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1:52 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Texas Sales Tax Holiday Is This Weekend, Aug. 9-11

State Comptroller Susan Combs.
State of Texas

Texas Comptroller Susan Combs is reminding shoppers the annual sales tax holiday weekend is scheduled for this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 9-11.

Families can save money by not paying sales tax on most clothing, footwear and school supplies priced under $100. A full lists of tax-free items can be found at www.TexasTaxHoliday.org.

The Source - August 5, 2013
2:33 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

The Source: Is The Anti-Discrimination Ordinance Anti-Christian? | Disappearing Bees

San Antonio City Hall
Ryan Loyd TPR News

In the first segment:

A flurry of accusations from conservatives have been launched at the City of San Antonio's proposed expansion of its anti-discrimination ordinance, one of which says that the passage could be Anti-Christian.

The claims have been called ludicrous and unfounded by supporters and District 1 City Councilman Diego Bernal, who originally proposed the expansion.

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Health News
11:23 am
Thu August 1, 2013

Centro Med Receives New Funds To Serve Uninsured

Centro Med Clinic at 9011 Poteet Jourdanton Freeway.
Courtesy photo

A group of San Antonio clinics that once served only the local barrios has received an infusion of federal funds to support expanded services.

A member of United Way, and accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, Centro Med has 21 sites across Bexar County and into New Braunfels, serving more than 5,000 people.  San Antonio and West Texas Congressman Pete Gallego says the federal funds recently approved will help the clinics get their medical services to more underserved residents.

"The grant is just under $550,000," Gallego said. 

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Health News
1:31 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Cyclospora Parasite Contractions Double In Texas

Centers for Disease Control

The number of people in Texas infected with the Cyclospora parasite from a recent outbreak has nearly doubled in the last week. The state is trying to locate a common source, as other states believe they have pinpointed the cause to lettuce.

122 people have contracted cyclospora since the outbreak began two weeks ago. Cyclospora is a parasite that can cause symptoms similar to gastrointestinal illness like diarrhea and cramps that can last for weeks.

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The Source - July, 31 2013
1:00 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

The Source: Our Crumbling Texas Infrastructure | Will You Be Ready to Retire?

A section of FM 2430 near Elroy, Texas.
Larry D. Moore Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0

In the first segment:

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Community
9:30 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Public Sees VIA's New East-West Streetcar Routes

Gus Martinez joined fellow residents in writing comments and questions about VIA's streetcar project on Tuesday, July 30.
Ryan Loyd TPR

VIA has officially unveiled a proposed streetcar route that would run east-west along the Market and Commerce Street corridors downtown.

The route, which also includes a Cesar Chavez option, was popular with many people. VIA’s Chief Engagement Officer, and former congressman, Charlie Gonzalez, said the plans knocked off the table now are routes VIA couldn’t ignore: one that passed the Alamo and another at Hemisfair Park.

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The Source - July 31, 2013
4:34 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

The Source: Dry Texas

99 percent of Texas counties are in drought according to the Texas Water Development Board.  What does this mean for Texas Agriculture.  Last year 12 billion dollars were paid out in federal crop insurance across the country, but we have a record planting of corn this year. And there is no garauntee that an early fall won't wipe that planting out.  

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Transportation
2:55 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

First Public Glimpse At Proposed Market-Commerce Route For Downtown Streetcar

Market Street in front of the Grand Hyatt is a new proposal to the streetcar route plans. Residents will get the chance to see the proposal for the first time July 30 at Temple Beth-El.
Ryan Loyd TPR

VIA will unveil one of the newest proposed routes at a public meeting tonight. The plans would have the transportation system's streetcar traveling east-west down Commerce and Market Streets, and would provide connections to people at a number of stops along the popular thoroughfares.  

VIA Spokesman Charlie Gonzalez says the route addition actually came about as a result of public input from one of the early meetings.

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The Source - July 29, 2013
2:21 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

The Source: Voting Rights Act | Assisted-Living Meets Big Unregulated Business

Stamp Commemorating the Voting Rights Act of 1965
Bruce Davidson photographer

In the first segment:

Attorney General, Eric Holder, weighed into the voting rights act fracas here in Texas, saying he will seek to ensure pre-clearance of voting maps takes place by enforcing other provisions of the Voting Rights Act. We speak with William Yeomans, 26 year veteran of the Justice Department who litigated several civil rights cases on what it means.  Yeomans is now a Professor of Law at American University.

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Transportation
3:48 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Market, Commerce Streets Could Become Possible Streetcar Routes

VIA Metropolitan Transit

San Antonio's streetcar project could get a popular route addition thanks to widespread support.

Two new routes have been thrown out as possibilities for the new streetcar project. They include east to west connections via Commerce and Market Streets.

VIA's Chief of Public Engagement, Charlie Gonzalez, says in the transportation authority's public meetings, there were a lot of comments about the Market and Commerce corridors.

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