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Texas Sen. Carlos Uresti speaks at sexual assault conference in San Antonio

February 27, 2012

By Diana Winters,

SAN ANTONIO - Senator Carlos Uresti welcomed more than 350 participants Monday morning to the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault's 30th Annual Conference at the El Tropicano River Walk Hotel in San Antonio.

The four-day conference will focus on the issue of sexual violence and its effects on Texans.

SAWS Extending Application Deadline for BexarMet Integration Advisory Committee

February 24, 2012

San Antonio Water System is extending the deadline for applications to participate in the BexarMet Integration Advisory Committee. While applications were originally due, Feb. 24, stakeholders now have until March 9 to apply.

As prescribed by Senate Bill 341, the SAWS Board of Trustees is appointing an advisory committee to help guide the integration process. Applications as well as additional information about the committee are available online.

Innovation will help achieve the promise, meet the challenges of the Eagle Ford Shale

February 17, 2012

By Senator Carlos I. Uresti

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.

Judge can't stop sonogram law

February 6, 2012

By Gary Scharrer, Houston Chronicle

AUSTIN — U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks said in a ruling Monday that he can't stop a new sonogram law from taking effect and pointedly suggested that three appellate court judges who overruled him last month had misapplied an earlier federal court decision involving abortion.

The state of Texas will begin enforcing the law Tuesday, according to a spokeswoman for the Texas Health Services Commission.

SAWS Seeking Applications for BexarMet Integration Advisory Committee

February 1, 2012

With the BexarMet dissolution approved by the federal government, San Antonio Water System is now seeking stakeholders to participate in the BexarMet Integration Advisory Committee.

As prescribed by Senate Bill 341, the committee will be appointed by the SAWS Board of Trustees to help guide the integration process. Applications as well as additional information about the committee are available online.

"This advisory committee will ensure that we get a wide range of perspectives from different customers across the former BexarMet service area as the integration process moves forward," said Robert R. Puente, SAWS President/CEO.

Thousands in Socorro fight to save post office

December 8, 2011

By Aileen B. Flores, El Paso Times

It would be like taking your identity, ripping away a part of you.

For the people of Socorro, closing down its only post office would be a slap in the face.

The city has had tough times lately -- a bitter recall of a mayor, tensions on the City Council, a council member arrested, investigations of police officers and suits against the city.

Now the U.S. Postal Service is considering closing the only post office for miles around.

It's enough to get you mad as hell.

Holiday stress can raise risk of child abuse

December 1, 2011

By Melissa Fletcher Stoeltje, San Antonio Express News

Along with seasonal delights, the holidays can also mean increased frustration and stress for parents — factors that can increase the chances of child abuse or neglect happening.

To help caregivers cope, Christus Santa Rosa Children's Hospital's Center for Miracles teamed up with the San Antonio Police Department and Sen. Carlos Uresti on Thursday to offer tips to prevent tragedy from occurring.

Seliger: Expand Senate to 37 members?

November 29, 2011

By Mike Ward, Austin American-Statesman

From state Sen. Kel Seliger, a member of the smaller-government Republican Party and an architect of the Legislature’s redistricting maps that were nixed by federal judges last week, comes this:

Let’s consider expanding the Texas Senate from 31 to 37 members.

Seniors get a free ride to the Jimenez Dinner

November 22, 2011

Senior citizens who ride the bus to this year’s Raul Jimenez Thanksgiving Dinner will get an added treat: a free ride.

On Thanksgiving Day, November 24, VIA will allow people 55 years of age and older to ride free if they are going to or coming from the Raul Jimenez Dinner in the Convention Center. The free rides are good for both regular line service and VIAtrans service for registered patrons. When boarding, riders will need to inform the bus or van operator that they are attending the dinner, and they will need to present identification with proof of age.

Seniors who want more information regarding routes and scheduling on Thanksgiving Day can call 362-2020.