting on the Texas Supreme Court.
State of Texas

The Texas Supreme Court heard oral arguments yesterday regarding two separate cases where same-sex couples ask a lower district court for a divorce.

The couples were married in another state and now want to dissolve that marriage through a divorce here in Texas. What the court will have to decide is whether lower district courts can grant a divorce to same-sex couples without violating the Texas Constitution.

The Texas 5th Court of Appeals held that Texas residents may not file for divorce if they were married out of state and are of the same gender.

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Bexar County Courts
10:39 am
Wed November 6, 2013

County Court Judge Irene Rios Will Stay On Bench -- For Now

Bexar County Courthouse.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

County Court at Law Judge Irene Rios recently announced her intention to run for a place on the 4th Court of Appeals. Upon her announcement, some claimed the judge must step down immediately.

The judge appeared before Bexar County Commissioners Court Tuesday to assure them that she has resigned. However, Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff said Rios may continue to hear cases until a replacement is found.

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Univision Demolition
9:09 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Court Order Stops In-Progress Demolition Of Former Univision Building

A woman places flowers on the fence erected outside of the Univision TV station
Joey Palacios TPR News

Demolition on the former Channel 41 Univision TV station downtown was halted Tuesday morning due to a court order.

Demolition began at 5:30 p.m. Monday, shortly after the West Side Preservation Alliance was denied an appeal that afternoon to contest a previous decision that blocked a historic designation.

By the time the building was torn apart, about 50 percent of the building was torn apart. Susana Seguara with the Alliance was one of about a dozen people outside what remained of the Univision Building on Tuesday.

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Bexar County
5:06 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Commissioners Draw New Boundaries For JP And Constable Precincts

Bexar County

Bexar County commissioners voted to redraw the boundaries for the justice of the peace precincts prior to the next election. The administrative move is designed to simplify the boundaries and at the same time reduce court costs.

There have been four precincts for justice of the peace courts, and there are four Bexar County precincts each represented by a commissioner. But the boundaries of the two types of jurisdictions have not matched.

Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff said there was an attempt by previous administrations to equalize the election process.

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2014 Governor's Race
4:52 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

In New Gubernatorial Poll, A 15 Point Gap Between Abbott And Davis

Polls will likely continue to fluctuate in the leadup to the 2014 election.
Ryan Poppe/David Martin Davies TPR News

New polling numbers show a much wider margin between gubernatorial candidates Wendy Davis, a Democrat, and Republican Greg Abbott.

A new poll out from the national group Public Policy Polling shows Davis behind Abbott by a margin of 15 points, which is a ten-point difference from a poll released earlier this week from the University of Texas at Austin's Texas Politics Project and the Texas Tribune.

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Literacy
4:07 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Pre-K 4 SA, Area Students Receive 10,000 Books From Local McDonald's Owners

Mayor Julián Castro reads to children at the Northside model education center of Pre-K 4 SA following the announcement that McDonald's is donating 3,000 books to children in the program, and 7,000 overall to students in San Antonio.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Happy Meals at McDonald's this month will feature books instead of toys and to kick off a month of literacy, local owners and operators of the fast-food chain donated thousands of books to San Antonio's new Pre-K 4 SA program.

Local McDonald's owners and operators like Ned and Fabiola Stagg are giving 3,000 books to the program's children, and 7,000 to kids at schools throughout the city.

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Election Day
3:37 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Sec. Of State’s Office Reassures That All Ballots Will Count Despite Voter ID Snags

Chris Eudaily TPR News

Texas Secretary of State John Steen's office is guaranteeing that every ballot will count in this election, even if a voter is registered under a different name.

This is the Texas' first statewide election where photo ID is required to cast a ballot, which has led to some reported problems at polling places across the state.

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Downtown Development
3:00 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Centro San Antonio Restructures For Downtown Revitalization Push

Only two people at the Centro San Antonio luncheon said they attended the Diwali Festival of Lights downtown last weekend.
Murali Subramaniam

During a luncheon Monday at the Westin Riverwalk to talk about the new structure of Centro San Antonio, Inc., a startling revelation swept across the crowd of about 200 downtown stakeholders.

"How many of you had the opportunity this weekend to participate in the Diwali Festival downtown?" asked SA2020 CEO Darryl Byrd.

A long pause followed.

"OK, well that's very disappointing and embarrassing," said Byrd. "There are two people over there."

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Arts & Culture
2:57 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Texas Children's Choir Commemorates WWII Hero

The Texas Children’s Choir is heading to Hondo, but that’s only a small step compared to where they’re going next summer -- Normandy Beach in France, where Americans invaded on D-Day.

Volunteer Laura Force, whose 9-year-old daughter is in the choir, said that common purpose is the key to the choir’s success. She talked about Choir Director Dr. Thomas Hardaway’s efforts with the children:

"Dr. Hardaway instills in the children that their choir is as much about instilling their own voices independently and together as a choir, as it is also service to others," Force said.

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The Source - November 5, 2013
1:42 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

The Source: Univision Building Comes Down...Kinda | The Lessons Of West, TX

Joey Palacios/TPR

In the first segment:

Early this morning the Westside Preservation Alliance obtained an injunction against developers wanting to destroy an aging downtown TV studio.

After a city board declined to overturn a Historic and Design Review Commission decision, demolition began on the site of the former TV station, KWEX. Greystar Properties has stated their intention to build condominiums on the site. 

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