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Charter Amendment
4:36 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Streetcar Charter Amendment Heads To Full Council

A draft of the charter amendment approved without changes.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

An amendment to the city charter regarding a public vote for future streetcar and lightrail funding is heading to the city council.

A governance committee comprised of Mayor Ivy Taylor and four council members voted to approve the one sentence amendment. The first step of putting the streetcar amendment on the ballot has passed.

Abbreviated, it states that any grant of permission to alter or damage any public way for streetcar or lightrail tracks or any funds or bonds appropriated for such projects must be approved by a majority of voters.

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Texas Politics
12:51 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Perry's Legal Team Releases Findings That Veto Had Nothing To Do With CPRIT Investigation

On Tuesday evening, Gov. Perry addressed the media outside the Travis County Justice Complex before heading in to be booked.
Credit Ryan E. Poppe / TPR News

Indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s legal team is dismissing accusations that the governor’s veto of the state public integrity unit’s budget was related to another ongoing investigation involving the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas.   

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Texas Politics
4:25 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Governor Perry Pleads Not Guilty to Two Felony Counts

Gov. Rick Perry's mugshot.
Credit Travis County Jail

  Update (8/20):   Texas Governor Rick Perry’s legal team his waiving that clients right to an arraignment; the governor is pleading “not guilty” to both felony counts involving abusing the power of his office.

One of Governor Perry’s attorneys, David L. Botsford filed documents with the Travis County District Clerk’s Office late Tuesday, indicating they would be waiving their client’s right to an arraignment after being booked into jail and released on the same day. 

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Border Security
1:31 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Border Patrol Issues Law Enforcement Alert After Late-Night Incident With Texas Militia

Credit U.S. Customs and Border Patrol

The U.S. Border Patrol remains on high alert, issuing a warning to all law enforcement agencies operating along the Rio Grande Valley after encountering a militia group hiding in the brush during the recent arrest of a group of migrants crossing the border.   

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Von Ormy
1:08 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

City Of Von Ormy Poised To Eliminate Property Tax

Credit City of Von Ormy

The small southwestern Bexar County town of Von Ormy is attempting to run its city without the aid of a city property tax starting next year.

The city of Von Ormy incorporated in 2008 and since 2009, its mayor, Art Martinez de Vara, has vowed to remove the city portion out of its resident’s property taxes. Martinez de Vara said even without property taxes the city’s budget will increase 30% for the next fiscal year. That’s due to increasing sales taxes.

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Texas Politics
10:12 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Perry's Legal Team Says Indictment Violates Governor's Right To Free Speech

Credit rickperry.org

Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s legal team said the governor’s 2013 announcement and veto of the state public integrity unit budget was the governor’s right to free speech and his desire to be transparent about his intended plans. Perry's attorneys say the court will see that the governor’s words did not constitute a threat.

In downtown Austin on Monday, just a few blocks from the state capitol, Houston attorney Tony Buzbee announced that he is Perry’s lead counsel on the case and then called the indictment "Banana Republic politics." 

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Military Veterans
3:45 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

USAA And Disney Collaborate To Help Employers Hire More Veterans

Spring 2014 cohort of USAA's Veterans for IT (VetFIT®), a group of veterans in a 22-week program in which they received 12 weeks of Java Developing education and training, followed by a 10-week internship.
Credit USAA

USAA is hosting a “best practices summit” on Tuesday for companies that want to learn more about hiring veterans.

The day-long event pairs dozens of local employers and hiring consultants with Disney’s Veterans Institute course for employers.

The Disney course is designed to help companies build effective veteran-hiring programs of their own, and to solve the disconnect between job descriptions and the veterans’ experience.

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Local Business
12:16 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Construction Industry Struggling To Fill Growing Number Of Job Openings

Joe Aguilar, who says he has worked only about a month for the painting contractor for the Alamo Stadium project, paints the walls of the stadium days before the facility's grand re-opening.
Credit Eileen Pace / TPR News

An announcement earlier this year that the number of construction jobs has increased was good news, heralding a recovering economy. But the news is a double-edged sword for contractors who have to try harder to find good workers.

Soon there will be bands playing and football players running the length of the field at Alamo Stadium. After 18 months of construction, the 2010 San Antonio ISD bond project was completed this week.

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Texas Politics
9:12 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Gov. Perry Defends Veto After Indictment, Democrats Call For Immediate Resignation

Texas Gov. Rick Perry.
Credit rickperry.org

Texas Gov. Rick Perry is calling the criminal indictments filed against him for coercion a political play. Perry contends he was only exercising his constitutional right to threaten and then veto the budget for the state’s public integrity unit and then called the indictments a partisan attack.

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Transportation
1:43 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

TxDOT Wants $50M To Study Futuristic Transporation Models Like The "Hyperloop"

With TxDOT making little headway in alleviating current congestion on roadways, the department wants to look at newer ideas.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

For the upcoming 2015 legislative session, the Texas Department of Transportation will be asking state lawmakers for $50 million over a two-year period to fund research into futuristic methods of transportation; that includes a study on the use of delivery drones and "hyperloops."

TxDOT Deputy Executive Director John Barton said Texas can no longer keep building the same type transportation systems the agency has built over the last 100 years.

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