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Violence In Schools
5:45 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Mass Stabbing In Houston Sparks More Talk About Handguns On Campus

Another incident of mass violence sparks more talk about handguns on campus.
Oleg Volt Wikipedia Commons

Sen. Brian Birdwell, R-Grandbury, said today’s mass stabbing in Houston could have been prevented if students and faculty were allowed to carry guns.   

Birdwell has authored a bill in the Senate that would allow students and faculty that possess a concealed handgun license to carry their weapons onto a school campus. 

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City Council Elections
4:42 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Taylor And Challengers Express Desire To Solve Problems For East Side

Dist. 2 Councilwoman Ivy Taylor is running for her third term on the San Antonio City Council.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

San Antonio’s East Side has long been in the spotlight for gun violence and concerns over safety. In late 2011, a series of shootings sparked community meetings, and in response District 2 Councilwoman Ivy Taylor dedicated time for community forums.

Residents like Jessica Evans called for increased police presence.

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Higher Education
3:17 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

UTSA Names Student Center In Honor Of H-E-B

UTSA President Ricardo Romo next to a giant shopping cart with some horsepower.
Eileen Pace TPR

UTSA has renamed its student center the "H-E-B University Center" in thanks for the company's extensive contributions to the university's capital campaign.

Last week UTSA announced the receipt of a $5 million gift and the creation of the H-E-B Faculty Research Excellence Fund, which brings H-E-B’s overall support to more than $7 million.

The $5 million was matched by other private gifts to total $10 million for endowed professorships and chairs in all of UTSA’s nine colleges. It is the largest private challenge gift in UTSA history.

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School Vouchers
2:31 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Cardinal Testifies In Favor Of School Voucher Bill, Still Unlikely To Pass

With the House banning voucher funding for private and charter schools, it is very unlikely that this new effort will yield any results.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, archbishop of Galveston-Houston, testified in favor of Sen. Dan Patrick's bill that provides students with tax credits or vouchers to attend a private school.

"We have parents who are committed to their child’s education and want to get them out of poor performing schools," DiNardo said. "How could any of us look these parents in the eye and say that their children should be denied an opportunity for a better future simply because the system we have now, which in many cases is failed, is the only option we are going to allow them."

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Human Trafficking
1:58 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Websites Selling Sex Advertising Avoid Liability With Senate Bill Word Change

Backpage.com

The idea behind Senate Bill 94 was to hurt human traffickers by shutting down their internet connection to customers. The law was intended to stop websites from selling ads for sex.

The women, who are often underage, are trafficked for sex, their traffickers get the money, and the websites also get a cut. The Aim Group, an online media analyst, estimated that Backpage.com took in $22 million last year from escort advertising.

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Downtown Art
12:38 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Video: World-Class Light/Video Installation Coming To Main Plaza

The San Fernando Cathedral will be awash in color and light as French artist Xavier de Richemont brings his installation to San Antonio.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Arriving next year is a 15-minute installation by French artist and world-renown painter Xavier de Richemont. The art video will be projected onto the façade of San Fernando Cathedral, with 7,000 square feet of light, color and visual narration.

The video offers the historical journey through the settlement of San Antonio and Bexar County, and is Main Plaza’s first outdoor video/art project.

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Local School Districts
11:07 am
Tue April 9, 2013

San Antonio ISD Names Finalist For Superintendent Position

Manuel Isquierdo - Courtesy Photo
SAISD

San Antonio Independent School District has named Manuel Isquierdo, who is currently the superintendent of Sunnyside Unified School District in Tuscon, Ariz., as the finalist for the superintendent position.

It’s been more than a year, but trustees finally made the decision at a special board meeting on Monday night. Isquierdo was the only one of three candidates called back for a second interview.

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Texas Legislature
9:53 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Is Increased Sales Tax The Answer To TxDOT Debt?

Even though raising the state sales tax could help with TxDOT debt, conservative groups like the Tea Party are staunchly opposed to any tax increase.
Eileen Pace TPR

In order to curb the amount of debt owed by the Texas Department of Transportation, Sen. Kevin Eltife, R-Tyler, is proposing the state raise the sales tax by one-half cent.

"Over the past ten years a large part of funding for TxDOT projects has been done by issuing debt. TxDOT has outstanding debt exceeding $12 billion. If we continue down this path it will 2045 before all these bonds are paid off and it will cost the taxpayers about $28 billion including principal and interest," Eltife said.

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Lackland Article 32 Hearing
9:07 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Lackland Begins Article 32 Hearing Against Another Military Training Instructor

With no end in sight, the Lackland Air Force Base investigation continues with another Article 32 hearing.
Eileen Pace TPR News

An Article 32 evidentiary hearing is scheduled for this morning in the case against Senior Airman Christopher Oliver of the 324th Training Squadron.

The former military training instructor is charged with having unprofessional relationships with three basic trainees and a fourth woman who was a tech training student. Oliver also faces charges of sexual assault and sodomy against one of the trainees, as well as maltreatment of trainees, and obstruction of justice.

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Military Budget Cuts
5:42 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Electric Vehicles At Fort Sam Houston Saving Money And Reducing Pollution

Electric vehicles are helping JBSA-Fort Sam Houston operate more efficiently.
Eileen Pace TPR

Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston is going green. New electric vehicles have taken to the streets of the post to save money and reduce pollution.

On-post errands at Fort Sam Houston used to be done in large, multi-passenger or cargo vans, sometimes even when only a smaller vehicle was needed.

About six months ago the post acquired 36 Low-Speed Electric Vehicles that Army North spokesman Eric Lobsinger said are working out well in more ways than one.

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