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Texas Legislature
4:38 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

At State Capitol, Lawmakers Memorialize Those Who Died In West Fertilizer Explosion

Ryan Poppe TPR News

The senator representing the town of West shared his first-hand account of the damages related to the fertilizer plant explosion and memorializes those who died during the fire.

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Fiesta 2013
4:04 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Cornyation: Fiesta's Lewd, Crude And Rude Celebration Of The Offbeat

The Court of Pies, Fries and Thunderthighs
Joey Palacios TPR

For three days the traditional Fiesta is turned upside down as an event known as Cornyation rips apart political correctness and turns it into a stage act dramatizing current events.

Cornyation may be lewd, but the party with the purpose is left intact, the spoof on the Fiesta Coronation takes place April 23-25 at the Empire Theater.

This year there are about 12 Cornyation skits, and each one pokes fun at something different: Childhood obesity, the nearly retired Twinkie, Gov. Rick Perry and sonograms, the NRA, a pensioned Pope, and even Manti Te'o.

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Air Pollution
12:09 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Particle Air Pollution Down, But Smog Is Up In San Antonio

San Antonio traffic.
Flickr user Steven Perez (silas216) cc

The American Lung Association’s State of the Air 2013 Report released Wednesday finds Bexar County has joined a nationwide trend of improved overall air quality.

However, San Antonio has an ongoing problem with ozone.

Susanna Fuchs, senior director of environmental health for the American Lung Association Plains-Gulf Region, said the general trend is toward less pollution across cities in the U.S.

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Texas Legislature
10:33 am
Thu April 25, 2013

$17.5 Million Grant On The Line If Texas Passes Texting Ban

Senate Committee on Transportation hearing for the texting bill.
Ryan Poppe TPR

 The Senate Committee on Transportation heard emotional testimony Wednesday about the horrors of texting while driving as the state legislature is thinking about federal grant possibilities. 

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Fiesta 2013
9:41 am
Thu April 25, 2013

PACfest, A Family-Friendly Fiesta At Palo Alto College

Palo Alto College

Now in its 10th year, today's PACfest at Palo Alto College is a free family-friendly event that  offers games for kids, and has plenty of music for everyone.

PACfest is one of the few Fiesta events that offers no alcoholic beverages, and PACfest Co-chair Carmen Velasquez said it provides plenty of opportunities for families to enjoy themselves.

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Fiesta 2013
9:29 am
Thu April 25, 2013

Pictures: Army North "Gets Down" For Fiesta Army Day At The Alamo

U.S. Army

Wednesday's Soldier Show at the Alamo is one of the unique military Fiesta events, and visitors to this year's event found both the Commanding General of Army North, Lt. Gen. Bill Caldwell, and the second in command, Major Gen. Perry Wiggins dancing the electric slide to the tunes of Fort Sam's Own, a band made up of members of the 323rd Army Band.

Officers handed out Army Fiesta medals during the show, and soldiers lined up to shake the hands of citizens who wanted to say "thank you" for their service. 

Pre-K 4 SA Implementation
4:58 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Pre-K 4 SA Board Names Interim CEO

Photo courtesy Kathy Bruck

Veteran educator Kathy Bruck has been chosen to lead Pre-K 4 SA as the program's interim CEO.

With nearly 40 years of experience in early learning, Bruck said her job in leading Pre-K 4 SA through its infant phases will effect students, teachers, and parents, not only within the Pre-K 4 SA model education centers, but in districts and schools throughout San Antonio.

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Texas Legislature
4:53 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Senate Dials Down Concealed Carry On Campus: Maybe Just In A Student's Car?

Oleg Volt Wikipedia Commons

The chairman for the Senate’s Criminal Jurisprudence Committee said lawmakers need a cooling off period when it comes to the debate over a full campus-carry gun bill.

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Texas Legislature
3:58 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Senate Passes Joint Resolution To Use Rainy Day Fund For Water, Roads & Education

Though the joint resolution passed, there is some concern about using the money for roads.
Eileen Pace TPR

A Texas comptroller report has spurned lawmakers to approve a measure that will provide about $6 billion for roads, water and education.  

In the report, Comptroller Susan Combs said the last bienum revealed a higher than expected rise in property tax revenues, which the state could use to help fund school districts.

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Texas Legislature
12:41 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Bill To Establish Exoneration Commission Expected To Pass Senate

Ryan Poppe TPR News

The Texas House overwhelming approved House Bill 166, a bill that would set up a governor-appointed exoneration commission.

Rep. Ruth Jones McClendon, D-San Antonio, authored the bill that sets up the Timothy Cole Exoneration Commission, named after the late Tim Cole who died in prison before his name could be cleared.

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