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Air Force Special Ops
2:43 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Lackland Preferred Location For Air Force Special Ops School

Pending congressional approval, Lackland will be the new site for an Air Force special operations school
Eileen Pace TPR News

On Wednesday, Congressmen Joaquín Castro and Pete Gallego made the announcement that the Air Force hopes to move its Tactical Air Control Party and the Air Officer Liaison training school to San Antonio.

Collen McGee with the 37th Training Wing at Lackland said the base currently houses the prep school for the program, which is classroom training on the history and mission of the unit.

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San Antonio Medical Research
11:42 am
Thu January 10, 2013

SA Researchers Find More Effective Way To Treat Hepatitis C

UT Health Science Center

A San Antonio research team has uncovered a way to cure the deadly Hepatitis C – promising shorter treatments and fewer side effects than today’s standard treatment.

Hepatitis C can be treated today with a battery of interferon interventions treatments -- which takes 48 weeks and the side effects are debilitating -- but a new treatment using a combination of drugs needs only 12 weeks to kill the virus with much fewer side effects.

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Texas Legislature
10:58 am
Thu January 10, 2013

What Happened To The Texas Sanctuary Cities Emergency?

Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer in front of the Texas state capitol in Austin
Trey Martinez Fischer via Facebook

The Texas legislature convened in Austin on Tuesday, and there was no mention from Gov. Rick Perry about illegal immigration legislation. 

In Jan. 2011 Perry gave the traditional opening remarks to the 82nd Texas legislature and he made it clear – he wanted a crackdown on illegal immigration.

"We must abolish sanctuary cities in Texas," Perry said to applause from the newly sworn in lawmakers.

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Will Texas Secede?
11:05 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Texas Nationalists To Lawmakers: Let The Voters Decide On Secession

Supporters of the Nationalist movement are worried that the national debt will sink the country and Texas along with it.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

As lawmakers gaveled into session on Tuesday, a group known as the Texas Nationalists gathered peacefully outside the state capitol building.

Cary Wise, an active member of the group in his hometown near Beaumont, traveled with dozens of other people who want Texas to become an independent nation.

They feel government has gotten too big so Wise and fellow Texas Nationalists would like lawmakers to craft a bill that would put a secession option before voters.

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Lackland Article 32 Hearing
9:32 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Recruiter Sent Thousands Of Inappropriate Emails To Would-Be Recruits

The headquarters to the 37th Training Wing at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland where the base's legal offices and courtroom are housed.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

An Article 32 hearing is underway at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in the case against Tech. Sgt. Jaime Rodriguez, who ran an Air Force recruiting office in Lake Jackson, Texas, south of Houston.

Rodriguez faces a possible life sentence on allegations that he made unwanted sexual contact with more than a dozen young women who once considered joining the Air Force.

The charges ranging from indecent conduct to sodomy and rape. He is accused of sending almost a thousand emails to one alleged victim, many with nude or suggestive photos of himself attached.

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Eagle Ford Shale
9:03 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Frio County Plans For More Growth As Eagle Ford Booms

UTSA

The Eagle Ford Shale project is expected to be the world’s largest natural gas exploration project in the next three years, so Frio County Commissioners are working toward a master plan for economic development needed by the community.

Dr. Tom Tunstall, with the Institute for Economic Development at UTSA, is working with Frio County. He said Frio County is looking at all of the impacts of the fracking boom on its supply chains, such as food and housing, as well as schools, roads, power systems, and other infrastructure.

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Texas State Senate
4:57 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Van de Putte Named Senate President Pro Tem

After the 83rd Texas Legislature was gaveled in, the Senate nominated Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio, to the position of senate president pro tempore.

Longtime friend and Senate colleague Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, officially named Van de Putte to hold the third highest position in the state, after Gov. Rick Perry and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst.

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Texas House of Representatives
9:20 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Straus Needs 76 Votes to Hold Speaker Seat

State Rep. Joe Straus, Dist. 121 is seeking re-election as speaker of the house.
State of Texas

When the 150 members of the Texas House of Representatives gavel into session Tuesday, Republican Speaker Joe Straus will be looking to keep his seat as the top man; to do so he only needs a simple majority: 76 votes.

However, he does have a challenger: Republican David Simpson from Longview. It is only Simpson's second term as a representative, but the former businessman was also mayor of the City of Avinger in 1993.

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Texas Legislature
7:23 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Lawmakers Begin 83rd Legislature Mindful Of Last Session

Wikipedia Commons

Lawmakers are back under the dome of the Texas Capitol for a new session for a new age in politics, with the reminder of what happened two years ago in the back of their minds.

Two years ago, education funding was slashed by $5.4 billion, the use of the state’s emergency "rainy day" fund was frowned upon, and a controversial Voter ID bill got through both chambers but was found unconstitutional against minority voters by the court system.

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Craft Brewers
1:13 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Branchline Brewing Company Introduced To San Antonio Beer Scene

(From Left to Right) Jason Ard, head brewer Les Locke and employee JC Norris all pose inside the brewery where Branchline beer will be made.
Laura Ard

Craft brewing companies have provided plenty of fun to beer fans, and according to a report by University of Texas at San Antonio economics professor Scott Metzger (who also happens to run his very own brewery, Freetail Brewing Company) have generated $608 million in the Lone Star State.

Metzger estimates that by 2020, the industry will generate $5.6 billion, a figure he calls conservative.

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