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Higher Education
8:59 am
Mon June 24, 2013

UTSA Receives Global Ranking In Top 100 Under 50

University of Texas at San Antonio

The University of Texas-San Antonio has been named as one of the top 100 universities among young universities of the world, and this is the second year in a row the school has received the honor from the Times Higher Education.

Times Higher Education is considered one of the most respected higher education ranking authorities in the world. UTSA is one of only eight universities in the U.S. to receive the ranking.

UTSA Communications Director Joe Izbrand said the coveted ranking means UTSA has reached a global reputation as a rising star  in research.

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Special Session
12:09 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Senate Drops Several Key Abortion Bills In Order To Pass One During Special Session

Gov. Rick Perry announces his support for a bill preventing abortions after 20 weeks last December.
Office of the Governor

Sen. Glenn Hegar, R-Katy, the author of the 20-week fetal pain abortion bill, withdrew his own bill in order for lawmakers to pass something related to abortion during the special session.

Hegar said he abandoned his bill because of poor of timing.

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Bexar County
11:03 am
Wed June 19, 2013

Long-Time Tax Assessor-Collector Honored By Bexar County Commissioners

Bexar County

On Tuesday Bexar County Commissioners honored the late Rudy A. Garza for his years of service as the county tax assessor-collector.

Before he was Bexar County’s tax assessor-collector, Garza was chief of investigation for the district attorney’s office in the 1970s, which is when Tommy Adkisson, now a county commissioner, knew him.

Adkisson looked up to Garza as a mentor, and described him as skilled at everything he did.

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Business
9:23 am
Wed June 19, 2013

Price Of Rice Going Up Thanks To Drought And Unseasonably Cool Weather

Rice grown in Texas may be a hot commodity later this year, thanks to the cool weather and irrigation restrictions.
Eileen Pace TPR

The state’s $600 million rice industry could be in jeopardy. A Texas A & M researcher said the drought and cooler temperatures are placing strains on the rice crop for the second year.

Rice farmers need a break from the drought because since 2011 water use has been restricted for crop irrigation in the rice-producing counties of Matagorda, Wharton and Colorado.

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Special Session
5:05 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Transportation Funding Passes One Hurdle In Senate

Eileen Pace TPR

Senate Joint Resolution 2, which was authored by Sen. Robert Nichols, R-Jacksonville, would continually transfer $1.8 billion to transportation once the Rainy Day Fund grew to $6 billion.

Some in the Senate, like Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio, who has seen a decade of being told "no," say the use of the Rainy Day Fund is finally somewhat defined.

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Special Session
1:52 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Republicans Attach Redistricting Maps To Another Bill To Get Them Out Of Committee

83rd Texas Legislature plan 309 for House districts.
State of Texas District Viewer

A bill that would’ve decided the fate of voting maps for members of the Texas House initially failed to pass because of several extended phone conversations.

After waiting for over 15 minutes for Republican members to return to the hearing for a vote, an order was given to find the missing representatives.  

After a vote was cast, Rep Drew Darby, R-San Angelo, who is the committee chairman, asked to be excused to check the back offices for the missing Republicans.

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Special Session
11:25 am
Tue June 18, 2013

With One Week To Go, Special Session Still Debating Abortion, Transportation & Redistricting

Ryan Poppe TPR News

Some House Republicans feel that too much time is being spent debating abortion legislation during the special session and not enough time on roads.

The House first assigned a set of four abortion bills to a select committee on Monday, giving the bills a later start than their Senate companions, but despite that there are some who feel the bills have a fighting chance.

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West, Texas Relief
10:19 am
Tue June 18, 2013

Like Sex-Offender Registry, Dangerous Chemicals Website Would Pinpoint Plants

Committee hearing on West fertilizer investigation at the beginning of May.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

Rep. Joe Pickett, D-El Paso, who is the chairman of the House Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee, has asked that the State Marshall’s Office and Department of Public Safety work together to compile a website where people can identify dangerous chemical sites.

Col. Steve McCraw, who is with the Department of Public Safety, said currently there are 129 chemical plants in Texas that house dangerous chemicals, two just like the one in West.

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Immigration Reform
9:01 am
Tue June 18, 2013

Texas Business Leaders Unveil Immigration Study That Favors Bipartisan Reform

Richard Morgan Fronteras

A poll sponsored by a bipartisan group of non-profits and industry shows that a majority of Texans support a current immigration reform bill.

The poll was sponsored by the Alliance for Citizenship, Partnership for a New American Economy and Republicans for Immigration Reform.

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NBA Finals
12:05 am
Tue June 18, 2013

NBA Finals Counterfeiting And Clever Merchandising In San Antonio

Employees at Ace Screen graphics pull shirts off the line.
Chris Eudaily TPR

As the NBA Finals shift to Miami for game 6 and possibly game 7, the extended series means that money generated by the games will continue to boost the league, broadcast carriers and the host cities.

Based on numbers from the last two NBA Finals in host cities Dallas, Oklahoma City and Miami, the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce estimated an economic impact of about $4 million per game.

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