Texas Pulls Out Of Federal Refugee Resettlement Program

Texas has announced that it is withdrawing from the federal Refugee Resettlement Program, citing security concerns.Gov. Greg Abbott's announcement means that "refugees will continue to come to Texas, albeit without the state acting as the middleman between federal dollars and local resettlement agencies," according to the Austin American-Statesman."Texas has repeatedly requested that the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Director of National Intelligence provide...
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Men who may have been exposed to the Zika virus should wait at least six months before trying to conceive a child with a partner, regardless of whether they ever had any symptoms, federal health officials are recommending.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had previously recommended that only men with Zika symptoms had to wait that long. Those who may have been exposed to Zika but never developed any symptoms were told to hold off on trying to conceive for just eight weeks.

Zika wasn't even on Dr. Sankar Swaminathan's mind when he first examined a severely ill 73-year-old man in a Salt Lake City hospital in June. The patient had just returned from a visit to Mexico when he suddenly fell violently ill.

"We were not thinking about Zika at all because Zika usually does not cause severe illness, in fact it almost never does," says Swaminathan, chief of the division of infectious diseases at the University of Utah.

UPDATE 12:10 p.m.: Texas has officially withdrawn from the federal Refugee Resettlement Program.

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Every year in Bexar County, more than 350 people are newly-diagnosed with HIV. While better medicines have created longer life spans for people infected with the virus, other related health problems are wreaking havoc with their lives, especially Hispanics living with HIV.

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The Animal Defense League will now run the city of San Antonio’s Paul Jolly Adoption Center following City Council approval Thursday in an 8-0 vote.  The decision leaves San Antonio Pets Alive! without a facility to adopt out pets, but gives The Animal Defense League the ability to adopt out more.

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The weekend's upon us. Books, music and journalists getting funny onstage are all beckoning to you this weekend. First off, head to the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts.

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Despite an increased budget request in border spending, Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw said security along the Texas-Mexico border is only expected to worsen. His statements were part of a special House committee meeting that took place this week in Brownsville.

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You’ve probably seen the signs popping up around town saying “flu shots now available.” The push is on to vaccinate people against a virus that’s proven deadly every year.

 

Some people consider the flu akin to a bad cold. The Medical Director of the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District says it’s so much more than that. If you don’t fear the illness, Dr. Junda Woo says, fear the consequences.

  

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Texas schools needs to test for lead, says a recent op-ed from Environment Texas head Luke Metzger and Dallas Democratic Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson.

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"Wolf Boys: Two American Teenagers and Mexico's Most Dangerous Drug Cartel" tells the harrowing true story of tow teens from Laredo, texas, recruited as hit men for Los Zetas cartel. By their own accounts, together they killed more than 50 people as Zetas assassins before their arrests in 2009.

What's it like to be an employee of a global drug trafficking organization? And how does a 15-year-old American boy go from star quarterback to trained assassin, surging up the cartel corporate ladder? 

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In 1996, I was listening to “Performance Today” on KPAC and heard the host, Martin Goldsmith, introduce a piece of music by a composer new to me. It was “The Yellow Pages,” by Michael Torke. Besides Torke’s affinity for music associated with colors (he is a synesthete), Goldsmith described the subtle variations in the short work as something akin to flipping through the pages of the phone book.

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The weekend's upon us. Books, music and journalists getting funny onstage are all beckoning to you this weekend. First off, head to the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts.

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Trinity University's drama department has tackled a challenging production. It's called Good Kids, but it's based on something that's not good. Kyle Gillette is director of theater at Trinity University.

"It's inspired kind of loosely by the Steubenville rape case. It deals with what leads up to an assault. How different stereotypes or beliefs about gender and sexual roles play into it."

But does something yanked from the headlines result in good theater? Gillette says an emphatic yes.

Thursday Sandra Cisneros received the National Medal of the Arts, the highest honor given for achievement in the arts. Cisneros said she accepted the medal to honor her family and all other hard working Mexican Americans.

Sandra Cisneros said she briefly thought about turning down the trip to Washington D.C. to accept the National Medal of the Arts.

“At first I wasn’t sure if I should go. I just started a new book and I wanted to be home writing, ” she said.

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