Know this now: May 6-7

Governor signs new law; Loretta Lynn health scare; more troops in Afghanistan

By Chris Shadrock - Web - News Producer

SAN ANTONIO - Get in the know, San Antonio. Here are the stories that impact you and some you’ll be talking about at the water cooler this week.

New law of the land

Gov. Greg Abbott signed Senate Bill 4, which will ban sanctuary cities in Texas, into law Sunday evening. In the unannounced bill signing, the governor signed the bill during a Facebook Live video. In the weeks leading up to the signing, several police chief and other law enforcement officers have said they do not see the need for the new law. The new law goes into effect on Sept. 1.

Municipal elections on a Saturday

With over a $1 billion in spending and potentially new city leadership on the ballot, not a heck of a lot of people made it to the polls -- just 11 percent of the 1,025,000 registered voters cast a ballot. The city’s $850 million bond proposal passed, as did the $450 million the Alamo Colleges asked for. Several school districts, including Southside, Alamo Heights and Comal also got the thumbs up from voters. As for the people soon to be electing residents, the mayor’s race is now between Ivy Taylor and Ron Nirenberg. Meanwhile, six races for City Council are also headed for a runoff, which will be held June 10.

Build up?

The Pentagon is considering sending additional troops to Afghanistan in an effort to "move beyond the stalemate," U.S. military officials told lawmakers on the Senate Armed Services Committee. A plan for more troops would be part of a broader set of recommendations on how to adjust the U.S. military approach in Afghanistan that the Pentagon plans to send to President Donald Trump

You're Looking at Country

Loretta Lynn continues to recover after she suffered a stroke last week. The Country Music Hall of Famer was hospitalized on Thursday and has canceled at least two shows. A statement from her record label said she is expected to make a full recovery. But this isn’t the first time Lynn, 85, has been hospitalized. She spent the day in a San Antonio hospital before her concert in July. Her daughter announced to the audience that she has hurt her back, but was determined to perform.


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