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Texas Legislature
4:29 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Texas Moves Closer To Becoming Second State To Pass Drone Bill

One of 10 Predator B drones that DHS uses to patrol the U.S.-Mexico border. This plane is based in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Hernán Rozemberg

With the growing number of drones being used by by law enforcement and the public, Texas lawmakers are taking up the issue to try and set some ground rules.

House Bill 912 would restrict the use of drones, and is inching closer to becoming law. 

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Texas Legislature - Transportation
3:42 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

With Transportation Bill Pulled, Is There Still Hope To Fix Texas Roads?

Eileen Pace TPR

The likelihood of fixing Texas roads seems slim as Rep. Drew Darby, R-San Angelo, a leader of transportation in the House, withdrew his bill from the floor.  

The bill would have raised the state’s registration fee $50 to help pay for roads, but that was lowered to a $15 increase as the bill was debated. 

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City Council
2:34 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Following Recent Ethics Questions, City Council Votes To Raise Standards

Councilwoman Elisa Chan came under fire for not disclosing that her North Side business bordered the site for a proposed branch library.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

New ethics standards are on their way to San Antonio City Hall as the city council voted to add changes to the ethics code after several recent incidents cast a shadow of doubt on city leaders.

The most recent incident was over the vote for a new District 9 library, which was located next to Councilwoman Elisa Chan’s North Side business.

At the time, city staffers working on the project knew the library and Chan’s business, Unitech, were bordering each other, but said nothing to the city council on the matter.

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SA Arts & Culture
11:23 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Video: San Antonio Symphony Pop-Up Concert At Rackspace

Eileen Pace TPR

It was somewhat of a cacophony at Rackspace on Tuesday, as members of the San Antonio Symphony set up for a surprise pop-up concert – right in the middle of the food truck courtyard.

New San Antonio Symphony President and CEO Jack Downey said the symphony owes a debt of gratitude to Graham Weston and the other Rackers, who came out to show their support.

"Graham has made a six-figure pledge to the symphony and he wants other corporations and people to do the same thing and help the symphony, and help our community by doing so," Downey said.

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Pre-K 4 SA Implementation
9:35 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Local Transportation Service Wins Contract For Pre-K 4 SA

Pre-K 4 SA is expected to transport at least 50 percent of the students enrolled in the program, according to Deputy City Manager Peter Zanoni.
Ryan Loyd TPR

The Pre-K 4 SA board of directors has chosen its transportation service to take students to and from the model education centers.

Four firms competed for the contract to provide transportation services for San Antonio's Pre-K 4 SA program.

Two of them were national companies - Durham Transportation, and First Student, Inc. One was a small, family-owned Texas company - All Aboard Transportation, based in Tom Bean. The final one hails from San Antonio - Star Shuttle.

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Medicaid Expansion
1:35 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Update: Designer Of GOP Medicaid Expansion Plan Says Bill Is Dead

In mid-April both Texas Democrats (pictured) and Texas Republicans outlined plans to get federal dollars for Medicaid expansion.
Ryan Poppe TPR

Update: (May 9, 6:45 a.m.) A group of House Democrats are outraged that the Zerwas "Texas Solution" to Medicaid will not be scheduled for a debate or vote.

Donna Howard, D-Austin, said both sides of the House are calling the move to kill the bill highly suspicious.

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Texas Legislature
10:55 am
Wed May 8, 2013

House Follows Governor’s Marching Orders To Pass Small Business Tax Cuts

Ryan Poppe TPR News

The House passed House Bill 500, which would extend tax incentives to small businesses by using revenue usually reserved to fund schools.

Rep. Harvey Hilderbran, R-Kerrville, who authored the bill, said the state will replace the money for public education in the senate’s version of the budget bill.

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Affordable Care Act
2:15 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Another Try At Beating Obamacare From Texas Lawmakers & Small Business Owners

Ryan Poppe TPR

The group filing the federal lawsuit against U.S.Secretary of Health and Human Services Katheleen Sebelius and U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Jacob Lew is headed by Houston Dr. Steven F. Hotze and the Braidwood Management Group, who both say small businesses will find ways around the provisions listed in the Affordable Care Act.

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Texas Legislature
12:49 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Testing Bill Asks Students To Choose Career Path In 9th Grade

The Save Texas Schools rally on March 12, 2011.
Flickr user Phil Ostroff cc

Before eventually passing the measure, the Senate made radical changes to assessment testing and developed a new model for high school education and school accountability ratings.

The bill originated in the Texas House, but found its clarity in the Senate. 

Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, the bill’s co-author, said this bill does more than reduce the number of high-stakes exams required to graduate from 15 to five.

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Community Health
11:44 am
Tue May 7, 2013

¡Por Vida! Adds 22nd Restaurant To Healthy-Eating List

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius came to San Antonio to launch Por Vida in 2010
Eileen Pace TPR

¡Por Vida! the City of San Antonio's healthy menu initiative, welcomes another member restaurant to the healthy-eating program.

The initiative was launched in the Fall of 2010 with just a handful of restaurants and today the program has grown to a list of 22 establishments with over 500 meal choices to choose from.

Kasey Pape, a registered dietician at Metropolitan Health District, said Mediterranean restaurant Papouli’s became the newest member after requesting the certification this week.

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