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City Utilities
11:06 am
Thu October 17, 2013

San Antonio City Staff Recommend 4.25% CPS Energy Rate Increase

CPS Energy cut its rate increase proposal from 4.75 percent to 4.25 percent. The city council is expected to vote on the issue Nov. 7.
CPS Energy

San Antonio city staffers have recommended the CPS Energy rate increase of 4.25 percent, which would add $4.68 to the average customer's bill.

The city's chief financial officer told the city council that CPS Energy leaders have worked hard to make their rate request as low as possible.

Ben Gorzell said the city worked closely with the utility and found the budget process this time around had improved significantly over 2010. Gorzell made four recommendations to the utility.

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City Government
10:18 am
Thu October 17, 2013

City Council About To Accept Applications To Fill District 9 Seat

Councilwoman Elisa Chan will officially step down from council when her colleagues accept her resignation Thursday.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

The San Antonio City Council will accept the resignation of District 9 Councilwoman Elisa Chan at Thursday's council meeting.

Starting Monday, Oct. 21, and running through Friday, Nov. 1, the city clerk will be accepting applications of those interested in an appointment to represent District 9. A special election will be held next May so that constituents can pick a council person who will remain in the seat until the 2015 city council elections.

The city council will review the applications on Wednesday, Nov. 6, and vote to fill the vacancy the next day.

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Education
6:37 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Texas A&M San Antonio Dream Maker Award Goes To Steen, Hughes

One award was presented to Texas Secretary of State John and Ida "Weisie" Steen (holding award and in blue tie).
Texas A&M-San Antonio

On Wednesday the Texas A&M San Antonio Foundation honored major supporters of the university with its Dream Maker Award.

The school honored a number of benefactors for their help in funding the education of some local students who otherwise could not have secured tuition assistance.

University President Dr. Maria Hernandez-Ferrier, said one of those students is Savannah Villanueva, who had a great need for tuition assistance, but other scholarships would not consider her application because of her age.

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Political Fundraising
5:00 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Ted Cruz Uses Attention From "Faux" Filibuster To Flex Fund-Raising Muscle

Will Ted Cruz turn all this momentum into a presidential run in 2016? Being born in Canada, can he even be president?
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New numbers out today show Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas was able to turn his 21-hour overnight denunciation of Obamacare into just under $800,000 in contributions for the Ted Cruz Victory Committee, his political action committee.

Austin-based GOP strategist Matt Mackowiak said it’s not abnormal for politicians to use an event like Cruz’s filibuster-like speech to raise campaign dollars.

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Environment
2:07 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Environmentalists & Attorney General Both Happy About EPA Case, But For Different Reasons

EPA

Texas Environmentalists and Attorney General Greg Abbott are pleased that the U.S. Supreme Court is willing to hear the case regarding how the Environmental Protection Agency will regulate power plant greenhouse gases.

"We hope the Supreme Court rules in the EPA’s favor -- that they adopt the standards -- however, even if they don’t the EPA does have other ways to get at this issue," said Luke Metzger, executive director of Environment Texas.

Metzger said the EPA could rewrite the rules and target chemical pollutant that is emitted with the carbon gases.

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Gov. Rick Perry
9:25 am
Wed October 16, 2013

Gov. Perry Takes His Economic Development Message Overseas

rickperry.org

Gov. Rick Perry and his wife are spending the next ten days overseas as part of an economic and water development effort in London and Israel.

The trip is being funded by Americans for Economic Freedom, the group promoting Perry’s national profile for a possible presidential run.

Texas Water
3:00 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

The Argument Against The Prop. 6 Water Plan

Sam Brannon (at podium) and Terri Hall (right) address the media at the Nix Prop. 6 press conference.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

A coalition of people from multiple political backgrounds are calling for Texans to vote "no" on Prop. 6, the plan that is being promoted by a bipartisan group of state legislators and Gov. Rick Perry as the solution to the state's water problems.

Voters will see the measure on the ballot starting next Monday when early voting begins and Election Day in Nov. 5.

If passed, the plan set into motion by Prop. 6 will move $2 billion from the state's Rainy Day Fund to the Texas Water Development Board to be used for loans on water projects.

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2014 Election
2:24 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Kinky Friedman In Field For Agriculture Commissioner

Brian Kanof via kinkyfriedman.com

Country music icon, satirist and one-time gubernatorial candidate Richard "Kinky" Friedman has announced his bid for agriculture commissioner in 2014. Friedman will run in the Democratic primary.

The 68 year old said he’s interested in legalizing and regulating marijuana as an agricultural crop to revitalize the Texas farming industry.

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Animal Welfare
9:41 am
Tue October 15, 2013

ADL Expanding Veterinary Hospital To Accommodate Additional Population

Animals often are suffering from serious illness or injuries that must be treated before they are put up for adoption.
Eileen Pace TPR News

The Animal Defense League breaks ground this week on a future Hospital Recovery Kennel. The new hospital space is needed to accommodate the 3,100 animals the city will start sending ADL late next year.

The Animal Defense League was awarded a contract to take on an additional number of animals picked up by the city, along with funding to build kennels to hold those animals. But the $2.2 million from the city’s bond package pays just for the holding kennels.

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Bexar County
9:57 am
Mon October 14, 2013

MPO Seeking Additional Public Input For Bexar-Comal-Guadalupe-Kendall Transportation Plan

Chris Eudaily TPR News

The Metropolitan Planning Organization is asking public input from residents in Kendall, Comal, and Guadalupe Counties before regional transportation planning gets underway.

As of the 2010 census, New Braunfels is designated as part of the San Antonio urban metro area, and officials say the law requires that New Braunfels be incorporated into the San Antonio-Bexar County MPO.

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