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Election Campaigns
9:14 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Video Released Of Battleground Texas Workers Mocking Greg Abbott's Disability

Ryan Poppe/David Martin Davies TPR News

A YouTube video that has gone viral shows Battleground Texas organizers making fun of Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott’s disability.

The video was released by the nonprofit group Project Veritas, whose mission according to it’s founder is to go undercover and investigate public figures because of neglect from the mainstream media. 

The Project Veritas team secretly filmed Battleground Texas organizers at a Wendy Davis Gubernatorial watch party.

Clip from the undercover video:

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Community
7:58 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Updated: San Antonio-Area Closures Today

With freezing rain falling overnight, schools and highway interchanges are closed.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

Update (10:15): Our Lady of the Lake University is now cancelling all classes today.

Original Post: While highway interchanges are closed along with school districts across San Antonio, the Cowboy Breakfast is still on today.

City employees are still to report to work on time but Bexar County employees should come in at 10 a.m. USAA is telling their employees to report to work at 11 a.m.

All non-mission essential Joint Base San Antonio personnel are to report at 10 a.m.

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Early Education
1:42 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Mayor Castro Shares Lessons Learned On Pre-K 4 SA At U.S. Conference Of Mayors

Pre-K 4 SA Southside learning center.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

The 82nd winter meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors is underway in Washington, D.C. San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro traveled to the gathering after being asked to speak about early childhood education and how San Antonio implemented the Pre-K 4 SA initiative.

Castro spoke during the Childhood Obesity Prevention Awards Luncheon.

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Texas Public Schools
10:35 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Release Of End-Of-Course Exam Results Turn Up Heat In School Finance Trial

Texas Education Agency

According to the Texas Education Agency, nearly a quarter of all high school juniors have fell short of end-of-course graduation requirements -- those numbers were what attorneys led with on day two of the Texas school finance trial.

According to the TEA, over 309,000 students met the necessary requirements and passed a set of end-of-course exams in order to graduate in 2015, which works out to about 76 percent of all Texas high school juniors.

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Charitable Giving
9:36 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Dress For Success Needs Donations Of Suits And Business Attire

Job Placement Manager, Nelson Fernandini, in the men's suits area at Career Gear San Antonio
Eileen Pace

A local organization is asking for donations of clothing this month to help men and women find jobs.

Dress for Success and Career Gear San Antonio are asking for donations of suits and business attire that can be worn for job interviews. Dress for Success San Antonio was founded to offer economic, social, and professional services to help women get back on their feet. It provides computer classes, help with resume preparation, financial planning education and clothing for getting back to work.

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Bexar County
4:18 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

County Considering Early Voting Sites On College Campuses

LULAC members take their case for college campus voting sites to Bexar County Commissioners Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2014.
Eileen Pace TPR News

Bexar County is exploring the feasibility of placing early voting sites on several Alamo Colleges campuses. Officials say it’s an idea that has been tried sporadically at different colleges around town, and now the local League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) wants to make the idea permanent.

The group is asking the county to look at a new way to get more young people involved in voting. LULAC spokesman Roman Peña said the group asked for its student voter project to be implemented for early voting at all of the Alamo Colleges campuses.

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Affordable Care Act
12:11 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Texas Insurance Commissioner Backs Down On Requirements For Navigators

Healthcare.gov
U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Following months of hearings and heated testimony, the commissioner for the Texas Department of Insurance has reduced the number of requirements the state is asking of Affordable Care Act navigators.

The new rules posted on the TDI website shows 20 fewer training hours for the navigators than the original 40 additional hours the state was proposing. State Rep. Lon Burnam, D-Fort Worth, is calling the updated set of rules a compromise.

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Texas Public Schools
11:25 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Judge In Texas School Finance Trial Reopens Case

Travis County District Judge John Dietz (seated in right corner).
Ryan E. Poppe TPR News

Nearly a year ago Travis County District Judge John Dietz ruled that the system used to fund schools in Texas was unconstitutional, but didn’t reduce that order to writing. The same trial is once again underway but this time with different evidence to consider.

Dietz gave the Texas Legislature another chance to replace the $5.4 billion that was cut from public education funding in the 2011 session.

"It has been the consistent desire of this court to present the most up to date data to the Texas Supreme Court for their consideration," Dietz said.

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Joint Base San Antonio
10:45 am
Wed January 22, 2014

JBSA-Lackland Trainees Vaccinated For Rabies

Sign entering Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, where a handful of bats were removed from a basic training dorm last week
Eileen Pace TPR News

Update (1/22 1045 a.m.): The following statement was released this morning in regard to the bat that was caught and tested for rabies:

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Community
8:40 am
Wed January 22, 2014

International Friendship Brings French Family Restaurant To San Antonio

Sylvain, left, daughter and chef Caitline, center, and Sylvie Nykiel pose together in the kitchen at their restaurant, Saveurs 209.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Among the historic buildings and shuffle of people and traffic on Broadway near downtown is a modern, chic sign that reads "Saveurs 209." The word is French and the people inside argue that the taste of their food will satisfy the pickiest of food critics.

"Especially in Paris, people are very picky," said restaurateur Sylvain Nykiel. "But in Paris, people know really really food. They are foodies."

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