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City Government
1:23 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Updated: Chan Recuses Herself From New Vote On Northside Library Location

Chan motioned for a new vote on Thursday without her participation.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

(Updated: 4/10/13 1:20 p.m.) Following some discussion, city council has postponed the vote on the library location until May.

District 1 Councilman Diego Bernal admonished city staffers, who knew the library location was next to Chan's business.

Chan gave an emotional statement before the council before leaving the dais so the rest of city council could discuss and decide on the issue.

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Natural Gas Exploration
12:34 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Environmental Groups Support & Oppose Fracking Water Recycling Bill

Regulations are struggling to keep up with the natural gas boom that is putting a strain on community and environmental resources.
South Texas Environmental Education and Research

A bill to ensuring that oil companies using fracking techniques are being held to environmental standards has passed out of the Natural Resources Committee and now heads to the House floor for a vote.

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Texas Legislature - Business
10:29 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Bill Encourages Space Exploration Companies To Make Texas Home

Texas could be next to get into private space exploration, the next frontier.
Chandra X-ray Observatory Smithsonian Institution

A bill that would make Texas the next state to possess a commercial rocket launch pad has been unanimously voted out of the Senate Economic Development Committee.

The bill, authored by Sen. Bob Deuell, R-Greenville, facilitates a way for space exploration companies to build and operate in Texas and provides matching funds as an incentive for these companies.

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Solar Power
9:37 am
Thu April 11, 2013

CPS Energy Plan To Change Solar Credit Rate Outrages Advocates

Though San Antonio is a leader in Texas solar power, the total amount of solar generated is still a small slice in the overall system.
Environment Texas

CPS Energy is replacing its solar credit system that pays solar energy users with another program that pays slightly less, leaving some solar energy organizations and customers outraged.

CPS Energy customers currently pay 9.9 cents per kilowatt used, but people with solar energy on their home or business receive the same 9.9 cents back as a credit on their bill for every kilowatt they generate in a process called net-metering.

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Texas Legislature
4:53 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Senate Passes Bill Requiring Welfare Recipients To Be Drug Tested

Texas State Capitol in Austin.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

On a unanimous vote, a bill authored by Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, to require all welfare recipients to take a drug test passed the Texas Senate. 

The bill requires every Texas Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipient go through a drug-screen, which could include a one-on-one interview or questionnaire.

Nelson said her bill also provides $300 million towards rehab.

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SAISD Tutoring
4:08 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

TEA Disciplines Six Tutoring Agencies In Fraud Investigation

San Antonio Independent School District

After a complaint from the San Antonio Independent School District, the Texas Education Agency has suspended or put on probation several tutoring agencies that may have committed fraud.

SAISD filed its complaint in February, claiming several tutoring agencies were falsely submitting names of students they may not have tutored for reimbursement of more than $280,000.

The TEA maintains a list of more than 100 tutoring companies that are entitled to receive school district funds as part of the No Child Left Behind Act and parents choose from that list.

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Texas Legislature - Business
12:34 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Lawmakers Consider Bills To Open Texas To Electric Car Maker Tesla

Elon Musk at the state capitol to urge state lawmakers to open the state to his dealerships.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

Elon Musk, the owner of Tesla Motors and creator of commercial space exploration company SpaceX, spoke at the capitol urging lawmakers to approve a set of bills that allow his car company to be able to sell their cars in Texas.

During his time at the capitol, the billionaire car maker also met with Gov. Rick Perry about the issue.

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Southside Business
11:35 am
Wed April 10, 2013

Brooks City Base Chooses CEO Finalist To Lead Development

Artist rendering of the Nexolon solar panel plant.
Courtesy Nexolon

The Brooks Development Authority board voted to enter into contract negotiations for its next chief executive officer, but leaders are not ready to divulge his or her identity.

Manny Pelaez, chairman of the Brooks Development Authority, said the board interviewed 402 viable candidates out of the 6,000 applicants.

Last week the field of applicants for the next CEO of Brooks was narrowed to only five, and Wednesday the board chose one to take Brooks into the future.

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Immigration Reform
10:48 am
Wed April 10, 2013

Border Security Bill Calls For Increased Effort From Homeland Security

Border security is a vital part of immigration reform for both sides to reach an agreement.
Michel Marizco Fronteras

Sen. John Cornyn and Congressman Michael McCaul, R-Texas, the chair of the House Homeland Security Committee, have introduced a bill that would require the Department of Homeland Security to develop a national strategy  plan to secure the border.

The Border Security Results Act of 2013 would require Homeland Security to develop and implement such a plan within 180 days of its passage and report periodically to congress.

McCaul cited points of entry near Tucson and San Diego as secure crossings, but said the entire border needs the same reinforcement.

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Military Budget Cuts
9:10 am
Wed April 10, 2013

Sequestration Grounds Navy's Blue Angels For Rest Of 2013

Blue Angels over Lackland AFB
Betsy Britton

Federal sequestration has claimed another community outreach program from the military as the Department of Defense has grounded the Blue Angels for the remainder of 2013.

Based in Pensacola, Fla., the Flight Demonstration Squadron was preparing for its next scheduled show in Corpus Christi this weekend when the Navy put out the word that shows for the rest of the year are canceled.

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