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Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

Texas to strip clubs: Time to pay ‘pole tax’

A controversial strip club fee that lawmakers approved in 2007 is still winding its way through the courts, but Comptroller Susan Combs is pressing the clubs to pay six years' worth of “pole taxes.”

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

CNN’s O’Brien to deliver LBJ lecture on Wednesday

CNN anchor and special correspondent Soledad O’Brien will deliver a free public speech at Texas State University in San Marcos on Wednesday.

Friday, September 10th, 2010

Narvaiz, Porterfield, say lawsuit is 'pure politics'

San Marcos Mayor Susan Narvaiz and Councilmember Kim Porterfield said a lawsuit filed against them by a group opposing San Marcos CISD annexation into the Austin Community College district is, itself, a bid to sway the election....

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

McCarthy now uncertain about November mayoral run

Texas State student Daniel McCarthy, who has announced a run for mayor, now says he is uncertain that he will file for the office. McCarthy, arrested Monday before a speech by President Obama at the University of...

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

Educators discuss SBOE curriculum proposals

The State Board of Education is considering controversial changes to the curriculum standards for teaching history and social studies in Texas public schools. Among those weighing in are Ken Mercer (R-San Antonio), who is running for re-election...

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

Council again extends SOB moratorium

The San Marcos city council unanimously extended a prohibition against sexually oriented businesses (SOB) this week while the city staff and council struggle to decide how such businesses should be zoned. The extension, passed on emergency, keeps...

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

Mass Comm Week features new media experts

It's Mass Comm Week at Texas State, where many speakers engaged to spice up the annual event. The lectures and discussions are free and open to the public.

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

Council passes prayer resolution

The San Marcos City Council passed an invocation policy Tuesday night, calling for the city to make a concerted attempt to rotate speakers from all faith traditions.

Friday, July 10th, 2009

San Marcos Council to continue prayers

The San Marcos City Council decided Tuesday night to continue prayer before its meetings, but directed staff to establish guidelines to favor no faith and include all faiths.

Thursday, May 8th, 2008

Federal judge reconsiders Planet K car case

A federal judge who threw out Planet K's suit against San Marcos in March recently decided to reconsider whether a junked car is an appropriate vehicle for an artistic statement.