local news http://tpr.org en University Hospital Taking NICU Ophthalmology To Rural Areas http://tpr.org/post/university-hospital-taking-nicu-ophthalmology-rural-areas <p>University Hospital is participating in a study that doctors hope will save the eyesight of premature babies born in areas where ophthalmologists are in short supply.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The study looked at telemedicine exams used to diagnose retina problems associated with premature birth, or retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), a disease that in the past caused blindness among most premature victims.</span></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 18:16:54 +0000 Eileen Pace 34838 at http://tpr.org University Hospital Taking NICU Ophthalmology To Rural Areas San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro: "It Is, For Me, Bittersweet To Say Goodbye" http://tpr.org/post/san-antonio-mayor-julian-castro-it-me-bittersweet-say-goodbye <p>Since the confirmation process to lead the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development left some uncertainty, San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro had remained mum about the future.</p><p>But on Wednesday, a full Senate confirmation finally allowed the 39-year-old mayor, husband and father to let his guard down and talk candidly about his new role in Washington, D.C.</p><p>During a Wednesday afternoon news conference, Castro spoke with emotion and candor.</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 03:38:22 +0000 Ryan Loyd 34795 at http://tpr.org San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro: "It Is, For Me, Bittersweet To Say Goodbye" Coalition Rallies To Dump The State Franchise Tax In 2015 Legislative Session http://tpr.org/post/coalition-rallies-dump-state-franchise-tax-2015-legislative-session <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A group of Republican lawmakers, business alliances and tea party activists are hoping to gather enough support ahead of the 2015 legislative session in order to do away with the Texas franchise tax. &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:46:22 +0000 Ryan Poppe 34774 at http://tpr.org UT Austin President Bill Powers Resigns, Stepping Down June 2015 http://tpr.org/post/ut-austin-president-bill-powers-resigns-stepping-down-june-2015 <p></p><p>University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa announced that he had accepted the resignation of UT Austin President Bill Powers.&nbsp;</p><p>Powers has agreed to step down as president in June 2015, after the next legislative session.</p><p>Powers is a witnesses in the Legislature’s impeachment investigation of UT Board of Regent Wallace Hall, who had launched his own investigation of whether Powers had been involved with admissions fixing for certain state lawmakers.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:15:28 +0000 Ryan Poppe 34775 at http://tpr.org UT Austin President Bill Powers Resigns, Stepping Down June 2015 ACLU Texas Keeping An Eye On Armed Militia Group Operating On The Border http://tpr.org/post/aclu-texas-keeping-eye-armed-militia-group-operating-border <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas</span> say they will be closely monitoring the area of the border occupied by an armed militia known online as Operation Secure Our Border. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Denise Freedman with Operation Secure Our Borders, a collection of armed militias who are planning to patrol an area of the border near Laredo, said they are searching for immigrants coming to the United States through Texas.</span></p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:01:59 +0000 Ryan Poppe 34773 at http://tpr.org ACLU Texas Keeping An Eye On Armed Militia Group Operating On The Border City Served With Lawsuit Claiming Women Did Not Receive Fair Pay At ACS http://tpr.org/post/city-served-lawsuit-claiming-women-did-not-receive-fair-pay-acs <p></p><p>The city of San Antonio has now officially been served a lawsuit that claims two women at Animal Care Services were paid significantly less than their male colleagues doing the same jobs.</p><p>Their attorney, Lawrence Morales, points to clear evidence that the city violated the Equal Pay Act. He feels confident about data he said shows his clients were compensated less than the male managers at the city's Animal Care Services department.</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 20:42:41 +0000 Ryan Loyd 34720 at http://tpr.org City Served With Lawsuit Claiming Women Did Not Receive Fair Pay At ACS House Committee Wants UT Regents To Hold Off On Any Action Against Pres. Bill Powers http://tpr.org/post/house-committee-wants-ut-regents-hold-any-action-against-pres-bill-powers <p></p><p>This Thursday, the University of Texas Board of Regents is planning to discuss the possible resignation of UT at Austin President Bill Powers or his termination.</p><p>Powers was the focal point of embattled Regent Wallace Hall’s independent investigation over claims that Powers had been involved in admissions fixing for certain lawmaker's children.</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 19:56:50 +0000 Ryan Poppe 34701 at http://tpr.org House Committee Wants UT Regents To Hold Off On Any Action Against Pres. Bill Powers Following Deaths Of Two Foster Kids, State Stops Child Placements With Contractor http://tpr.org/post/following-deaths-two-foster-kids-state-stops-child-placements-contractor <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Department of Family and Protective Services has put a temporary hold on foster care placements with a private contractor following the drowning deaths of two children placed in a home by the company. &nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">C</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">hild advocacy groups are demanding reforms, pointing to the record number of children dying in the Texas foster care system over the last year.</span></p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 16:01:43 +0000 Ryan Poppe 34680 at http://tpr.org Weekend Fire At Deely Power Plant Destroys Storage Building, Plant Not Affected http://tpr.org/post/weekend-fire-deely-power-plant-destroys-storage-building-plant-not-affected <p>Investigators continued Monday to search for the cause of an explosive fire that destroyed a building at the CPS Energy's Deely Power Plant over the weekend.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Employees who were on duty at 1:30 Sunday morning reported hearing popping noises from the building at the South </span>Bexar<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> County power plant, which contained stores of chemicals such as denatured alcohol and corrosion inhibitors.</span></p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 13:46:44 +0000 Eileen Pace 34656 at http://tpr.org Weekend Fire At Deely Power Plant Destroys Storage Building, Plant Not Affected SBOE's Thomas Ratliff Calls For State To Abandon No Child Left Behind http://tpr.org/post/sboes-thomas-ratliff-calls-state-abandon-no-child-left-behind <p>Texas State Board of Education Vice Chairman Thomas Ratliff said he would like to see the state completely abandon the federal No Child Left Behind program.&nbsp;</p><p>Ratliff said in 2013 lawmakers reduced the number of tests for high school students but failed in their attempts to do the same for elementary and middle school students out of fear that Texas would lose its federal public education dollars. Ratliff said that money only accounts for less than 10% of the state public education budget.</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 18:40:03 +0000 Ryan Poppe 34629 at http://tpr.org