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City Staff Pay
9:45 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Is $85,000 Per Year Too Much For A City Councilman To Pay An Office Manager?

District 5 Councilman David Medina joins Burbank High School students on the Alamo Colleges' Mobile Go Center in late Feb.
Eileen Pace TPR

A San Antonio resident is demanding an explanation from District 5 City Councilman David Medina for the salaries that he pays his staffers.

Democratic Party activist David Plylar filed a freedom of information request to the city of San Antonio asking for details of how much Medina is paying his top staff.

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Elected Officials
6:50 am
Tue March 19, 2013

El Paso Lawmaker Apologizes For Alleged Drunk Driving Incident

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  • Rep. Naomi Gonzalez apology before the House Floor for alleged DWI

After being arrested, booked and released from jail for allegedly driving while intoxicated, Rep. Naomi Gonzalez, D-El Paso, apologized to the entire Texas House.

During this year’s South by Southwest festival, Gonzalez is alleged to have been driving drunk when she hit another motorist, which caused a cyclist to be injured in process. 

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Community Health
1:58 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Could City And Public Space Design Help Solve Obesity Crisis?

Dr. Thomas Schlenker says buildings once encouraged people to climb the stairs by installing beautiful stairways like this one at the U.S. Post Office Bldg. in downtown San Antonio
Eileen Pace

The Texas Public Health Association's Built Environment Conference on March 19 will address concerns about the lack of exercise designed into public spaces, and how design may contribute to obesity in the 21st Century.

Architects and designers will come away with a toolbox of healthier design practices so that the people who use their buildings have a greater opportunity for moving around.

The new biggest killer in society is obesity.

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St. Patrick's Day
11:04 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Raising The Profile Of Irish Heritage In San Antonio

Kevin Dowd, president of the Harp and Shamrock Society of Texas, prepares hundreds of pounds of meat for the Hooley celebration.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

As members of the Harp and Shamrock Society of Texas began preparations for its annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, including a Saturday "Hooley," President Kevin Dowd reflected on the tradition.

"The Irish will fight to the death for what they believe in," he said as he cut hundreds of sausage links at Beethoven Maennerchor Hall on Pereida St. "Right or wrong, that's just the way we're made."

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Texas Legislature
8:05 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Proposed Bill Ready To Push Back Against Federal Gun Legislation

Texas state capitol in Austin where the 83rd Texas Legislature is debating issues like gun control, medicaid expansion, water conservation, and education funding.
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With the support of the Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, a state lawmaker has filed a bill that would block pending federal assault weapons ban from affecting Texas gun owners. 

Rep. Steve Toth, R-The Woodlands, said "The Texas Firearms Protection Act" draws a line in the sand when it comes to the ongoing debate in Washington over ban of assault-style weapons like the AR-15, the same type of weapon used in both the Newton, Conn. and Aurora, Colo. mass shootings.

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Community
3:31 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

New Beacon Hill Basketball Court Is A Place To Shape Young People

The Beacon Hill basketball court opened in late 2012 and is phase one of park construction plans in the Beacon Hill neighborhood.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

Beacon Hill is an eclectic neighborhood just north of downtown San Antonio. Victorian-style homes line the streets, but suburban sprawl attracted people away from the area, leaving many of those homes and parks in decay.

Now, Beacon Hill is on the rebound with a new playground and basketball court, helping to breathe life into the neighborhood.

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Lackland Courts-Martial
10:35 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Cross-Cultural Expert Brought In For Lackland Court-Martial

Eileen Pace TPR News

A Lackland judge is hearing the case against a former Air Force instructor accused of rape.

Staff Sgt. Eddy Soto, formerly with the 323rd Training Squadron, pleaded guilty to five of the charges against him, including sexual assault, wrongful sexual contact, lying to officials, and having unprofessional relationships with trainees.

Soto’s court-martial opened in January with a request from the government to postpone the proceedings so it could bring in a cross-cultural expert. 

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Scooter Store
2:24 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Scooter Store Employees Looking For Answers About Unemployment Benefits

The Scooter Store has an empty parking lot since 1,200+ employees were laid off March 8
Josh Pace

Scooter Store employees have plenty of questions about their furloughs late last week.

Scooter Store CEO Marty Landon reportedly sent out a blanket email at the end of the day last Friday that told all employees not to come back to work unless they received further instructions.

Employees were left dazed and confused, entering their spring break not knowing where their next paycheck would come from.

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Texas Legislature
11:03 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Committee Approves Water Bill Despite Funding Disagreement

Texas state capitol in Austin
Ryan Poppe TPR News

The Committee on Natural Resources has sent a water funding bill to the House floor that addresses one of the key points stressed by Governor Perry at the start of this legislative session. 

Rep. Allan Ritter, R- Nederland, said HB 4 provides$2 billion of state funds that city municipalities and businesses can tap into for their water needs.

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Community
9:46 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Federal Officials Make Recommendations For East Side Improvements

An apartment building in the Wheatley Courts complex.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

Federal officials visited San Antonio's East Side this week to guage how reinvestment dollars are shaping housing and education needs.

The city received federal funding in the form of two grants: the Choice Neighborhood Grant, awarded in 2012, which targets housing, and the Promise Neighborhood Grant, awarded in 2011, which focuses on education.

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