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Crime
4:27 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

San Antonio Woman Faces Possible Life Sentence For Child Sex Trafficking

A San Antonio woman is facing a possible life in prison for her role in the sex trafficking of a 15-year-old girl.

20-year-old Amber Doak pled guilty to her role in prostituting the teenager last August, admitting to knowingly enticing and encouraging a minor into engaging in sexual acts for money.

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Affordable Care Act
4:23 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Conservative Think Tank Says Feds Are Spinning ACA Numbers For Texas

U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

A new report out this week from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services shows Texas ranks third in the nation for the number of people registering under the Affordable Care Act, but a Texas conservative think-tank says many of those people weren’t previously uninsured and there are millions that haven't taken any action.

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Arts & Culture
4:08 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

"Ranch Philosophy" On Display In New Photo Book

Goats and Hillingdon Ranch
courtesy David K. Langford

There's a new photo book out now by David K. Langford about his family’s Hill Country Ranch, and if you look back at the ranch’s history, it’s clear that their ranching philosophy is an extension of the property’s founder, Alfred Giles, a well-known South Texas architect in whose buildings you may have stood.  

As Langford explains, when Giles established his ranch outside Comfort, his ranching philosophy has two themes.

“Always plan for drought. Always. And the second thing is if you have to feed, you have too many. Water is everything.”

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Arts & Culture
2:33 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Storefront Art Makes Downtown San Antonio More Inviting

A clever idea is taking hold downtown. The idea’s simple, really as UTSA Architecture Professor and artist Taeg Nishimoto explains.

“An empty storefront being occupied by public art as a part of their efforts to make the image of downtown better."

And the program for putting art in unrented storefronts has an interesting name.

“'X Marks the Art' is a downtown Art program.“

Public Art San Antonio’s Marissa Laubscher goes into detail.

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The Source - March 12, 2014
1:33 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

The Source: The Next America

  "American" has never been a static term. The great flood of immigrants throughout the 1800s, the vast displacements of history that brought people to our shores, and the generational tides while less dramatic are proving to be no less turbulent to our understanding of that word.

These generational changes in attitudes, beliefs and endeavors are the focus of Pew Research Executive Vice President, Paul Taylor's new book, "The Next America." Taylor explores the character of our "boomer" and "millennial" generations with extensively researched polling data. 

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The Source - March 12, 2014
1:17 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

The Source: Policing In HD

Nick Hall, Flikr User: nickhall cc

Very soon traffic stops, and every other public interaction the community has with the police, could be videotaped. 

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2014 Election Campaign
12:14 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Is The Beaver Behind Patrick?

Dan Patrick Facebook Page

U.S. Congressman Joaquin Castro says he’s changed his position on a boycott of the Texas-based Buc-ee’s gas and convenience stores after learning the company isn’t supporting Dan Patrick’s campaign.   

In the past, Buc-ee’s owners Don Wasek and Beaver Aplin have donated to various Republicans, and on the night of the primary election, the two called Dan Patrick directly pledging their support and money.  But Buc-ee’s general counsel Jeff Nalado says these campaign donations aren’t reflective of Buc-ee’s the company.

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Government
8:39 am
Wed March 12, 2014

San Antonio Defense Attorney Pleads Guilty To Theft And Forgery

Bexar County Courthouse
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Hilda Valadez was known around the Cadena-Reeves Justice Center as Bexar County’s highest-paid court-appointed attorney, reportedly receiving more than $400,000 dollars over three years before 2010. She defended indigent clients, often in high-profile murder cases. Now she's on the other side of the law, entering a plea agreement that she hopes will keep her out of prison.

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2014 Election
10:02 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Tea Party Republicans Urge Attorney General Candidate Branch To Bow Out

Dan Branch
Campaign file photo

A group of Tea Party Republicans from the Texas House have issued an open letter to State Rep. Dan Branch, who's facing a May 27 runoff election with Ken Paxton for the Republican nomination in the Attorney General’s race. The letter asks Branch to drop out of the race.  Rep. Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola) was one of the undersigned and says based on election returns, Branch doesn’t have a chance.

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Environment
7:14 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Burn Ban In Effect For 75 Texas Counties

Texas Forest Service shows 75 counties under a burn ban on March 11, 2014, including Bexar and adjacent Wilson and Kendall Counties.
Texas Forest Service

With the area expected to remain under moderate-to-extreme drought conditions through the summer, Bexar County Commissioners have approved a new burn ban, effective immediately. 

Bexar joins 74 other counties are under a burn ban as of today, according to the Texas Forest Service. Bexar County Fire Marshal Craig Roberts says he’s seen an increase in the number of grass fires in the late afternoons, in all parts of the county.

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