2014 Primary Election
1:49 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Tea Party Influence Uncertain After Texas Primary Races

Originally published on Wed March 5, 2014 3:02 pm

The first primary in what Republicans hope is a triumphant election year sent a message that U.S. Sen Ted Cruz and the tea party still wield considerable influence in one of the nation’s most conservative states.

But to find out exactly how much, Texans will have to wait.

In a primary where an extraordinary number of statewide positions were up for grabs following Gov. Rick Perry’s decision not to seek another term, some incumbent candidates successfully fought to beat back tea party challengers Tuesday.

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Transportation
1:49 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

The Good And Bad Of Terrible Traffic

Originally published on Wed March 5, 2014 2:56 pm

Across the country, traffic is getting worse. That’s a good thing — at least in terms of economic indicators. More people on the roads means more people are headed to jobs and the economy is bouncing back.

One of the cities that has a major problem with traffic is Austin, Texas. Approximately 70 new cars hit the streets daily in Austin, making it one of the top five most congested cities in America, according to a new traffic scorecard by INRIX, a traffic research firm.

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2014 Primary Election
1:31 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Both Parties Head To Runoff In Bexar County Precinct 4 Race

Precinct 4 candidates. Clockwise from top left: Tommy Calvert (D); Debra Guerrero (D); Timothy Wilson (R); Alan Baxter (R). Campaign photos compiled by Joey Palacios/TPR News.

The race to be the next Bexar County Precinct 4 commissioner is moving into a runoff election for both parties after no candidate could reach the 50 percent of the vote required to get their party's nomination.

Commissioner Tommy Adkisson held the seat for nearly 14 years and when he announced he was running for county judge it opened a floodgate of candidates to try and fill the vacancy.

Democrats:

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2014 Primary Election
12:50 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Comfortable Primary Win For Abbott Sets Up Showdown Agaist Davis In General Election

Republican Nominee for Texas Governor Greg Abbott addresses supporters primary night after winning 91.5% of the votes.
David Martin Davies TPR News

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott easily cruised to a primary victory Tuesday night, claiming over 91 percent of the votes cast, and is now looking forward to the general election in November.

Former Texas Secretary of State Hope Andrade said it’s no accident that Abbott picked San Antonio to hold his primary victory celebration. She said it’s a city that’s close to his heart and it’s also key to helping the Texas Republican Party win a greater share of the Hispanic vote.

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The Source - March 5, 2014
12:38 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

The Source: Alternatives To Predatory Lenders

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This week a coalition met to address San Antonio's problem with low-income access to credit. 30 people representing organizations ranging from the San Antonio Area Foundation to the Federal Reserve Bank of San Antonio make up the The Anti-Predatory Lending Coalition which is looking at ways to increase alternatives to payday and auto-title lenders. 

They use "predatory" to describe the lenders who charge large transaction fees as well as exorbitant interest rates on their loans. 

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The Two-Way
12:38 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Senate Blocks Obama's Nominee For Civil Rights Job

Debo Adegbile, shown at the U.S. Supreme Court in 2009 when he was an attorney with the Legal Defense and Educational Fund of the NAACP.
Alex Brandon AP

Originally published on Wed March 5, 2014 3:54 pm

Eight Senate Democrats, including Majority Leader Harry Reid, joined Republicans in a vote to block President Obama's nomination of Debo Adegbile to head the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division.

The Washington Post writes:

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The Source - March 5, 2014
12:35 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

The Source: Wrapping Up Primary Season

Chris Eudaily TPR News

The results are in and the November election is shaping up. District 4 County Commissioner Tommy Adkisson, along with former Councilwoman Elisa Chan, are out in two of the larger races.

We talk with area journalists about those races and more. What did we see? What didn't we see? And whose primary seasons are not through yet?

Guests: 

  • Gilbert Garcia, columnist for the San Antonio Express-News
  • Callie Enlow, editor-in-chief of the San Antonio Current
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All Tech Considered
12:04 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Automakers Eye Laser Lights To Let Drivers See Farther At Night

The i8, which has the optional laser headlights, will be on sale in Europe this summer. BMW is working with the U.S. Department of Transportation to get it approved for a U.S. release.
BMW

In our Weekly Innovation series, we pick an interesting idea, design or product that you may not know about yet. Do you have an innovation to share? Use our form.

If you thought LED headlights were bright enough, automakers are looking ahead to even more powerful beams using lasers.

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The Two-Way
12:01 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Putin Reportedly Joins List Of Nobel Peace Prize Nominees

Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Alexey Nikolsky AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed March 5, 2014 12:13 pm

Russian President Vladimir Putin is among the 278 nominees for a 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, according to Peace Research Institute Oslo, an institution that closely tracks the Nobel committee's work.

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Shots - Health News
11:59 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Cities Take The Lead In Regulating Electronic Cigarettes

Electronic cigarettes for sale in Vapeology LA, a store in Los Angeles, are tended by owner John Hartigan.
Reed Saxon AP

Count Los Angeles as the latest big city to say no to electronic cigarettes.

The City Council there voted unanimously on Tuesday to ban use of the devices, which release vaporized nicotine, in almost all public places, including bars, workplaces and beaches.

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