Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Texas Mexican Mafia Member Who Ordered Hit on Crooked Cop Sentenced to Life in Prison

Posted By on Wed, Nov 30, 2016 at 4:20 PM

Ruben Reyes, the 38-year-old Texas Mexican Mafia "Lieutenant of Lieutenants" who pleaded guilty to ordering the murder of a Balcones Heights police officer in 2014, will spend the rest of his life in a maximum security prison. On Wednesday, a San Antonio federal judge sentenced Reyes, nicknamed "Menace," to five...

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Rideshare Fans Want City to Keep Driver Background Checks 'Voluntary'

Posted By on Wed, Nov 30, 2016 at 12:30 PM

Tuesday night, around a hundred people packed Burleson Yard to attend what appeared to be a combination tech happy hour and city press conference on a particularly hot-button issue: The future of rideshare apps in San Antonio. “The customers have spoken,” said Lew Moorman, a founding member of Tech Bloc,...

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Texas House Speaker Joe Straus Ahead of the 2017 Legislature: "New Carpet in the House Chamber"

Posted By on Wed, Nov 30, 2016 at 11:25 AM

State lawmakers and elected officials have dished about their legislative priorities ahead of the 2017 Legislature. Speaker of the Texas House and San Antonio Republican lawmaker, Joe Straus? Not so much. On Tuesday, the Texas Tribune hosted a half-day's worth of panel discussions during its "A Symposium Previewing the 85th...

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Texas Argues for Executing Intellectually Disabled Man

Posted By on Wed, Nov 30, 2016 at 10:37 AM

On Tuesday, Texas argued before the U.S. Supreme Court in favor of executing a convicted murderer who, as a teenager, didn't understand how seasons work, couldn't tell time, didn't know the days of the week or months of the year, and couldn't grasp the principle that subtraction is the opposite...

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

San Antonio Man Indicted for the Murder of Four Women

Posted By on Tue, Nov 29, 2016 at 4:30 PM

A 29-year-old man has been accused of murdering and sexually assaulting four San Antonio women. A Bexar County Grand Jury indicted Johnny Avalos on charges of murder and sexual assault for the deaths of Natalie Chavez, 15, Rosemary Perez, 28, Celia Lopez, 29, and Genevieve Ramirez, 46. In Chavez’...

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The Spurs Are On a Hot Streak, But Can We Consider Them Contenders Yet?

Posted By on Tue, Nov 29, 2016 at 1:05 PM

Wins weren’t meant to come this easily for San Antonio this early in the season. The team had too many new pieces, plus a Hall of Famer’s retirement to mourn and a handful of injuries to key players to deal with. Yet, here they are, winners of nine straight games,...

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Texas House Speaker: Cuts to Therapy for Poor, Disabled Children "Maybe" a Mistake

Posted By on Tue, Nov 29, 2016 at 12:45 PM

The day after Texas health officials quietly acknowledged that they will, in fact, slash some $350 million that currently pays for therapy for vulnerable children with disabilities this month (just in time for Christmas), Texas House Speaker Joe Straus acknowledged that "maybe" it was a mistake for lawmakers to order...

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Texas Abortion Providers Now Required to Bury and Cremate Any Fetal Remains

Posted By on Tue, Nov 29, 2016 at 11:25 AM

Beginning December 19, every Texas abortion provider will be required to bury or cremate all aborted fetal tissue at any state of gestation. This decision, made Monday by the Texas Department of State Health Services, comes after nearly a year of vocal opposition from women’s health advocates and medical...

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Cruz Ortiz Selling New, Original Prints to Benefit Standing Rock Water Protectors

Posted By on Tue, Nov 29, 2016 at 7:55 AM

Looking for a way to support the water protectors protesting the Dakota Access oil pipeline and pick up a brand new Cruz Ortiz original? Tonight, Frank in Southtown is your spot. As part of the San Antonio effort to raise money and supplies for the Native activists and allies camped...

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How a Texas Congressman’s Newfound Power Could Silence Critical Climate Change Research

Posted By on Tue, Nov 29, 2016 at 6:00 AM

Over Memorial Day weekend in 2015, a monster thunderstorm turned the arid Texas Hill Country into a murky swamp. Nonstop downpour had simultaneously tipped the San Marcos and Blanco Rivers over their banks, spilling powerful waves of muddy water throughout the region. In the small town of Wimberley, nestled...

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