City Government
1:32 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Bag Ban Removed From Council Agenda For More Input, Pushed To March

Flickr user Kate Ter Haar cc

This week the San Antonio City Council Governance Committee was to discuss a potential single-use plastic bag ban but the item was pulled from the agenda.

In an effort to get community input on a possible plastic bag ban in San Antonio, District 7 Councilman Cris Medina last week convened a group of people from the retail industry, the city and others to talk about a ban on single-use plastic bags.

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The Two-Way
1:23 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

'I'm The Hijacker!' Says Ethiopian Pilot Of Commandeered Jet

After landing in Geneva on Monday, the pilot who reportedly took over control of the Rome-bound Ethiopian Airlines jet used a rope to climb down from the cockpit. He then went to authorities and asked for asylum.
Richard Juilliart AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon February 17, 2014 2:16 pm

Details are starting to come out about what it was like Monday when one of the pilots of an Ethiopian Airlines flight reportedly locked himself in the cockpit and flew the jet and its 193 passengers to Geneva, Switzerland, instead of Rome, its intended destination.

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Downtown Development
1:10 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

City Leaders Hope USAA Move Sparks Additional Downtown Momentum

City leaders are hoping that other companies take a cue from USAA and look at using downtown spaces.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

As Texas Public Radio reported to you last month, San Antonio's downtown building vacancy rate is at 29 percent. Now that USAA has announced plans to locate some of its employees in a building downtown, city leaders hope more will follow.

The insurance company announced that 150 workers will report to One Riverwalk Place on the northeast corner of North St. Mary's and Convent in September. They'll occupy only a few floors of the tower bought by USAA Real Estate Company last year.

District 8 Councilman Ron Nirenberg praised the score for downtown.

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The Edge
1:03 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Americans Davis And White Win Gold In Ice Dancing

Meryl Davis and Charlie White of Team USA — the gold medalists in ice dancing at the Sochi Games.
Vadim Ghirda AP

Originally published on Mon February 17, 2014 2:10 pm

The anticipation that NPR's Tamara Keith reported about earlier is over:

Americans Meryl Davis and Charlie White won gold Monday in ice dancing.

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City Government
12:50 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Nirenberg Outlines Goals In Inaugural State Of District 8 Address

District 8 residents collaborated on goals they'd like to accomplish. They participated in round table discussions before Councilman Nirenberg delivered his inaugural State of District 8 speech.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Residents in San Antonio City Council District 8 on the Northwest Side gathered Saturday evening to hear their councilman, Ron Nirenberg, outline his vision for the future.

It was Nirenberg's first State of District 8 address. But residents in attendance didn't just listen. Every table full of involved citizens got the chance to put their heads together to come up with ideas for their district. They collaborated on various topics and they shared their ideas with others. One table thought about how to make downtown attractive.

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Bexar County
12:46 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Sheriff Pamerleau Earns Texas Peace Officer License

Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau.
Bexar County

Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau has received her license as a Texas peace officer as required by law, and she said she is planning further improvements to her law enforcement expertise.

The certification was required within two years of Pamerleau’s election and last week she passed the exam to gain the certification, one year after she took office. Sheriff’s office spokesman Paul Berry said Pamerleau will now begin other classes to increase her professional expertise in other public safety disciplines.

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Arts & Culture
12:36 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Flamenco Master Ron Radford Comes To Kerrville

Tuesday night there’s a music experience set for Schreiner University in Kerrville featuring the flamenco guitar music of Ron Radford.

“Flamenco is the music of the people, the music of the peasants. It’s the blues of Spain," said Kathleen Hudson, who teaches English at Schreiner University.

"He [Radford] was a recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship that took him to Spain to study music with the gypsies" she said. “He’s also really committed to education and learning, and when you put those two things together you just get an amazing performance."

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The Two-Way
12:34 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Penn State Picks New President: Florida State's Eric Barron

Eric Barron, Penn State's next president.
Patrick Mansell PSU.edu

Originally published on Mon February 17, 2014 12:44 pm

Penn State University, which dismissed its president and its legendary football coach in late 2011 for their roles in dealing with allegations that an assistant coach had been molesting young boys, announced Monday that Florida State University President Eric Barron is leaving the Sunshine State to be PSU's next l

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Abortion In Texas
12:15 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Houston Clinic Becomes First Casualty Of Texas Abortion Restrictions

Protesters on both sides of the abortion issue make their point outside the Stand With Texas Women rally in San Antonio last summer.
David Martin Davies TPR News

The Department of State Health Services announced Friday the closure of a women’s health care clinic in Houston that performed abortions in violation of the state's new restrictions for such facilities.

According to records obtained from Texas Medical Board, Dr. Theodore M. Herring Jr. performed 268 abortions at A Affordable Women's Medical Center between Nov. 6, 2013 and Feb. 7, 2014 without admitting rights at a nearby hospital, a restriction now required under the new Texas abortion law.

The medical board has also revoked Herring's medical license.

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2014 Primary Election
11:34 am
Mon February 17, 2014

Carlton Soules Kicks Off Campaign For Bexar County Judge

Carlton Soules officially kicked off his campaign for Bexar County judge on Sunday among a crowd of supporters.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Former San Antonio City Councilman Carlton Soules officially kicked off his campaign Sunday to run in the Republican primary for Bexar County judge.

Soules is fairly new to the political scene, having won the City Council District 10 seat in 2011. But in just a short time, Soules said he has learned a lot, and wants to stop spending he thinks is ruining the county. He said he has a three-step plan to take the county back from what conservatives say has been out-of-control spending for far too long.

First, he wants to stop what he calls "legacy projects" like streetcars.

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