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Special Session Part III
11:05 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Missing Lawmakers May Bring Third Special Session To A Halt

Ryan Poppe TPR News

Just after the start of the third special session of the 83rd Texas Legislature, Speaker of the House Rep. Joe Straus of San Antonio excused over 35 members because of pressing business in their individual districts.

A transportation bill that passed the Senate this week will require 100 votes in the House in order to pass, but the missing members will likely keep the bill from getting enough votes to pass.

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Business
9:19 am
Fri August 2, 2013

The Rim Avoids Foreclosure With $1 Million Tax Check

Bexar County

The Rim shopping center on the city’s Northwest side has avoided a sticky situation with its retail tenants by writing a $1 million check to Bexar County, which may be the largest single delinquent property tax payment collected in the county’s history.

The high-fashion shopping center on IH-10 draws thousands of shoppers every day, but even with all that money changing hands, The Rim has been in tax trouble for at least four years.

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Community Safety
5:16 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

State Insurance Department Says Texas Giant Was Up-To-Code

The Texas Giant
Flickr user Bradi Korte (ladybugbkt) cc

Insurance inspectors with the state said the Texas Giant roller coaster at Six Flags over Texas in Arlington passed the annual inspection before this weekend's deadly accident involving Rosy Esparza, who fell 14 stories while riding the Texas Giant.

According to the Texas Department of Insurance, roller coasters are inspected on an annual basis by a certified engineer.

Ben Gonzalez is with the Texas Department of Insurance and said that beyond the inspection, there are other requirements for amusement rides in Texas.

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Veteran Healthcare
4:31 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Cornyn Presses President Obama On Backlogged VA Claims

United States Congress

Texas currently leads the nation the number of backlogged Veteran Affairs disability claims and Sen. John Cornyn heard firsthand from Veterans about the problems they’ve seen related to the backlog when comes to awarding VA benefits.

But according the Texas Veterans Administration’s Tom Palladino, a new system here in Texas is also leading the way for reducing the backlog.

"So as of this month, July, the total number of claims is at 75,000 and the total number of backlogged claims is at 50,000. So we have helped reduce that," Palladino said.

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Military
1:16 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Military Families Get Health Boost From Greater San Antonio YMCA

YMCA

The Greater San Antonio YMCA is offering complimentary memberships to military families living in the metro area as part of their Military Outreach Initiative.

The YMCA has gyms and programs for all ages, and is offering the free memberships at locations in San Antonio, New Braunfels and Boerne.

The complimentary memberships are available to:

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City Government
10:54 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Even With Budget Shortfall, Sculley Says San Antonio Is No Detroit

San Antonio City Manager Sheryl Sculley speaks to panelists at a TPR Town Hall meeting held at the Pearl.
Chris Eudaily TPR

With nearly $19 billion in debt, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder said Detroit's top officials have been ignoring the warning signs for decades.

San Antonio City Manager Sheryl Sculley said she is not sure how the city will dig itself out of the financial ruin.

"They've been in a situation where their assessed valuation and their population have both been declining for many years," Sculley said.

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Community Health
10:10 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Downtown Immunization Clinic Moving To West Side On Aug. 5

The downtown clinic is moving from point A at 345 W. Commerce to point B at 1226 NW 18th St.
Metropolitan Health District

Just a few weeks before school begins, when many parents bring in their kids in for back-to-school shots, the City of San Antonio's Metropolitan Health District downtown immunization clinic will close and move to the West Side.

While the  majority of immunizations in the city are given by primary care physicians and other clinics, Metro Health’s new hub is expected to give up to 15,000 vaccinations per year.

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Latino Vote
4:43 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Opposing Views On How Greg Abbott Stacks Up With The Latino Community

The crowd at La Villita in San Antonio as Abbott announced that he would run for governor.
Eileen Pace TPR News

Winding down his ten-city tour of the state, Republican gubernatorial candidate and current Attorney General Greg Abbott said he is out to win the Hispanic vote in Texas.

Abbott ended his initial statewide campaign in Austin by saying he’s been connected to the Hispanic community for over 30 years. Abbot, whose wife is Latina, said he wants to reach out and connect the racial diversity in the state.

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Road Safety
3:47 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Crash Barrels Make A Difference Saving Lives On The Highway

Vehicle impact attenuators are located throughout the state to help cushion the blow to drivers who crash into barriers and the median on the highway.
Ryan Loyd TPR

With distracted and drunk driving plaguing San Antonio and Bexar County, officials are taking drastic measures to help reduce injury and death from highway accidents.

The Texas Department of Transportation is helping save lives with vehicle impact attenuators, or crash barrels, which look like sand-filled trash cans and are located in spots where there is an exit or where the highway divides into an upper and lower level.

The attenuators are meant to soften the blow if a driver is heading toward what would otherwise be a solid concrete wall.

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Gov. Rick Perry
2:56 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

SA Court To Hear Case About Perry's Veto Of Public Integrity Unit Funds

rickperry.org

At the tail end of the regular legislative session, Gov. Rick Perry demanded that Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg resign because of her DWI arrest and conviction or have the state’s Public Integrity Unit, which is run by her office, face a loss of about $7.5 million.

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