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This time of year, the island town of Port Aransas is usually full of vacationers holding onto the last bit of summer.  But one month after Hurricane Harvey, hotels are still empty, unable to take guests due to extensive damage, and in need of repairs that could take months. All those canceled reservations mean Port Aransas’s hospitality industry is losing a lot of money. In the second part of our Rebuilding After Harvey series, we look at two lodging companies hoping to get back to business soon as possible.

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San Antonio may raise the age for tobacco purchases from 18 to 21, pending the results of an ongoing survey by Metro Health. 

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San Antonio police officers will be donning tricentennial commemorative badges next year.

San Antonio Police Chief William McManus unveiled the badge on Monday.

It contains images that include the Spanish coat-of-arms, the Franciscan seal, and an image of the Governor of Coahuila and Texas, Martín de Alarcón, who established and named both Mission San Antonio de Valero (later known as the Alamo) and the Presidio San Antonio de Béxar, a garrison to protect the mission.

Chief McManus has approved the badge to be worn by active sworn SAPD members throughout 2018.

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Speaker Joe Straus remains confident he will retain his current leadership role in the Texas House despite ongoing efforts to unseat the five-term Speaker, including from some of his closest allies who announced they will be running against him in 2019.   

Speaking at this weekend’s Texas Tribune Festival, Straus told the crowd that he wouldn’t be running for reelection in his San Antonio-area home district if he wasn’t confident he also had a shot at retaining his current role as Speaker of the Texas House in 2019.

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Today marks one month since Hurricane Harvey made landfall on the Texas Gulf Coast. One of the hardest-hit areas was Port Aransas, on Mustang Island. For decades, "Port A" has been a popular destination for Texans looking for a weekend beach or fishing getaway. The small city of 3,800 people could grow to 50,000 or 60,000 during peak tourist season.