Texas Senate Will Reject House's 'Bathroom Bill' Compromise

The legislative wrangling over where transgender Texans can use the bathroom isn’t over yet.

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Texas House Passes Child Welfare Reforms

May 19, 2017

The Texas House on Thursday passed a package of sweeping measures aimed at addressing a crisis in the state's child welfare system.

After a lengthy debate, the House passed Senate Bill 11, a measure that would have Texas shift to a "community-based care" model for handling some endangered children and allowing contracted organizations — not just the resources-strapped state — to monitor children in foster care and adoptive homes.

The end of this year’s legislative session is a little more than a week away, and health advocates say lawmakers are missing an opportunity to deal with a public health crisis in the state.

Last year, researchers reported a sharp spike between 2010 and 2012 in the number of women in Texas who died while pregnant or soon after giving birth, but they don’t know why.

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One of the newest medical schools in the country is opening in San Antonio this summer. It’s a school of osteopathic medicine which plans to train its doctors a little differently.

Crews at Brooks City Base are turning four old aerospace medicine buildings of the former Air Force Base into the University of the Incarnate Word School of Osteopathic Medicine.

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Mayor Ivy Taylor had promised to run a clean reelection campaign, but she's now launched an attack website against her challenger, Councilman Ron Nirenberg. 

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Texas health officials say we’re better prepared this year than last to protect against the Zika virus and the mosquitos that spread it, but additional federal money would help. 

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Each legislative session, there are bills that grab the spotlight and then those that move through far more quietly, but still have the potential to affect a lot of lives. That may be the case this session for Senate Bill 715.

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Breast and prostate cancer are the targets of a new 9 million dollar grant from the National Cancer Institute to the UT Health Cancer Center in San Antonio.

UT Health is one of nine members of the Cancer Systems Biology Consortium.

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In Cattleman's Square, across from VIA Metropolitan Transit headquarters, buses flow in and out by the minute. A constant chirp let's passengers know a VIA bus is lowering it's ramp for a person in a wheelchair.  

VIA buses carried passengers 163 million miles in 2015 according to U.S. Department of Transportation numbers, but for the physically challenged, the final leg between the bus stop and their final destination is often the most difficult.

VIA VP of Information Technology Steve Young says in San Antonio and across the country those areas can be inaccessible.

Patrick Threatens To Force Special Session Over Tax And Bathroom Bills

May 18, 2017

With deadlines looming, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick on Wednesday threatened to push for a special session of the Legislature to pass a bill to regulate bathroom use for transgender Texans and legislation to set new thresholds for when cities and counties must get voter approval for their tax rates.

From U.S. House Floor, Texas Democrat Calls For Trump's Impeachment

May 18, 2017

Amid multiple Trump-related scandals rocking the Capitol, U.S. Rep. Al Green, D-Houston, called for the impeachment of President Donald Trump from the House chamber on Wednesday morning. 


Free Community Event

A resource fair for seniors and their caregivers. May 25 at Tripoint, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

TPR Cinema Tuesdays

Announcing the 2017 Cinema Tuesdays Series

New season of film screenings begins May 30

Arts & Culture

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As far back as the 1880s, there have been reports of mysterious glowing orbs dancing just above the horizon in far west Texas, just outside the town of Marfa. Explanations of the phenomena have ranged from campfires, to ball lightning, to automobile headlights. Regardless of their origin, the Marfa lights have inspired countless travelers, artists and writers, and now you can add a classical composer to that list.

On Friday, May 12 at the Tobin Center, Sebastian Lang-Lessing and the San Antonio Symphony held an exciting soirée de musique française with the famed mezzo-soprano Susan Graham as their honored guest.

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"Conjunto music is the authentic folkloric music of South Texas," says Christina Balli. She is the executive director of the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, which hosts the Conjunto Festival starting Wednesday.


Unlike Jerome Kern and Harold Arlen, who wrote their songs with numerous collaborative lyricists, and not at all like Irving Berlin and Cole Porter, who preferred doing it all themselves, writing both the music and the words, Richard Rodgers was most comfortable, and most successful, when in partnership with another. Over the course of his long and storied career in musical theater and beyond, Rodgers enjoyed two important partnerships.

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