local news

Air Quality
4:06 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

San Antonio Getting State Help With Air Quality Plan

Credit City of San Antonio

The state of Texas will be helping San Antonio meet air quality standards. During a city council committee meeting Wednesday, San Antonio's intergovernmental relations director, Jeff Coyle, told members that a plan will be drafted by the state to allow local leaders to choose how to best solve the region's air quality needs.

The state has agreed to do a draft a study for San Antonio to identify air quality solutions that local leaders can implement.

Read more
Abortion In Texas
3:17 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Judge In Second Abortion Trial Focusing On Undue Burden

Protesters were a regular site in the state capitol in Austin in July 2013, when Texas lawmakers ultimately passed new restrictions for clinics that perform abortions.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

The second lawsuit challenging the ambulatory-surgical center requirement of Texas’ Abortion Law has wrapped up.

Austin Federal District Judge Lee Yeakel emphasized what was the definition of undue burden during closing arguments. Yeakel focused on what constitutes as an undue burden as it pertains to a lawsuit. 

Yeakel stressed that in no other situation would the State of Texas pass a similar requirement for anyone being treated for minor medical procedures such as a sprained ankle.

Read more
Community
4:44 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Robin Williams' Death Changing The Conversation About Depression Among Youth

The tragic death of one of the world’s best-loved comedians may serve to change the public conversation about depression. Robin Williams’ suicide has more people talking about taking a greater role in looking out for loved ones that could be suffering.

Everyone seemed to love him, but no one seemed to understand the depth of his depression. From Facebook and Twitter to news website, the actor's death has fueled a new conversation about depression, about sensitivity, about looking for signs among our friends and family.

Read more
City Government
4:05 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

San Antonio Residents Take Part In Next Round Of Budget Workshops

Chris Callanen, assistant to the city council, writes down ideas from residents at Monday's budget workshop.
Credit Ryan Loyd / TPR News

Residents gathered on the Southeast Side Monday night to give their ideas to city leaders on the budget.

City employees like Animal Care Services director Kathy Davis led the table discussions on what people believe to be important to them and how they feel the budget could be better. One resident at a table, Sandra, said she thinks the city could make better use of funds by selling office and other items not being used anymore.

Read more
Texas Water
1:02 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Abbott Threatens EPA With Lawsuit Over Proposed Water Regulations For "Ditches"

Credit EPA

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is threatening to sue the Environmental Protection Agency for a new set of proposed water protections. Abbott wants the EPA to scrap a plan that expands the definition of federal waterways.

The EPA wants to include seasonal and rain-dependent waterways. The agency said it would stiffen penalties for polluting those waterways that supply drinking water.

Read more
Border & Immigration
11:13 am
Tue August 12, 2014

St. Mary's And Univision Offering Free Legal Help For DACA Applicants This week

Young people seek information at the first San Antonio workshop at UTSA after the DACA executive order was issued in 2012.
Credit Eileen Pace / TPR News

 

Texas DACA day is coming up this week, and local organizations are offering events as part of a statewide effort to help DACA-eligible youth and families sign up for the program.

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals executive order in 2012 allows young people without documentation to continue to live in the U.S. while they go to school, graduate college, and go on to work.

Adriane Meneses with St. Mary’s School of Law said young people continue to come to her office to get help with the application process.

Read more
Gun Rights
10:38 am
Tue August 12, 2014

TABC Considering Rule Change To Allow Alcohol Sales At Texas Gun Shows

Credit Flickr user irishk / cc

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission announced late last week it was taking public comment on a set of rule making that would make it legal for gun show owners to sell alcohol provided the facility has a liquor license.   

The TABC posted that it will take comment on the issue of selling alcohol during gun shows for the next 30 days. The agency’s Carolyn Beck said for those wanting these type of permits there would be new rules.

Read more
University of Texas
10:13 am
Tue August 12, 2014

House Transparency Committee Puts Off Impeachment, Censures UT Regent Hall

University of Texas at Austin.
Credit Marsha Miller / University of Texas

A select committee of state lawmakers that was exploring impeachment proceedings for University of Texas Regent Wallace Hall has dropped their investigation and moved to censure and admonish Hall’s inquiry involving admissions fixing at UT at Austin.  

Read more
City Government
4:04 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

No End In Sight For Police Benefits Discussion, Despite Budget Proposal Presentation

Credit Ryan Loyd / TPR News

The proposed city budget for FY 2015 places more emphasis on services like street maintenance than in years past, all the while talks are stalling in the saga over police and fire health benefits.

Read more
Texas Public Schools
12:36 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Decision In School Finance Trial Could Come Down This Week

During the 2011 legislative session, educators and others opposing cuts to the education budget rallied at the state capitol.
Credit Eileen Pace / TPR News

It’s been close to six months since more than 600 school districts in Texas finished making their argument that the current school finance system is unconstitutional.

Some close to the trial, speaking on condition of anonymity, say they believe Travis County District Judge John Dietz may render a decision as soon as this week.  In January 2013, Dietz ruled that the the school finance system in Texas was unconstitutional.

Read more

Pages