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UT Health To Train More Therapists To Treat PTSD

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a common problem among military veterans. Now, UT Health San Antonio is launching a statewide program to train more mental health providers how to treat PTSD. The chaos of battle can leave soldiers scarred physically and often mentally. In an effort to help more veterans suffering with PTSD, UT Health is launching the STRONG STAR Training Initiative.

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From an exhibit opening to blues at the Japanese Tea Garden to triplets at the Carver, TPR's Arts and Culture reporter Jack Morgan says the weekend is here.

Courtesy of Dauber Applications

Dauber Applications is a company trying to reinvent how one part of the construction industry works: dump trucks. 

Imagine you are a foreman, and you have lined up work for the next day with a team of guys you are paying $500 an hour to load trucks. 

"The scariest, gut-wrenching part is to not have a truck ready at that time," says Dauber CEO Brian Jones. "Right now the way you try to solve that is you call the trucking company and beg, plead, yell and do other unpleasant things to find out where is your truck."

Virginia Kaklamani, MD / UT Health San Antonio Cancer Center

Being overweight puts women at greater risk for breast cancer. It also increases the chance the cancer will come back. New research shows shedding extra pounds can help protect women under 60 from a cancer recurrence.

"I had never had a mammogram. And I found a lump," said San Antonian Gina Capparelli. At age 50, she was stunned by a breast cancer diagnosis that led to surgery, chemotherapy and radiation.

Skyler Samson

On Tuesday night, the marriage of the San Antonio film and music communities tightened as the Riffs and Reels Music Video Showcase announced its first winner of a competition that lasted four weeks. Nine pairs of local filmmakers and musicians worked together to create original music videos that showcased both the filmmakers’ and the musicians’ talents. Hosting the event was San Antonio native Sonny Melendrez, a beloved American radio personality and former host of Magic 105.3.

The largest city in Texas will join San Antonio, Dallas, Austin and other local governments in a lawsuit against the state’s new immigration enforcement law.

Ryan E. Poppe

What do annexation, short-term rentals, revenue caps and texting-while-driving have in common? They are all exemplifying issues of the ongoing tug-of-war between the state of Texas and the interests of its counties and local governments.

Courtesy of ATS

Uptane, the cyber security software developed by New York University, Southwest Research Institute, and the University of Michigan, is making inroads into the global automotive supply chain. 

Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

The 2017 San Antonio City Council is now installed. There are a total of six new faces on the council and former district 8 Councilman Ron Nirenberg has taken the reigns as mayor.  Former Mayor Ivy Taylor also made her first public comments about leaving office.

After his swearing in Mayor Ron Nirenberg said although the name plates change, the mission of the city goes on.

From Texas Standard:

There are a lot of labels in the world of politics. There are Republicans and Democrats, liberals and conservatives and even libertarians. But socialists is another thing altogether. Socialists are pretty close to communists, as some see it. 

For years, the socialist label has been something of a taboo, not just in Texas but in many parts of the country. Today though, many younger voters are leaning hard left, and they’re looking to old-school socialists for leadership and inspiration.

From Texas Standard:

Making a list of the best and worst lawmakers after each Texas legislative session isn't quite as old as the Legislature itself, but it's still a time-honored tradition. Texas Monthly has put out such a list since 1973, and each one is an occasion awaited with bated breath by political observers, legislative aides and of course, the lawmakers themselves.

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Jack Morgan

San Antonians will soon be able to revisit something that they knew decades ago from Hemisfair. If you ever rode the Hemisfair or Brackenridge Park Gondolas, a pair of them have re-surfaced, looking almost brand new. But St. Philips College Collision Refinishing Technology Director Daniel Salas says they didn't start out that way.    

We had to take them all apart, work the metal, do the bodywork on them,  prep them and re-finish them.

I pointed out that they pretty much look like new now.

"They do! The students do a pretty good job here at St. Philips College."

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Being a singer/songwriter can be tough, and Jaik Yanez can vouch for it. Going solo for 5 years and playing in bands since he was 15 years old, he knows all about the struggles and excitement of performing cover songs for various crowds while still trying to promote original music. “Obviously the cover shows pay the bills, and you got to do that if you want to be a working musician. If you strap on a guitar, you’re going to be doing those kinds of things.

Kevin Nguyen

A band is coming to the Pearl's Jazz, TX on Thursday night and the band members may not be what you'd expect for their style of music. They're called the Dirty River Dixie Band, and co-founder Chris Alvarado explains their music.

"We play tunes that are pre-1940s. Jazz, kinda Louis Armstrong and Jellyroll Morton and all kinds of other stuff."

Most bands that have this kind of retro focus tend to be older. Not so with Dirty River.

Edward Benavidez

The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center focuses on one particular kind of dance this weekend. It's a dance whose origins are long ago and far away. Here's the Guadalupe's Belinda Menchaca.

"It actually comes from the southern region of Spain--Andalusia, and is influenced   by Arabic music and comes from the gypsies, and of course, it has evolved, and I think that is why it is so vibrant today."

She's talking of course about Flamenco.

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