The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals heard oral arguments this week in a case of a man convicted of murdering a toddler. The attorneys for Neal Robbins used a new law that allows for a new trial if the forensic science used to convict them is discredited and out-of-date.
Robbins was convicted of killing a 17 month old in Houston in 1999 and in 2007 the medical examiner changed her opinion. Since then the Texas Legislature passed a new law that allows someone convicted to petition for a new trial if the forensic science methods used to in their case is suddenly discredited.
In the coming week, lawmakers will begin examining curriculum standards set by the Texas State Board of Education under House Bill 5, a law passed in 2013 that provides more flexibility and pathways for student growth, and there is an effort to add more rigorous courses in math and science.
From its very conception, higher education officials and some within the business community have taken issue with HB 5 because it dropped student requirements for taking courses like Algebra II.
The highest criminal court in the State of Texas has agreed to take up the political corruption case against former U.S. House Minority Leader Tom Delay. The decision comes after Delay was acquitted by a lower appellate court in September 2013.
The case against Delay, known to many as "The Hammer," has been making its way through the courts for the last 12 years. Delay was convicted in 2010 of money laundering for trying to influence Texas’ elections by funneling corporate money to various candidates.
As the city's Department for Culture and Creative Development presented its side of the argument in the ongoing discussion about La Villita Tuesday, tenants in the historic arts district sighed and shook their heads.
They are angry about a proposal by San Antonio city staff to change the structure of the village, which would call for evicting most of the businesses currently located on the city-owned grounds of La Villita.
Military cyber security specialists are becoming a welcome part of the civilian workforce, and now there's a training opportunity in San Antonio for veterans and military members who may be headed in an entrepreneurial direction.
It wasn’t so long ago that few had heard about cyber security, but it suddenly rocketed into reality for a broad cross section of shoppers after the recent data breach at Target stores.
But military cyber security specialists have done this work for decades, and their high level of expertise is highly marketable once they become veterans.
This week Democratic and Republican candidates for governor Wendy Davis and Greg Abbott both launched separate online efforts to reach Latino voters.
Abbott’s online campaign ad details how multiculturalism works for a modern-day Texas. The ad features Abbott’s mixed-race family.
“You look at my family, you see a family that is so typical of families across the State of Texas. We’re both Anglo and Hispanic, as well as Irish. We’re Catholic, we’re Protestant but we’re all one family. The idea is that multiculturalism works in the State of Texas.”
City leaders are in the middle of talks about a possible ban on single-use plastic bags in the Alamo City. While the debate lingers on, city staff members have come up with several options they will present a council committee with in April.
La Villita is a historic arts village in the heart of downtown San Antonio, across from Hemisfair Park. But the city wants to update the look and feel of La Villita with a plan that would totally overhaul the current village.
A recommendation by city staff includes asking tenants in La Villita, some who have been there for three decades or more, to reapply for a space within the village next year.
The conversation is very early, though, and artists like woodworker Wendell Fuqua keeps his schedule as usual.