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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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Community History
5:18 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Commemorating The Battle Of Medina's Bicentennial Aug. 17-18

Wikipedia Commons user Piastu cc

This weekend marks the 200th anniversary of the Battle Of Medina, often referred to by historians as the bloodiest battle in Texas history.

Historians are planning a two-day ceremony commemorating the Aug. 18, 1813 battle between the Royal Spanish Army and the Republican Army of the North.

About 3,200 men -- including Spaniards, Tejanos, Native Americans, and men from the U.S. -- fought 20 miles south of San Antonio for ownership of Texas.

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City Government
10:32 am
Fri August 16, 2013

235 People Speak At Marathon City Council Meeting For Anti-Discrimination Ordinance

San Antonio City Hall
Ryan Loyd TPR News

About 300 people gathered outside San Antonio City Council chambers Wednesday evening for a protest and prayer vigil demonstrating their opposition to the city’s proposed anti-discrimination ordinance.

The ordinance would consolidate existing policies for race, gender, age and disability, and would add language to prohibit discrimination against sexual orientation, gender identity and veteran status. The ordinance covers employment practices for the City of San Antonio and those of city contractors.

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Community Health
9:28 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Media Exposure & Spending Power Make Latino Children Top Target In Junk Food Ads

Health experts say food and beverage marketers are aiming their advertising at Latino children, and too much of that advertising is trying to get kids to buy junk food.

Advertisers are doing little to dispute the fact that they are marketing to Latino kids. They justify the strategy with numbers that show the market segment is growing in population size, media exposure and spending power.

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