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9:21 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Ethics Board Finds Briones Knowingly Violated Ethics Code

Rolando Briones talks with his attorney, David Christian, at an Ethics Review Board hearing to discuss an ethics complaint against him.
Ryan Loyd TPR

The Ethics Review Board found Wednesday night that former City Council District 8 candidate Rolando Briones knowingly violated San Antonio’s ethics code by accepting a contract for his consulting and engineering firm with the city when he sat on San Antonio's Planning Commission.

The case was filed by William Hurley, a citizen who believed Briones acted inappropriately because he used a public entity for personal business.

Briones was present for the hearing, in which he testified that he never had any intention of knowingly violating the ethics code.

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Special Session - Abortion
5:00 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

What Do Court Statutes Say About The Fate Of Texas Abortion Legislation?

Though abortion legislation gets closer to becoming law, the fight could be far from over.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

As abortion legislation nears Gov. Rick Perry's desk, opponents are now looking at ways to combat the measures once they are signed into law. Attorneys in the Texas House have opposing legal interpretations of House Bill 2, the abortion bill that passed in the Texas House today.

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Special Session
2:03 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Texas House Gives Final Approval Of Abortion Bill

Ryan Poppe TPR News

The Texas House has approved HB 2, the controversial abortion bill, on a vote of 98 to 49 without the addition of any amended changes.

The bill now heads to a Senate committee and a final vote on the bill is expected during the early part of next week.

The bill will ban abortion after 20 weeks and mandates that all clinics be upgraded to ambulatory surgical centers and have a doctor on staff that has admitting privileges at a hospital no more than 30 miles away. It also calls for doctors to follow all the FDA guideline for the drug RU-486.

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The Source - July 10, 2013
11:32 am
Wed July 10, 2013

The Source: City Council Pay | The No-Fly List

San Antonio City Hall
Ryan Loyd TPR News

In the first segment:

The city of San Antonio pays city council member $20 per meeting, but cities like Houston pay their council members over $50,000 a year.  

Advocates for change say the job, which demands a lot of time -- often more than a full-time job -- should pay a full-time wage.

Does city council pay affect the quality and diversity of candidates we get for the council? Can only the wealthy and retired afford to take a job that pays so little?

In the second segment:

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The Kennedy Assassination, 50 Years Later
10:38 am
Wed July 10, 2013

JFK's Day In San Antonio 24 Hours Before His Assassination

JFK visited four Airmen participating in a space exploration experiment at then-Brooks Air Force Base, now Brooks City-Base, on Nov. 21, 1963.

On November 21, 1963, President John F. Kennedy stopped in to see four airmen inside an oxygen chamber in San Antonio.

The men, who were from Lackland Air Force Base, were involved in experiments on space exploration.

Rudy Purificato, an Air Force historian, said because of Kennedy's deep interest and push for space discovery, NASA was catching up on research the Air Force had already been conducting.

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Environment Design
9:16 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Low-Impact Development Competition Heats Up, Showcases Water Runoff Designs

San Antonio River Authority

The San Antonio River Authority is working with architects and planners to think globally about the impacts of new developments on the watershed.

As part of the awareness program, SARA’s Low Impact Development Design Competition comes to a conclusion this week.

It seems like a simple concept: Design a project, building or parking lot from the beginning to efficiently and effectively make water go to the right places.  

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Local Business
3:44 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Busted Sandal Brewing Crafting Beer Inroads In San Antonio

Busted Sandals Brewing's tap wall boasts nine taps. Three of them will be used initially with six for planned growth.
Ryan Loyd TPR

Attention San Antonio craft beer lovers: Another local brewer is about to go into production.

Although Busted Sandal is months behind schedule thanks to some minor inspection mishaps and some lagging construction progress, Michael DiCicco and his crew should be churning out three base brews pretty soon: Slippery Rock IPA, El Robusto Porter, and Fire Pit Wit, a non-traditional Belgian-style beer with ginger and grapefruit peel.

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The Source - July 9, 2013
1:59 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

The Source: Cuts At The Federal Public Defender's Office | Contemporary Islamic Art At SAMA

Fashion Week is one collage by artist Soody Sharifi from her 'Maxiature' series.
Soody Sharifi

In the first segment:

San Antonio is the headquarters of the United States District Court - Western District of Texas. The U.S. defenders office here has the second highest rate of cases per attorney in the entire country and we are looking at the single largest budget cut in the district's history. A minimum 25 percent of the personnel will have to be let go, so what now?

Maureen Franco, the federal public defender here in San Antonio, gives us a look at what is going on in her office.

In the second segment:

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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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