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By: Yami Virgin
The owner of a local bar that has been closed for the last 6 months has been arrested.
Jaime Castro was arrested on Saturday morning during Area 31's re-opening.
According to a police report, Castro, the permit holder for the bar, was drunk at the location.
Texas law prohibits a permit holder to be drunk in their own establishment.
Since 2010, Area 31 has been fined more than $18,000 by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission.
Fox San Antonio called T.A.B.C. for a comment, but our call was not returned.
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Technicality topples key financial reporting bill
May 22, 2013 02:25 GMT
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- A much-watched bill designed to give the public more information on schools, taxes, government spending and debt held by state entities has gone down on a House technicality.
The measure was sponsored by Sen. Tommy Williams, who chairs the Senate's powerful Finance Committee. It was carried in the House by Rep. Jim Pitts, head of appropriations.
The bill would have required increased disclosure by public bodies. But it died Tuesday night, after San Antonio Democratic Rep. Philip Cortez raised a parliamentary objection.
Critics worried it could place undo reporting burdens on smaller entities. But modifications to address those concerns had helped the bill sail through the Senate 29-1.
The bill was backed by conservative and tea party groups worried about excessive government bond debt. Some good-government groups also supported it.
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