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Texas Politics
12:14 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Texas GOP Chairman Munisteri Speaks Out Against Reparative Therapy

Credit Republican Party of Texas

This week the Republican Party of Texas released it’s finalized 2014 platform, which includes a line item addressing support for voluntary "reparative therapy" for gays and lesbians.

"We recognize the legitimacy and efficacy of counseling, which offers reparative therapy and treatment for those patients seeking healing and wholeness from their homosexual lifestyle. No laws or executive orders shall be imposed to limit or restrict access to this type of therapy."

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NBA Finals
11:41 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Spurs Close Fifth Championship With Alamodome Celebration

Spurs Matt Bonner and Tim Duncan kick balloons released from the ceiling.
Joey Palacios TPR News

Wednesday night Spurs fans flooded downtown for a celebration the city hasn’t seen in seven years; since the last time the team brought home an NBA championship.

The doors of the Alamodome opened at 4:30 p.m. and by 8 p.m. nearly every single seat was taken with nearly 70,000 people in attendance. Many fans waited up to five hours to see the team show off the five golden Larry O’Brien Trophies. Overhead, replays of game five and the Spurs river parade played on a large video screens as fans entered the arena.

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Campaign Finance
4:32 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Texas Court Of Criminal Appeals Weighing Tom DeLay's Overturned Conviction

Tom DeLay outside the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals in Austin.
Credit Ryan E. Poppe / TPR News

Former House Majority leader Tom DeLay and his attorneys argued the merits of whether Delay’s 2010 money laundering conviction should remain overturned or if the original punishment should stand.

DeLay was found guilty of taking money donated to his political action committee and feeding it into a number of Texas Republican's campaigns.

In 2013 his conviction was overturned because checks are not considered funds, therefore the prosecution lacked evidence. But earlier this year the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals agreed to hear an appeal of that overturned conviction.

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Fiesta 2014
4:13 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Fiesta Cornyation Donates $80,000 Each To San Antonio AIDS Foundation, Beat AIDS

SAAF Executive Director David Ewell accepts a check for $80,000 from Fiesta Cornyation.
Joey Palacios TPR News

Even two months after Fiesta is over, charitable donations are still being made from the event organizers. Cornyation is awarding over $150,000 to HIV/AIDS programs.

Cornyation is spoof of the Fiesta Coronation. Every year people pack the Empire Theatre for a glitzy and campy San Antonio-themed satire. All of the money generated from tickets and fundraisers is donated. At the Friendly Spot Ice House, Cornyation’s board announced it raised $168,000 this year.

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Oil & Gas
10:49 am
Wed June 18, 2014

UTSA Report: West Texas Counties Need To Prepare For Gas Boom Population Growth

Credit UTSA Institute for Economic Development

A new study by UTSA’s Institute for Economic Development shows a rapidly-rising economy is in store for the West Texas oil and gas play.

The largest oil production in Texas has always been in the Permian Basin, but with new hydraulic fracking technologies, more of the shale plays around the state are starting to get a piece of the pie. 

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Border & Immigration
4:50 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

State Lawmakers Petition Gov. Perry For Special Sesson On Border Security

Credit David Martin Davies / TPR News

A group of state lawmakers concerned with the surge of unaccompanied minors making their way to Texas are petitioning Gov. Rick Perry to call a special session to address the issue. But the governor is showing no sign that he will oblige.

A group of state lawmakers have draw up some estimates of what it would cost the state to use Department of Public Safety state troopers to run 24/7 border operations: about $67 million. One of the only ways to get the money appropriated is for the governor to call a special session.

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Transportation
9:40 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Alamo Area MPO Gathering Traffic Input From Boerne, New Braunfels, Other Newly Added Areas

Credit Alamo Area MPO

The Alamo Area Metropolitan Planning Organization is working this week with residents in its expanded metro area outside San Antonio to come up with a regional transportation and traffic safety plan for the next 25 years.

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International Trade
4:28 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

South Texas Lawmaker Urges House To Prepare For Mexican Natural Gas Boom

Landmark reforms that could lead to a deregulation of the Mexico oil industry has a Texas state lawmaker wanting to explore how the state could benefit.  

Early this year Mexico passed one set of reforms in regard to the country’s oil exploration and now the state-run oil company PEMEX is seeking investors and private companies with the skill to help extract one of the biggest oil reserves in the world.   

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Mayor Julián Castro
1:50 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Castro Has First HUD Sec. Confirmation Hearing Tuesday

Mayor Julian Castro greeted children as they arrived for their first day of Pre-K 4 SA in the fall of 2013.
Credit Ryan Loyd / TPR News

San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro will go before a Senate confirmation committee Tuesday, the first step in the process of becoming the new leader of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

In May, President Barack Obama nominated the three-term San Antonio mayor for the job, replacing Shaun Donovan.

If confirmed, Castro said while he'll be focused on housing in his new role, he's always been a strong supporter of education and hopes that's how he'll be remembered.

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Military
12:08 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Bergdahl Arrives At San Antonio's BAMC To Begin Last Phase Of Reintegration

The San Antonio Military Medical Center, part of the Brooke Army Medical Center..
Joint Base San Antonio

Officials with Brooke Army Medical Center Friday afternoon offered a glimpse into the reintegration process that lays ahead for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who has been the subject of controversy since his May 31 release from the Taliban in exchange for five high-level prisoners from Guantanamo.

Bergdahl is in San Antonio for the final phase of reintegration back into a stable life, including professional, family, and community activities, with as few complications as possible.

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