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Texas Politics
3:19 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Patrick-Castro Immigration Debate Set For April 15

Republican lieutenant governor candidate Dan Patrick sits outside the Alamo to call out Mayor Castro ahead of the March primary.
Dan Patrick via YouTube

Republican lieutenant governor candidate Dan Patrick’s campaign has set a date for a debate with San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro -- the campaign also leaked information about a possible statewide runoff debate in the planning stages with incumbent Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst.

Allen Blakemore, Patrick’s chief campaign strategist, said they have settled on April 15 for the debate that has caused much friction between the two elected officials.

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Bag Bans
2:37 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Texas Lawmaker Requests Bag Ban Opinion From Attorney General Abbott

State Rep. Dan Flynn, R-Canton, says several members of the Texas Retailers Association have requested he find about the legality of some Texas city’s efforts to ban the use of plastic shopping bags.

Flynn is hoping to discover whether plastic bag bans violate sections of the state’s Health and Safety Code:

"Well it’s a health issue -- they want you to use these cloth bags that get so nasty and dirty," Flynn said. "Why in the world would government get involved in something like this? And then, of course, the retailers are getting beat up over this."

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Texas Public Schools
11:19 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Texas 8th Graders May Have To Take Two End-Of-Course Math Tests This Year

Federal education officials have denied a state waiver that would have eliminated the need to test eighth grade students' math skills more than once -- the denial is related to provisions in House Bill 5 that reduced the overall number of end-of-course exams.

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Leon Valley
9:37 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Leon Valley's First Major Facilities Expansion In 40 Years Is Nearly Complete

Leon Valley City Hall will gain about a third more space once a new fire station is built that will allow the police department to move out of the main administration building.
Leon Valley

Residential growth and new business development are quietly moving forward in an area where it might be least expected. The City of Leon Valley is marking the progress with its first major facilities expansion in 40 years.

Nestled in the near-Northwest area of San Antonio, Leon Valley is pretty much land-locked on all sides.

“I would say we are about 90 percent built out." City Manager Manny Longoria said.

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2014 Governor's Race
3:17 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Davis Presents Innovation & Technology Component Of Education Platform At SXSWedu

Wendy Davis says her education policy will contain a greater use of technology even amongst poorer school districts -- the Democratic nominee for governor was one of the keynote speakers at this week’s South by Southwest Education conference.

In a packed room at SXSWedu in Austin, Davis provided a sneak peak at another component to her education platform: Innovation and technology.

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Abortion In Texas
2:43 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Rio Grande Valley Loses Only Remaining Abortion Clinic

The last remaining abortion clinic in the Rio Grande Valley closed its doors this week as a result of House Bill 2, the abortion clinic restriction law passed by the legislature during 2013’s special session.

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Transportation
1:18 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

VIA Seeking Streetcar Funding From Federal Transit Administration

VIA Metropolitan Transit

VIA Transit is preparing grants to secure federal funding for its proposed streetcar project. Now that the Federal Transit Administration has given its stamp of approval to the streetcar plan, several federal funding sources have become available to help it along.

After hundreds of committee meetings, four public meetings, and an array of route configurations, VIA finalized its streetcar plan, allowing it to move forward with requests for grant applications.

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City Government
9:50 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Stone Oak HOA Wants A Solution To Unmet Project Promises

Fomer City Councilwoman Elisa Chan attends a campaign kick-off party for fomer colleague Carlton Soules. Chan said she had no knowledge of promises being made by her staff to fomer constituents.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Former District 9 City Councilwoman Elisa Chan has just wrapped up her campaign for state senator. She resigned last year from city council to run against state Rep. Donna Campbell, hoping at least to take Campbell to a runoff.

Her second place finish means she's done with politics, at least for now. But some people in her former city council district say she has unfinished business from her elected office: A project involving Mud Creek.

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2014 Primary Election
5:10 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Wolff Beats Adkisson In County Judge Primary, Faces Soules In General Election

Eileen Pace TPR News

Going into the election, the quest for the Democratic nomination for Bexar County judge appeared to be a tight contest. But the mood of each camp told the story as soon as early voting results came in.

Even though the candidates knew the South Side of San Antonio is traditionally an election-day voting crowd, each seemed convinced of the outcome moments after the early vote tabulations crossed the computer screen at 7:15. 

"What a relief," said Nelson Wolff, the incumbent who was challenged for the Democratic nomination by Precinct 4 County Commissioner Tommy Adkisson.

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Texas-Ukraine
2:37 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Texas Ukrainian Group Uses Social Media To Stay Connected with Family

As Western powers consider sanctions against Russia for the country’s military intervention in Ukraine, a North Texas Ukrainian heritage group in The Colony has managed to keep family members connected.  

Chrystya Geremesz is the president of the Ukrainian American Society of Texas, a group celebrating the cultural heritage of the Eastern European country with many of its members having family living in Ukraine.

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