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Texas Legislature
1:12 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Texas Restaurant Industry Supports Bill To Ban Use Of Trans Fats

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Much like laws in the other states that ban restaurants and food eateries from using trans fats, Texas senators are now considering a similar measure in House Bill 1359.  

"The bill prohibits the use of any trans fats above .5 grams, and it doesn’t have any enforcement provisions in it, but it does allow the food inspection department to provide some grading on the restaurants using or not using trans fats," said Sen. Jose Rodriguez, D-El Paso, who authored the bill.

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Texas Constitution
11:13 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Castro Seeking City Attorney Opinion Following Attorney General Ruling On Domestic Benefits

Mayor Julian Castro is asking the city attorney's office how San Antonio would be affected by the AG's ruling that domestic partner benefits are unconstitutional.
Ryan Loyd TPR

In response to a request by state Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has issued an opinion on domestic partner benefits.

Abbott said cities, school districts and other "political subdivisions" who allow benefits to domestic partners are in violation of the Texas Constitution.

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Texas Legislature
9:38 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Senate Bill Would Give Press And Citizen Journalists Added Protection When Filming Police

Ryan Loyd TPR News

A bill winning favor in the Senate provides protection to anyone with a smartphone or other camera while filming the police. 

Senate Bill 897, which was authored by Sen. Craig Estes, R-Wichita Falls, reinforces protection for a citizen's first amendment right if they are arrested for filming the police.

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City Council Elections
6:19 am
Tue April 30, 2013

On First Day Of Early Voting, David Medina Warned About Voting Violation

Dist. 5 Councilman David Medina was cited for a voting violation of entering a polling location with a logo shirt on the first day of early voting.
Ryan Loyd TPR

Now that early voting is underway, San Antonians will see a barrage of candidate signs popping up like spring flowers at polling locations across the city.

In addition to the campaign signs at the Collins Garden Library on District 5’s North Park Street, campaign volunteers to some of the six candidates in the race to represent the city's near west side are welcoming people to the polls.

"Vote David Medina!" could be heard as one man shouted the words proudly in an effort to get the incumbent, David Medina, re-elected.

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Medina Lake
5:08 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

SAWS Discontinues Use Of Medina Lake Water

Medina Lake on Jan. 31, 2013
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The water in Medina Lake has fallen so low that the San Antonio Water System is no longer drawing water from it. The shift will affect the water source for the southern portion of Bexar County.

At the end of last week, SAWS shut off its pump in Medina Lake, which is now only five percent full.

"The water remaining is developing some water quality issues," said SAWS Spokeswoman Ann Hayden.

The decision to stop pumping was due to a concern about the water quality level and the amount of algae.

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Downtown Development
4:07 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Commerce Street Closure Begins Today, Market Street To Follow

The red line in this image shows the area of Commerce Street that will be converted into a bike and pedestrian lane.
Capital Improvement Management Services

Construction begins today for the realignment of Market Street underneath IH-37, and as the city begins to make way for expansion of the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, parts of Market Street need to be repositioned.

The first phase is a permanent closure of the contraflow lane from the northbound feeder road onto Commerce Street. The road will be converted into a pedestrian walkway and bike lanes.

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Texas Education
3:34 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Texas Education Commissioner Campaigns For Reducing High-Stakes Exams

Michael Williams photo from 2009 when he was the Texas Railroad Commissioner
Christopher C. Leonard cc

State Education Commissioner Michael Williams has been campaigning over the weekend to reducing the number of high-stakes exams required for graduation. 

At a business luncheon put on by the Texas Association of Businesses, Williams spoke about reducing the number of end-of-course exams from the current number of 15 tests.

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Texas Legislature - Education
2:31 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Van De Putte Helping Streamline G.I. Bill Assistance For Veterans

Office of State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte

The Texas Senate has passed a bill that will help veterans more easily access their education funds under the G.I. Bill.

SB 1158, The Hazelwood Act, was designed to ensure veterans and their children that they would be exempt from specific tuition and fees at public institutions of higher learning in the State of Texas.

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Downtown Development
1:13 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Students Present Designs To Replace Historic Building By Main Plaza

UTSA College of Architecture students listen to jurists reviewing their designs for a struture to replace the historic Wolfson Bldg.
Eileen Pace TPR

UTSA College of Architecture students could have a hand in designing a new structure to replace the historic Wolfson building that was destroyed by fire in 2011.

Last Wednesday, the sophomore class of UTSA Architecture students presented their final scale models and renderings of a new building for a juried competition at the Radius Center.

The students were judged on designs for a modern office building that would fill the narrow space that still remains a gaping hole on the edge of Main Plaza.

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San Antonio's Missions
12:06 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

World Heritage Week Gives Franciscan Missions A Chance To Shine

Mission San Juan Capistrano stands proudly, recently restored to its original beauty .
Eileen Pace TPR

World Heritage Week began Saturday in San Antonio, and there are plenty of activities throughout the week from April 27 - May 4, including an opportunity for children to learn about the missions and earn a World Heritage Badge.

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