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Military Veterans
3:39 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

At Purple Heart Memorial, Veteran Says He Doesn't Cry Much, But...

Officials from Bexar County join Military Order of the Purple Heart Alamo Chapter 1836 and U.S. Army officials to commemorate new names added to the county's Purple Heart Memorial.
Eileen Pace TPR News

Bexar County officials joined veterans in downtown San Antonio Thursday to honor the community's war heroes.

More than 100 people attended a ceremony to add 51 names to the Purple Heart memorial at the Cadena Reeves Justice Center.

August 7 was Purple Heart Day, and members of the Military Order of the Purple Heart Alamo Chapter 1836, gathered in front of the Cadena Reeves Justice Center on Dolorosa to pay their respects to 51 war heroes whose names were added to the memorial this year.

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Abortion In Texas
12:19 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Federal Judge On Abortion Trial Asks For Quantifiable Evidence Ahead Of Closing Arguments

The judge presiding over the case of the second federal lawsuit against the newest Texas abortion law has extended the trial to give plaintiff attorneys more time to come up with evidence that is not based in emotion and can be considered quantifiable. 

Austin Federal District Judge Lee Yeakel told attorneys that he wants them to point to specific evidence showing why the regulation that would require all clinics to become ambulatory surgical centers should be overturned. 

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Joint Base San Antonio
9:30 am
Fri August 8, 2014

Army Finishes Questioning Former Taliban Captive Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl answers questions from an Army investigator at Fort Sam Houston.
Credit Eugene Fidell

An Army investigator has completed two days of initial questioning of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl at Fort Sam Houston.

Investigators are trying to determine if Bergdahl broke any military laws when he walked away from his unit in Afghanistan and what went on while he was a Taliban captive.

The 28-year-old Bergdahl spent all of Wednesday and two hours Thursday morning responding to questions from Army investigating officer Maj. Gen. Kenneth Dahl at a location on Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio.

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Border & Immigration
1:02 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Texas Lawmaker Accusing Gov. Perry Of Financial Overreach For National Guard Border Surge

Credit Ryan Poppe / TPR News

According to the state’s Legislative Budge Board, Gov. Rick Perry used money in a Department of Public Safety infrastructure fund to kick off the Texas National Guard’s operations and training for the state-led border surge operation, but did not inform the LBB or the Legislature. 

Officials with the governor’s office say they were able to use an emergency rider to redirect $38 million from the DPS account.  

But state Rep. Sylvester Turner, D-Houston, said the situation at the border is no longer an emergency.

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Museum Reach
10:19 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Historic Foot Bridge Goes Up Over Museum Reach At The Pearl

Industrial bridge from The Pearl Brewery re-used as a crossover for Museum Reach
Eileen Pace

The latest piece of history to come to the Museum Reach is a 20th century iron bridge originally constructed to convey beer across the Pearl Brewery.

The 17.5-ton bridge did the heavy lifting at the Pearl Brewery starting back in the 1970s.

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The Source - August 6, 2014
2:49 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

The Source: Historic Neighborhood Status Prompts Questions

A group of people opposing the historic designation for the Mahncke Park neighborhood rallied in late July.
Credit Eileen Pace / TPR News

The dust up in Mahncke Park over a historic neighborhood designation divided the community, with some wanting to avoid the added restriction on construction but others striving to protect their neighborhood from rapid development.

Lots of buzz and media attention were on the neighbors, but now those petitioning the city have seen support drop to a level that makes the current proposal untenable, according to the Office of Historic Preservation.

The neighborhood was the first to try to attain the status since the process was reformed. 

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2014 Election
10:44 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Van De Putte Announces Education Plan With Full-Day Pre-K

Sen. Leticia Van de Putte announced the "Texas First" education plan that she says she will implement if she is elected to the lieutenant governor's seat in November
Credit Eileen Pace

  Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor Leticia Van De Putte Tuesday unveiled her plan for a statewide education policy for pre-K through high school.

It's a comprehensive plan that promises to expand access to broadband for students, increase parent access to school board members, and restore school funding reduced by the last Legislature.

Van de Putte’s education plan is formed on the pillars of early childhood education programs, adequate funding for local schools, and getting rid of or cutting back on standardized testing.

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Border & Immigration
10:26 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Texas Moving Forward With Border Troop Surge

Credit David Martin Davies / TPR News

State lawmakers on the Texas House Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security seem to be committed to “more boots on ground” when comes to the state-led border security operation.

Department of Public Safety Director Col. Steve McCraw told lawmakers that since the surge began they have been able to decrease the amount of crime happening at the border by 56%. But he said at some point he would like DPS to get out of the border business.

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2015 Legislative Session
10:01 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Legislature Considering Changes To Texas Driver Responsibility Program

Credit Flickr user Emad Ghazipura / cc

The Texas House Committee on Homeland Security and Public Safety is considering legislation for the 2015 session that would completely revamp the Texas Driver Responsibility Program.  

The program allows the Department of Public Safety to assess surcharges on traffic tickets on top of the fine and court cost. DPS notifies the drivers via mail through a private contractor, the Municipal Service Bureau or MSB.

Lawmakers have expressed concern about the interface between the DPS and MSB and local law enforcement.

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Border & Immigration
6:09 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Texas Education Agency Not Sure What To Do With Immigrant Children

Credit Texas Education Agency

Following a surge of Central American minors crossing  into the United States illegally, the state of Texas is attempting to figure out what to do about their education. 

A 1982 Supreme Court ruing mandated that all states would be required to provide an education to migrant children regardless of legal status. With the recent increase of Central American children, the  Texas Education Agency is not sure what to do.

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