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Texas Legislature - Immigration
4:39 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Texas Legislators Urge President & Congress To Act On Immigration

The White House

Republicans are signing on to state legislation that urges the federal government to create a roadmap to legal status for undocumented immigrants.

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Texas Legislature
3:31 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Committee Discusses Surveillance Bill And Potential Effect On Boston Bombing

Flickr user Frédéric Bisson (zigazou76) cc

A bill addressing privacy issues would require police and other state agencies to develop signage for any area of the state under the watch of a surveillance camera.  

The House Committee on Homeland Security and Public Safety heard House Bill 3165, which not only requires that those using surveillance cameras put up a notice, it also requires those agencies have a website where the public can view a live stream of what is being filmed.

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Downtown Development
2:18 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Historic And Design Review Commission Rejects Tower Plan For Joske's Building

Rendering of the tower proposed for the Joskes building. The project was rejected at the Historic and Design Review Commission.

San Antonio's Historic and Design Review Commission has rejected an application for a hotel tower to be placed atop the old Joske's building downtown.

Even up until a minute before the last vote, no one could have guessed the final outcome of a vote by commissioners, who were torn over the decision. Half the members were for the project, and half were against. One member didn’t show up to the meeting because he is involved with the architects, Overland Partners, to restore the St. Anthony Hotel.

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Texas Legislature
1:21 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

First Working Weekend For House Turning Into "O.K. Corral Day"

Oleg Volt Wikipedia Commons

The Texas House is gearing up for their first working weekend and there are 15 gun bills scheduled for discussion and possible vote. Some lawmakers are also referring to it as "Survivalist Saturday."

Rep. Dan Flynn, R-Canton, sat down to discuss some of the bills, including his own that reduces the amount of training required for a concealed handgun

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Texas Legislature
10:58 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Though Privacy Concerns Cited, State Immunization Registry Bill Passes House

Ryan Poppe TPR News

House Bill 772 changes the way the state records immunizations and has ruffled a few feathers in the Texas House. 

Rep. Donna Howard, D-Austin, said the bill is not about tracking a person based on the number of immunizations, it’s about convenience.

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San Antonio School Districts
8:56 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Updated: Workers Union Files Federal Lawsuit Against Northside ISD

Northside ISD

Update: (9:30 a.m.) Federal Judge Xavier Rodriguez, who is hearing the case, denied the Texas Workers Alliance restraining order against Northside ISD in reference to the specific incident cited.

The restraining order was seeking the restraining order to allow TWA member Alma Benavides to distribute organization materials at an employee organization day on May 6.

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Texas Legislature
5:05 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Gov. Perry Voices Disapproval Of Larson's "Pay-It-Back" Bill

Rep. Lyle Larson

Rep. Lyle Larson, R-San Antonio, who authored House Bill 160, which mandates Gov. Rick Perry pay back the state for travel and security expenses incurred during his presidential campaign, got his chance to talk to Perry about it face to face.  

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Museum Reach
4:06 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Updated: Oil Spill Flows Into San Antonio River Near Museum Reach

Site along Museum Reach where oil washed into the river.
Eileen Pace TPR

Update: (May 3 12:08 p.m.) The test results found that the oil is petroleum based, but SARA still doesn't know where the oil originated.

The TCEQ and SARA have agreed that they will share the cost of restoring the vegetation and grass in the affected areas.

Update: (May 3, 9:45 a.m.) Still no word on the sample results from SARA or the TCEQ.

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San Antonio Symphony
3:13 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

New Symphony CEO Set To Take Organization Into The Future

The San Antonio Symphony moves into the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts in Fall 2014.
Tobin Center

The San Antonio Symphony announced today that Jack Downey, a local businessman, fundraising consultant and retired Air Force officer, will take the helm as the organizations new CEO.

Downey said this position was an irresistible opportunity:

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Pre-K 4 SA Implementation
1:59 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Pre-K 4 SA Pre-Enrollment Continues, New Times/Locations

Pre-K 4 SA board member Pamela Ray speaks to parents and teachers who came to see the curriculum under consideration.
Ryan Loyd TPR

Wednesday is the start of pre-enrollment for San Antonio’s new early childhood education initiative, Pre-K 4 SA. 700 students in total will be selected for the inaugural classes at the two model education centers, located on the northwest and southeast sides of town.

The city changed the dates and locations of pre-enrollment, which is now scheduled to run through May 9.

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