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Texas Veterans
11:21 am
Thu September 5, 2013

VFW Post 76 Holding First Golf Tournament To Raise Money For Veterans

Flag Day at VFW Post 76.
VFW Post 76

Chartered in 1917, VFW Post 76 , the oldest VFW post in Texas, has served hundreds of veterans over the years, and its website says thousands have passed under the arches to the post along the San Antonio River.

Charles Zambrano, the golf tournament chairman, said more veterans who need services are returning from the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts, and the economic downturn is affecting veterans. The post decided to start a golf tournament to increase its coffers for emergency relief for veterans.

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Texas Redistricting
10:36 am
Thu September 5, 2013

A Win For Davis In Redistricting Suit Against Abbott, State

As Wendy Davis mourns the loss of her father and weighs a run for governor, she can count the recent court ruling as a victory.
David Martin Davies TPR News

A Federal court in San Antonio has ruled in favor of state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, in a redistricting case that at one time threatened to dismantle her senate district.

The federal three-judge panel has decided to throw out Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s claims that the 2011 Republican-drawn map that broke down Davis' district into four to five white-dominated districts was valid.

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U.S. Army
9:17 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Army North Gets New Commander, Moves Toward North American Military Collaboration

Lt. Gen. Perry Wiggins receives new star on his promotion Sept 4, 2013, Ft. Sam Houston Quadrangle.
Jack Morgan TPR News

As of Wednesday afternoon, Army North has a new commander. Lt. Gen. Perry Wiggins took the helm at 5th Army Headquarters at Fort Sam Houston, immediately after receiving his promotion.

The lengthy list of dignitaries included Gen. Edward Rice of the Air Education and Training Command, along with commanders from numerous major command centers around the country, and commanders from Sedena, the Mexican Army.

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City Government
8:26 am
Thu September 5, 2013

San Antonio City Council Hears From Public On Eve Of Historic Non-Discrimination Revision Vote

Councilman Ray Lopez, along with Ron Nirenberg, listens to people speak in favor and against the proposed non-discrimination ordinance.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

It was one of the last chances residents had to speak directly to each council member about a proposed revision to San Antonio’s non-discrimination ordinance.

More than 700 people – more than last week – signed up. After midnight, Mayor Julián Castro had those who had yet to speak line up so they could approach the podium quickly because the council will be back in the morning to hear from more citizens ahead of its expected vote on the matter.

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Community
7:19 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Competing Noon Time Rallies On Non-Discrimination Ordinance Proposal Conflict

Supporters and opponents have held rallies on the steps of City Hall almost daily ahead of the city council's upcoming vote on the proposed non-discrimination ordinance.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

In the days leading up to the San Antonio City Council vote on the proposed revisions to the non-discrimination ordinance, the steps in front of City Hall have transformed into a stage for supporters and opponents.

On Wednesday, two groups that disagree with each other had an event planned for the same time.

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City Government
6:16 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Councilman Carlton Soules Records B Session Because City Did Not Broadcast Meeting

District 10 Councilman Carlton Soules, along with colleague, District 9 Councilwoman Elisa Chan, to residents on the non-discrimination ordinance in the early morning hours of Sept. 5, 2013.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

He’s not a multi-media professional, nor does he have formal training in audio/visual technology.

But District 10 Councilman Carlton Soules had last week’s B session recorded and posted to his website because it was not broadcast on the city’s public access channel, TVSA.

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Business
5:16 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Construction Firms Report Shortage In Labor Pool

A Texas A&M-San Antonio building under construction.
Eileen Pace TPR News

Construction firms across the country are looking for skilled workers to fill positions but are running into a shortage of craftsmen.

A survey released by the Associated General Contractors of America shows at least 74 percent of construction firms are having difficulty finding skilled workers like carpenters and 53 percent report the same problem for administrative jobs.

The numbers are even more stark for San Antonio: About 83 percent say they can’t find the workers they need.

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Texas Water
4:26 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Texas Water Development Board Chairman Ready To Face Challenges

Medina Lake on Jan. 31, 2013, a victim of continued drought conditions.
Flickr user jwhippy cc

Texas has a new Water Development Board and this week Gov. Rick Perry swore in three members of the newly-created agency that is tasked with finding new sources of water and funding various future water projects.

During the regular session, the Texas Legislature approved a bill that created Prop 6, which will go on the ballot this fall for voters to decide. The measure takes $2 billion out of the Rainy Day Fund to help set up the funding for the next 50 years of various private and public water projects.

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Abortion In Texas
3:53 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Online Game Explores What It's Like To Be A Woman Getting An Abortion In Texas

Leah is one of the characters in Choice: Texas. Here she is as illustrated by our team's artist, Grace Jennings.
Choice: Texas

Two women from the Austin area are launching a new online video game where the gamer steps into the shoes of several women in different socioeconomic, geographic and demographic brackets who are all faced with getting an abortion under Texas abortion restrictions.

The game is called Choice: Texas and allows users to pick from a set of women with different life scenarios and then chose which direction they will take based on the state’s abortion restrictions.

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Pre-K 4 SA
2:58 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Pre-K 4 SA Learning Centers Over 150 Students Shy Of Capacity

A classroom in the Southside Pre-K 4 SA learning center.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Pre-K 4 SA CEO Kathy Bruck updated the board Tuesday on the struggle to fill the two education centers to capacity. So far only 537 of the 700 slots are filled -- 229 students are enrolled at the Southside center, and 308 are enrolled in the North Side center.

Bruck believes some families will be better served with centers closer to their homes on the East and West Sides, which open next year.

She also said it's partly because it is a brand new program that many families still don't know about.

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