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‘April Madness' time to get angry about child abuse and neglect

April 3, 2012

By Sen. Carlos Uresti

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and this year I want people to get angry about the epidemic of child abuse and neglect in Texas and rededicate themselves to the central premise of this annual public awareness event: stopping abuse before it happens.

Every day life presents us with something to get mad at — rising gas prices, picking the wrong Lotto numbers, a close loss for the Spurs. But this month, let's get our dander up about something really important, like the deaths of four-year-old Jovonie Ochoa, 7-week-old Jayda De La Rosa, and all the other kids in our community who will never go to school, send a Valentine or unwrap a Christmas gift.

Let's call it “April Madness” and see what we can do about it.

SAWS Board Approves Budget for former BexarMet, Appoints Advisory Committee Members

April 3, 2012

SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio Water System Board of Trustees today took action on several items that continue progress on the integration of the former Bexar Metropolitan Water District. The SAWS Board approved a new budget for the former BexarMet system as well as appointed members of an advisory committee that will help guide the integration process.

“While much work remains, it is exciting for our community to see the integration of the former BexarMet utility and SAWS moving forward so positively,” said Mayor Julián Castro. “A single, stable, reliable water system is the best solution for San Antonio families and our growing economy.”

Spotlighting help for local crime victims

April 1, 2012

By John W. Gonzalez, San Antonio Express News
Source: http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local_news/article/Spotlighting-help-for-local-crime-victims-3451524.php

Crime victims and advocates are planning a full month of events in April to call attention to issues faced by victims — and the help available for them — but the week of April 9 will be especially active.

Events include open houses at agencies that serve victims and families, a TV hotline and tributes such as a balloon release at Main Plaza and dove release at the San Antonio Police Academy.

Texas Tribune Hosts April 13 Symposium at University of Houston on Energy and Environment

March 30, 2012

Source: http://www.thecypresstimes.com/article/News/Local_News/TEXAS_TRIBUNE_HOSTS_APRIL_13_SYMPOSIUM_AT_UNIVERSITY_OF_HOUSTON_ON_ENERGY_AND_ENVIRONMENT/58080

HOUSTON, TX - Energy and the environment in Texas will be the focus of a symposium April 13 at the University of Houston hosted by The Texas Tribune and featuring UH President Renu Khator, Texas Railroad Commission Chairman Barry Smitherman and other elected officials and policymakers.

Legislative Update - Child Abuse Prevention Month

March 27, 2012

Dear Friends,

For child advocates across the nation, the first full month of spring means more than greening lawns and longer days. April is Child Abuse Prevention Month — a time to reenergize ourselves and focus the public's attention on the scourge of child abuse and neglect.

Last year, there were almost 66,000 confirmed cases of child abuse in Texas, resulting in more than 17,000 children being removed from their homes. A total of 231 kids died at the hands of their parents or other caregivers. That's an increase from 227 deaths in 2010 — which shows a need to strengthen our prevention strategies — as this is far too many for our state to sustain.

Federal Funding to End; State-Only WHP Planned

March 22, 2012

Source: Healthy Futures of Texas

On March 15, Texas got official word that the federal government will halt federal funding for the Texas Women's Health Program (WHP).

The state's rule excluding Planned Parenthood clinics and other "affiliates" of abortion providers from participating in WHP went into effect on March 14 . The 2011 Texas Legislature barred Planned Parenthood from WHP, but this exclusion is in conflict with longstanding federal statute, which requires that any willing and qualified provider be allowed to participate in Medicaid programs.

CPS Energy Calls High School Juniors to Apply for the SAFE Program

March 21, 2012

CPS Energy invites high school juniors who live within the utility’s service territory to apply for the Student Assistance for Education (SAFE) Program. SAFE is designed to promote higher education for professional careers in the utility industry by generating interest in math, engineering, computer information systems, and business related fields at the high school level.

Six students will be selected to participate in the SAFE program based upon the student's application, interview, references, and ability to meet all program criteria. Selected students will receive:

Innovation key to promise, challenges of Eagle Ford

March 20, 2012

By Senator Carlos Uresti
Source: http://www.mysanantonio.com/community/northeast/news/article/Innovation-key-to-promise-challenges-of-Eagle-3421646.php

In a free society based on educational attainment, innovation, a strong work ethic and the ability to recognize and take advantage of economic opportunity, a bright future will always be in hand.

In parts of South Texas, including a new swath of Senate District 19, the future is also beneath our feet.

Indeed, for producers of the Eagle Ford Shale and the thousands of Texans working in the oil fields and related jobs, the future is now.

Legislative Update - BexarMet Transition

March 19, 2012

Dear Friends,

I wanted to take a moment to update you on an issue of great importance to our community — the transition of the Bexar Metropolitan Water District to the San Antonio Water System.

As you are aware, BexarMet was abolished by a vote of its ratepayers last November, by a margin of almost 75 percent. While BexarMet no longer exists, the process of converting the utility's assets, liabilities, contracts, equipment and customer services to SAWS is proceeding smoothly.

Moody's applauds SAWS/BexarMet merger

March 15, 2012

By Colin McDonald, San Antonio Express News
Source: http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/environment/article/Moody-s-applauds-SAWS-BexarMet-merger-3409839.php#ixzz1pDcMtYbd

Credit rating agency Moody's smiled Thursday on the San Antonio Water System's takeover of Bexar Metropolitan Water District.

“The merger is credit positive for BexarMet bondholders, as new oversight by both SAWS... and the city of San Antonio ... is expected to help resolve BexarMet's financial and management challenges,” Moody's said.