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2014 Governor's Race
10:09 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Abbott And Davis Launch New Online Efforts To Reach Latino Voters

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Wendy Davis campaign

This week Democratic and Republican candidates for governor Wendy Davis and Greg Abbott both  launched separate online efforts to reach Latino voters.

Abbott’s online campaign ad details how multiculturalism works for a modern-day Texas. The ad features Abbott’s mixed-race family.

“You look at my family, you see a family that is so typical of families across the State of Texas. We’re both Anglo and Hispanic, as well as Irish. We’re Catholic, we’re Protestant but we’re all one family.  The idea is that multiculturalism works in the State of Texas.”

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City Government
2:07 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

City Staff Will Propose Options For Possible Plastic Bag Ban

In April, San Antonio's Governance Committee will hear several options from city staff on a possible plastic bag ban.
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City leaders are in the middle of talks about a possible ban on single-use plastic bags in the Alamo City. While the debate lingers on, city staff members have come up with several options they will present a council committee with in April.

Among the choices are:

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Election Campaigns
1:53 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Villalba Says Republicans Need To Engage Latino Electorate To Keep Texas Red

State Rep. Jason Villalba, R-Dallas, stopped through San Antonio on a statewide speaking tour, hoping to make an impact with Latino voters that will help keep Republicans in the majority.

Villalba's message is that the Republican party faces a major challenge with its outreach and engagement of Latino voters.

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Local Business
10:37 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Leases In La Villita Could Be Pulled To Revitalize Arts Village

Wendell Fuqua is an artist who works at the River Art Gallery one day a month.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

La Villita is a historic arts village in the heart of downtown San Antonio, across from Hemisfair Park. But the city wants to update the look and feel of La Villita with a plan that would totally overhaul the current village.

A recommendation by city staff includes asking tenants in La Villita, some who have been there for three decades or more, to reapply for a space within the village next year.

The conversation is very early, though, and artists like woodworker Wendell Fuqua keeps his schedule as usual.

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2014 Republican Lt. Gov. Runoff
10:33 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Dan Patrick Cancels Participation In Closed-Door Runoff Debate With Dewhurst

As promised, state Sen. Dan Patrick of Houston and incumbent Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, the two remaining Republican candidates in the runoff for lieutenant governor, planned to face off for a debate, but when the debate organizers declined to allow media access, Patrick declined to participate.

The debate was scheduled to take place at Houston’s famed River Oaks Country Club, and was to be put on by the business-conscious C Club of Houston.

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Community
10:11 am
Tue March 18, 2014

San Antonio Zoo Celebrates 100th Birthday With 90,000 Guests Over Spring Break

Zootennial carousel.
San Antonio Zoo

The San Antonio Zoo has hosted tens of thousands of visitors over spring break. One reason may be the newly-constructed Zootennial Plaza that has everyone talking. 

A hundred years ago, in 1914, San Antonio had a big hole in the ground where the zoo and Brackenridge Park are now located. San Antonio Zoo spokeswoman Debbie Vanskike said the area was a quarry, and the planners of the day were visionaries who were ahead of their time.

“They had a vision that include conservation, education and recreation,” Vanskike said.

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Border & Immigration
9:47 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Austin-Based Civil Rights Group Filing Suit Against Border Patrol In Immigrant Rape Case

A civil rights group in Austin says an incident involving a U.S. Border Patrol agent who raped three undocumented women near Mission is not unusual.

The case involves three women who were allegedly entering the country illegally when they were stopped by a U.S. Border Patrol agent just west of the town of Mission. The three women were then held against their will and raped -- the agent then attempted to kill them. Being faced with a full investigation, the agent later took his own life.

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SXSW 2014
9:34 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Third Person From SXSW Drunk Driving Accident Dies In Hospital

Erecting Ghost Bike Memorial at 9th Street and Red River in Austin
Ryan Poppe TPR News

Doctors at the University Medical Center at Brackenridge have added a third name to the list of deceased from the incident that killed two people Thursday, March 13, at SXSW.

Hospital officials say 26-year-old Sandy Le, who moved to Austin to attend college, died from a massive head injury.

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Law
8:58 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Defense Attorney Admits Bribing State District Judge

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Flickr user SalFalko

A San Antonio attorney has pled guilty to charges of bribing a state district criminal court judge.

Criminal defense attorney Alberto Acevedo, Jr., pled guilty in federal court Monday to improperly influencing a Texas State Court Judge. According to reports, Acevedo was charged with bribing Judge Angus McGinty by giving him cash, paying for repairs on the judge’s personal vehicle, and arranging the sale of a vehicle belonging to the judge.

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Bag Bans
2:17 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Texas Environmental Groups Take Issue With Lawmaker Request For AG Opinion On Bag Bans

An environmental group says a trade association fighting plastic bag bans in Texas is attempting to use legal and judicial activism to prevail where their previous lawsuit regarding the issue failed.

The Texas Campaign for the Environment saidno harm has come to businesses in cities with bag bans.

Late last week, state Rep. Dan Flynn, R-Canton, filed for an opinion from Texas attorney general's office on behalf of the Texas Retailer’s Association regarding the legality of city’s bans on plastic shopping bags.  

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