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The Source - May 29, 2013
12:54 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

The Source: To The Batcave!

Mexican Freetail Bats fly towards horizon in Round Mountain, TX
Ralph Arvesen

In the first segment:

The newly proposed Crescent Hills Development in Comal County sits near the entrance to the cave of the largest colony of Mexican Freetail Bats, Bracken Bat Preserve, and over the recharge zone or the Edwards Aquifer.

There are concerns over what the impact this development will have on both. We speak with representatives of Bat Conservation International and the Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance on their concerns. Repeated attempts at contacting the developer weren't responded to.

In the second segment:

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Special Session
11:27 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Lawmakers Begin Filing Bills For Special Session Consideration

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The first non-redistricting bills have begun to trickle in at the state capitol for the special session.  

So far none of the legislation has been placed on the special session agenda by Gov. Rick Perry, but the first bill unrelated to the focus of redistricting was filed by Rep. Steve Toth, R-The Woodlands.

Toth's bill was modeled after a bill filed in the regular session that makes it a crime to enforce any new federal guns laws.

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Special Session
9:11 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Will Windstorm Insurance Agency Reform Make It Into The Special Session?

2008's Hurricane Ike off the coast of Texas. A storm of this size could cause big problems for TWIA.
National Weather Service

Texas House members are urging Gov. Rick Perry to call for reforming various governmental programs during the special session.

Rep. Greg Bonnen, R-League City, is hoping the governor will call for lawmakers to change the funding structure for the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association, a quasi-governmental group that provides reduced-rate insurance coverage against a hurricane.

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Texas Legislature
6:26 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Governor Perry Signs "Landmark" Water Infrastructure Bill

Voters will have their say on the $2 billion proposed for water projects in November.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

Gov. Rick Perry has signed into law bill providing $2 billion for water-related projects . The bill provides the funding for the next 50 years of water-projects.

"It should help supply our water supply for generations, even though we are expecting rapid population increases and economic growth. Water is an essential part of everyone’s life, it is ensuring that those adequate supplies are available, means better jobs, it means stronger communities, it means healthier families," Perry said.

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Basketball
5:07 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Spurs Fans Rush Downtown Streets To Celebrate Western Conference Victory

Spurs fans hang outside of their vehicle in celebration of the sweep
Joey Palacios TPR

The San Antonio Spurs are once again the Western Conference Champions and last night hundreds of fans flooded many of San Antonio’s major streets in celebration of the Spurs’ win against the Grizzlies.

Commerce and Market Streets were packed end to end with people in their cars honking horns, waving Spurs flags and sticking brooms out the window to mark the sweeping 4-0 victory in the series.

Fans like Mario Soza and Bianca Garcia said the team is going to bring home another title.

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Federal Government
4:20 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Cuellar Says Fixing Roads A Priority In Washington

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Today Congressman Henry Cuellar appeared at a Greater San Antonio Chamber luncheon to brief regional business leaders on his priorities for the district.

One of those priorities is repair of the roads and bridges in rural counties where hydraulic fracking has become a way of life.

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Flash Flood
1:25 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Mission Reach Under Inspection For Structural Damage

Washed-out paths like this one are being inspected by SARA officials.
Paul Flahive TPR

The Mission Reach of the San Antonio River is still closed today but maintenance crews are making progress.

San Antonio River Authority spokesman Steven Schauer said inspections of the Mission Reach began Saturday as soon as it was safe to go out. He said maintenance began over the holiday weekend, first cleaning up the Museum Reach and then turning attention to the Mission Reach, which suffered greater damage.

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The Source - May 28, 2013
12:14 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

The Source: The Flood & The Suburban Poor

Joey Palacios TPR

In the first segment:

Now that the flood waters are receding, what are the takeaways from this weekend's storms? Join us as representatives from San Antonio River Authority, San Antonio Water System, along with City Emergency Manager Larry Trevino and County Commissioner Kevin Wolff talk about the impacts and the successes in combating the rain.

In the second segment:

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Texas Legislature
11:51 am
Tue May 28, 2013

Oversight & Transparency Bills Casualties Of Governor's Legislative Agenda

rickperry.org

At the start of the legislative session, Gov. Rick Perry outlined several agenda items, one of which was over $1 billion dollars in tax cuts for businesses.

A bill calling for additional transparency and effectiveness of those tax cuts was added as an amendment, but taken off when voted on in the Texas House and also faced the threat of a veto by the governor.

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Special Session
9:04 am
Tue May 28, 2013

Tensions At All Time High as Lt. Governor Makes An Agenda For Special Session

Ryan Poppe TPR News

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst is causing a stir at the capitol after issuing a list of things he’d like to see during a special session.

Dewhurst said there are several key items that he felt lawmakers should have been able to address this session:

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