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Texas Politics
12:00 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

San Antonio Lawmaker Calls Texas Republicans “Pendejos”

State Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer.
Credit Trey Martinez Fischer

State Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer, D-San Antonio, caused a stir among Texas Republicans for comments he made during this weekend’s Texas Democratic Party convention.

During his keynote speech, Martinez Fischer said the GOP "should stand for gringos y otras pendejos."

Republican candidates immediately took issue with the comment.

Martinez Fischer said his comments were meant to address the name-calling and disrespect he says Democrats have been shown by Republican candidates in 2014 and meant to address some the items in the Republican party platform.

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Texas Business
3:24 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

California State Lawmaker In Texas To Convince Tesla Cali Is Best Fit For "Gigafactory"

Much like Gov. Rick Perry’s many trips to California to convince companies to relocate their business to Texas, a California state lawmakers is doing the same here, asking the electric car manufacturer Tesla to build its "gigafactory" in California rather than in Reno or San Antonio.

California state Sen. Ted Gaines, R-Roseville, said he’s not deterred by expert predictions that the electric car company will either build its gigafactory in Reno, Nevada or in San Antonio.  

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Community
3:00 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Cafe Commerce Opens Its Doors To Local Businesses, Entrepreneurs

Credit Café Commerce via Facebook

A one-stop shop for people with business ideas is now open. The program, called Café Commerce, mirrors the college resource center, Café College.

At the kickoff event Monday at the Central Library downtown, where Café Commerce is headquartered, Mayor Julián Castro held up a book to illustrate how San Antonio grew up.

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2014 Governor's Race
12:08 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Abbott Campaign Spends $10 Million For Fall Homestretch Advertising Push

The Abbott campaign is gearing up for what Cal Jillson is calling "the most heated advertising campaign we’ve seen in our lifetime."
Credit David Martin Davies / TPR News

Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott’s campaign confirmed they have spent $10 million to secure prime advertising spots in the last month of the general election.

Political expert Cal Jillson, a political science professor at Southern Methodist University, said an early buy-in can mean locking in lower rates and the campaign’s ability to reserve the best ad placement. 

Jillson said the timing of this news, which comes the same time of the Texas Democratic Party convention, is also a "shot across the bow."

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Border & Immigration
10:54 am
Mon June 30, 2014

While Poverty & Gangs Push, Opportunity Draws Honduran Children To The U.S.

A passerby reads the day's bloody headlines in Tegucigalpa, the capital of Honduras.
Credit David Martin Davies / TPR News

President Obama is requesting that Congress authorize $2 billion and special powers to deal with the surge of unaccompanied minor immigrants.

In record numbers the children are coming from Central America, crossing the Rio Grande and overwhelming the U.S. system after being apprehended at the Texas border. Most are coming from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, but Honduras is the leading source country.

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City Government
9:21 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Villarreal Makes It Official: He Is Leaving Legislature To Run For San Antonio Mayor

State Rep. Mike Villarreal isn't waiting for Mayor Julián Castro to be approved by the full U.S. Senate before organizing his mayoral campaign.
Credit Eileen Pace / TPR News

Soon after word began to circulate about San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro’s appointment to President Barack Obama's cabinet, state Rep. Mike Villarreal, D-San Antonio, began announcing his intentions to run for mayor.

Villarreal has now made it official with a fundraising email to his past supporters, telling them he is stepping down from the Legislature to organize a campaign to be the next mayor of San Antonio.

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Community
3:55 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

H-E-B Begin Downtown Expansion With South Flores Hike & Bike Trails, Park

The neighborhood improvements along South Flores that will lead into the construction of a downtown grocery store are now underway.

The improvements begin with Commanders House Park along South Flores. It's a green space not many San Antonians have gotten to enjoy. But that's changing because of H-E-B's project to add hike and bike trails, renovate its downtown headquarters, and add a 10,000 square foot grocery store.

Friday, workers began cutting down the fence separating the Commanders House from South Flores, where hike and bike trails will be placed.

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Terrorism
1:55 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Austin Man Pleads Guilty To Federal Terrorism Charges

In Austin on Friday, 23-year-old Michael Wolfe admitted in federal court that he had been planning since last August to travel to the Middle East to provide his services to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham and to engage in violent jihad in Syria.

He pleaded guilty to charges of attempting to provide material support and resources to a foreign terrorist organization.

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Higher Education
12:08 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

St. Mary's University School Of Law To Offer Full-Ride Scholarship

The courtroom at St. Mary's University.
St. Mary's University

St. Mary’s University has announced its first-ever full-ride scholarship with a stipend for students performing community service.

The St. Mary’s Presidential Scholarship is open to any law school applicant with outstanding academic achievement and a commitment of service.

University President Thomas Mengler said it’s unique to require scholarship recipients to maintain a high level of community service through all three years of law school. It’s expected to be a tough competition.

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Local Business
10:29 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Frost Bank Office Tower Concept Would Change Downtown Skyline

The current Frost Bank Tower is at 100 W. Houston Street.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Downtown San Antonio may be changing with the construction of the first office tower built there since the late 1980s.

A plan by Frost Bank, Weston Urban and the city of San Antonio is in the works in a public-private partnership to build an "iconic" office tower catty-corner to the current Frost Bank Tower on Houston Street.

In explaining the concept, Mayor Julián Castro said Thursday it's nothing but momentum that resulted in this complex deal. City leaders say that it will be cost-neutral to the taxpayers of San Antonio.

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