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Community
12:16 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Councilman Nirenberg Recognized For Community Academy Initiative

Councilman Ron Nirenberg poses with Congressman Pete Gallego, D-Texas, after receiving recognition for his office's Community Academy.
Credit Ryan Loyd / TPR News

District 8 City Councilman Ron Nirenberg's office is celebrating the efforts of a community outreach program.

Leaders with the effort say the councilman's Community Academy meets constituents where they are to get involved in local government.

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Medical Research
12:03 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Study Shows Epilepsy Patients Benefit From Combining Drugs

A San Antonio-based study suggests a more effective outcome might be achieved for epilepsy patients through a change in prescription protocols.

The study showed that patients responded better to combinations of anti-epileptic drugs with different mechanisms than to combinations of drugs of that act in the same way.

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Immigration
11:13 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Gov. Perry Urges Congress To Put Pressure On Mexico To Curtail Flow Of Immigrants To U.S.

While Texas is on the front lines of caring for the women and children surrendering to U.S. Border Patrol, pressure is mounting on Congress to come up with a lasting plan.
Credit Flickr user Adam Fagen (afagen) / cc

Texas Gov. Rick Perry testified before the U.S. House Homeland Security Committee, urging the president and congress to take more diplomatic efforts to stop the surge of accompanied minors coming into the state and send the National Guard to the border.   

Perry told members of the committee that the federal government has not tried to put any type of pressure on Mexico in order to stop the flow of accompanied children entering Texas every day.

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Agriculture
10:16 am
Mon July 7, 2014

AgriLife Extension Says Texas Pecan Yield Recovering From Drought

Pecan orchard. Image URL: bit.ly/1jgO6yT
Credit Flickr user Judy Baxter / cc

Agriculture forecasters at Texas A&M AgriLife Extension are predicting a medium-size pecan crop for the state in 2014. Experts say this year’s production will be better than the last three, but still under capacity.

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service estimates farmers will produce between 50 million and 55 million pounds of pecans in 2014.

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Water Pipeline
7:03 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

SAWS Enters Negotiations For Water Pipeline

Credit SAWS

The San Antonio Water System is entering into negotiations on a water plan that would supply one-fifth of the total water the city currently uses.

The proposal from the Vista Ridge Consortium selected by SAWS will allow the pumping of more than 50,000 acre feet of water per year out of the Carrizo and Simsboro Aquifers northeast of Austin in Burleson County.

“San Antonio currently uses about 240,000 acre feet per year so the project would represent about 20% of our annual demand,” said Greg Flores, vice president of public affairs for SAWS.

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Environment
4:59 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

SAWS' New Desalination Plant, By The Numbers

SAWS workers display the type of filter that will be used to purify the salty Wilcox Water.
Credit Ryan Loyd / TPR News

San Antonio Water System's new desalination plant will come online in 2016. Wednesday, leaders with SAWS broke ground to officially kick-off the initiative that will purify salt water from the Wilcox Aquifer.

The salty aquifer is about two Tower of the Americas deep underground in Southern Bexar County. SAWS is building a plant that will clean all of that salt out so people can drink it. SAWS spokesperson Greg Flores said the ocean is about 20 times more salty, but it will still need to be purified.

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Joint Base San Antonio
4:58 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Army Escorting Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl On Excursions Around San Antonio

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.
Credit U.S. Army / via Wikimedia Commons

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who has been back in the U.S. for almost three weeks, has started to experience the world outside the military post where he lives.

Bergdahl, who is in reintegration treatment after spending five years in Taliban captivity, has been living on post at Fort Sam Houston while he continues treatment on an outpatient basis at Brooke Army Medical Center.

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Government
3:03 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Greg Abbott Says State Should Not Disclose Location Or Contents Of Chemical Plants

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott explained his opinion on why the state should not disclose sensitive information about chemical plants like the one in the city of West, Texas that exploded one year ago.

In a legal opinion released this week, Abbott said the state should withhold the addresses and list of substances at chemical plants storing dangerous chemicals. While the state will not provide this information openly, Abbott said the public still has the ability to get the information themselves.

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Border & Immigration
2:16 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Lawmakers Discuss Impact Of Immigrant Surge On Government & Local Agencies

Texas House Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee gets updates from state agencies on the effects of an immigrant surge along the Texas-Mexico border.
Ryan E. Poppe TPR News

The Texas House Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee lined up several state agencies and city leaders from the Rio Grande Valley to detail how the thousands of Central American children coming to Texas is affecting various functions of state and local government.  

The Department of Public Safety’s Steve McCraw said there is a lack of security related to the large number of border patrol agents who are having to spend more time processing unaccompanied children. 

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2015 Legislative Session
10:43 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Lawmaker Plans 2015 Bill To Address Safety Concerns At Chemical Facilities

Lawmakers will consider regulating chemical facilities in the 2015 legislative session.
Credit Ryan Poppe / TPR News

After a year of investigating the lead up to the fertilizer plant explosion in the town of West, Texas, one state lawmaker announced his intention to author a bill to make such chemical facilities safer.

State Rep. Joe Pickett, D-El Paso, chairman of the Texas House Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee, made the announcement during a committee hearing Tuesday.

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