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Land Rights
10:04 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Land Battle Tests Usually Friendly Helotes-San Antonio Relationship

Floore's Country Store in Helotes.
Flickr user LadyJaneGrey (Sarah Martin) cc

The 2013 land grab is underway between the cities of San Antonio and Helotes. Helotes city leaders are taking on San Antonio with legislation for a few square miles that San Antonio doesn’t want to let go of.

Helotes and residents of the San Antonio Ranch subdivision want the town to scoop up a swath of land that’s in San Antonio’s extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ).

The City of Helotes is asking for San Antonio to release a 6.7 square mile parcel of land that is outside of San Antonio’s city limits.

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Business/Economy
5:15 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Governor Rick Perry Unveils Business Tax Relief Plan

rickperry.org

The governor’s office release details of a tax relief plan that provides benefits for small and large businesses alike. Before getting into specifics, Gov. Rick Perry took a moment to pause for those affected by the bombings that occurred during the Boston Marathon. 

"I think all of us have friends and/or relatives up in Boston with the race going on so keep them in your prayers as we get the details," Perry said.

Perry listed a four-part plan to to provide over $1 billion in tax money to current businesses and out-of-state companies looking to re-locate.

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Texas Legislature
2:52 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Texas Legislature Scores Poorly On Healthcare, Emissions

Ryan Poppe TPR News

A group of Texas lawmakers announced a snapshot of where the state is headed on issues like healthcare, environmental quality and education.

It’s called Texas on the Brink, which is a collection of statistics on the State of Texas. Rep. Garnet Coleman, D-Houston, is the chairman of the group.

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Mayor Julián Castro
1:49 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

First Paid Speaking Engagement For Mayor Castro

Though the mayor has been a familiar face around the country since his DNC keynote, this is the first time he will be paid for an appearance.
Ryan Loyd TPR

San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro will be giving the keynote speech Tuesday at the National Development Council's three-day training seminar in Washington, D.C.

It is the first speech he'll be getting paid to deliver.

The National Development Council works with cities on economic and community development, helping to revitalize areas that desperately need attention.

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Water Rights
12:39 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Texas Vs. Mexico Water Fight Takes Turn In State's Favor

Laurel Morales Fronteras

Since the start of the legislative session, Rep. Eddie Lucio, D-Harlingen, has made it clear that Mexico needs to release the over 400,000 acre feet of water owed to Texas.

His fellow lawmakers have now joined that fight as his resolution addressing the issue passed on the House floor with unanimous vote.

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Manufacturing in San Antonio
10:46 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Manufacturing Graduates Get First Look At Job Market

justintimesa.com

The Just in Time manufacturing program is now starting to graduate students, and a job fair on Friday gave graduates the chance to get job leads.

The school is the first of its kind and launched last October to jump start manufacturing careers with learning intensive 90-day training classes to get candidates quickly into the workforce.

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Transportation
9:18 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Governor Announces Bond Plan To Solve Transportation Problems

Eileen Pace TPR

During the Texas Lyceum Conference on Transportation Friday, Gov. Rick Perry announced his plan to fix funding issues with transportation costs. 

"On every car or truck sold in the state of Texas, we take in sales tax. The amount we take in on those sales is increasing steadily. I propose we dedicate the future growth in sales tax collected on motor vehicles to transportation infrastructure," Perry said.

The governor said Texas should take advantage of the state’s relatively low debt to fix roads, like those in the Eagle Ford Shale and Burnet Shale areas of the state.

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San Antonio Independent School District
11:24 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

SAISD Superintendent Candidate Withdraws from Consideration

Dr. Manuel Isquierdo withdrew his name from consideration for superintendent after being the lone candidate for the job Monday.
SAISD

Days after the San Antonio Independent School District named a candidate for the district's top job, Dr. Manuel Isquierdo withdrew his name from consideration.

Monday, the SAISD School Board voted to name Isquierdo the "lone finalist" for the position.

SAISD School Board President Ed Garza announced the move Friday afternoon, saying Isquierdo felt the decision was in the best interest of all parties involved.

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SAISD Superintendent Search
5:35 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

SAISD Superintendent Finalist Explains Financial Record, DL Suspension

The lone finalist for the superintendent position at San Antonio Independent School District is under fire for his previous record, which includes a tax lien, a suspended license and charging money to a district credit card.

Manuel Isquierdo does not come to SAISD with a clean financial record, but he did have explanations for each of his accusations.

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Texas Legislature
4:38 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

$6 Billion Of Rainy Day Fund Marked For Water And Roads - Education Left Off

Ryan Poppe TPR News

Texas Senate Committee on Finance gave their approval for tapping into the state’s so-called Rainy Day Fund to pay for future water and transportation needs.

Sen. Tommy Williams, R-The Woodlands, authored the bill that doesn’t include any of the money going to education.

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