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Texas Legislature - Education
3:59 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

House Democrats Holding Out Over Education Funding On State Budget Bill

The Save Texas Schools rally on March 12, 2011, the year state legislators cut large chunks of funding to education.
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After meeting for hours behind closed doors, House Democratic leaders declined the Republican deal on the state’s budget bill.  

Rep. Sylvester Turner, D-Houston, the vice-chair of the Democratic Caucus, said House Democrats are unified in their stance against the budget in its current form, which promises $3.2 billion for education funding.

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Texas Legislature
2:29 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Gov. Perry Closer To Getting His $1.8 Billion In Businesses Tax Breaks

Ryan Poppe TPR News

A bill that provides $630 million worth of tax incentives has already made its way out of the House, and is now heading to the Senate floor for a vote.

The bill has been altered from its original wording, streamlining those benefiting down to one business group.

"I explained to my colleagues as we’ve been trying to work through this in the last couple of days: It’s almost like I have to pick which three of my kids gets something and which do not. It’s almost impossible," said Sen. Glenn Hegar, R-Katy, who is carrying the bill in the Senate.

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Texas Legislature
1:32 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Lawmaker Seeking Alternative Path For Immigrant Driver Permit Bill

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At this late stage in the legislative session, most bills that haven't made it out of at least one chamber are left to the wind, but there is still a chance for a bill with bipartisan support that proposes to provide immigrants without legal documentation a driver’s permit.

Rep. Roberto Alonzo, D-Dallas, is carrying the bill, which was authored by Sen. Tommy Williams, R-The Woodlands.

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Public Servants
10:36 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Fallen Deputies To Be Honored At Public Ceremony

Eileen Pace TPR

As part of National Police Week, San Antonio Police Department and Bexar County Sheriff's Department are honoring their slain officers and deputies.

SAPD held a ceremony earlier this week and Sheriff Susan Pamerleau will hold a special candlelight vigil Thursday evening for members of her department - the first time Bexar County has held such a private event.

On Friday deputies will gather for the annual public ceremony, where Sgt. Yvonne Vann, wife of Sgt. Kenneth Vann, who was shot and killed while on duty in May 2011, will speak.

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Arts & Culture
6:52 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Tejano Matriarch Immortalized By U.S. Postal Service

Members of Lydia Mendoza’s family pose in front of a large rendition of her Music Icon stamp in the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center.
Joey Palacios TPR

Lydia Mendoza has been called the first lady of Tejano and Conjunto Music and Wednesday the U.S. Postal Service unveiled a forever stamp in her honor as part of a music legends series.

La alondra de la frontera (the lark of the border) was honored at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center on the West Side.

Mendoza was born to a musical family in Houston in 1916 and she progressed in her talents, eventually mastering the 12-string guitar.

Mendoza is one of several pioneering musicians being honored in the postal services' Music Icon stamp series.

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Texas Legislature
4:24 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

With Hwy. 281 In Mind, Campbell Bill Aims To Restrict Future State Toll Projects

Ryan Loyd TPR

The Senate has passed a bill that prohibits the state’s transportation department from turning free roads into toll roads, but the "do-or-die" deadline is approaching fast for it to clear the House in time.

Sen. Donna Campbell, R-New Braunfels, authored Senate Bill 1029, which addresses the conversion of existing state roads into tollways. She said there are several highways throughout the state being eyed for this type of tolling, one of which is Hwy. 281.

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Texas Legislature
2:48 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Campus-Carry Bill Heads To Full Senate Vote

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After making its way through the Texas House, the Senate Criminal Justice Committee approved a bill that allows students and faculty to carry a handgun to class.

Sen. John Whitmire, D-Houston, the chair of the committee, told those registered to speak against the campus-carry bill that if this version of the bill didn't make it out of his committee, lawmakers will likely find a way to pass a similar campus-carry bill at another time.

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Texas Business
12:25 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Technology Industry Thriving In The Lone Star State

Chris Eudaily TPR News

Texas is making headlines in the tech industry as a report released today by the TechAmerica Foundation indicated that Texas is now second only to California in the number of high-tech jobs.

The latest edition of Cyberstates, a comprehensive state-by-state look at  tech employment, wages, and other key economic factors state-by-state, said Texas continues to be a leading cyber state by most tech industry metrics, including employment, payroll, and establishments.

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Texas Legislature
10:41 am
Wed May 15, 2013

State Sen. Escorted To Office By DPS After Heated Exoneration Debate

Ryan Poppe TPR News

The Senate Criminal Justice Committee hearing was to be one of the last phases for a bill that would set up the state’s first exoneration commission to examine past wrongful convictions to determine what went wrong.

The hearing began with Sen. Joan Huffman, R-Houston, stating she didn’t feel the Tim Cole Exoneration Commission was a needed item, and then it escalated from there.

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Arts & Culture
9:13 am
Wed May 15, 2013

21st Century House Museums Lead National Historic Preservation Month

The front of the Edward Steves Homestead.
San Antonio Conservation Society

May is National Preservation Month, and The National Trust for Historic Preservation is asking communities to think of creative ways to engage the public.

San Antonio is doing that with a seminar this weekend on Historic House Museums.

The National Trust has several suggestions for how to be a preservationist, such as:

  • Go ghost-hunting
  • Look up at second stories
  • Touring a house museum

Conservation Society president Nancy Avellar said they are trying to help some of the museums move into the 21st Century.

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