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North East ISD
9:27 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Bridging The Gap For NEISD Students On Wilderness Oak

A section of the 1,200 ft roadway and bridge to close the gap between the two ends of Wilderness Oak.
Joey Palacios TPR News

Bexar County and North East ISD have completed a new bridge in far north San Antonio to address flood control and cut time out of a route to school.

Wilderness Oak Road was split by a ditch, which caused flooding problems and a longer route to hwy. 281 and Tuscany Heights Elementary School from Canyon Golf Road.

Without the bridge, students were crossing the ditch to get to school.

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Education
6:00 am
Mon August 26, 2013

How Pre-K 4 SA Got To Opening Day

The South Side model education center was completed in August 2013 and is one of two centers that will open its doors for the first year of the program.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

When Pre-K 4 SA opens its doors for the first time ever, there will be no school bell like there might be in a traditional school setting, but there will be a lot of excitement.

Pre-K 4 SA, which started as Mayor Julián Castro’s Brainpower Initiative, has been nine months in the making. Voters approved the measure in November with nearly 54 percent of the vote, which officially raised the city’s sales tax to the state cap of 8.25 percent.

The sales tax revenue will generate $31 million each year for the program.

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Texas Voter ID
5:30 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Mismatched Names Could Keep You From Voting

Chris Eudaily TPR News

With the Texas voter ID law in effect you need to make sure the name on your ID matches the one on your voter registration card. If they don't, you could run into difficulty at the polls. 

"For instance," said Bexar County Elections Administrator Jacque Callanen, "my name is Jacque. One document would be 'Jacque,' another would be 'Jacquelyn.' That’s a similar name."

Callanen said voters with similar names will be asked to fill out additional forms at the polling place to make the changes before voting.

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Army North
4:50 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

5th Army Returns To San Antonio After Vibrant Response Catastrophic Event Training

Catastrophic event exercise at Fork Polk, La.
Eileen Pace TPR News

From evacuation helicopters taking victims to the nearest hospital to dog rescues and on-site decontamination procedures, the training has to be as real as possible.

More than 5,700 people participated in this year's Vibrant Response near Indiana's Camp Atterbury, the nation's largest exercise in mass-casualty response to catastrophic events on U.S. soil.

This exercise is one of many conducted around the country each year led by the Fort Sam 5th Army Command.

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Texas Supreme Court
3:25 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Divorce Cases Taking Same-Sex Marriage Issue To Texas Supreme Court

Texas Supreme Court justices, 2012.
State of Texas

The Texas Supreme Court has decided it will take a look at two separate divorce cases from 2010 that involve same-sex couples who were legally married in another state.

One of the cases, which took place in Travis County, ended with a judge agreeing to settle the couple’s divorce, but a different judge refused to hear the another case involving a couple living in Dallas.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott intervened in both the cases, arguing to the court that Texas law forbids any action that recognizes same sex marriage, including divorce.

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Politics
2:21 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Cruz Talks Affordable Care Act And Immigration At Austin Stop

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas.
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Sounding more and more like a presidential candidate on his visit to a high-tech facility in Austin, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz addressed the need to end the Affordable Care Act in order to expand job growth.

Cruz said he doesn’t have the numbers to defund the program, he said that effort must come from regular people.

"So where I am focusing my energy is speaking directly to the American people, working to energize and mobilize the American people," Cruz said.

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2014 Election Campaign
10:51 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Abbott Says Fed Voter ID Lawsuit Is Just Democrat Campaign Tactics

Greg Abbot at La Villita in San Antonio to announce his candidacy for governor in 2014.
Eileen Pace TPR News

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has been fighting for years to keep voter ID laws in place for Texas, and yesterday U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder filed a lawsuit against the Texas voter ID law, one of the strictest in the country, alleging that it disenfranchises minority votes.

Abbott said the move is just part of the Obama administration's link to the Texas Democratic Party and is  a campaign tactic to build support for the party going into 2014.

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City Government
9:56 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Weighing Both Sides, Cris Medina Supports Non-Discrimination Ordinance

Dist. 7 Councilman Cris Medina said he will support San Antono's non-discrimination ordinance.
City of San Antonio

San Antonio District 7 Councilman Cris Medina is the latest to throw his support behind the proposed non-discrimination ordinance, which would extend protections for veteran status, gender identity and sexual orientation.

In a statement, Medina wrote:

"I am supporting the proposed ordinance because I oppose discrimination in all forms."

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City Government
4:41 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Former Chan Staffer Explains His Own Comments On Leaked Tape

Dist. 9 Councilwoman Elisa Chan at a press conference defending her remarks.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

People around City Hall are on edge about what they say following the release of a secret recording that revealed homophobic comments made by District 9 Councilwoman Elisa Chan and her staff members.

In the audio, given to the Express-News by former Chan staffer James Stevens, who recorded the strategy meeting, are comments by Jeff Bazan, then Chan's chief of policy, who at one point makes talks about sexual orientation by linking it to incest.

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Community Health
2:15 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Metro Health Looking At Breastfeeding Center To Help Give Babies A Healthy Start

City of San Antonio

The San Antonio Baby Café, a new drop-in breastfeeding center for moms, is set to open in the Fall pending approval of the center’s lease that could happen next week. It is all part of the Metropolitan Health District's goal to make San Antonio a healthier city.

"We're real excited about it and there's a huge demand," said Metro Health Director Dr. Thomas Schlenker about the new center. "There's so many women who care about this but can't find the resources they need."

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