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Uresti to run for state senate

State Representative Carlos Uresti wants to switch sides. No, not to the GOP, but to the other legislative chamber, the state senate.

Uresti has served in the Texas House since 1997, and represents District 118. He plans to run for State Senate District 19, which includes 22 counties including Bandera, Medina, and parts of Bexar. It is currently held by Democrat Frank Madla. In the primary, Uresti will face Madla, who says he will run for another term; he’s been in the state senate since 1993.

Also on the state level, perennial candidate and lawyer David Van Os is filing to run for state attorney general in the 2006 election. If he clears the primary, the Democrat from San Antonio will likely run against incumbent Republican Gregg Abbott.

Look for new voter cards

If you plan to vote next year—and you know you do—look in the mail for new voter-registration cards. Registered voters should receive yellow cards to replace their expired blue ones by December 14. There is one change on the card: Dates of birth are now listed as only the birth year. Also check your precinct number, as some precincts have been realigned and renumbered because of local population growth. If you haven’t received a new card by January 1, call 335-VOTE.

Suit filed over toll roads

Environmental watchdogs Aquifer Guardians in Urban Areas and toll-road opponents People for Efficient Transportation are suing the Texas Department of Transportation over the proposed toll-road expansions of Highway 281 and Loop 1604. The lawsuit argues that an environmental impact statement should be prepared for the road expansions over the Edwards Aquifer Recharge Zone. Info: or

Blessed be the beasts

Bring your pot-bellied pigs, 6-foot pythons, Persian cats, and Pekingese puppies: The annual Blessing of the Animals will be held Saturday, December 10, at 2 p.m. in Market Square, 514 W. Commerce. A Catholic priest will preside over the ceremony, which includes a small procession with a mariachi band and live animals. The blessing is held to call attention to the humane treatment of pets. It is free and open to the public.

Lisa Sorg

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