When Mike Villareal resigned to run for San Antonio Mayor, he left his seat in the Texas House of Representatives vacant. A special election has been called for Jan. 6th of 2015, a mere two weeks away.
District 123 encompasses San Antonio's center, from Farm-to-Market road 1502--north of loop Interstate-Highway 410--to Interstate 10 on the south side.
The Archdiocese of San Antonio is taking a stand against the detention of women and children fleeing violence in Central America. On Thursday, Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller said that he was troubled by the opening and expansion of detention centers in Karnes City and Dilley.
Garcia-Siller said he was urging the government to ensure protections for those who had come to the U.S. to escape unthinkable situations in their homeland. He took his concerns outside the San Fernando Cathedral.
The Alamo Area Council of Governments (AACOG) has hired a new executive director and their choice, Diane Rath, will have a lot of work ahead of her.
AACOG has had a rough year. It had its wrist slapped by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality this year. TCEQ accused AACOG of releasing oil and gas pollution data into the community before TCEQ allowed. TCEQ eliminated 25 percent of AACOG's budget shortly thereafter.
UPDATE: This segment was canceled due to unforeseen scheduling conflicts.
A new study find that Texas may be looking at losing $20 billion worth of its best real estate. Former San Antonio Mayor and Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Henry Cisneros, argued in a recent op-ed that the future will be bleak for Texas' economy if we don't start dealing with climate change.
Big changes are coming to the United States' relationship with the island nation of Cuba. Just 90 miles from Florida, the two countries have been locked in a cold war strategy of cold shoulders for 55 years. Today President Obama announced the two nations would again establish regular diplomatic relations, exchanging ambassadors and having embassies in their respective capitals.
Governor-elect, Greg Abbott has touted education as one of his key areas when he takes the reigns next month. Texas ranks nearly last--46th out of 50--in per student spending on education, and dead last in the percentage of residents with a high school diploma.
Going by the brand names of K-2, Spice, and Bliss, synthetic marijuana is far more serious than its whimsical names give it credit for. Even calling it marijuana gives the chemically driven powerhouse an undeserved benign impression.
This year more than 52 million cars were recalled. This means that one in five cars being driven today have had a recall. Toyota, Chrysler, General Motors--and the list goes on--have helped smash the record for recalled vehicles in a year.