Last week the Institute of Museum and Libraries Services announced that Texas public libraries could be without about about $10 million in federal grants, nearly 70 percent of the money they receive from the federal government.
The state is looking at a loss in federal money because of funding cuts that happened during the 2011 legislative session. With those cuts, the state is not able to pay a federal match program that is a part of the federal grant.
There will be another day of court next week to resolve the dispute over the original building that housed KWEX-TV Univision in San Antonio. Much of the Univision building is already destroyed, but preservationists are hoping to save what they call the heart and soul of the structure.
The November constitutional amendment election is over and in Bexar County just over six percent of registered voters went to the polls.
That means a lot of voters did not show up, which isn't always because they don't care.
Every election cycle elections office workers begin their hunt to find out what happened to voters who vanish. Bexar County Elections Administrator Jacque Callanen said the technical term for this lost constituency that doesn't show up to vote is called the "suspense voters."
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded Texas with over $5 million for community health clinics. The money is a part of the Affordable Care Act’s pursuit of improving access to healthcare by providing medical service for Texans who can’t afford it.
San Antonio likes to party, but residents also observe and respect religious tradition. Because of that, the city council has approved an amendment to next year's Fiesta celebration, which will run from April 10-27, instead of April 19-27.
The party will last a little longer, but the new dates provide a revision to the regular flow of Fiesta events to respect Holy Week. The amendment will allow Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter, which are April 17, 18 and 20, to be observed without the distraction of parties like Fiesta Fiesta, Oyster Bake, and the Taste of New Orleans.
The San Antonio City Council approved CPS Energy's proposed rate increase of 4.25 percent. With support from a majority of the city council, the average CPS Energy customer will be paying $4.68 more on their monthly bill.
The utility initially asked for a 4.75 percent increase, but later lowered it after concerns surfaced over the utility's employee incentive program.
CEO Doyle Beneby told the city council he wants to reduce the program even more, with a recommendation of cutting the incentive program's budget by half in 2015 and 2016.
Joe Krier, the former head of the Greater Chamber of Commerce, joins Downey in his intent not to run for the seat in the special election. Paula McGee also said while she doesn't intend on running, she is not ruling it out.
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Art Downey, the chairman of the Ethics Review Board, applied first for the District 9 seat.
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Paula McGee, an attorney with 10 years' experience, told the city council it's time to restore a voice in District 9.