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Transportation Funding
2:15 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Lt. Governor Candidate Wants New Direction For Transportation Funding

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The Democratic nominee for Lt. Governor, San Antonio State Senator Leticia Van De Putte says the State of Texas must find a way to fund road construction in the coming year. Van De Putte laid out her campaign’s infrastructure platform which includes ending any diversions taken from the State’s Highway Fund.

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The Source - September
11:18 am
Thu September 25, 2014

The Source: The Push To Eliminate The Ban On Exporting Oil

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A 39-year ban that keeps American oil from leaving the country--except under special case-by-case permitting--is seeing a serious challenge to its existence.

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Energy Resources
10:43 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Economist Says Mexico Energy Reform Could Bring Texas Billions

A leading economist tells state lawmakers that reforms to Mexico’s oil and gas sector could bring the most dramatic changes the Texas border-region has ever seen, and legislators have been tasked with investigating what if any state laws need to be adjusted to help Texas grow economically.

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Science & Technology
4:58 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

$3.7 Million Grant Will Help UTHSCSA Study Children's Cancer

The Greehey Children's Cancer Research Institute at the UT Health Science Center will be the lead investigator in a five-year cancer study of Hispanic children in South Texas. The study is funded by a $3.7 million grant from the National Cancer Institute.
Credit Greehey Children's Cancer Research Institute, San Antonio / UTHSC

  

  Children’s cancer research in San Antonio is getting a boost from the National Cancer Institute.

A new infusion of $3.7 million is dedicated to helping an underserved population in South Texas.

South Central Texas is designated is one of 12 sites in the United States with the largest populations of underserved minority children.  

The Health Science Center’s Dr. Gail Tomlinson says Hispanic children have the highest incidence of cancers – and the poorest outcomes – and the South Texas population best represents the future demographics of the U.S.

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Arts & Culture
4:06 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Institute Of Texan Cultures Blanketed In Quilts

Stevenson: Starry Night
Jim Lincoln

The Institute of Texan Cultures has begun an exhibit called 'Makers and Their Inspiration.'   What the Makers are making is quilts. Lots of ‘em.

“They come from all over Texas.”

Sandra Sider curated the two collections here, and runs the Texas Quilt Museum in La Grange. As Sider explains, those creating quilts for this exhibit did so in Texas.

"Geographically they go all the way from up north all the way down to almost the Rio Grande, so it’s a huge geographic swath.”

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Military
1:59 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Astronaut Brings Items Flown On International Space Station To Center For The Intrepid

The Center for the Intrepid (left) at the Brooke Army Medical Center, where dozens of soldiers each day attend physical therapy sessions to help recover from wounds suffered in theater
Credit U.S. Army

Soldiers at the Center for the Intrepid took a few minutes away from their physical therapy sessions on Monday to visit with NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy.

Cassidy brought some items for the soldiers back from his recent duty aboard the International Space Station.

Staff Sgt., retired, Ben Eberle says he’s always been a space junkie, so when the astronaut walked through the hospital ward at BAM-C and asked if anybody wanted to send any items into space, he was on board.

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Arts & Culture
1:46 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Briscoe Museum Will Challenge Your View Of 'The West'

Ben Nighthorse Campbell
Briscoe Western Art Museum

The Briscoe Western Art Museum has a new offering. It’s a distinguished Lecture series to be held the first Thursday of the next three months. I spoke to Jennifer Chowning, who is their Senior Head of Education and Programs.

“It’s entitled 'Voices of the West' and we are bringing in three distinguished speakers to explore some facet of the American West experience.”

They start off next week with a bang.

“In October on the second, we are inviting Ben Nighthorse Campbell.”

He’s been an Olympic Athlete, jeweler, rancher and Senator.

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The Source - September 24, 2014
1:36 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

The Source: Falling Marriage Rates About Inequality, Not Morals

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The state of the American Marriage is in decline. Studies have been showing marriage rates falling for years, but a recent study shows it is actually the lowest it has been in 100 years. A different study out just today shows that the number of "never married" is the highest point it has ever been accounting for 1 in 5 Americans.

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The Source - September 24, 2014
11:50 am
Wed September 24, 2014

The Source: As Religious Influence Wanes, Concern Rises

The Cuppola of the Texas Capital Building in Austin
Credit Paul Flahive, Texas Public Radio

The influence of religion in public life has declined say respondents of a recent Pew poll. More than half surveyed were concerned by their perception of the waning influence of religion on policy and the public, wanting more. 

The hunger for more religion in public is not a new phenomena especially here in Texas where debates over abortion still rage and controversies erupted over proposed rewrites of state social studies textbooks after the roll of religion was played up. 

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Community
6:15 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Sustainable Food Gets A Jump Start In Heart Of The City

Len Trevino plans to plant landscaping beds in front of his karate studio with kale, spinach and other vegetables and wants to encourage his neighbors in this strip center to do the same.
Credit Eileen Pace

 

Len Trevino spends his afternoons and evenings teaching karate in his dojang located at a busy intersection a little bit north of Loop 410.

Outside in the active strip center, cars and trucks come and go at the gas station, customers pop in and out of the nail salon and gaming store, and hungry customers patronize two popular restaurants.

In between the parking spaces are scattered several 8 x 10-foot landscaping beds, mostly with just one remaining dried up shrub and a thin layer of grey mulch.

That’s where Trevino sees an opportunity.

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