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Special Session
9:04 am
Tue May 28, 2013

Tensions At All Time High as Lt. Governor Makes An Agenda For Special Session

Ryan Poppe TPR News

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst is causing a stir at the capitol after issuing a list of things he’d like to see during a special session.

Dewhurst said there are several key items that he felt lawmakers should have been able to address this session:

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Flash Flood
11:40 am
Mon May 27, 2013

Body Of 18-Year-Old Man Recovered From Cibolo Creek Following Storms

Authorities recovered the body of an 18 year old man Sunday evening, following storms on Saturday that drenched the area.

Officials in the town of Schertz, Texas, northeast of San Antonio, say 18 -year-old Avron Adams disappeared in the swollen Cibolo Creek after attempting to make it across with eight other people.

Seven made it across as they crossed from the Schertz side to the Universal City side, officials said. One person turned back and made it back to shore when Adams was swept away, according to a news release.

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Flash Flood
2:47 pm
Sun May 26, 2013

Effects Of San Antonio Flood Widespread, Live Oak Tornado Confirmed

Basse Rd. near the Alamo Quarry, 5-25-13.
Joey Palacios TPR

Officials are monitoring the weather situation throughout the San Antonio area Sunday as a flash flood watch remains in effect until the early evening hours.

Emergency Management Coordinator Larry Trevino and others are meeting throughout the day to track the weather. At a press conference Saturday, Trevino said any amount of additional rain could spell disaster.

"Any kind of water is going to be kind of like another flood event," he said.

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Arts & Culture
4:43 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Visit Seven Cultural Institutions With One Pass On 'Broadway Reach'

McNay Art Museum is just one of the seven stops on the 'Broadway Reach' tour.
Eileen Pace TPR

Seven institutions along the Broadway corridor have created a collaborative to showcase the art, culture and history available in a tightly-knit area north of downtown.  

The multi-level effort was first brainstormed during SA 2020 meetings almost three years ago.

"Well, we’ve been working together for a number of years, meeting and talking about how we could work together more effectively," said Dr. William Chiego, director of the McNay Art Museum.

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City Council Elections
3:56 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Though Endorsements Are Nice, Voter Turnout Is Key To Runoff Election

Incumbent David Medina looks over election numbers on election night that would eventually reveal he would head to a runoff with his opponent, Shirley Gonzales.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

Endorsements are often times influential by appealing to voters who may be undecided, and with the runoff elections for City Council Districts 5 and 8 in June, every vote will help determine who will win the seats.

This year's city council races began with nearly 40 candidates and now only four remain.

  • In District 5, incumbent David Medina is facing political newcomer Shirley Gonzales.
  • In District 8, where there is no incumbent, Ron Nirenberg and Rolando Briones are battling it out for the seat.

Plenty of people are choosing sides in these races.

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Texas Legislature
2:30 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Senate & House Education Leaders Say They Have Charter School And Testing Deal

Ryan Poppe TPR News

The last few days for Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, and his House companion, Jimmie Don Aycock, R-Killeen, have been rough, especially when it comes to sealing the votes needed for a bill that increases the number of charter schools in the state and another reducing the number of course exams.

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Texas Legislature
10:14 am
Fri May 24, 2013

In Legislative Homestretch, Transportation & Education Funding Still Uncertain

Eileen Pace TPR

Tensions between the House and Senate over education funding have hit an all-time high this session, and that along with an added provision related to fees charged to overweight 18 wheelers worries Rep. Drew Darby, R-San Angelo, because of the transportation dollars tied to those same spending bills.

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Texas Legislature
4:47 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Senator's Late Budget Changes Upset Both Sides Of The Aisle

As in 2011, public education funding is a major issue at the state capitol.
Flickr user Phil Ostroff cc

Last-minute changes to House Bill 1025, a spending bill that has been the glue for the Texas budget, is now causing things to fall apart.

Lawmakers in the Texas House said they are shocked by the changes tacked on to a supplemental spending bill still awaiting a final vote, and have said they will not send the legislation to Gov. Rick Perry’s desk.

Rep. Sylvester Turner, D-Houston, said Sen. Tommy Williams, R-The Woodlands, has broken their agreement regarding an additional $200 million in education funding.

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Pre-K 4 SA Implementation
3:38 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Now That Curriculum Is Set, Pre-K 4 SA Almost Ready To Go

A Pre-K 4 SA committee and the public reviewed several curriculum providers in mid-April.
Ryan Loyd TPR

The City of San Antonio’s new Pre-K 4 SA early education measure will be extending two contracts worth $540,000 to two curriculum programs.

Texas-based Frog Street Press will serve as the main curriculum for the 700 children at the initial two model education centers when school begins in the fall, and Maryland-based Teaching Strategies will act as a supplemental program.

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Texas Legislature
2:46 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

CHL Campus-Carry Bill Dies In Senate, But The Fight Isn't Over Yet

Flickr user David Trawin (trawin) cc

Lawmakers at the capitol have approved a measure to train public school teachers to respond during a mass-shooting event and let die a bill to allow concealed-handgun license holders to carry guns on a college campus. 

As the first of its kinds, House Bill 1009 provides volunteer school teachers with the same level of training as a police officers who respond to a mass-shooting scenario. 

"We plan on passing the bill exactly as it passed the House," said Sen. Kelly Hancock, R-North Richland Hills, who carried the bill in the Senate.

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