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Redistricting - 2014 Election
12:23 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Court Approves Interim Maps For 2014 Election

San Antonio-area state House districts approved by the 83rd Legislature 2013-2014.
State of Texas District Viewer

Late Friday a federal court in San Antonio decided that the State of Texas could use voting maps from this summer’s special session on a temporary basis ahead of the 2014 March primaries. 

The decision is the latest in the on-going battle in the state over redistricting and Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is claiming this one as a victory.

Abbott released this statement:

"We are pleased that the court agreed to allow the 2014 elections to proceed on time using the new maps drawn by the legislature. That certainly benefits all Texans."  

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BP Oil Spill
5:20 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Texas Supreme Court To Rule In BP Insurance Case

Texas Supreme Court justices, 2012.
State of Texas

The U.S. 5th Circuit Court has asked that the Texas Supreme Court make a ruling on whether oil giant BP had adequate insurance coverage prior to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Osler McCarthy, a staff attorney for public information at the Texas Supreme Court, said that when BP asked its  insurance company, to pay up, its insurer told them they weren't covered.

McCarthy said the court will be examining if the primary coverage was enough for BP to be covered for the pollution damage to the Texas Coast or if the company should have purchased additional umbrella policies.

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Community Health
4:45 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

UTHSC & Methodist Reach Memorandum For Children's Hosptial

(Right) Jaime A. Wesolowski, president and CEO of Methodist Healthcare System, and William L. Henrich, M.D., MACP president of the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio.
David Martin Davies TPR News

The competition to bring a world class children’s hospital to San Antonio took another dramatic turn today as the UT Health Science Center and Methodist Health Care announced they had signed an Memorandum of Understanding. 

The UTHSC and the Methodist Children’s hospital make a natural fit -- since they are already right across from each other on Medical Drive in the city’s Medical Center.

Dr. Bill Henrich, president of the Health Science Center, said the medical match up goes beyond to two institution’s proximity.

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Environment
4:32 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

CPS Energy Working Toward Transparency On New Bills

blog.cpsenergy.com/fuel-costs-transparency
CPS Energy

Responding to criticism that it has failed to meet promises for additional transparency made by its CEO, this month CPS Energy will begin offering customers a breakdown of some of their costs.

A line on the back of the CPS Energy bill shows the customer’s Cost for Fuel Adjustment, the relative cost of different sources of energy it uses in its portfolio.

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Non-Discrimination Ordinance
3:59 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Abbott Says San Antonio NDO Is Subject To Legal Challenge

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott.
State of Texas

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said there is a provision in the city’s non-discrimination ordinance that silences anyone who may have a disagreement with the newly updated ordinance, which provides protections for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered community.

"I believe that violates the first amendment -- both freedom of speech and freedom of religion -- and violates the Texas Constitution. And I believe that makes the San Antonio ordinance subject to a legal challenge," Abbott said.

Now the question is if Abbott will take legal action.

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Transportation
1:03 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Clock Ticking For Options In South Texas Gravel Road Conversion Plan

At least 83 miles of roads in South Texas could be converted to gravel in a TxDOT proposal.
Larry D. Moore Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0

Stakeholders met with oil company officials to discuss a solution to the South Texas gravel road conversion proposed by the Texas Department of Transportation.

Both sides aired out their frustrations against TxDOT’s plan to quickly convert the crumbling roads in South Texas to gravel or have counties take over the maintenance for these state roads.

Marathon Oil’s Hugo Gutierrez said his company is willing to shoulder some of the transportation cost, but that becomes complicated:

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Border & Immigration
11:25 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Nationwide Immigration Mass Hopes To Sway Congress

The San Fernando Cathedral in San Antonio.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

In response to a call from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, dioceses across the country will celebrate Mass with an immigration theme this coming Sunday. As the immigration debate continues this month, the church wants its prayers answered by Congress.

Dioceses in 22 states are participating. Kevin Appleby is the director of migration policy for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. 

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Arts & Culture
11:06 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Makin' Hay Leaves Hardberger Park For Its New Home

Makin' Hay exhibit was popular with visitors to Phil Hardberger Park from March, 2011 to Sept., 2013.
Eileen Pace TPR News

The beloved "hay art" at Phil Hardberger Park is going away, but that doesn't mean they will be left with nothing. Art lovers will have something new to celebrate starting this weekend.

Makin’ Hay depicts giant human-like characters stacked up to 17 feet tall, made of steel and bales of hay, involved in various activities. Parks Project Manager Sandy Jenkins said the art is being removed this week and being taken to its home in Bentonville, Ark.

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2014 Election
10:18 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Davis Supporters Will Continue To Wait, Opponents "Look Bad"

Sen. Davis speaking at a pro-choice rally outside the capitol on July 1.
Senator Wendy R. Davis Facebook

Earlier this month, state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, postponed her announcement about the 2014 governor’s race to tend to her ailing father. Now that he has passed away, her decision continues to sit in limbo.

Grace Garcia runs the women’s democratic group Annie’s List, one of the groups leading the charge for Davis to run for governor, and said they are taking a break from the politics until "the appropriate time."

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Environment
9:10 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Ecology And Biology The Main Attraction At New Hardberger Center

Hardberger Park's new Urban Ecology Center is set to open Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, and holds enough space for multiple nature classes and large receptions.
Kelli Epp

San Antonio is opening its first major Urban Ecology Center this weekend in Phil Hardberger Park. The city said the new venue is designed as a gathering place for nature studies and major events.

With over 18,000 square feet, the new facility can offer space for everything from gardening classes to large wedding receptions. Parks Project Manager Sandy Jenkins said the facility is built for the purpose of education on anything having to do with nature.

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