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Downtown Development
11:38 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Council To Hear Recommendation In August On Downtown Grocery Store

Uncommon Fare, located in the Cevallos Lofts, is located in the Lone Star neighborhood near downtown.
Uncommon Fare

The City of San Antonio received four responses to its Request For Information from possible grocery store developers in the downtown area.

The city wants to populate downtown with young, urban dwellers with modern careers and lifestyles, who use alternative transportation rather than driving expensive, polluting, gasoline-powered vehicles.

But there is currently a fundamental obstacle to living in downtown--residents have to travel if they want groceries.

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Immigration Reform
10:14 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Citizenship Status Could Be Delayed With Cornyn Amendment

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

The Senate’s comprehensive immigration bill is set to hit the floor next week with an anticipated lengthy debate and amendment process. One Texas senator is calling for a complete border security before many of the provisions in the bill can take effect.

Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, calls it the Results Amendment. It’s a long list of provisions that must be met before green cards and citizenship can be offered to undocumented immigrants. He said the key is 100 percent situational awareness of the southern border

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Transportation
9:28 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Five Things The New VIA Smartphone App Has going For It

Screen shot of the home screen map.
VIA Metropolitan Transit

The new VIA smartphone app, Go VIA VIA, has a real chance at changing the landscape of transportation in San Antonio by making it easier for long-time riders and new riders to navigate the intricate maze of bus routes and schedules. (see note about new riders at bottom of post*)

Go VIA VIA has been out for Apple and Android devices since Monday, and it already has some fans and critics. The bottom line, though, is that it is far better than the old app--which wasn't interactive in any way, shape or form.

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Lackland Investigation
9:11 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Castro Calls For Accountability Recommendations In Air Force Sexual Misconduct

Eileen Pace TPR

San Antonio Congressman Joaquín Castro has asked for a full report on Air Force commanders’ recommendations regarding sexual misconduct in the Air Force.

On Wednesday the congressman asked fellow Armed Services Committee members to support his amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act.

With 32 boot camp instructors under investigation for the abuse of almost 60 victims, the investigation is the largest in the history of the Air Force.

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Community
11:41 am
Wed June 5, 2013

San Antonio Firefighters Help Houston Brethren Through Difficult Day

Firefighters join together to remember the four who died Friday, May 31, 2013
Houston Fire Museum

The San Antonio Fire Department is showing its support for their brother and sister firefighters in Houston.

Today 150 off duty San Antonio firefighters are standing watch over Houston so that firefighters who want to attend the public memorial service for the four fighters who died Friday are able to do so.

It was the highest single day death total in the history of the Houston Fire Department.

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Women's Health
9:10 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Planned Parenthood Headed Back To Court

Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood is headed back to court later this month over a 2011 law that excludes the group from being listed and funded by the state-run Texas Women’s Health Program.

In 2011 lawmakers at the state capitol along with Gov. Rick Perry set in place the laws that created the state-run Texas Women’s Health Program, which excluded groups like Planned Parenthood from being listed as a provider of women’s health because of their connection to abortion. 

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Riverwalk
5:35 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

$10,000 Reward For Help Finding Riverwalk Duck Killers

The San Antonio Riverwalk.
Eileen Pace TPR

One of San Antonio’s River ducks is the subject of a city investigation this week, and a $10,000 reward has been offered for information leading to an arrest.

The City's Animal Care Services has several videotapes from Riverwalk restaurants, and is searching for those responsible for the death of George the Duck.

Considering ducks can live into their 20s, George was young. The duck had lived for only two years, all of it on the San Antonio River, when he was abducted last week and allegedly beaten to death by two men somewhere along the Riverwalk.

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City Council Elections - Runoff
4:45 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Election Official Says Lesson To Be Learned From Voter Card Confusion

David Medina's campaign signs line the street at the Las Palmas Library, a voting location in Distirct 5 for the runoff between himself and challenger Shirley Gonzles.
Ryan Loyd TPR

Try as they might, voters and elections officials aren’t always on the same page when it comes to information needed to vote.

That played out in real life Monday at the start of early voting when District 5 David Medina’s campaign said a voter who went to the Las Palmas Library to cast a vote couldn’t do so, which is because she’s not a resident of District 5.

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SA2020
3:40 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Progress And Setback In First SA2020 Report Card

San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro signs his name on the "education" board to show his commitment for that area included in SA2020's larger plan.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

The first report card for San Antonio's goal-setting and transformation program, known as SA2020, has been released and city leaders will be pleased that many areas are making progress, but there is still work to be done.

The report ranked progress on each line item with one of five marks:

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Texas Education
2:57 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

83rd Legislature Made Strides In Education Funding, But Were They Enough?

Save Texas Schools rally in March 2011 outside the state capitol.
Eileen Pace TPR News

Both parties in the school finance battle have been called back to court to review what has happened in the legislative session, which could lead to an official decision.

Travis County District Judge John Dietz made an initial ruling that  the way Texas funds public schools was unconstitutional, but did not make that ruling official, instead waiting to see what happened during the legislative session.

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