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Texas Supreme Court
9:51 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Texas Supreme Court Hears From Competing Waste Companies In Defamation Case

Texas Supreme Court, January 2013.
State of Texas

On Tuesday the Texas Supreme Court heard from attorneys representing competing waste disposal companies in a defamation lawsuit.

The two companies at odds are Waste Management and Texas Disposal System, who runs a landfill in Southeast Travis County and is the source of the defamation case at hand. According to court records, an anonymous action alert fax originating from Waste Management was sent to various groups, pointing to environmental concerns with the TDS landfill.

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BIbliotech And Service Members
4:42 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Even Overseas, Bexar County Service Members Can Check Out Books From BiblioTech

Joey Palacios TPR News

As Bexar County’s digital bookless library nears three months in operation, service men and women overseas from Bexar County will receive their own library cards in the mail.

Use of BiblioTech is reserved for people who live within Bexar County, even if those people are thousands of miles away. Over the next few weeks, BiblioTech staff are mailing 8000 personal letters to the men and women in the armed forces from Bexar County . In each envelope, a library card with their login information so they can download their own books.

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Community
3:39 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Thieves Steal Money, But Not The Giving Spirit At Local Bakery

Eric Lowe and Taylor Becken. Owners of C'est La Vie Baking Company
Joey Palacios TPR News

The owners of a burglarized bakery on the north side are refusing to give in to the bad guys. They are making the best of a bad situation by turning their loss into a gain for others.

Taylor Becken and Eric Lowe are 21 and 22 years old and together they own the C’est La Vie Bakery at Lockhill-Selma and West Avenue, which has been open about two months.

Each morning they arrive early in the morning to begin baking the day’s bread, but on Monday they found their front door smashed open. Becken said his mother was the first to see the shattered door.

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Holidays In San Antonio
1:58 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Planning Underway At Hemisfair Park For State's Largest Free New Year's Celebration

Organizers say the Hemisfair Park New Year's celebration is the largest free New Year's bash in the state.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

More than 250,000 people are expected to once again crowd Hemisfair Park and the surrounding area, including La Villita, for the bash. It's a special time of year, said Judi DeLeon, executive director for the San Antonio Parks Foundation.

"This is a tradition," DeLeon said. "The carnival is here, it's a safe setting. We're right in the middle of downtown. SAPD will be all around us and we've got great food, great music."

A special guest was invited to be a part of the festivities, according to DeLeon, but Texas singer/songwriter Willie Nelson wasn't available.

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Community Health
11:56 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Reduced SNAP Funding Affecting Texas Food Banks Heading Into Holiday Season

Cuts to SNAP are hitting local food banks just before the holiday season, a time of great need in many communities.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

Federal cuts to the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, which is commonly known as food stamps, are taking their toll on needy Texans and food banks all across the state.

The expiration of a $5 billion supplemental stimulus package is the cause for the decrease, which has hit some of the neediest Texans just before the Holiday season, affecting more than 3 million families. The timing of the decrease has also hit food banks.

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Medical Education
10:17 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Acupuncture Degree Program Coming To University Of The Incarnate Word

UIW president Dr. Lou Agnese.
UIW

 San Antonio is getting a university program for students who want to learn Eastern medicine.

The University of the Incarnate Word is partnering with the Texas Health and Science University in Austin to create a degree program for acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine that starts in spring 2014 at UIW in San Antonio.

UIW President Dr. Lou Agnese said a Chinese medicine school is a natural fit for the university’s growing list of health education programs, including schools for nursing, pharmacy, optometry, and physical therapy.

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Same-Sex Marriage
9:43 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Same-Sex Couples Await Federal Judge's Injunction Decision On Texas Marriage Laws

Mark Phariss (red hair) and his partner Vic Holmes, two of the main plaintiffs in the Texas.
Courtesy photo

Two same-sex couples from Texas are waiting for a decision on a temporary injunction filed in federal court against the Texas laws that ban same-sex marriage. The case in Texas is just one part of seven cases in other states with the goal of having the U.S. Supreme Court resolve the issue.

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City Government
3:48 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Mayor Castro's Chief Of Staff Recommended To Fill City Attorney Post

City of San Antonio

This week, the San Antonio City Council is set to select its new city attorney. According to the city, 43 applicants submitted their resumes for post, a position which is being vacated by Michael Bernard.

The city narrowed the list down to five potential candidates for the position, with interviews conducted in mid-November.

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Air Force Basic Training
2:24 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Are Changes Making A Difference At Lackland? Air Force Begins Surveys To Find Out

Gen. Edward Rice (now retired), here testifying at a congressional hearing, is hoping changes in how the Air Force deals with abuse claims will help change things at Lackland.
C-SPAN

Air Force officials in San Antonio have begun the Beta phase of a new sexual misconduct survey that is now part of the program in basic military training.

The survey was created in response to the sexual assault scandal at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland over the last three years.

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Voter ID
1:00 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Federal Judge Denies Abbott’s Request To Move Voter ID Trial To After 2014 Election

Chris Eudaily TPR News

Federal District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos in Corpus Christi has denied Attorney General Greg Abbott’s request to move a lawsuit challenging Texas’ Voter ID law to a March trial date in 2015. Opening arguments will begin a few months before state general elections in September 2014.

State Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer, D-San Antonio, the head of the Mexican American Legislative Caucus and a plaintiff in the case, said Abbott’s request of the court is more about political ambitions.

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