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Special Session - Abortion
12:36 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Senate Dems Board Orange Tour Bus To Take Abortion Debate Across The State

Senate Democrats rally outside the capitol before heading out to hold hearings on the special session abortion bill.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

Texas Senate Democrats rallied at the capitol and then boarded a big orange "Stand with Texas Women" tour bus to take the abortion fight on the road.

Sen. Kirk Watson of Austin, who is the chair of the Democratic Caucus, had initially requested the entire Senate take committee hearings on the road. When that request was denied, Stand With Texas Women chartered their own.

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Military
11:06 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Defense Furloughs Mean 20 Percent Pay Cut For Affected Employees

Air Force Thunderbirds
U.S. Air Force

  Furloughs began Monday for 23,000 Department of Defense employees at Joint Base San Antonio as part of the government’s sequestration measure to tighten the federal budget.

About 700,000 total Department of Defense employees will be taking one day a week off for the next 11 weeks -- the government reduced the furloughs from the original 22 days.

Joint Base San Antonio’s Brent Boller said the military could not avoid the cutbacks entirely, despite other efforts to reduce military expenses:

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Local Business
10:16 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Small Business Workshops Are San Antonio's "Best-Kept" Business Secret

"Now Open" sign outside a business in downtown San Antonio
Ryan Loyd TPR News

  The UTSA Small Business Development Center is offering a half-day class on Wednesday for people interested in starting a new business.

SBDC Marketing Associate Rebecca Montalvo said the short class offers the first steps for new business ideas – and answers questions people have about getting started:

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Bexar County Sheriff
9:22 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Sheriff's Office Looking For Alternate Funding For Safety Equipment

In this photo taken by Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Marlon Sammy/Released, Thai and U.S. Marines train using combat tourniquets.
Flickr user III Marine Expeditionary Force/MCI Pacific

Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau is looking for funds in other places after her office was denied almost $100,000 worth of equipment funding from a federal grant.

The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant is a fund to help state and local entities prevent or reduce crime and violence and is administered through the Justice Department.

The sheriff hoped to get some of the local funds to purchase vests, helmets, AR15 rifles, and shields for deputies in case of a violent incident at the civil or criminal courthouse.

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Classical Spotlight
7:56 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Cactus Pear Music Festival Heats Up With Strings

Pianist James Winn and Violinist Stephanie Sant'Ambrogio
courtesy of the artist

More concerts and outreach events are on tap for the Cactus Pear Music Festival's 17th annual season this week. 

Three young people's concerts are free and open to the public on Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday afternoons. The musicians of the Young Artists Program, led by Craig Sorgi, play on these concerts. They will also perform Sergei Prokofiev's Overture on Hebrew Themes on the festival finale Sunday evening.

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Higher Education
5:35 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

High School Students Get A Taste Of College Life

Alecia Jarrett, Head Student Assistant at Trinity University, distributes room keys to Camp GenTX students on Monday.
Ryan Loyd TPR

Summer break is still in full swing, but for the 136 area high school students participating in Camp GenTX, their vacation still involves learning.

The students moved into the dorms at Trinity University on Monday morning, ready for a three-day college experience of eating in the dining halls, hearing lectures, and walking around on campus.

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Lake Dunlap Water
4:52 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

SAWS Switches Water Source For Northeast Bexar County

Area of Bexar County affected by water switch.
SAWS

Residents in Northeast Bexar County will have a different water source for the next several weeks as the San Antonio Water System addresses water concerns from Lake Dunlap.

The affected area of customers are between IH-35 and IH-10, inside 1604 -- an area previously served by BexarMet. Those customers are now using Edwards Aquifer water for the time being.

SAWS Spokeswoman Anne Hayden said warmer weather in the shallow lake Dunlap caused algae to flare up.

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San Antonio Healthcare
4:23 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Medical Partnership Increasing Children's Care Options In San Antonio

CHRISTUS Health

Baylor College of Medicine has now taken over clinical responsibility at Children's Hospital of San Antonio, which is owned by Christus Santa Rosa.

Believing the need for pediatric care is on the rise, Christus Santa Rosa Health System President Patrick Carrier said children's services are an important part of the health system's care ministry. It started providing pediatric services in 1874. In 1917, the first hospital wing dedicated to pediatrics opened.

Carrier said in 1959 the first hospital for children in San Antonio opened.

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Rick Perry Announcement
2:06 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

GOP Power Shift: Perry Announces He Will Not Seek Another Term As Governor

rickperry.org

Following much anticipation, prediction and some doubt, Gov. Rick Perry has announced he will not seek another term as governor.

A production crew played a campaign video ahead of Perry's speech, which lead most in the crowd to believe he was running for another term, but it was all for naught.

"I remain excited about the future and the challenges ahead, but the time has come to pass on the mantle of leadership. Today, I am announcing I will not seek re-election as governor of Texas," Perry said.

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The Source - July 8, 2013
1:26 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

The Source: Perry's Legacy | When Sarcasm Lands You In Jail

Texas Tribune

In the first segment:

The longest sitting governor in Texas history, Gov. Rick Perry, announced he will not run for office for a fourth time this afternoon. Southern Methodist University Professor and foremost Texas political expert Cal Jillson joins us to talk about what this means for Perry and other state house races.  

Paul Burka from Texas Monthly magazine, and author of the Burkablog also joins us to give perspective on the Perry Legacy.

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