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Texas Matters
3:03 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Movement On Govt. Shutdown | Texas Debates New Water Project Fund

Gov. Rick Perry speaks at a press event at Lake Travis to promote Prop. 6, which is on November's ballot.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

Texas Matters: There is finally movement on the government shutdown in D.C. but Democrats say it's not enough. While there is plenty of support for Prop. 6, the November ballot item to establish a water fund, there is also a strong current of opposition. Also on this show: GOP candidates in Texas try to stay true to fundamentals and appeal to Latino voters, and the future of execution drugs used in Texas.

Is the end of the government shutdown finally in sight?

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Border & Immigration
5:13 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Shutdown Sends Border Patrol Trainees Home And May Cause Staffing Difficulties

U.S. Border Patrol vehicles near the border fence.
David Martin Davies TPR News

Due to the federal government shutdown, the training of new border patrol agents is at a standstill and many of the offices, such as the Border Patrol Training Facility in Artesia, New Mexico, are closed due to furloughs.

About 350 trainees have been sent home and will not return until the shutdown is over.

Shawn Moran is the vice president of the National Border Patrol Council and said the border patrol is already a step behind smuggling organizations.

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City Government
4:45 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

San Antonio Continues Monitoring Effects Of Government Shutdown

City of San Antonio

The federal government shutdown could impact cities the longer it continues. Tom Downs, the City of San Antonio's federal consultant, believes an agreement might be in the works, but city leaders are closely watching out for possible consequences.

Downs held a video-conference with city leaders on Wednesday from his office in Washington, D.C. and said he's closely monitoring the situation for San Antonio.

The mood for compromise has been slow because the Republican-controlled House and the Democratic-controlled Senate want different things.

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The Source
2:03 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

The Source: The Government Shutdown, Week 2

The federal government remains shutdown for its seventh day. In a surprise announcement this weekend, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced that up to 350,000 people would be returning to work at the Department of Defense as a result of a close reading of one stop gap measure that passed congress.

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Texas Matters
2:24 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

In Texas, A Battle For Governor, In D.C., A Battle Over Health Care

While one political battle rages on in Washington, D.C., another is warming up in Texas with the race for governor.
Flickr user Adam Fagen (afagen) cc

Texas Matters: The players are now set for the Texas governors race in 2014, and the players seem to be digging even deeper trenches in Washington, D.C. Who will be victorious in these battles of political wit (and values)? Also on this show: Gun rights advocates are holding an (armed) rally at the Alamo this weekend, and a high school senior in Amarillo shocks her entire school in the name of journalism.

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Government Shutdown
12:04 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Furloughed Employees Say Sen. Ted Cruz Should Stay Home From Work

A woman dressed as the Cat in the Hat leads a group of protesters into the San Antonio offices of Texas Senator Ted Cruz.
Joey Palacios TPR News

With no end in sight to the federal government shutdown, a group of out-of-work federal employees in San Antonio is delivering its own furlough notice to Sen. Ted Cruz.

Angry federal workers at Port San Antonio, a decommissioned Air Force base, say they're fed up with being government pawns.

“We just came off our sequester in mid-September and we got the sucker punch of being sent home again Tuesday. All we want is the senator to do his job,” said Elsa Martinez, an employee with the Air Force reserve.

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Government Shutdown
3:02 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Civilian Furloughs At Air Force ISR Agency May Affect Security Clearance

Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency is operating with just 10 percent of its civilian workforce worldwide.
USAF

Most federal workers around San Antonio were told to go home today, including most of the civilian personnel involved in military operations. That includes military intelligence, which is based in San Antonio.

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Government Shutdown
12:49 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

How The Government Shutdown Affects Texas National Guard And Veterans

The longer the government is shut down the more people it will have an effect on across the country.
Flickr user Adam Fagen (afagen) cc

Two associations tied to federal agencies say the government shutdown could jeopardize the lives of millions of Texas military families.

According to federal government, active military personnel will continued to be paid during the government shutdown, but Ray Linder with the National Guard Association of Texas said that doesn’t include the National Guard.

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Federal Government
5:26 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

JBSA Civilian Personnel Could Be Indefinitely Furloughed

Without a federal budget or continuing resolution, most civilian employees at Joint Base San Antonio would be furloughed until further notice.
Eileen Pace TPR News

Joint Base San Antonio continues to watch the action in Washington, D.C., preparing for the possibility that civilian workers will be staying home from work the rest of the week.

With no fiscal 2014 budget and no continuing resolution, it was touch-and-go whether thousands of active-duty military personnel would be paid. But the Senate passed a bill late Monday providing for pay for military members.

However, Joint Base San Antonio spokesman Brent Boller said support personnel -- 23,000 JBSA civilian employees -- may be looking at skipping their paychecks for a long time.

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Affordable Care Act
2:39 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Disability Rights Group Presses Speaker Boehner On ACA Provisions

All eyes are on the capitol in Washington D.C. to see if Congress can prevent a federal shutdown.
Flickr user Adam Fagen (afagen) cc

A group of 50 Texans in wheelchairs are among the crowd outside the Washington D.C. office of U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, protesting his stance on the Affordable Care Act.

ADAPT of Texas’ Jennifer McPhail said their group is asking Boehner to support the reforms for long-term care for the disabled that are contained in the ACA.

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