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Oil & Gas Industry
2:31 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Texas Oil Production Breaking Records

The Eagle Ford Shale region in South Texas.
UTSA

Texas is continuing to produce big numbers in crude oil and natural gas production. The Eagle Ford Shale and West Texas Permian Basin are out producing the high expectations of industry experts.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration released new U.S. crude oil production data for the month of May and Texas, the country's number one oil-producing state, continues to produce energy at a pace that experts are marveling at.

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Fair Pay Bill
12:17 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Updated: People Across Nation Joining Boycott Of Macy's And Kroger Over Anti-Fair Pay Stance

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Update: So far over 5,000 people have signed the online petition as back-to-school shopping hits full stride with the state's tax-free shopping weekend, which starts today.

"It’s not a good weekend to have this kind of press, but it’s not ever a good time for them to have this type of press because it's not a good time to take this kind of position on an issue," said Ed Espinoza of Progress Texas.

Macy's has released a statement defending its support of Perry's veto and their own company structure:

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Texas Education
11:01 am
Fri August 9, 2013

How Are Texas Schools Performing? New Accountability Ratings Tell Us

TEA Commissioner Michael Williams.
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The state has released this year’s school accountability ratings under the agency’s new rating system, which show 84 percent of all individual campuses and charter schools "met standard."

The new school accountability system, which was passed by the Texas Legislature during the regular session earlier this year, was designed to make it easier for parents to understand how each school district and individual campuses measured up.

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Politics
4:34 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Gov. Perry Reiterates Obamacare Stance As Sebelius Visits SA

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Gov. Rick Perry welcomed Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius to Texas today by issuing a statement saying he will fight the Affordable Care Act from being implemented in the state.

"With due respect, the secretary and our president are missing the point: It’s not that Americans don’t understand Obamacare, it’s that we understand it all too well."

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Texas Politics
3:45 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Texas Democratic Party Counting On Young Democrats In Next Election

Joaquín Castro, here supporting his brother Julián at the Democratic National Convention last year, will take the stage as the keynote speaker at this week's National Young Democrats Convention.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa said he hopes this week’s National Young Democrats Convention in the Alamo City will continue momentum for the party. 

Hinojosa is looking to carry over nationwide support for Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, a possible gubernatorial candidate in 2014.

"They identify with her," Hinojosa said. "They identify with her story of being a teenage mom who put herself through college and eventually made it into Harvard Law School and then the Texas Legislature."

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Pre-K 4 SA Implementation
2:21 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Friday Deadline To Finalize Pre-K 4 SA District Enrollment

Classrooms are being prepared for the first day, while districts participating in program have not completed enrollment numbers.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

San Antonio school districts taking part in the early education measure known as Pre-K 4 SA have until Friday to submit the names of the children who will attend classes.

Deputy City Manager Peter Zanoni credited the districts for their expertise in enrolling kids. Many of the districts are also concurrently enrolling children for their own pre-K programs.

He said Pre-K 4 SA needs to finalize its enrollment list to get ready for the first day, which is Aug. 26.

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Education
11:37 am
Thu August 8, 2013

State School Board Member Agrees To CSCOPE Debate With Sen. Dan Patrick

The debate between Sen. Patrick (pictured) and State Board Of Education Member Thomas Ratliff is scheldued for Aug. 24 in Tyler.
State of Texas

Texas State School Board Member Thomas Ratliff, who is a Republican, has answered the challenge from Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, agreeing to debate alleged problems with CSCOPE lesson plans.

CSCOPE is an online curriculum provider developed by the Texas Education Service Center Curriculum Collaborative that was providing lesson plan resources for 877 school districts in Texas.

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Bexar County
10:39 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Monthly Tax Payment Plan Coming Soon To Bexar County

Bexar County

Bexar County property owners will soon be able to pay their property taxes on a monthly basis rather than waiting until the end of the year in a move that should make things easier for people on fixed incomes. 

Seniors and disabled property owners have been able to use a four-payment program, paying smaller payments to the tax office from January through July.

Bexar County Tax Assessor-Collector Albert Uresti said most property owners who pay their taxes directly to the county have had only two options to pay their taxes: Once a year or in half-payments.

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Health Care
5:04 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

HHS Secretary Talks Affordable Care Act At Trinity University

Official portrait of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
U.S. Government

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will be visiting the Alamo City this week, joining the City of San Antonio to provide more information about the Affordable Care Act.

Sebelius will speak Thursday evening when Trinity University and the Metropolitan Health District host a public event to offer information about the new health care act, much of which takes effect in the next year.

The city previously hosted Sebelius when it unveiled the Por Vida Health Campaign, an ongoing city-wide marketing campaign to get restaurants to offer healthy choices.

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City Government
4:11 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

San Antonio Getting Outside Backlash For Anti-Discrimination Ordinance

In May, supporters of an anti-discrimination ordinance proposal showed their appreciation to the City Council on the steps of City Hall.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

San Antonio city staffers say letters are rolling into city hall by the dozens from people who are angry about the proposed anti-discrimination ordinance.

The ordinance being considered by the San Antonio City Council would prohibit discrimination within the city’s hiring practices and anyone who contracts a job with the city.

Although the ordinance maintains anti-discrimination policies for race, color, religion, age and disability, the proposal would add veteran status, sexual orientation, and gender identity to the list. The latter two are why most people are angered.

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