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Community
2:52 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Leticia Ozuna Still Working Toward Citywide Broadband Goal

Ozuna began work on a major broadband network to link medical and learning institutions so they could share large data files for education and research purposes.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

A "New York Times" article on the state of broadband internet access in the United States in part focuses on San Antonio and the work of former councilwoman Leticia Ozuna.

Ozuna lost her bid for City Council District 3 in May, but she is not giving up on the work she did to kickstart a mega broadband effort here.

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Beacon Hill
2:31 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Gallery Remains Closed As Neighborhood, Owners Make Their Case In Zoning Debate

Art gallery and design firm French & Michigan is closed until it can be properly zoned.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

The intersection of French Place and Michigan Avenue is more than a location in the inner-city neighborhood of Beacon Hill, it also happens to be the namesake of an art gallery that's been embroiled in controversy over the zoning of the building.

The words "Casa de Tarjetas" (House of Cards) are written in red cursive outside the historic square,  paying homage to the building's former owner, local urban infill expert Jonathan Card.

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Military
11:24 am
Thu January 2, 2014

No BRAC In 2014, But Local Leaders Prepare For Possibility Of Future Closures

Members of the San Antonio Military Transformation Taskforce meet in 2013.
Eileen Pace TPR News

Although San Antonio was treated kindly in the recently-signed budget bill, local officials are starting now to prepare for possible base closures later this decade.

Mark Frye serves on the City of San Antonio Military Transformation Taskforce, a group that advocates for the local military at the national level. He said the budget bill just signed into law after Christmas only protects bases through the next budget year.

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Community
10:13 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Your Last Chance To Enjoy The "Old" H-E-B Science Treehouse At The Witte

The Witte Museum

If you’re looking for one last hurrah before going back to school, the Witte Museum is offering a final chance to enjoy the "old" H-E-B Science Treehouse before it closes temporarily on Jan. 5 for a complete remodel.

The popular treehouse for kids is being brought up to state-of-the-art standards and will become the newly-branded H-E-B Body Adventure opening on May 24, 2014. This change will align the treehouse exhibit with the city’s new health initiatives.

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U.S. Congress
9:34 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Castro Sees Challenges Ahead For Congress On Immigration & Farm Bill

Congressman Joaquín Castro (left) with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius (center) and his brother, San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro (right).
David Martin Davies TPR News

U.S. Congressman Joaquín Castro of San Antonio said he fears the nation will not see the passage of several key bills, including comprehensive immigration reform.

Castro said despite majority support for a comprehensive immigration bill, it will be tough to get something passed on Capitol Hill because of rulemaking.

"So really the big issue is: Is the speaker (Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio) going to stick to the Hastert Rule, which says he won’t allow a piece of legislation to come to the floor unless it has the support of the majority of the majority?" Castro said.

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2014 Election
2:35 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Todd Staples Makes "Contract With Texans" In 2014 Campaign Push

Todd Staples campaign photo.
www.toddstaples.com

Todd Staples’ campaign for lieutenant governor has launched a new effort called a "Contract with Texans," where he outlines ten steps for creating a stronger Texas.

Staples is the current agriculture commissioner and is promising to usher in a new generation of leadership. He is one of four Republican candidates running in a very heated and controversial primary election.

Staples released a signed contract with ten promises he intends to keep as lieutenant governor, if he is elected, one of which is to secure the Texas border.

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Texas Legislature
2:16 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Looking Back At Bipartisan Success And Fierce Debates In The 83rd Legislature

Eileen Pace TPR News

From beer bills and a kumbaya legislative sessions to abortion bills and protests, Texas Public Radio takes a look back at some of 2013 legislative highlights.

The 83rd Legislature had several phases, the first of which was what has been commonly called the Texas lawmakers "kumbaya" session, where Sen. Kevin Eltife, R-Tyler, was able to pass legislation with bipartisan support for a bill that gives Texas beer makers an opportunity to sell their craft beyond their brew pubs.

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Politics
1:52 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Davis Asks Gov. Perry To Remove Finance Committee Chair With Links To Payday Lending Industry

Screen shot from the "A Texas Story" campaign video for Wendy Davis.
Wendy Davis for Governor

State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, who is running for governor in 2014, is calling on Gov. Rick Perry to remove William White, the chairman of the state’s Finance Commission, following comments White made to the El Paso Times about payday lenders and the people that use them.

In the article, White says that blame for debt trouble belongs on the consumers and not the companies that make the loans.

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Aviation
12:45 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

FAA Selects Texas A&M Corpus Christi As One Of Six Drone Testing Sites In U.S.

U.S. Border Patrol drone in Corpus Christi.
Hernán Rozemberg

As the federal government prepares for commercial use of unmanned aircraft, it has chosen six sites in the U.S. for drone safety testing.

Each of the six sites chosen will test different aspects of drones and drone use. Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi plans to develop safety systems for the unmanned aircraft. 

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2014 Election
10:48 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Davis Hopes For Boost From Nationwide Gubernatorial Push By Democrats

Wendy Davis in Rackspace at a San Antonio campaign stop.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Republicans have been accused of waging a "war on women," but numbers tell a different story: Republicans have elected four seated women governors in recent years, while Democrats have elected one. 

Democratic leaders backed by national women’s groups are trying to turn that around with the election of six high-profile gubernatorial candidates in 2014, one of those being state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth. 

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