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Lackland Courts-Martial
9:12 am
Wed July 3, 2013

24th Court-Martial Sends Another Training Instructor To Jail

Lackland, the 'gateway' to the Air Force, has been the gateway to court-martial for instructors engaging in activities against Air Force regulations.
Eileen Pace TPR

Another military training instructor from Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland is headed to prison after his sentencing on charges of sexual misconduct.

In a special court-martial this week, Tech Sgt. Brian Hickingbottom, Jr., pleaded guilty to charges of having unprofessional relationships with three trainees in tech school, and of obstructing justice

Military Judge, Col. Donald Eller, Jr. sentenced Hickingbottom to four months confinement, hard labor without confinement for 45 days, and reduction in rank to Senior Airman.

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Special Session
5:12 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Over 1,600 Signed Up To Speak At Tuesday's Abortion Hearing

Last night's pro-choice rally on the steps of the state capitol was a carry-over from the initial rally at noon earlier in the day.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

Following a second late night rally, crowds once again gathered at the state capitol ahead of a committee hearing on abortion restrictions and bans.

Late Monday night at the capitol the group Rise Up Texas rallied people ahead of today’s committee hearing, urging them to sign up to speak.

House State Affairs Committee Chairman Rep. Bryon Cook, R-Coriscana, cut off testimony after 10 hours during the last special session.

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Special Session
2:54 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Senate Committees Act Quickly On Transportation/Juvenile Justice Bills

Ryan Poppe TPR News

It took two separate Senate committees less than 10 minutes to pass a set of transportation funding and juvenile justice bills that are similar to those seen during the first special session.

Sen. Robert Nichols, R-Jacksonville, who authored the transportation bill from the first session, said many in the Texas House were not comfortable with a hard $6 billion ceiling for money from the Rainy Day Fund that will be transferred into transportation funding.

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Special Session
12:20 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Two-Thirds Rule Suspended, Challenges Ahead For Dems In Special Session

Eileen Pace TPR News

Same bills, same state lawmakers, different set of voting rules.

During the regular session and the first special session, the Senate operated under the the two-thirds rule, a tradition of voting that ensures at least two-thirds of the Senate floor has an interest in debating an issue before a bill reaches the Senate floor.

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Bracken Bat Cave
9:12 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Aquifer Alliance Says SAWS Has Alternative In Bat Cave Controversy

Bat Conservation International

The Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance said the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality can issue a variance to its rule that SAWS provide water to the Crescent Hills Subdivision, which is located near the Bracken Bat Cave.

SAWS has said it has no choice but to provide the sewer and water mains because of its Certificate of Convenience and Necessity, but GEAA Executive Director Annalisa Peace said the group's attorneys have research the issue and say the TCEQ can change the certificate at the request of SAWS.

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Special Session - Abortion
5:35 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Opposing Rallies Sing Different Songs At The State Capitol

The scene at the state capitol this morning in a picture posted on Twitter by Rep Trey Martinez Fischer, D-San Antonio. Those wearing orange are pro-choice supporters.
Trey Martinez Fischer Facebook

Thousands of people swarmed to the state capitol to cheer on state lawmakers on both sides of the abortion debate, and what some thought would be mayhem turned out to be a peaceful but loud rally both inside and outside the capitol.

Mounted police in riot gear watched over the crowds at the rally, but were not needed after all.

Inside, pro-life groups sang "Amazing Grace" over and over, following a press conference from mothers who had had an abortion that went wrong and who now wanted more restrictions for abortion providers.

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Independence Day
4:32 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Tips For Keeping Pets Safe During July 4 Fireworks Shows

Chris Eudaily TPR News

Although we like to take our pups along on outdoor outings, it's better to leave them at home for the fireworks shows. Pets don’t do well with fireworks – and many new pet owners may not realize just what a danger it is to them.

Pets don't like loud noises, and Animal Care Services advises pet owners 

  to not leave them outside, even if it is in a fenced yard.

Pets who have never been aggressive might become biters when they are frightened, and pets who stay in the yard normally might jump the fence and try to get away when they hear fireworks.

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San Antonio Landmarks
3:06 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Historic Cool Crest Reopens To Thankful Nostalgic Crowd

Cool Crest Miniature Golf reopened Sunday after having been closed for several years.
Ryan Loyd TPR

For many San Antonians,  putt putt golf at the Cool Crest miniature course on Fredericksburg Road wasn’t just another thing to do, it was a way of life.

The historic course closed in 2007 after Maria Metzger passed away. She and her husband, Harold, had owned and operated the date-night spot for decades, but now four brothers have taken it under their wing.

James, Phillip, Albert and Mitchell Landry look back on their many times spent on the turf greens with fondness.

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Texas Legislature - Special Session
2:22 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Everything Has Changed In The Second Special Session

Ryan Poppe TPR News

The mood, and boundaries, have changed a lot at the state capitol since the regular session. Upon entering the capitol, you take immediate notice of the differences -- chained off sections of the stairwell and rotunda and an increased presence of Department of Public Safety troopers.

But what has really changed in this second special session?

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Government
9:03 am
Mon July 1, 2013

MALDEF: End Of Voting Rights Act Leaves Minorities Exposed

Court-ordered interim U.S. Congressional Districts for the 2012 election.
State of Texas District Viewer http://gis1.tlc.state.tx.us/

The chief legal counsel for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund is applauding Gov. Rick Perry for signing into law the interim voting maps, but said not having a Voting Rights Act leaves minority communities vulnerable.

This week the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act.

Nina Perales is the chief legal counsel for the MALDEF and said the supreme court has taken away a tool for fair and equitable state voting maps.

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