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Travel
5:10 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Homeland Security-Approved System Lets You Jump To Front Of Security Line

the CLEAR card.
CLEARme.com

Travelers departing the San Antonio airport will soon have another way to get through security faster. A private program will allow travelers to be vetted once for all departing flights from participating airports.

It’s  a new program just approved by Homeland Security called CLEAR, which allows those approved to jump to the front of the line at the TSA security check. CLEAR members still have to take off their shoes and go through security.

San Antonio Airport spokesman Rich Johnson said it’s simple to apply:

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West, Texas Fertilizer Explosion
2:33 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Fertilizer Plant Failed To Get Reauthorized

Gov. Perry at press conference this afternoon addressing the explosion in West, Texas.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

Gov. Rick Perry said details are coming in about the destruction in West, Texas and there is still an on-going search and rescue effort for missing families near the blast site.

"We know there were 75 residencies that are either going to have minor to substantial damage, up to and including being pushed off their slabs, and you have a school that has a substantial amount of damage," Perry said.

In 2006 the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality was called out to the plant.

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Solar Power
1:03 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Solar Advocates Unite To Oppose CPS Energy's Solar Credit Changes

CPS Energy

San Antonio’s solar power industry is collectively fighting back against a plan by CPS Energy to lower a credit given to solar energy users.

Solar interests are calling for CPS Energy to backtrack on its decision to introduce SunCredit, a program that would reduce an existing dollar-for-dollar credit on generating solar energy.

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Texas Legislature
12:18 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Senate Passes Bill To Prepare Texas Teachers For Campus Shooter Situation

Ryan Poppe TPR News

A bill that helps  to train teachers and school administrators to take action during a school shooting is working its way through the legislature.  

Following several changes, SB 17, a bill authored by Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, passed the Senate, but initially fellow lawmakers were concerned with the cost, which was originally listed at $9 million.

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Pre-K 4 SA Implementation
11:21 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Committee Begins Building Pre-K 4 SA Curriculum With Public Input

Musical instruments are part of the curriculum being considered for the inaugural Pre-K 4 SA program.
Ryan Loyd TPR

The public got their first chance to see and touch the curriculum being considered for the Pre-K 4 SA early childhood education measure.

Four programs are on the table for consideration by the Pre-K 4 SA curriculum committee, including options from Pearson Publishing’s OWL (Opening the World of Learning) and Scholastic , but first they wanted to see what people thought of the materials.

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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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