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1:36 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

New Ordinance Changes Vehicle-For-Hire Regulations, Including Horse-Drawn Carriages

City of San Antonio

Following a month-long summer break, the San Antonio City Council reconvened Thursday and quickly got down to business, passing a new vehicle-for-hire ordinance that takes effect in two weeks.

More than 40 citizens signed up to speak on a proposal to update the city’s vehicle-for-hire ordinance, which among other regulations would:

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Arts & Culture
1:29 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Oana Cătălina Chiţu's Reprise of Maria Tănase is Divine

Maria Tănase, Romanian diva
Wikimedia

  With only a few exceptions, the “best” days of Communism (and I say that with plenty of sarcasm) are long gone. The fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 (with the final destruction in 1990), the Round Table talks in Warsaw in 1989, and the brutal execution of Nicolae Ceausescu in December of 1989 explain the often heard term Revolutions of 1989 as synonymous with the Fall of Communism.

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Texas Matters
1:27 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

State Has A Lot On The Line With Immigration Reform And Affordable Care Act

U.S. Border Patrol vehicles near the border fence.
David Martin Davies TPR News

*The initial publishing of this story incorrectly spelled Tom Pauken's name as Tom Paukin.

Texas Matters: The proposal to carry out a "border surge" as part of Congress' immigration overhaul could turn areas of Texas along the Mexico border into a militarized zone. Also on this episode: Texas and the Affordable Care Act, GOP gubernatorial candidate Tom Pauken, and Kolten Parker, a reporter in the San Antonio Express-News Austin bureau, talks about DPS and jars of feces.

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Government
12:05 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

New Committee Formed To Help Reduce Ethical Conflicts In City Contracts

District 1 Councilman Diego Bernal was named chair of a new committee that will examine high profile contracts to help avoid conflicts of interest.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

In a memo to the San Antonio City Council and city staff, Mayor Julián Castro announced the appointments of the council to the various council sub-committees. Each committee hears issues before they reach the full city council.

The memo included the announcement of a new committee called the High Profile Contracts Accountability, which will check over high-profile contracts and monitor vendor performance on those contracts.

The addition of an ethics-based committee is a reinforcement by Castro in light of recent ethics lapses inside City Hall.

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Fronteras Desk
11:26 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Arizona's Outdoor Tent City Jail Turns 20

Tent City has become a symbol of Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s law enforcement regime.
Jude Joffe-Block Fronteras

Fronteras: How environmental concerns stack up against border security as Congress considers adding more fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border. This weekend marks the 20th anniversary of the outdoor jail that has become a symbol of the law enforcement style of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. The Hopi Nation in northern Arizona is in the middle of what advocates call a domestic violence epidemic. Also, why the chilies in your favorite hot sauce may give you more of a kick than you bargained for.

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Special Session Part III
11:05 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Missing Lawmakers May Bring Third Special Session To A Halt

Ryan Poppe TPR News

Just after the start of the third special session of the 83rd Texas Legislature, Speaker of the House Rep. Joe Straus of San Antonio excused over 35 members because of pressing business in their individual districts.

A transportation bill that passed the Senate this week will require 100 votes in the House in order to pass, but the missing members will likely keep the bill from getting enough votes to pass.

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Business
9:19 am
Fri August 2, 2013

The Rim Avoids Foreclosure With $1 Million Tax Check

Bexar County

The Rim shopping center on the city’s Northwest side has avoided a sticky situation with its retail tenants by writing a $1 million check to Bexar County, which may be the largest single delinquent property tax payment collected in the county’s history.

The high-fashion shopping center on IH-10 draws thousands of shoppers every day, but even with all that money changing hands, The Rim has been in tax trouble for at least four years.

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Government
2:55 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Will The Junior Senator From Texas Make A Run For The White House?

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Although he has denied any attempt at a presidential run, the chairman of the Texas Republican Party says odds are in U.S. Senator Ted Cruz’s favor for a presidential run.  

Cruz is part of a group of Republicans touring America’s primary states and drumming up support for the party.  Even though Sen. Cruz says repeatedly his tour has nothing to do with a 2016 presidential run, Steve Munisteri, chair of the GOP in Texas, says the junior senator is quickly positioning himself as a national leader.

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Transportation
2:08 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Speaker Of The House Calls Transportation Bill A “Band-Aid Over A Pothole”

Larry D. Moore Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0

A struggling transportation bill during a third special session is losing more and more support, including that of Joe Straus, Texas’ Speaker of the House.  

Less than a day into the summer’s third special session, the Texas Senate gave its approval to a transportation bill that failed to pass during a regular session and two consecutive special sessions.  But that bill faces an uphill climb in the Texas House, including how the bill is viewed by Straus.

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KPAC Blog
1:08 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Beethoven Makes Great Chamber Music, Great Screenplay

Cast of 'A Late Quartet'
e one

At the center of "A Late Quartet" is Beethoven's String Quartet #14, Opus 131. Throughout the drama, the sublime sounds of the work are played by the Brentano String Quartet. Onscreen are Catherine Keener, Christopher Walken, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Mark Ivanir as the "Fugue String Quartet."

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