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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Federal Judge Temporarily Halts Law Banning Safest Type of Second-Trimester Abortion

Posted By and on Thu, Aug 31, 2017 at 6:51 PM

A federal judge has temporarily blocked a Texas law prohibiting the safest second-trimester abortion procedure the day before it was set to go into effect. In his Thursday ruling, which puts the law's enforcement on hold for 14 days, U.S. Judge Lee Yeakel relied on a simple argument: Abortion is...

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San Antonio City Council Votes to Remove Confederate Statue from Travis Park

Posted By on Thu, Aug 31, 2017 at 2:09 PM

The San Antonio City Council voted 10-1 Thursday to remove a monument of a Confederate soldier towering over Travis Park. The ordinance, submitted by councilmen Cruz Shaw and Roberto Treviño, will allow for both the removal and relocation of the statue (and two accompanying cannons) to a yet-to-be decided locale. "My...

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SAISD Increases Minimum Wage and Starting Teacher Pay

Posted By on Thu, Aug 31, 2017 at 1:46 PM

San Antonio Independent School District announced Wednesday that it is increasing its minimum wage to $13 an hour for employees, and $52,350 starting salary for teachers, librarians and registered nurses for the 2017-2018 school year. Additionally, teachers, librarians and registered nurses with at least a year of experience...

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Second Federal Judge Rules Uresti's Attorney Must Step Down

Posted By on Thu, Aug 31, 2017 at 12:38 PM

For the second time, a federal judge determined Senator Carlos Uresti’s lawyer, Mikal Watts, would be unable to represent him against federal fraud charges for his involvement in a Ponzi scheme, because Watts himself may have played a key role in Uresti’s alleged crime. Senior U.S. District Judge David...

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Federal Judge Temporarily Blocks Texas' Ban on 'Sanctuary Cities'

Posted By and on Wed, Aug 30, 2017 at 11:50 PM

Just two days before Senate Bill 4, more commonly known as the “sanctuary cities ban,” was set to be enforced, a federal judge in San Antonio temporarily blocked the law from being enacted while the lawsuit between several cities and organizations against the state will continue to play out. SB...

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Mayor Nirenberg Creates Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund

Posted By on Wed, Aug 30, 2017 at 3:38 PM

Mayor Ron Nirenberg has created a relief fund to streamline local donations to evacuees and service providers in Houston and in communities along the Texas coast hit by Hurricane Harvey. Coordinated through the San Antonio Area Foundation, the "Mayor's Hurricane Relief Fund" will go toward unnamed agencies and charitable...

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San Antonio Sending 30 Police Officers to Houston for Harvey Relief Help

Posted By on Wed, Aug 30, 2017 at 1:59 PM

The San Antonio Police Department is sending 30 officers and 19 vehicles to Houston to help with much-needed relief from the floodwaters that have inundated the city. They're expected to stay in Houston for up to two weeks. "We put out a request for volunteers...and within 45 minutes we had...

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School Board Votes to Rename Robert E. Lee High School

Posted By on Wed, Aug 30, 2017 at 10:16 AM

San Antonio's North East Independent School District board voted unanimously Tuesday night to change the name of the district's Robert E. Lee High School. The 7-0 vote was inspired by a student-driven petition to change the name, penned after an August 12 pro-Confederate rally in Charlottesville turned deadly. Having the...

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Trump Praises Crowd Size, Fails to Acknowledge Harvey Victims in Texas Visit

Posted By on Tue, Aug 29, 2017 at 5:28 PM

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump’s two-city trip to Texas for briefings on Hurricane Harvey began in Corpus Christi on Tuesday morning, when they hopped off Air Force One clad in “U.S.A” and “FLOTUS” ball caps. The pair met with Governor Greg Abbott, FEMA Administrator William "Brock"...

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VIA Offering Free Bus Rides to Harvey Evacuees

Posted By on Tue, Aug 29, 2017 at 4:43 PM

VIA is offering free, unlimited bus rides to the hundreds of Hurricane Harvey evacuees staying in San Antonio's three emergency shelters. According to a Tuesday press release, evacuees just have to flash their shelter-issued yellow wristband to board any VIA buses. It's unclear if the public transit provider will offer...

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