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SA Obesity Genome Project Tackles A Weighty Problem

Texas has one of the highest obesity rates in the nation. One in three Texas adults is considered obese. Now, San Antonio researchers are using South Texas volunteers to collect an obesity genome registry. This data bank will help tackle a weighty issue. Stepping on the scale can be a frustrating routine for millions of people carrying around extra pounds. People like Judy Winkler of Hondo. At 5’2”, she weighed 185 pounds at her heaviest. "I never remember a time that I wasn’t ‘little chubby...
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Texas A&M-San Antonio welcomes 508 students as its first freshman class of what is now a comprehensive four-year university. TPR’s Louisa Jonas reports that some say a public university has long been needed on the city’s South Side.

It used to be on the South Side, if you wanted opportunities, you had to go north. That's where the jobs and universities were. But transportation was expensive, and if you didn't have means, you were stuck. 

SA Obesity Genome Project Tackles A Weighty Problem

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Texas has one of the highest obesity rates in the nation. One in three Texas adults is considered obese. Now, San Antonio researchers are using South Texas volunteers to collect an obesity genome registry. This data bank will help tackle a weighty issue.

Stepping on the scale can be a frustrating routine for millions of people carrying around extra pounds. People like Judy Winkler of Hondo. At 5’2”, she weighed 185 pounds at her heaviest.

President Obama shortened the prison sentences of 111 inmates Tuesday, including 35 people who had expected to spend the rest of their lives in federal custody, authorities told NPR.

In Texas, there’s far more at stake in the 2016 election season than who takes the White House. The state is battling with federal courts over the voter ID law. There’s dysfunction in the Texas Democratic and Republican parties. And demographic change is accelerating.

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A few weeks ago the U.S. Department of Justice announced they will end federal use of privately run prisons. Now their attention has turned to the country’s use of private immigration detention facilities.

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said in a statement Monday that he has ordered the homeland security advisory council to review processes and costs related to these facilities.

 


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San Antonio City Councilman Rey Saldaña is calling on Mayor Ivy Taylor and the rest of the council to delay approval of the city’s contract with police. Saldaña was joined by U.S Rep. Joaquin Castro on Monday as both of them denounced sections of the contract that would allow officer disciplinary actions to be reduced.

 

Saldaña says the police contract with the city focused mainly on healthcare and wage issues, and it's incomplete.

When you praise a dog, it's listening not just to the words you say but also how you say them.

That might not be huge news to dog owners. But now scientists have explored this phenomenon by using an imaging machine to peek inside the brains of 13 dogs as they listened to their trainer's voice.

Mary Keating Bruton

Terri Hendrix is from San Antonio, and got her start playing everywhere from "greasy dives" (as she once told me) to fancier digs like Restaurant Biga back when it was off of McCullough St. In 1996, she released her first album, "Two Dollar Shoes." The infectious title track and folksy melodies were a hit. She kept writing and performing, and became a self-made businesswoman with the establishment of her own record label, Wilory Records (née Tycoon Cowgirl Records).  Twenty years and over a dozen studio/live releases later, her audience has grown into a nationwide following.

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A San Antonio lab is conducting important research into the Zika virus. The information scientists gather here could help in development of a vaccine for the disease, which threatens to rear its head in South Texas in the next couple of years.

The World Health Organization calls Zika a global public health emergency. While mosquitoes may not be spreading the virus in Texas yet, the routine bite of the flying pest is spreading fear.

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Mary Keating Bruton

Terri Hendrix is from San Antonio, and got her start playing everywhere from "greasy dives" (as she once told me) to fancier digs like Restaurant Biga back when it was off of McCullough St. In 1996, she released her first album, "Two Dollar Shoes." The infectious title track and folksy melodies were a hit. She kept writing and performing, and became a self-made businesswoman with the establishment of her own record label, Wilory Records (née Tycoon Cowgirl Records).  Twenty years and over a dozen studio/live releases later, her audience has grown into a nationwide following.

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Even when Terri Hendrix gets the blues, she does so with joy and passion. Her latest album, “Love You Strong,” was released earlier this year after a five-year hiatus from recording.

The San Antonio Film Commission unveiled a bold plan this week to boost local production over the next 5 years. They propose increasing the incentives—or cash rebates—the city provides to companies shooting movies or TV shows here, among other things.

Singer/songwriter Lila Downs uses the traditions and iconography of Mexico to create musical landscapes depicting the great diversity of her homeland.

She weaves native music of Mexico with modern day styles including rock, blues, mariachi and cumbia.

Throughout her career Downs has received several awards, including a Grammy, a number of Latin Grammys. She has developed a global audience of dedicated listeners who are as drawn to her for her unique music as for her activism on social issues – calling for humanitarian responses  

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