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Screens: See if you can spot the common thread that is pulling at the seams of the Texas film industry. On NBC’s The Night Shift, a stock-written staff... By Matt Stieb 8/27/2014
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Music: Chris Pérez never saw it coming. “All I ever wanted to do was play guitar,” he told the Current. “I never thought I’d be the subject of an interview... By Enrique Lopetegui 8/28/2013
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Texas Law Leaves Abortion Out of Reach for Many Women

News Texas’ sweeping abortion law has already eliminated all abortion clinics south of San Antonio, and the last clinic west of the city... By Alexa Garcia-Ditta | 8/27/2014
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Cityscrapes: A race to the convention floor

News “Conventions go to the city which exerts the greatest efforts to secure them. San Antonio can get any convention that it goes after.” That was the position... By Heywood Sanders | 8/27/2014
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Mayoral Horserace

News Once elected next spring, San Antonio’s new mayor will have just a few months to prepare for the 2016 budget... By Mark Reagan | 8/27/2014
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Glitter Political: Frankly, My Dears, Stephani Walsh Gives a Damn

News Stephani Walsh has read Margaret Mitchell’s 1936 novel Gone with the Wind near a dozen times. And each time she gets to the scene where the manipulative... By Jade Esteban Estrada | 8/20/2014
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Texas Law Leaves Abortion Out of Reach for Many Women

Texas Law Leaves Abortion Out of Reach for Many Women

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  • Judge Rules Parts of Texas’ Abortion Bill Unconstitutional

    Fri, 29 Aug 2014 23:01:54 +0000

    Update August 30, 2014, 3:12 p.m. The Attorney General appealed the decision to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans Friday evening. Our original post continues:  U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel ruled the final piece of Texas’ sweeping abortion law unconstitutional, writing that the ambulatory surgical center requirement imposed on abortion facilities “creates a brutally effective system of abortion regulation that reduces access to abortion clinics thereby creating a statewide burden for substantial numbers of Texas women.” Yeakel’s ruling today blocks the state from enforcing this final piece of House Bill 2, which was set to take effect Monday and would’ve led to only six or seven clinics statewide. The clinics that would’ve closed can remain open. Yeakel’s ruling also exempts Whole Woman’s Health in McAllen (which closed last year) and El Paso’s Reproductive Services (the only clinic open west of San Antonio) from a second restriction imposed by the law: requiring that physicians performing abortions obtain admitting privileges at hospitals nearby. The Attorney General is expected the appeal the decision immediately to the conservative Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, which already overturned Yeakel’s first ruling on House Bill 2 last year. The law “burdens Texas women in a way […]
  • Greg Abbott Bails On One of Two Gubernatorial Debates

    Fri, 29 Aug 2014 18:10:08 +0000

    Update: 4:55pm, August 29, 2014 Greg Abbott has accepted an invitation to participate in a statewide televised debate hosted by KERA, NBC5/KXAS-TV, Telemundo 39 and The Dallas Morning News. The new debate is scheduled September 30, 2014 at 8pm. The Wendy Davis campaign has yet to respond as of this time. Original story follows below: Welp, looks like we only have one chance to hear from both gubernatorial candidates this election season. Mid-morning Friday, Republican candidate Greg Abbott backed out of a Sept. 30 roundtable-style debate in Dallas with his Democratic opponent Wendy Davis, citing problems with the agreed-upon format. WFAA-TV in Dallas was planning to host the debate and broadcast it statewide on other affiliate stations, including stations in San Antonio, Houston, Austin, Amarillo, Beaumont, Tyler and San Angelo. President and CEO Mike Delvin said the station is “deeply disappointed that the Abbott campaign has not lived up to the commitment it made. WFAA has produced numerous debates which are balanced and fair to all the candidates. This debate would be no different,” he said. “The citizens of Texas deserve to hear from the candidates for the most important office in the state.” Another debate scheduled for Sept. 19 in McAllen will be televised […]
  • COSA Will Unveil NDO Website, Advisory Board

    Thu, 28 Aug 2014 22:42:15 +0000

    In an effort to streamline the process behind the non-discrimination ordinance, the City of San Antonio is creating a website to help residents navigate the ordinance. Furthermore, sources confirmed for the Current that COSA is creating a NDO advisory board. Robert Salcido, San Antonio field organizer for Equality Texas, said he was asked to sit on the advisory board and also had a chance to test the website out. “I actually contacted the mayor’s office today and spoke with Chief of Staff Jill De Young and she referred me over to the acting liaison for the NDO, which is Chief of Policy Leilah Powell, and they are in the process of forming an advisory board for all things NDO,” Salcido said. “They asked me if I could serve on that board as well. We are scheduled to meet in September and get the framework for it and talk about the processes, not only reporting, but updating it. That is definitely in the works.” And on Tuesday, Salcido said staff with the city attorney’s office let him play around on the NDO website, which, according to interim Mayor Ivy Taylor’s communications director, Cary Clack, will go live on Sept. 4—a day […]