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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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Government
12:51 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Congressman Castro Calls On Lawmakers To Reinstate Unemployment Benefits

Congressman Joaquín Castro at a town hall meeting earlier this year.
Eileen Pace TPR News

One of the first things U.S. Congressman Joaquín Castro is hoping to accomplish for 2014 is to reinstate the country’s extended unemployment benefits that expired this past weekend.

Democrats on Capitol Hill are vowing to fight to reinstate those benefits for the 1.3 million Americans still struggling to find work. Castro told NBC's "Meet The Press" that Congress needs to make this a priority as a first order of business in 2014.

"In Texas alone we’ve got 66,000 people who lost their benefits, 235,000 people in all who will lose their benefits midway in 2014," Castro said.

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Community
12:13 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Alamo Bowl Teams Set Aside Differences To Help San Antonio Food Bank

Longhorns and Ducks worked side by side volunteering their time at the San Antonio Food Bank Sunday.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Before they meet head to head on the football field, this weekend fans from both teams of the Valero Alamo Bowl joined together for a common purpose.

Families, fans, band members and cheerleaders from the University of Texas and the University of Oregon crowded the halls of the San Antonio Food Bank to make a difference.

Their fight songs were not directed at each other, but rather toward a common fight against hunger.

The president of the University of Oregon Michael Gottfredson said food banks are important community assets that tackle big problems.

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City Government
3:14 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

McAuliffe 8th Graders Take Action To Get Sidewalks For Their School

McAuliffe Middle School is located on the frontage road of Loop 410 near Old Pearsall Road. Students petitioned the city for sidewalks in front of the school to make it safer for families to access the campus.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

If you want something, just ask, and eighth graders at Christa McAuliffe Middle School in the Southwest ISD are learning that lesson first hand this holiday season.

They decided to write letters to their city councilman, Rey Saldaña, to ask for sidewalks in front of their school. McAuliffe is located on the frontage road of Loop 410 near Old Pearsall Road, and does not have sidewalks to let parents and students access the campus safely.

"They're all really good," said Saldaña as he flipped through the letters inside the city hall chambers.

He then read them aloud:

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Oil & Gas Industry
2:15 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

UTSA Eagle Ford Shale Reports Will Shift Focus To Long-Term Community Issues In Boom Towns

UTSA's Thomas Tunstall in the TPR studios during an appearance on "The Source."
Chris Eudaily TPR News

The South Texas oil and natural gas drilling boom in the Eagle Ford Shale will continue to impact Texas and its local communities in a big way in 2014, but the boom may have already seen its largest single-year growth.

Every year the University of Texas at San Antonio studies how the Eagle Ford Shale has affected the small Texas towns where production is happening. The report takes into account both the positives and negatives of the growth.

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Career Training
1:25 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

Palo Alto Aviation Program Bounces Back, Filling Future Need For Pilots

Instructor John Aken turned the Palo Alto aviation technology school around.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

With a possible shortage of American pilots looming, a unique South Texas program is training students from all over the state to be ready to fly.

Instructor John Aken, who occasionally flies to work in his single-prop Piper Cherokee, is a military veteran, but didn't learn how to fly until he was out of the military and his kids were grown.

Years later, in 2007, Palo Alto College hired Aken to transition the aviation technology school, based at Stinson Airfield, out. Ups and downs in the economy had brought the school's enrollment to about six.

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