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Shelley D. Kofler

Shelley Kofler was Texas Public Radio’s news director from December 2014 through July 2017. Prior to TPR, Shelley served as the managing editor and news director at KERA in Dallas-Fort Worth, and the Austin bureau chief and legislative reporter for North Texas ABC affiliate WFAA-TV. She now serves as the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Engagement Editor.

She has produced and moderated numerous, statewide political debates, including the gubernatorial debates in 2014 and those for U.S. Senate candidates in 2012.

Her interest in legislative policy includes knowledge about school finance, water and transportation issues. Her stories on the over-medication of foster children captured the attention of state officials who strengthened laws for the use of psychotropic drugs among children.

Shelley also worked with KERA on nationally televised programs.

Her radio and television work has been honored by the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters Association; the Houston Press Club, the Dallas Press Club and the Radio-Television Digital News Association, which has honored her with several prestigious Edward R. Murrow awards.

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Two Democratic congressmen considering U.S. Senate campaigns to unseat Ted Cruz spent the weekend at rallies in each other’s home towns. 

 

Rep. Joaquin Castro from San Antonio eyed support in El Paso, while Rep. Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke of El Paso held a rally in Castro’s back yard.

Mexico Consul General Carlos Gonzalez Gutierrez told state lawmakers Monday that Texas has more to lose than any other state if  President Trump keeps his promise to overhaul NAFTA. 

Gutierrez also told members of the House Committee on International Trade and Intergovernmental Affairs there are areas Mexico is willing to negotiate.

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Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s Senate confirmation as U.S. Energy secretary is getting positive reviews from Texas Republicans, but environmentalists from his home state say the appointment is a mixed bag.

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The National Weather Service has confirmed that four tornadoes touched down in and around San Antonio Sunday night leaving in their wake damaged houses, downed trees and debris strewn down city streets.

The first tornado to be confirmed was an EF-1 rated tornado that hit north central San Antonio in the area of Highway 281 and the Quarry.

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Gov. Greg Abbott isn’t saying whether he would deploy Texas’ National Guard troops for immigration enforcement if President Donald Trump made that request.

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San Antonio civic leaders have met with consultants and others about private management of the city owned airport.

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A group of 130 San Antonio business leaders will spend much of this week in Washington D.C., lobbying elected officials on policies important to the area’s military, healthcare, tourism and Alamo City industries. 

Mayor Ivy Taylor says her top priority is convincing Congress to lift exemptions that prohibit non-stop flights from San Antonio International to Ronald Reagan Washington National, the airport closest to Capitol Hill.

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Texas House Speaker Joe Straus has assigned some of his fellow San Antonians to prestigious committees in the Texas House, and named two of them to serve as committee chairs.

Democrat Roland Gutierrez will chair the Defense & Veterans' Affairs Committee, the committee reviewing legislation important to San Antonio, often referred to as Military U.S.A. 

Republican Lyle Larson will lead the Natural Resources Committee which will play a major role in considering water policy. 

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Rackspace CEO Taylor Rhodes made the announcement Tuesday on the Rackspace Blog, confirming the company is cutting 6 percent of its global workforce, about 198 of those in San Antonio.

President and CEO Richard Perez of the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce says he’s hopeful the technology workers being laid off at the cloud computing company will stay in San Antonio.

The state is taking over the Southside Independent School District, following an investigation that found bad management and possible criminal violations.

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