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Violence In Schools
3:41 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

15-Year-Old Canyon High School Student Dies Following Assault In Hallway

Canyon High School in New Braunfels.
Billy Hathorn via Wikipedia Commons cc

New Braunfels Police say the death of a Canyon High School student is the result of an assault, and not a fight.

Police were dispatched to the Comal ISD high school at 9:27 a.m. Tuesday. When they arrived, Cpt. John McDonald said officers found faculty and staff tending to the victim, identified as 15-year-old Logan Davidson.

McDonald said the suspect, another 15-year-old student, waited for Davidson outside their classroom after their first class of the day.

McDonald said the suspect used his fist to punch Davidson in the head twice, which rendered him unconscious.

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Health Research
3:11 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Van De Putte Raising Funds For SIDS Research With 5K In Memory Of Grandson

Leticia Van De Putte holds a picture of her grandson Rex, who died unexpectedly from SIDS this year.
Eileen Pace TPR News

State Sen. Leticia Van De Putte has announced a newly-created 5K run in honor of her grandson, Rex Neal Van De Putte, who died this year from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

The first 5K Walk/Run for Rex this Saturday morning will benefit SIDS research.

Rex was six months old when he died May 7 and Van De Putte said crib death takes the life of a baby in Bexar County every two and a half weeks.

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2014 Election
1:59 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Van De Putte Will Announce Her Intentions For 2014 Elections Next Week

With Wendy Davis having already declared for the top office in the state, speculation has continued over Van De Putte's possible run for lieutenant governor.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

According to sources inside state Sen. Leticia Van De Putte's campaign, her formal kickoff ceremony and announcement for what she plans to do in the 2014 election will be Friday, Nov. 23.

Since the end of the summer,Van De Putte has continued to mention that she was considering a run for lieutenant governor and had begun an exploratory campaign. Van DePutte said family has been a major consideration in what comes next, as over the past year her family has suffered the loss of three loved ones.

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Veteran Employment
11:40 am
Thu November 14, 2013

U.S. Chamber Of Commerce Honors USAA For Hiring Veterans

USAA

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has bestowed an award on San Antonio-based insurance giant USAA and several other local companies for their strength in hiring veterans. 

The third annual Hiring Our Heroes Lee Anderson Veteran and Military Spouse Employment Award recognizes the global insurance company for its proven dedication to recruiting and helping to transition veterans and exiting military service members.

The award also honors the company for hiring spouses of military members.

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Texas Water
10:49 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Thanks To October Rains, LCRA Pulls Request To Stop Water Flow Into Matagorda Bay

Lower Colorado River Authority

The Lower Colorado River Authority has rescinded its request to block the flow of water headed downstream into Matagorda Bay from the Highland Lakes.

In the early part of October, the LCRA issued an emergency request from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, but this Tuesday they said recent rains that led to flooding in sections of Central Texas brought the lake levels up to a suitable level.

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2014 Election Campaign
9:51 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Dewhurst Asks Republicans In D.C. To Look Into Possible NSA Surveillance On Texas Gun Shows

Dewhurst is pushing his conservative credentials after losing the U.S. Senate race in 2012 to Ted Cruz, a tea party conservative.
David Dewhurst campaign

Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst has sent Republican Texas lawmakers on Capitol Hill a letter, asking them to look into whether the National Security Administration’s surveillance program tapped Texas gun show phones, tracked gun purchases or attendance.

Professor Jim Henson heads up the Texas Politics Project at the University of Texas at Austin and said Dewhurst’s request serves the purpose of wanting to be viewed as a staunch conservative.

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Higher Education In Texas
9:27 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Once Again, 5th Circuit Court Hears Arguments In Fisher v. University Of Texas

The Supreme Court did not make a decision on the Fisher case and urged the lower court to instead take a closer look at UT admitting policies.
Flickr user Adam Fagen (afagen) cc

A panel of judges from the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals were in Austin yesterday to hear oral arguments in the affirmative action case Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin.

Austin-resident Abigail Fisher argued she lost her spot at UT because she’s white and took her case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. The court did not make a ruling and instead kicked it back to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, saying the court needed to take another look at UT admission policies.

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Health Care
4:48 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Affordable Care Act Navigators Will Be At Bibliotech To Help With Enrollment

Bibliotech is hosting ACA enrollment sessions Wednesdays and Fridays now through March.
Eileen Pace TPR News

Bexar County is offering space at Bibliotech for residents to get help with signing up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

The county is partnering with AACOG, Centro Med, Communicare and other community agencies to bring in ACA-certified navigators for the free assistance at Bibliotech.

Bexar County spokeswoman Laura Jesse said Bibliotech is an ample venue for residents to get the help they need.

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University of Texas
12:47 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

UT Regent Wallace Hall Will Testify In Impeachment Hearing

Marsha Miller University of Texas

A Texas House committee has subpoenaed University of Texas Regent Wallace Hall to speak during his legislative impeachment hearing.

Hall is accused of overstepping his authority by requesting thousands of open-records requests and violating students' privacy by distributing records with student information.

Hall's impeachment hearing before the Texas House Committee on Transparency of Governmental Agencies is a historic event as the state has never attempted to remove an appointed state official. 

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South Texas
12:07 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Report Details The Effects Of Women's Healthcare Cuts On Latinas In South Texas

Pro-choice rally outside the capitol on the night of July 1, 2013.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

A group documenting the lives of women in the Rio Grande Valley has released a new human rights report that shows how funding cuts in 2011 and Texas’ new abortion bill have affected the lives of Latina women living in South Texas.

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