Very soon Texas will be a state where the largest ethnic group is Latinos. California made the switch early this year. The two most populous states, with the most electoral college votes, are poised to remake the political landscape.
Laws in Texas and Wisconsin that required a photo I.D. to vote were discarded last week. In Wisconsin, the law was blocked by the U.S. Supreme Court. In Texas, a federal court judge in Corpus Christi threw the law out.
The biggest race in Bexar is for the top job, County Judge. In Texas, the position of county judge is very important. The state's constitution entrusts the elected official with vast power over the county's budget and administration. As a result the position well compensated. Unlike San Antonio's city council, which pays councilors $20 per meeting and the Mayor a larger stipend, the county pays its commissioners a full-time salary, with county judge making in excess of $120,000.
This year's race marks a diverging vision for Bexar County.
Texas Prisons will be under the international microscope in an upcoming hearing before the Inter-American Human Rights Commission, a part of the Organization of American States. For years, Texas prisons have been criticized for their lack of air conditioning. A year-long investigation by the University of Texas Law School's Human Rights Clinic found what they say are violations of human rights.
Many owners of historic commercial buildings around the city have been waiting for the opportunity offered by a new Historic Tax Credit.
The San Antonio Conservation Society is offering a workshop to help business owners learn about rehabbing their historic properties through the new state tax credit.
The October 17 workshop will bring in the state’s architecture director from the Texas Historical Commission and two property owners who successfully rehabilitated their own buildings using Louisiana’s tax credit along with the federal tax credit.
The San Antonio Water System has settled on the Abengoa Vista Ridge pipeline and is asking the City Council to confirm their 581-page contract.
A vote would ultimately seal the deal on the public-private partnership; a partnership that would increase the city's water portfolio by more than 20 percent. The 142-mile pipeline, needed to pump the 16 billion gallons of water annually to San Antonio, starts in the Burleson County portion of the Carrizo Aquifer.
Yesterday, the retrial of Ed Graf got underway in Waco. Imprisoned for 25 years, Ed Graf was convicted in 1988 of setting the fire that killed his two stepsons. A change in the forensic science of arson has shown that the chances the fire was intentionally set are slim.
Hospitals are the gatekeepers of screening process, and with the gaffes made in Dallas, many are questioning whether or not the U.S. is taking Ebola seriously.
San Antonio is confident they will be able to handle an Ebola threat. According to San Antonio Metropolitan Health District, they have been meeting for more than a month about how to deal with any instances of the deadly disease.
Dr. Anil Mangla, assistant director of San Antonio Metropolitan Health District
The Alamo Public Telecommunications Council announced Monday that is has selected San Antonio businessman Arthur Rojas Emerson to lead KLRN, San Antonio's public television organization.
Emerson has a long history with broadcast media, including building and opening Telemundo in San Antonio and managing the network’s stations across Texas. He also worked at KENS-TV and has been associated with KLRN for many years, working both on camera and behind the scenes as a volunteer and board member.