During a live Texas Public Radio debate Monday the two candidates for San Antonio mayor agreed on some important policy issues:  the need to provide more affordable housing in and around downtown; a desire for more competitive airline service; and a willingness to consider financial incentives to attract a professional soccer franchise to the Alamo City.  

Watch the entire debate at the bottom of the page 

During the 60-minute live broadcast candidates Ivy Taylor and Leticia Van de Putte generally remained civil while disagreeing on a number of policy issues. 

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The final gavel comes down on the state legislature today, as Texas lawmakers end their five-month session. Legislators had 140 days to move on key pieces of legislation, but needed a final working weekend to get for some of the more controversial bills across the finish line.

On Friday, lawmakers agreed on the one bill they had to pass — a two-year state budget. The more than $209 billion spending plan includes property tax relief, more money for more Department of Public Safety troopers along the border, and $30 million to restore the Alamo Complex in San Antonio.

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AUSTIN — The Legislature has approved creating a Texas Bullion Depository where the state and other investors can store gold reserves. The House voted Sunday to approve compromise language after versions of the plan previously passed both chambers. That sends it to Gov. Greg Abbott to be signed into law.

Southlake Republican Rep. Giovanni Capriglione first proposed the state depository in 2013, but it didn’t gain traction until this session. The depository would be a secure facility administered by the Texas comptroller. Its location hasn’t yet been determined.

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AUSTIN — The Texas Legislature has abolished a technology incentive program former Gov. Rick Perry used to distribute $200 million in taxpayer funds to Texas startups — replacing it with a new university fund.

A proposal disbanding Rick Perry's Emerging Technology Fund cleared the Legislature Sunday. Replacing it will be a new governor’s fund to improve research at Texas universities by offering incentives to recruit top academic minds.

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AUSTIN — The Texas Legislature has approved a contentious proposal issuing A through F grades rating its public schools’ academic performance.

The House voted 119 to 17 on Sunday to pass a compromise after both it and the Senate approved separate versions of the plan earlier in the session. It now goes to Gov. Greg Abbott to be signed into law.

Schools will be rated primarily based on student performance on standardized tests. But also, graduation rates and community and parent engagement will be considered.