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NBA Finals
10:30 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Spurs Stars Dedicate New Learning Center At Wheatley Middle School

Matt Bonner reads to children at the new learning center at Wheatley Middle School.
Ryan Loyd TPR

The Spurs are holding a one-game advantage in their showdown with the Miami Heat for the NBA Finals, and despite the pressure, the team took time Wednesday to dedicate a new learning center at Wheatley Middle School.

NBA Commissioner David Stern said this is the 811th NBA live, learn and play center of its kind. Teams who make the finals are given an NBA grant to give back to their communities.

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West, Texas Relief
5:19 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Governor "Stunned" About FEMA Denial Of Aide To West, Texas

Gov. Perry at a press conference addressing the explosion in West, Texas.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

Lawmakers at the state capitol are outraged by the decision of FEMA officials to deny the town of West continued federal assistance following the fertilizer plant explosion.

According to a report released by the Associated Press, the Federal Emergency Management Agency is refusing to provide West with the funds to help the town rebuild. In a letter from FEMA to state officials, the group has ruled that the plant explosion in West did not meet the criteria for a major disaster declaration.

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Community
3:56 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Residents Discuss Hemisfair Vision For "Front Porch" Of San Antonio

Hemisfair visioning team led by Bill Shown at the Institute of Texan Cultures
Eileen Pace

More than 200 local residents packed the Institute of Texan Cultures on Tuesday evening at a visioning meeting for the new Hemisfair. They were asked to enter their suggestions for features at the corner of Market Street and Alamo, near the Torch of Friendship.

Andres Andujar, CEO of Hemisfair Park Redevelopment Corporation, said that corner will be the large open space that becomes the front porch of San Antonio.

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Special Session
3:01 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Austin Democrat Talks Crossover Districts In Redistricting Debate

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

Following several out-of-town hearings on the subject of redistricting, the Senate committee is back in Austin hearing various plans for changing the state’s voting maps, which included a plan from Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, who said he borrowed his argument from Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.

"It concludes by saying -- in essence -- that while the Voting Rights Act may not require the creation of a crossover district, the purposeful dismantling of a crossover district would raise serious questions under the 14th and 15th Amendments of the Constitution," Watson said.

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Government
10:42 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Allegations Of Party Politics As Gov. Perry Calls For Travis County DA Resignation

rickperry.org

Texas Democrats are outraged that Gov. Rick Perry is threatening to veto a portion of the state budget unless embattled Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg steps down.

This spring, Lehmberg was arrested and convicted for driving under the influence in which her blood alcohol was three times the legal limit.

The governor’s office confirmed that Perry is considering a veto of a portion of the state’s budget bill that funds the state’s Public Integrity Unit, which investigates government entities and is headed up by the Travis County district attorney.

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Special Session
4:50 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Abortion And Juvenile Capital Punishment Added To Special Session

Gov. Rick Perry announces his support for a bill preventing abortions after 20 weeks at the Source Pregnancy Center in Houston. Photo: December 2012.
Office of the Governor

Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, has one of about six bills that address some aspect of abortion in the special session. Patrick said his bill would hold institutions like Planned Parenthood to strict guidelines when dispensing the Plan B abortion pill the abortion pill (mifeprestone), a set of pills that medically ends a pregnancy and can be used up to 9 weeks after the woman's last period.

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Special Session
1:43 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Gov. Perry Adds Transportation Bills To Special Session Agenda

Eileen Pace TPR News

Hoping to solve some of the state’s glaring problems with transportation, Gov. Rick Perry has opened the special session agenda to transportation-related bills.

This move has been a whispered rumor since the session began, but now lawmakers in the Texas House and Senate will begin debate on over 12 pre-filed transportation bills. 

The big one with the most buzz is a bill co-authored by Sen. Tommy Williams, R-The Woodlands, and Sen. Robert Nichols, R-Jacksonville.

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Border & Immigration
12:19 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Agriculture Commissioner Pushes For Action In Water War With Mexico

Laurel Morales Fronteras

The Texas Agriculture Commissioner is pushing congressional leaders to suspend contracts with Mexico if the country doesn't release water owed to Texas farmers and ranchers.

Mexico is required to release 1.8 million acre-feet of water every five years to the U.S. from six tributaries that feed into the Rio Grande. In exchange, the U.S. delivers water from the Colorado River to Mexico, but under the current agreement Mexico has left South Texas farmers dry, owing the state over 350,000 acre-feet of water.

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Texas Legislature - Education
12:01 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Texas Education Getting A Major Makeover With Signing Of New Bills

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Parents, students and several lawmakers crowded into the governor's press room to witness Gov. Rick Perry signing legislation into law that changes the state’s public education system. 

While there were a handful of bills on hand, the one that stood out most was a bill that reduces the number of high-stakes exams students are required to take from the current 15 standardized tests down to five.

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Texas Business
11:03 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Gov. Perry Launches Million-Dollar Ad Campaign In New York And Conn.

rickperry.org

Coming off his February trip to California and an Illinois stop two months later, Gov. Rick Perry is taking his business pitch to New York and Connecticut hoping to lure businesses to the Lone Star State.

Starting on June 16 Perry will be showcasing some of the state's finer points for businesses to relocate to the Lone Star State while also visiting the East Coast.

The advertisements  feature various business leaders in Texas and celebrities like former NFL star Emmitt Smith and filmmaker Robert Rodriguez.

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