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Military
8:31 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Court-Martial Postponed For Airman Accused Of Improper Acts Against High School Students

Eileen Pace TPR News

The court-martial of an Air Force photographer accused of sexual misconduct with several O'Connor High School students was postponed today at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.

Airman 1st Class Nathan Wilson-Crow, formerly a photographer with Lackland’s 3rd Combat Camera Squadron, is charged with sexual misconduct with three students -- one of them a minor -- on an ROTC camping trip, and of rape in a separate incident.

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Border & Immigration
4:44 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

High Speed Rail On Track Between San Antonio, Monterrey

There is serious talk about connecting San Antonio with a high-speed rail. But the bullet train isn’t heading to Austin or Houston, the drive is to connect San Antonio with Monterrey, Mexico.

On Thursday South Texas Congressman Henry Cuellar met with Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx along with state and Mexican officials to discuss the proposed rail system.

Cuellar said driving the 300 miles between the two cities now can take a full day because of busy border checkpoints, and the trip has its hazards. But the high-speed rail would change that.

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Bexar County
4:41 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

County Commissioners Examining Foreign Travel Expenses For Economic Development

Bexar Co. Commissioners Court Tuesday Jan. 21, 2014.
Eileen Pace TPR News

The county’s policy covering international travel for economic development is under the microscope. Bexar County Commissioners will be taking a closer look at the county’s policies for approving trips to Japan, China, Germany, Mexico and other foreign destinations.

Precinct 4 Commissioner Tommy Adkisson brought up the issue at this week’s commissioners court meeting because the item didn’t get on the agenda last week as he had requested.

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Civil Rights
2:34 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Record Crowd Honors MLK, March For Their Own Dreams

Marchers on MLK Drive near St. Philip's College.
Joey Palacios TPR News

This year's Martin Luther King Jr. Day march in San Antonio drew a record attendance on Monday -- between 150,000-200,000 -- and chants, songs and prayers echoed as marchers traversed the two-mile route from MLK Academy to Pittman-Sullivan park to keep the dream alive, which is different depending on who you ask.

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City Government
1:29 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

District 10 Interim Candidates Make Their Case For Appointment

Current city council districts.
City of San Antonio

Members of the Northeast Neighborhood Alliance are in the middle of interviewing the candidates seeking an appointment to the San Antonio City Council District 10 seat that's being vacated by Carlton Soules.

The councilman, who is in his second term, decided to leave and focus his attention on a run for Bexar County Judge.

Their interviews began this weekend and will conclude before the group's meeting next week, where the candidates will participate in a forum to meet people from the community and answer questions about their vision for the district.

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Animal Welfare
4:32 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Buddy The Dog Released Pending Appeal Of Euthanasia Order

Photo of buddy from the rally's Facebook page.
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Animal-rights activists say public outcry has given a dog named Buddy another reprieve. But a local group is planning to work to bring about more awareness to state law that they say is too broad.

In a case that’s come to be known as "Buddy the Dog," the Golden Retriever’s owners are seeking a permanent resolution to keep him from being euthanized.

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2014 Election
9:38 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Dewhurst Says If He Wins, It Will Be His Last Term In Office

David Dewhurst campaign

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst said at a Texas Tribune event that if he wins re-election he expects this will be his last term in any political office. He said he has unfinished business to accomplish before retiring from office.

Dewhurst said he’d like to continue to oversee how the state responds to Texas’ current economic boom.

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2014 Election
3:54 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Strategist Says Van De Putte Fundraising Is On A "Good Pace"

Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor Leticia Van De Putte in the TPR studios shortly after the filibuster of the controversial abortion bill this summer that launched Wendy Davis to fame.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

 Leticia Van De Putte’s campaign for lieutenant governor has announced they were able to raise $290,000 in the two months following her announcement.

While that number is much lower than the Republican candidates in the race, Democratic strategist Jason Stanford said it is still a good amount to raise within a two month period.

"Usually the money you raise in your first month is your easy money, from here on out it's going to get harder, but it’s a good pace to set," Stanford said.

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Bexar County
3:18 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Bexar Courthouse Enters Next Phase Of Restoration

South view of the courthouse. The Gondek addition is the modern structure on the left and abuts the original courthouse.
Eileen Pace

Demolition of the modern-day annex to the 19th century Bexar County Courthouse is proceeding with the removal of the modern-day Gondek addition in the coming weeks. 

The restoration of the Romanesque Revival-style courthouse will run about $30 million including the demolition of the annex and restoration of the exterior, along with interior improvements.

The current part of the project will tear down the 20th century Gondek addition, which was installed in two phases -- in 1962 and 1972. 

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Local History
2:27 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

San Antonio Missions World Heritage Site Bid Moves Forward Despite Congress

Mission San Jose.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

Missing from the $1.1 trillion federal spending bill that passed Congress on Wednesday was payment to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) for dues that could have paved the way for San Antonio’s Franciscan Missions to gain World Heritage Site status.

But that doesn’t automatically mean the missions will be passed over.

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