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Lackland Reform
4:00 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

AETC Commander Says Fixes Are Working To Stop Assaults At JBSA-Lackland

Gen. Edward A. Rice, Jr., Commander of the Air Education and Training Command, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph.
USAF

The Air Force has put into place most of the institutional safeguards recommended to end the sexual assault problem at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.

Gen. Edward A. Rice, Jr., commander of the Air Education and Training Command, said the remaining changes are more long-term, and will be added over the next two years.

The 45 recommendations came out of the commander’s investigation last fall, and Rice said 35 safeguards have been put into place over the past nine months that are already proving successful.

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Pre-K 4 SA Facilities
3:15 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Pre-K Board Green Lights Study Of East Side Facility To Complement Program

Pre-K Board Chair Elaine Mendoza talks with TPR's Ryan Loyd outside the North Side model education center.
Frederick Gonzales City of San Antonio Photographer

The Pre-K 4 SA board has voted to initiate a six-month study on a facility at St. Philip’s College.

The purpose of the study will be to find out how the facility could assist San Antonio’s new education initiative in providing educational benefits to the city’s four-year-old population.

"The St. Philips site is not really a fifth site because the footprint is much smaller," said Elaine Mendoza, the board’s chairperson.

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2014 Election Campaign
2:06 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Abbott Twitter Town Hall A Rocky Step Into Social Media Campaigning

The past day's mentions of #askabbott. The current attorney general held a Twitter town hall for an hour at 8 p.m. Just before that time, there were about 4,000 posts. This graphic is at: http://analytics.topsy.com/?q=%23askabbott&period=1%20day
Topsy Twitter analytics

Taking a step into the social media world, a tactic that has been deployed with success by Democrats in recent campaigns, Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott held a question and answer session live on Twitter yesterday evening.

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Special Session - Abortion
11:32 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Perry Signs Abortion Restriction Bill Into Law

Rick Perry speaks before signing House Bill 2 into law.
Ryan Poppe TPR

Gov. Rick Perry joined fellow anti-abortion lawmakers and advocacy groups at his side to sign into law House Bill 2, the controversial abortion bill tightening requirements on clinics that perform abortions and banning the ability to have an abortion after 20 weeks into a pregnancy.

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Abortion Legislation
4:54 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Life After Passage: Possible Litigation Against House Bill 2

Protesters outside the Stand With Texas Women rally in San Antonio last week. Even with the bill's passage, an initial victory for the pro-life movement, the courts could be the ultimate decider in the highly-controversial restrictions.
David Martin Davies TPR News

Update: Gov. Perry is set to sign HB 2 in a ceremony this morning, July 18, at 9:30 at the state capitol.

Original Post: Thus far, no lawsuit against the State of Texas has been filed -- that would only come after Gov. Rick Perry signs the bill into law -- but even after the governor signs it, Terri Burke, the executive director the ACLU of Texas, said a lawsuit wouldn't be filed until 90 days later.

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2014 Election
2:48 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

New Dewhurst Campaign Video Politicizes His Role In Abortion Debate

Screen shot of the opening scene of David Dewhurst's new campaign video.
Dewhurst campaign video

Less than 72 hours after the passage of House Bill 2, the bill that will hold clinics performing abortions to a standard equal to a ambulatory surgical center, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst released a campaign video that features his role in the bill's passage with clear political and religious undertones.

On June 19, before the filibuster by Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, and before the second special session was even being discussed, Dewhurst sent a tweet that featured an ad about how the abortion bill would close all but five clinics in Texas.

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2014 Election
10:50 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Bexar County Military Voters To Test Email Balloting System

Certain active-duty military personnel will be allowed to email their ballots in for voting in the Bexar County elections in 2014.
Eileen Pace TPR

Bexar County has been selected by the state legislature to test a pilot program for email voting. For the first time next year, ballots will be sent and returned by email from 200-300 military members.

Voters eligible for the program will be able to cast ballots by email for the first time in the 2014 primary elections.

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Digital Library
9:14 am
Wed July 17, 2013

All-Digital Bibliotech Library Gets State Accreditation

Concept art for the inside of the now approved Bibliotech all-digital library.
Bexar County

The Bexar County Bibliotech all-digital library has passed another milestone on its way to a grand opening in September, receiving its official accreditation.

The accreditation from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission will allow the new library to operate for its first year.

"They’ve been a wonderful supporter for us, very enthusiastic," said Bibliotech Project Manager Laura Cole.

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U.S. Army
5:51 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Army Looking For A Few Good Singers In Vocal Competition

2012 Operation Rising Star finalists at the Fort Sam Houston Theatre.
U.S. Army

Army Entertainment is launching the ninth season of "Operation Rising Star," a singing competition based on the "American Idol" format. The program is open to active duty military, National Guard and Reserve members and their adult family members.

The Army Installation Management Command is encouraging garrisons to collaborate with their food and beverage facilities, recreation programs, marketing teams and Better Opportunities for Single Servicemembers programs to get a program going for local contestants.

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Abortion Legislation
3:05 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Abortion Rights Event At The State Capitol Draws Small Crowd

The flood of people that swarmed the capitol in the days after Sen. Wendy Davis' filibuster at the end of June had slowed to a trickle by Monday's event.
Trey Martinez Fischer Facebook

A rally that started at the capitol in Austin yesterday only drew a small number of people compared other abortion rights events around the state.

About 300 abortion rights supporters gathered at the capitol to speak out against last week’s passage of a strict abortion bill during a national day of action.  Demonstrators huddled under umbrellas and rain gear intently listened to keynote speaker Jim Hightower, the former agriculture commissioner, who had a few choice words for Gov. Rick Perry and other Republicans at the state capitol.

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