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People between the ages of 18 and 20 will not be able to buy tobacco in San Antonio, starting Oct. 1 after a 9 to 2 vote by City Council Thursday. District 6 Councilman Greg Brockhouse and District 10 Clayton Perry were the two dissenting votes.

 

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Lt. Governor Dan Patrick asked the Texas attorney general’s office to investigate if the San Antonio Police Department broke any provisions relating to the state’s Sanctuary Cities Law, also known as SB4. The AG’s office may be launching an investigation.

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The San Antonio City Council will vote Thursday on whether or not to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21 years old.

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The San Antonio Water System is asking for a 10.5 percent in water rates over a two year period beginning in January. The city council will determine if the proposed rates will go through. 

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The World Heritage Festival takes place this week from Wednesday, Sept. 6 to Sunday, Sept. 10. 

Colleen Swain, director of the City of San Antonio's World Heritage Office, says the festival connects the five Missions and celebrates their World Heritage designation, which recognizes the importance of the landmarks on a world stage.

"We are the one and only World Heritage site in the state of Texas. There's only 23 in the United States," she says.

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The City of San Antonio has just completed renovations on the 1993-era Alamodome.  The 64,000 seat dome with sprawling parking lot sits just the east side of I-37 from downtown. The nearly quarter century old dome was widely seen as being in need of updating, and the city has done that. Mayor Ron Nirenberg noted to the 100-person crowd the kinds of events they targeted the 60 million dollars in renovations to attract.

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The City of San Antonio and Bexar County are preparing for hurricane Harvey, and that includes providing assistance to any evacuees that will come to the Alamo City.

 

The city and county activated its Emergency Operations Center Thursday as the threat from Harvey grew. Weather maps on television monitors track the storms every move. Top officials are on site to make essential decisions. San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg said at a press conference, forecasters believe this could be a damaging storm.

 

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The City of San Antonio's $2.7 billion proposed budget estimates a 5 percent increase for operating and capital costs in the 2018 fiscal year, and does not include a property tax rate increase. 

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Traditionally, downtown areas are centers of commerce, transportation, education and  government, and are frequently the economic anchors of their regions. 

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The City of San Antonio intends to put a perspective of equity in its budget for the 2018 fiscal year.  This means some council districts that have been at an economic disadvantage for many years could potentially see a larger share of money.  

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