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Mayor Julián Castro
1:50 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Castro Has First HUD Sec. Confirmation Hearing Tuesday

Mayor Julian Castro greeted children as they arrived for their first day of Pre-K 4 SA in the fall of 2013.
Credit Ryan Loyd / TPR News

San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro will go before a Senate confirmation committee Tuesday, the first step in the process of becoming the new leader of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

In May, President Barack Obama nominated the three-term San Antonio mayor for the job, replacing Shaun Donovan.

If confirmed, Castro said while he'll be focused on housing in his new role, he's always been a strong supporter of education and hopes that's how he'll be remembered.

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Military
12:08 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Bergdahl Arrives At San Antonio's BAMC To Begin Last Phase Of Reintegration

The San Antonio Military Medical Center, part of the Brooke Army Medical Center..
Joint Base San Antonio

Officials with Brooke Army Medical Center Friday afternoon offered a glimpse into the reintegration process that lays ahead for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who has been the subject of controversy since his May 31 release from the Taliban in exchange for five high-level prisoners from Guantanamo.

Bergdahl is in San Antonio for the final phase of reintegration back into a stable life, including professional, family, and community activities, with as few complications as possible.

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NBA Finals
10:26 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Spurs Fans Celebrate Fifth Championship, Flood Downtown Streets

Spurs fans congregate on Commerce Street between South Alamo and N. Presa following the end of game five. Fan Maury Vasquez holds a flag from a balcony window.
Joey Palacios TPR News

The San Antonio Spurs have brought a fifth NBA title to the Alamo City after beating the Miami Heat last night 104-87. Following the win, downtown filled with Spurs fans reveling in the continuation of a dynasty.

San Antonians crowded Alamo, Market, Commerce and Houston streets following last nights win so well that SAPD had to divert honking traffic down side streets. Spurs fans have been waiting seven years for another title and wanted a victory after last year’s loss to the Heat.

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Veterans Affairs
4:41 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Perry Puts Forward Plan To Expedite Veterans Health Care, Cut Wait Times

Credit Texas governor's office

Speaking outside the opening of a new medical center at Fort Hood, Gov. Rick Perry announced a plan that uses groups of hospitals to provide speedier medical services to military veterans who have waited months to be seen by a doctor at U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs medical clinics.   

That plan includes hospitals throughout the state willing to work with the federal government to speed up the time it takes for a veteran to be seen by a doctor.

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Border & Immigration
4:12 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Abbott Requesting $30 Million From Feds For Border Operations

Credit U.S. Border Patrol

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has requested $30 million from the Obama administration for a state-based border security operation involving the Texas Department of Public Safety.

In a letter, Abbott says the U.S. Border Patrol is overwhelmed with keeping up the influx of minors crossing the border. State Rep. Dan Flynn, R-Canton, who sits on the House Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee, said he agrees with Abbott.

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NBA Finals
1:25 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Spurs Fans Brave Weather, Greet Team At Airport Gate

Spurs fans greeting the team at the San Antonio International Airport
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

The San Antonio Spurs defeated the Miami Heat last night by a score of 107-86, the second game in row with 20 point edge. In a sea of silver and black, fans of the Spurs crowded outside the team's private airport terminal early this morning to wait for the team to arrive back home.

About 200 fans stood under flashing skies following a torrential downpour less than an hour before. A DJ played music to keep them entertained. Superfan Lindsey Garcia said she drove from Lytle to welcome the team.

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Border & Immigration
11:01 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Legal Organizations, Communities Rally To Help Minors Navigate U.S. Immigration

Poster designed for young children to learn about the U.S. immigration courts.
Jonathan Ryan RAICES

As the number of unaccompanied minors crossing the border into Texas continues to increase, local agencies have been stepping in to help with the care for the children.

A legal immigration assistance center has re-focused its mission to help during the crisis, and has begun serving children at Lackland and across South Texas. 

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Gay Rights
1:44 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Rick Perry Compares Homosexuality To Alcoholism At San Francisco Stop

Texas Gov. Rick Perry.
Credit rickperry.org

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has been in California all week for a series of meetings, one of which was a stop at the Commonwealth Club of California in San Francisco.

During an extended Q&A session, Perry was asked whether he thought homosexuality was a disorder. This was his response, filmed by San Francisco CBS affiliate KPIX-TV:

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Texas Public Schools
4:20 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

LULAC, MALDEF File Federal Suit Over Texas English Language Learner Programs

The Mexican-American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit on the behalf of the League of United Latin-American Citizens, alleging the state of Texas isn’t doing enough to advance English language learner (ELL) students in public schools.

The lawsuit also names San Antonio-area school districts North East ISD and Southwest ISD as defendants and references continuing state education reports to show ELL students are not given as many opportunities as other students.

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Veterans Affairs
3:12 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

South Texas Veterans Group Details Big Problems With Harlingen VA Clinic

Credit U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Staffing issues, longer wait times for doctor’s appointments and lack of medical vouchers are just some of the problems at veteran medical clinics in the U.S.

One South Texas veterans support group has seen firsthand the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs clinic in Harlingen, which has the country’s second longest average wait time according to a federal audit.   

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