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Texas Politics
2:33 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Special Prosecutor "Concerned" About What He Has Found In Rick Perry Coercion Case

The special prosecutor assigned to investigate whether Gov. Rick Perry and his staff committed any criminal acts when he vetoed the state’s public integrity unit budget has said publicly he has some major concerns about the governor’s actions.  

San Antonio attorney Michael McCrum has been tasked with investigating whether Perry violated any of the state’s criminal code and abused his authority when he withheld $7.5 million of state funds from the Texas public integrity unit, a group in charge of investigating political corruption.  

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City Government/ Employee Benefits
9:17 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Survey Finds Citizens Favor Police & Firefighters Paying Share Of Insurance Premiums

Ryan Loyd TPR News

With the ongoing debate between the city and the police and firefighter unions over benefits and healthcare premiums showing no signs of concluding anytime soon, the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce commissioned a telephone survey on the issue. 

The survey, conducted for the chamber by a third party, used voter registration information for 501 random phone calls. Participants were asked if they would favor firefighters and police paying for a portion of their healthcare.

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Pre-K 4 SA
4:44 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Pre-K 4 SA Welcomes New Center Directors

Christina Reck-Guerra will join Pre-K 4 SA in the fall as the director of the West Side education center.
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As the city prepares for the second year of Pre-K 4 SA, its early childhood measure, two more centers will be opening.

Christina Reck-Guerra (West Side) and Janice Hammonds (East Side) will guide the new education centers as Pre-K 4 SA expands, bringing the total number of centers to the program's maximum of four.

Hammonds comes from the Austin Independent School District where's she has served 27 years, most recently as the principal of an early childhood education center.

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Child Abuse
3:51 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Childsafe's Child Abuse Awareness Campaign Kicks Off Citywide With "Cardboard Kids"

"Cardboard Kids" will be displayed around town to highlight the problem of child abuse. To help spread the word to get people talking about child abuse, use #CardBoardKidsSA on social media platforms.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Child advocacy group ChildSafe reports that in 2013 Bexar County had 5,846 confirmed cases of child abuse and neglect.

ChildSafe CEO Kim Abernethy said the county dropped from the first place position in that category, but knows that number is still too high.

"That's not a statistic that we tout when we tout all of our other great statistics," Abernethy said. "This year we were second in the state, thank goodness, but the last four or five years before that we've been the first in confirmed cases of abuse."

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Bexar County Jail
1:30 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Bexar County Inmates Learning To Take Responsibility For Their Circumstances

Bexar County Jail, where classes began last year to help inmates learn about personal responsibility
Eileen Pace

A new philosophy of rehabilitation for inmates has taken shape at the Bexar County Jail. The effort is designed to stop the cycle of escalating levels of criminal activity by inmates after they are released from the local facility.

Pamela Taylor, CEO and founder of Dress for Success, teaches a new class at the Bexar County Jail.

"So I encourage you to start looking at the information I gave you," she tells a group of inmates. " 'The Four Agreements' is really, really powerful.”

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Fort Hood Shooting
12:39 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Peer-To-Peer Counselor Talks About Living With PTSD, A Soldier's "New Normal"

Soldiers at Fort Hood present colors on Feb. 12, 2014. https://www.flickr.com/photos/forthood/12505735923/
U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Ken Scar, 7th MPAD

Sharing his insights on the Fort Hood shooting, a peer-to-peer counselor who specializes and also suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder said the biggest obstacle for soldiers suffering from PTSD is pride.   

Craig Lacey served in the Army for 23 years and experienced combat firsthand, coming home where he was eventually diagnosed with PTSD. He said soldiers coming back no longer know what normal is; they have a new definition of the term.

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2014 Governor's Race
11:43 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Greg Abbott Visits SA To Discuss Pre-K Plan, Stands Behind Controversial Citation

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott discusses his education plan with the media at the IDEA Carver Academy on S. Hackberry Street in San Antonio.
Joey Palacios TPR News

Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Gregg Abbott appeared in San Antonio this week to tout his education plan just days after it was released to the public.

The first part of Abbott’s plan includes students in pre-K through the third grade (you can view the full plan here.)

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Fort Hood Shooting
6:24 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Fort Hood Shooter Identified As Iraq War Veteran Undergoing Evaluation For PTSD

Lt. Gen. Mark Milley gave an update at 9:40 p.m. April 2 on the Fort Hood shooting incident to press at the Fort Hood main gate.
Fort Hood Press Office

The gunman that shot and killed three members of the military at Fort Hood and injured 16 others has been identified as Spc. Ivan Lopez. Officials say the 34-year-old Iraq veteran was being treated for anxiety and depression and undergoing an evaluation for post-traumatic stress disorder.

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Criminal Justice
3:59 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Update: Texas Execution Back On Schedule, US 5th Circuit Reverses Lower Court Ruling

Update (4/3): In a last-minute decision Wednesday night, the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has reversed the lower federal district court's decision to halt the execution of death row inmate Tommy Sells, who is scheduled to die today, Thursday, April 3.

The execution had been halted pending a privacy-disclosure case involving the pharmacy manufacturing the drugs being used in the execution. Sells' attorney says she will be taking the case to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Abortion in Texas
1:59 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Second Lawsuit Filed Challenging Sections Of Texas Abortion Law

A pro-life supporter reads his bible at the state capitol as lawmakers engaged in heated debate over the new abortion clinic restrictions in July 2013.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

The Center for Reproductive Rights and other abortion-rights groups have filed a second lawsuit challenging another component of the Texas new Abortion Law that passed last summer in a special session.

This second lawsuit challenges requirements that all clinics become ambulatory surgical centers in order to operate in the State of Texas.

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