What Does It Mean To Be A Member Of The Middle Class In America?

From Texas Standard: For much of America’s history, the middle class has been a useful paradigm for understanding what is meant by "the American dream." But across the country, definitions of the middle class are changing, and income data recently released by the U.S. Census Bureau prompts questions about the differing experiences of who identifies as part of the middle class.

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Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos insisted about 10 times during her recent policy address that there's a "better way" for colleges handle campus sexual assault. Now, as officials begin work to find it, they may well be taking a cue a few groups that DeVos says has already "made progress on these difficult issues." Here's a look at the recommendation of those groups.

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The middle class is making gains, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau. The latest numbers show the median household income for a family of four is now $59,030, the highest median income on record, topping the previous high set during the dot-com days of the late 1990s.

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Infertility can be heartbreaking for many couples struggling to have their own biological children. Some scientists at the University of Texas at San Antonio are trying to understand the mystery of male infertility. And they’re conducting their research one cell at a time.

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The number of people who have experienced hunger in the U.S. exceeds the combined populations of Texas, Michigan and Maine.

An athlete out of Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland will represent the United States in an international warrior competition later this month. The Invictus Games in is an adaptive sports competition for wounded service members from around the world.

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An acting program at the University of Texas at San Antonio has found an interesting way to add drama to its teaching.


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At a Veterans Summit at San Antonio College on Saturday, Congressman Lloyd Doggett fielded questions about staffing problems, long wait times, and claims backlogs at the Veterans Administration.

Political shots as the recovery begins in earnest, with President Trump still a target for his comments about Neo-Nazis

With the recovery from Hurricane Harvey ramping up to full speed in Texas, the first political shots were fired over Washington's  approval of an initial aid package for Texas -- and why four U.S. Texas congressmen voted against it. They're all from Dallas-Fort Worth and North Texas.

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San Antonio was spared the full force of Hurricane Harvey, leading locals to ask the question: What would have happened if the storm hit closer to home? 

The Texas Hill Country is already referred to as "Flash Flood Alley," prone to retaining water after excessive rain.

Methodist Specialty and Transplant Hospital

The first successful living donor kidney transplant took place in 1984. Since that time, more than 50,000 people have had one of their two kidneys removed and implanted in someone who needed that organ to live.

In today’s TPR Lifeline, Bioscience-Medicine Reporter Wendy Rigby talks with Adam Bingaman, MD, of Methodist Specialty and Transplant Hospital in San Antonio about the need for more kidney donors.

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An acting program at the University of Texas at San Antonio has found an interesting way to add drama to its teaching.


San Antonio Botanical Garden

The Sacred Art of Altars exhibit is currently at the Bijou Theater through September 28. Sixty artists were given 10-by-14-inch boxes, which each artist used to create an altar.

"Each one is very specifically unique to the artist and their personal spiritual feelings and selections, choices," Zet Baer says.

They are all on display at the Bijou in the Wonderland of the Americas Mall. On September 28th, the public has the get a chance to bid on, and maybe own, one of the custom pieces.    

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After over two decades, David Mairs is stepping down from his role as Music Director of the Mid-Texas Symphony, a professional orchestra that plays in Seguin and New Braunfels.

“I think that it's part of life,” he muses philosophically about the departure.

Mairs had two tumors removed from his liver last fall, and a later scan discovered four more, for which he’s being treated. “Other than getting fatigued, I feel fine,” he says.

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Since its opening last year, Jazz, TX hasn’t limited itself to its namesake musical style. Folk, rock, blues, and even classical musicians have taken the stage at the cozy spot beneath the Pearl’s new food hall. One audience favorite over the past year has been Mariachi Las Coronelas, an all-female ensemble led by Vanessa del Fierro.

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