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City Government
2:48 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Now, No One Agrees With Proposed Non-Discrimination Ordinance

Council B session briefing on the lastest draft of the non-discrimination ordinance.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Groups on both sides of San Antonio's proposed non-discrimination ordinance have fought fiercely about the matter, which would add veteran status, sexual orientation and gender identity to the language already in place.

But now, no one is in agreement over the ordinance.

That is because the city's latest draft spells out in detail what will be a part of the ordinance and what will not be. It's what will not be included that has many previous supporters up in arms.

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City Government
1:39 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Van De Putte Weighs In On Non-Discrimination Ordinance

State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte in the TPR studio.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

State Sen. Leticia Van De Putte, D-San Antonio, a leading lawmaker for equal rights, is speaking out against those who are opposing an update to the city’s non-discrimination ordinance.

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Workplace Equality
11:58 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Nancy Pelosi Speaks For Women’s Rights At Austin Stop

A bill for pay equality for women in the workplace was passed by the 83rd Legislature, but was vetoed by Gov. Perry.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

House leader Nancy Pelosi, D-California, spent much of her time speaking in Austin talking about women’s rights, primarily a woman’s right to equal pay to her male counterparts.

She was speaking at a discussion about women's economic issues hosted by the American Association of University Women of Texas at Austin Community College entitled, "When Women Succeed, America Succeeds."

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Non-Discrimination Ordinance
4:35 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Ozuna Steps Forward To Defend Family, Non-Discrimination Ordinance

Former Dist. 3 Councilwoman Leticia Ozuna (right) and Sophia Parafina, her spouse of 25 years.
Courtesy Leticia Ozuna

Cyber security specialist and former councilwoman Leticia Ozuna is in the business of secret-keeping. She knew it was only a matter of time before the remarks about her family that were made by Councilwoman Elisa Chan and her staff in a recording released by a former staffer became public.

Here's part of it, from the Express-News audio:

Jeff Bazan (former chief of policy to Chan): "That's why, for example, Councilwoman Ozuna is still married to that lady because that lady was born a man. So that marriage is still valid in the State of Texas."

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"I Have A Dream" Speech
3:09 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Castros Join National Celebration Of Martin Luther King's 'Dream' Speech

Joaquín Castro (left) is increasingly a leading voice in both statewide and national issues.
David Martin Davies TPR News

As the nation celebrates the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I have a Dream" speech, American Latino’s are also reflecting on their struggle for civil rights and how King’s dream is still alive for them. 

As part of the day-long celebration on the national mall in Washington D.C., San Antonio Congressman Joaquín Castro will be taking the stage along with other civil rights leaders and President Obama.

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Texas Public Schools
2:12 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Education Commissioner Issues Reminder About CSCOPE Use

TEA Commissioner Michael Williams.
Christopher C. Leonard cc

Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams has sent Texas school districts a legal advisory letter reminding them that they must hold public meetings in order to adopt any curriculum provider, including online lesson plan provider CSCOPE.

Williams said his letter is not meant to discourage use of CSCOPE, only to point out the law under SB 1474, which requires a public meeting about a district's choice in curriculum.

Williams said this step creates local control and transparency.

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Back To School
1:13 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

West ISD Faculty & Students Lean On Each Other In New School Year

Schools in West, Texas are getting ready to welcome students back.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

Teachers and administrators at West ISD are nervously optimistic about this week’s start of a new school year four months after a massive fertilizer plant explosion leveled much of the town and left West ISD a hollow shell.

The new school may only be a series of portable buildings, but the faculty are proud to be back.

Dr. Jan Hungate is one of the chief administrators for West ISD and said sections of town are still unrecognizable, partially because of the blast, and partially because of new growth.

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West, Texas
12:06 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

State Agencies Provide Update On Texas Fertilizer Plant Safety

Committee hearing on the West explosion investigation at the beginning of May.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

State officials are reporting back to a group of House lawmakers about what Texas is doing to keep communities similar to West, Texas safe from another fertilizer plant explosion.

State Fire Marshal Chris Connealy said his office has been conducting fire inspections of these types of facilities:

"We’ve done 62 inspections, thus far only five have said 'no,'" he said. "We still have about 140 to 153 facilities that we will finish up in October and then we will have this map created by November."

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Anti-Discrimination Ordinance
11:16 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Petitioners Hit The Streets To Oust Bernal

Cynthia Serna talks to a resident in District 1.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Opponents of the city council's anti-discrimination ordinance are trying to get the author of the ordinance, District 1 Councilman Diego Bernal, out of office.

Volunteers like Cynthia Serna and other members of the Bexar County Conservative Coalition are going door to door to collect signatures -- they need 6,000 to recall the councilman.

In their view, Bernal violated his oath of office when he proposed an update to the city's non-discrimination ordinance by not preserving, protecting and defending the Constitution.

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The Cost Of Living
10:14 am
Tue August 27, 2013

How Much Do Families Need To Get By In San Antonio?

A Bloomberg article in February says that Americans in 2013 spend only 11.2 percent of their income on food. See link at bottom of this page.
Trista Eudaily

There is "barely getting by" and there is "living comfortably," but when you look at the numbers side by side, you see the wide gulf that separates the two and the possibilities that space represents.

At the bottom is the federal poverty threshold, which is $23,550 this year for a family of four. This number is based on a food cost standard set in 1962, coincidentally the same year the first Wal-Mart store opened in Rogers, Arkansas.

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