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City Government
10:37 am
Thu October 3, 2013

City Attorney Bernard Leaving Post For Private Sector

City of San Antonio

San Antonio City Attorney Michael Bernard has been tapped to join the Bracewell & Giuliani LLP, an international legal team that has an office in San Antonio.

Bernard has served as the city's chief legal advisor since 2005 and before that he was first assistant district attorney for Bexar County. The move signals a shift back into the private sector for Bernard after having served in a public capacity for many years.

Tullos Wells, a senior partner at the law firm, said he was the perfect fit for the position.

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Bexar County
9:49 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Bexar County Taking TxDOT "Turnback" Deal

Traffic on the northbound lanes of Hwy. 281 regularly bottlenecks at Bitters Road..
Chris Eudaily TPR News

Bexar County is working on an agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation that would improve the overall network of roads and highways in the county.

The county is negotiating for a workable tradeoff after the state asked local governments to take over maintenance of the roads, many of which have surpassed their original purpose of connecting Texas communities and are now considered urban thoroughfares. 

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Arts & Culture
3:30 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

The Witte's "CSI, The Experience" Lets You Become The Sleuth

Photo courtesy the Witte Museum

The Witte Museum’s new exhibition is a whodunit adventure. The new exhibit is called "CSI, the Experience" and like the TV program, murder is at its core. 

The Witte’s Shannon Standley walked us through the three grisly settings where fictional victims had met their demise.

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Animal Welfare
2:52 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Talk About It! Brings No-Kill Conversation To Pearl Stable Tonight

Sunny, foster dog adopted 2010.

The Talk About It! campaign continues its no-kill conversation tonight at the Pearl Stable, where one of the nation’s top no-kill experts will speak and answer questions.

The San Antonio Area Foundation’s campaign to make San Antonio a no-kill city has become an integral part of the community’s overall effort to increase the number of pet adoptions and reduce the stray population.

Talk About It! spokesman Gavin Nichols said the numbers prove the efforts are working:

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Abortion In Texas
12:58 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Federal Court Sets First Date For Abortion Lawsuit

Abortion protesters outside the Stand With Texas Women rally in San Antonio on July 11.
David Martin Davies TPR News

The Center for Reproductive Rights has confirmed the group’s first day in federal court will be Oct. 21.

The center is one of three groups who, along with several abortion clinics in the state, filed a lawsuit seeking an injunction to stop two components of the Texas abortion law: One, a requirement that all doctors performing abortion have admitting rights at a hospital no more than 30 miles away, and two, that doctors provide patients with FDA guidelines when prescribing the drug RU-486.

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The Source - October 2, 2013
12:55 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

The Source: Fighting Your Home Owner's Association | Big Changes At The MPO

Flickr user Garrett Wilcock cc

In the first segment:

It seems these days everyone has a story about their Home Owners Association (HOA), a hair-pulling, eye-rolling, exasperated story. According to the Community Association Institute, an HOA/Community Association advocacy group, more than 63 million Americans live in communities managed by HOAs, which includes 3.4 million Texans. 

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Texas Business
11:29 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Abbott Reverses Stance On American Airlines Merger, Pauken Pounces

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In what was a rare move, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott initially teamed up with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to oppose the merger involving Fort Worth-based American Airlines, but he has now reversed course.

Abbot’s said the new deal with American Airlines and U.S. Airways satisfies his concern that the merger would negatively impact services to some of Texas’ smaller airports.

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Community
10:16 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Is This The End Of The Driving Boom In Texas?

The TPIRG study shows programs like San Antonio's B-Cycle are having an impact on total driving miles in Texas.
Eileen Pace TPR News

A new report shows new technologies are helping people reduce the number of miles they drive, which may be a hard sell to those who have to sit in traffic on IH-35 or Hwy. 281 every day.

The largest decrease in driving miles was found to be among Millennials -- the new driving generation that will dominate driving trends in the future.

Sara Smith, program director for the Texas Public Interest Research Group, said they compiled statistics from the Federal Highway Administration and found a reduction in miles traveled over the last decade.

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Affordable Care Act
9:16 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Texas Still Battling Feds On ACA Navigator Rules

David Martin Davies TPR News

The author of a bill that was to make it easier for Affordable Care Act navigators says Gov. Rick Perry and the Texas Department of Insurance are using his legislation to impede the process.

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The Source - September 30, 2013
5:33 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

The Source: Affordable Care Act | Water Rights in Texas

Gallup

In the first segment:

The Affordable Care Act's Health Exchanges go online today.   Two out of three uninsured people say they will get insurance before the January deadline rather than risk the federal penalty, but many say they won't go the federal or state exchange route...do they know what that means? What do people actually know about them and how will they impact the San Antonio Community?

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