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Medicaid Expansion
10:36 am
Thu April 18, 2013

House Republicans Put Forward Second Option For Medicaid Expansion

Chris Eudaily TPR

After hearing the Democratic plan to accept Medicaid expansion dollars, a House appropriations subcommittee heard the leading Republican plan that calls for not taking the money, and instead asks the federal government for a block grant.

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Texas Legislature
9:46 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Following Yelling Match, Texas House Passes Texting Ban

Chris Eudaily TPR

At times house members were shouting over each other as they debated HB 63, a bill that would outlaw the practice of texting while driving. 

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Fiesta 2013
4:11 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Public Safety Officials Plan To Keep Fiesta Fun And Safe

Stuart Seal The Fiesta Commission

Fiesta gets underway tomorrow and the Boston Marathon bombings have San Antonio police and firefighters strengthening their presence to make sure people stay safe during the 11-day celebration.

Fiesta is San Antonio's way to honor the heroes of the Alamo and Battle of San Jacinto and it all started in 1891 with a hugely successful Battle of Flowers Parade.

Though the years since have been full of fun and festivities, there was one incident that changed everything.

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Texas Legislature
3:15 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

State Rep. Equates Teen Tanning To Cigarette Smoking In New Bill

Ryan Poppe TPR News

Rep. John Zerwas, R-Simonton, who is himself a doctor, authored the bill and told the House Committee on Public Health that a tanning ban for minors is similar to other state restrictions already in place.

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Texas Legislature - Education
2:14 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Senate To Vote On House Bill Reducing Number Of State-Mandated Exams

Education has been a hot topic this year at the capitol.
Flickr user Phil Ostroff cc

Following the passage of House Bill 5 out of the Senate Committee on Education, Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, the chairman of the committee, chided the businesses and media outlets who have alleged that lowering the number of state-mandated end-of-course exams would dumb-down public school curriculum.

Patrick said nothing could be further from the truth.

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Spanish Missions
1:12 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Doggett Urges Committee To Act Quickly On Missions Expansion Resolution

Eileen Pace TPR

Congressman Lloyd Doggett testified Tuesday before a committee on Capital Hill to expand the boundary of the San Antonio Missions National Park.

Doggett expressed his desire to expand the boundary of the San Antonio Missions National Park by 137 acres to the Committee on Natural Resources.

The area includes Missions San Jose, San Juan and Espada.

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SA Housing
9:50 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Price Of Average Home In San Antonio Continues To Rise

Eileen Pace TPR News

In a report from the San Antonio Board of Realtors, the average price of a home has increased over the past three years up to $194,000 as of last month.

Angela Shields, president of the San Antonio Board of Realtors, said the number of days a house is on the market is decreasing, another sign that the market is improving for sellers.

"That number is 90 days, so it's taking less time right now to actually sell a home," Shields said.

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Fiesta 2013
4:57 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

TxDOT Offering Free Cab Rides For Intoxicated Fiesta Goers

Joey Palacios TPR

The Texas Department of Transportation is reviving its Fiesta Safe voucher program this year to offer free cab rides to intoxicated individuals.

San Antonio Police Chief William McManus echoed the words of other law enforcement agencies on catching drunk drivers.

"If you drink and drive, you’re going to get caught," McManus said. "It’s just a matter of when. When you do, it’s going to cost you a lot of money and a lot of heartache that you don’t need."

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Medicaid Expansion
1:04 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

House Democrats Announce 'Texas Plus' Medicaid Expansion Plan

Chris Eudaily TPR

The House Appropriations Committee was packed - some witnesses having to sit in the aisles of the auditorium - as Rep. Sylvester Turner, D-Houston, laid out his plan to accept Medicaid expansion with a few adjustments to satisfy Republicans.

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San Antonians In Boston
11:09 am
Tue April 16, 2013

San Antonio Runner Shares Boston Marathon Experience

Boston Athletic Association

San Antonio runner Richard Teitz, who is a longtime TPR member, was among the participants in Monday's Boston Marathon. He’s been running for more than forty years and this would have been his 14th Boston marathon.

Teitz is returning home Tuesday and said he’s going to allow himself extra time at the airport as security has been heightened. Teitz said he was about one-third of a mile from the finish line before the explosions, but couldn’t see it just yet and didn’t hear anything.

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