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Business
10:47 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Gov. Perry, Rep. Villalba Meet With Chinese Investors On Development Trip

A state legislator that has joined Texas Gov. Rick Perry during his Asian Economic Development Trip said investors from China and Japan are poised to provide the private funds needed to grow the state’s economy and fulfill some of its infrastructure needs.

State Rep. Jason Villalba, R-Dallas, said Perry asked him to join him in Beijing to meet with hundreds of Chinese investors that are interested in growing the Texas economy by either providing capital for existing projects or bringing business to the state.

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Eagle Ford Shale
10:27 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Nordheim Fights Becoming The Fracking Waste Capital Of The Eagle Ford

Lyn Janssen holds a yard sign which protests the proposed fracking waste disposal pits near Nordheim.
Credit David Martin Davies / TPR News

At a recent Monday night in Nordheim, a town of 300 about 75 miles southeast of San Antonio, neighbors are gathering at the old dance hall; the Nordheim Shooting Club.

But this isn’t for a night of boot scootin’, they are here to organize against what they see as an environmental threat to their town and their way of life.

Two massive fracking waste disposal pits, one 200 acre site and the other 575 acres, are being proposed for right outside of town.

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Government
9:52 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Bexar County Hospital District Asks For Same Tax Rate, Bigger Budget

University Hospital estimates higher property values will bring an additional $20.6 million to its budget at the same tax rate as last year
Credit UHS

The Bexar County Hospital District has requested a tax rate for the coming year with no increase in the tax rate itself. But the health system is counting on rising local property values to sustain its budget over the coming year.

The hospital district, now known as University Health System, submitted a proposal to Bexar County commissioners with a tax rate that is unchanged from last year.

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Higher Education
4:09 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

State Lawmakers Look To Get Foster Kids Better Support For Higher Education

Credit Ryan Poppe / TPR News

State lawmakers are looking at possible legislation in 2015 that would increase the number of foster care youth enrolled in college using a free tuition waiver. 

In 2013, high school graduation rates for foster care children were less than 65% and many of them age-out of the college tuition waiver provided by the state of Texas.

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Community
11:23 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Check Out Progress At The Do Seum, San Antonio's New Children's Museum

Cosmo Guido holds up recycled glass rocks that will be used in landscaping around The Do Seum.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

A few lucky families in San Antonio got the chance of a lifetime this weekend to preview the new children's museum debuting next summer. It'll be called The Do Seum because it will be focused on kids who will be doing things to learn.

As parents showed up with their kids in tow, Senior Marketing Manager Cristina Noriega extended a heart-felt welcome.

"Thank you so much for coming," she told the crowd.

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Education
10:31 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Boating And Water Safety Added To Driver's Education Program

Still from Beautiful But Gone video: Dana Gage, whose son died from a diving accident, urges viewers to wear a lifejacket.
Credit Texas Parks and Wildlife

The Texas Education Agency has approved a parks and wildlife water safety program to educate young adults and teens who spend time boating, fishing, and swimming in Texas waterways.

The newest video centers around testimonials of parents that have lost their children in water-recreation accidents.

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Immigration
8:50 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Texas Lawmakers Reconsider Driver ID Program For Non-Residents

Credit Wikipedia Commons

Members of the Texas House are taking another look at implementing a driver ID program for those who may be in the country illegally.

The Texas House State Affairs Committee is reviewing whether or not a driver ID program is needed. During the 2013 legislative session, state Rep. Byron Cook, R-Corsicana, authored legislation that addressed a 2011 law requiring proof of legal residency when applying for a driver’s license. 

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Abortion In Texas
1:53 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Ruling Leaves Closed Abortion Clinics In Legal Limbo

Protesters outside opening arguments in the second legal challenge to the Texas abortion law at the beginning of August.
Credit Ryan E. Poppe / TPR News

One line in the federal district judge’s ruling on the constitutionality of the Texas abortion law has attorneys and some state agencies asking the question: Will all abortion clinics be allowed to reopen while the case awaits an appeal before the US 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans?

That’s the question that abortion-rights attorneys and those with the Texas attorney general’s office are hoping to have answered by the U.S. 5th Circuit Court during an injunction hearing on Sept. 12. 

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Solar Power
10:38 am
Fri September 5, 2014

With Activation Of New Solar Site, OCI Brings Power To 25,000 More Homes Per Year

OCI's Alamo 2 solar farm.
Credit Ryan Loyd / TPR News

OCI Solar Power announced Thursday that it has "flipped the switch" on 39 megawatts of solar power at the Alamo 4 project, making the newly completed solar farm just west of San Antonio operational.

OCI officials say the company is on track to bring an additional 145 megawatts of solar power to the state by the end of this year.

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Green Construction
9:49 am
Fri September 5, 2014

CPS Energy Rewards University Hospital For Energy-Efficient Buildings With $500,000

University Hospital's new Sky Tower increased green space to cool the property, including healing gardens integrated into the building and landscapes designed to produce a lush tree canopy over 50 percent of the site within five years
Credit UHS

  University Health System Thursday accepted a check for half a million dollars in rebates for energy savings. It was the second large, commercial rebate announced this week.

George Hernandez, president and CEO of University Health System, said the new University Hospital Sky Tower is designed to use 20% less energy than a similar structure built to “normal” building codes.

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