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City Government
3:27 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Chan Supporters Cheer Her Public Defense Of Leaked Audio

District 9 Councilwoman Elisa Chan was given a standing ovation and cheered by supporters at a news conference where she responded to a comments made public from a staff meeting.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

A room full of supporters gave District 9 Councilwoman Elisa Chan a standing ovation as the embattled politician entered the media briefing room at City Hall on Tuesday.

Chan's office gave reporters a 30 minute notice for the time and location of the press conference, and the applause coming from the room packed with people supporting Chan lent speculation that the news conference was more than just a response to her leaked comments from a May 21 staff meeting.

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BiblioTech
2:33 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Applications Now Open For BiblioTech Library Cards

Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff holds the first issued BiblioTech Library Card. Partons can pick-up their own cards on opening day.
Joey Palacios TPR News

Bexar County residents can now apply for their own BiblioTech library card, as the country’s first bookless all-digital public library gets ready to open its doors less than a month from now.

When it opens, the library will have 10,000 titles available for download from the publisher 3M.

"If  you have an Android or an Apple device you would simply download the 3M Cloud Library app and put in your library card information and you will have instant access," said BiblioTech Branch Manager Catarina Velasquez.

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Higher Education
12:27 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Universities Deal With $2.7 Billion Tuition Revenue Bond Shortage

Texas State University-San Marcos is putting two new buildings on hold due to the shortage in tuition revenue bonds.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

From the tail end of the regular legislative session until the last seconds of the final special session of the summer, 60 Texas colleges and universities held their breath wondering if Gov. Rick Perry would add legislation to provide an extra $2.7 billion in tuition revenue bonds to complete various projects on campuses.

Sen. Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo, authored a bill with bipartisan support to cover the money, but Perry didn't add it to the special sessions.

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Community Safety
10:22 am
Tue August 20, 2013

DPS Begins Increased DWI Patrols, Continues Over Labor Day Weekend

State of Texas

Starting Monday, the Texas Department of Public Safety is stepping up DWI patrols and the enhanced enforcement period will last through Sept. 9, which includes Labor Day weekend.

The DPS said troopers will focus patrols in high-risk areas for alcohol-related crashes.

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Gov. Rick Perry
9:39 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Judge Names Special Prosecutor In Perry Coercion Complaint

rickperry.org

This week San Antonio District Judge Robert "Bert" Richardson named area attorney Michael McCrum as the special prosecutor in the criminal complainant against Gov. Rick Perry.

"We’re too early to say there is going to be a trial in this matter," McCrum said. "Just because a complaint has been filed by a citizen doesn’t mean there is actually a prosecution in place. It’s my responsibility to look into the matter and decide if something went wrong, something that needs to be addressed in criminal court and whether or not charges need to be filed."

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City Government
3:36 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Chan Cites First Amendment In Response To Critisicm About Homophobic Comments

District 9 Councilwoman Elisa Chan.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

District 9 Councilwoman Elisa Chan is coming under fire from gay rights organizations for making comments against homosexuals in an audio recording given to the San Antonio Express-News.

Chan's office provided the following statement to KENS5 TV:

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2014 Election
2:19 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Abbott Says His "Thanks" Wasn't Endorsing "Offensive Language"

Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott at a campaign stop last month in McAllen, Texas.
David Martin Davies TPR News

In the online aftermath of a tweet calling state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, a "Retard Barbie" and an "idiot," a group advocating for Texas women in politics said they have had an outpouring of support.

The tweet was sent on Saturday by Denton Attorney Jeff Rutledge as a comment on the 2014 governor's race, which is currently without a commitment from Davis, and earned a "thanks" from Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott:

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Honey Bees!
1:13 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Can A Change In EPA Labeling Help Honey Bee Populations Recover?

Flickr user TexasEagle cc

The Environmental Protection Agency is requiring new labels on certain pesticides that may harm bees and other pollinators, just one effort in an ongoing multi-layered campaign to strengthen the bee population.

In May the U.S. Department of Agriculture released a report  showing scientific consensus that there are a complex set of stressors associated with the decline in honey bee populations, including loss of habitat, parasites and disease, genetics, poor nutrition and pesticide exposure.

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Community Health
12:02 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

ACA "Navigator" Grants Will Help Migrant Workers In South Texas

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was in San Antonio at the beginning of Aug. to explain and promote the Affordable Care Act. Sebelius is flanked by Joaquín (left) and Julián Castro
David Martin Davies TPR News

Of the $10.8 million given to Texas groups by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for the Affordable Care Act's "navigator" program, the Texas chapter of Migrant Health Promotion received over $580,000.

The group will be promoting healthcare solutions to the hundreds of thousands of migrant workers in South Texas.

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Texas Education
11:10 am
Mon August 19, 2013

CSCOPE Lives On In Llano Court Case

Texas Education Service Center Curriculum Collaborative (TESCCC)

On Friday Burnet County Judge Allan Garratt ruled that the case brought against Llano ISD for its use of the online CSCOPE lesson plans had no merit under current state law.

Garratt questioned whether the case against Llano ISD and its superintendent Casey Callahan had any merit because it did not prove injury based on the use of CSCOPE lesson plans.

Attorneys for Llano schools argued that this type of lawsuit must go through state court and must be argued by the attorney general and involve the education commissioner.

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