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6:25 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Perry Concerned About NSA Data Tracking of Cell Phone Records

Rick Perry talks to reporters about the NSA's search of Verizon phone records
Eileen Pace

  Texas Governor Rick Perry says U.S. citizens should be concerned about the National Security Agency’s collection of their cell phone and Internet data. 

The news this week that the NSA had gathered a vast amount of information has many people who lead otherwise ordinary lives wondering if they are being targeted as terrorism suspects.

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Community
4:35 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

ACLU Study Finds "Staggering" Racial Bias When Enforcing Marijuana Laws

A new study by the ACLU questions the value of police time and money in arresting casual users.
ACLU

An American Civil Liberties Union study indicates that 12 counties in Texas have the highest rates of marijuana arrests for members of the African American community.

The study put out by the national office of the ACLU shows that in the past ten years, Texas as a whole saw a 51 percent jump in marijuana arrests of African-Americans. 

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World Festivals
4:20 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

World Music Celebrations: Feats (Or Feets?) Of Strength

Azzurri Vs. Rossi, 2008
Lorenzo Noccioli Wikimedia Commons

Each week on World Music (Saturday nights from 8-10 on KSTX 89.1 FM), I take a look at celebrations happening around the world. This week, we'll hear about an early form of football played in Italy, and a feat (or feet?) of strength in England.

TOE WRESTLING

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Texas Legislature
3:52 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Perry And Boots Sign Service Animal Law In San Antonio

Boots puts the final stamp of approval on the bill.
Eileen Pace TPR

Against the backdrop of VFW 76 in downtown San Antonio, Gov. Rick Perry signed into law House Bill 489 to benefit returning wounded warriors and other disabled people who use service animals.

The bill prohibits restaurants and other establishments from refusing to allow entry to service dogs of any disabled person.

Col. Carol Anderson, U.S. Army Ret., kept her service dog close to her during the press conference because her injuries left her panicky among crowds.

"Right now I’m rubbing my dog with my foot," Anderson admitted.

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Texas Legislature
3:09 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Opposing Views Of Education During 83rd Legislative Session

Though much of the money cut in 2011 has been restored, both sides of the education debate have positives and negatives to take out of this session.
Eileen Pace TPR News

The largest teacher’s union in the state of Texas and a right-wing political think tank are providing their assessment of this past session education bills.

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Texas Matters
2:54 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

The Cost Of Not Expanding Medicaid

The 83rd Texas Legislature could not reach an agreement on Medicaid expansion this session.
Eileen Pace TPR News

Texas Matters: A new study by the RAND corporation is examining the economic costs of states who do not expand Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Also in this episode: Texas voter turnout hits last in the nation in 2010, and how recovery efforts are going in West, Texas.

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Fronteras Desk
12:23 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Star Wars Being Dubbed Into Navajo

"Star Wars" character Boba Fett in front of the Navajo Nation seal.
Photo by Tristan Ahtone.

Fronteras: A Texas senator is calling for complete border security before many provisions of the immigration bill would take effect. A look at how an American P.R. company is helping transform Baja California’s reputation. This summer Star Wars gets released with a new language dub in Navajo. Environmentalists and Native American tribes are fighting mining efforts near the Grand Canyon.

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Texas Legislature
11:17 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Fight Not Over For Bill To Reduce High-Stakes Testing

Ryan Poppe TPR News

A statewide pro-business group based in Austin is urging Gov. Rick Perry to veto House Bill 5, a bill that changes the state’s testing structure for public schools.

Bill Hammond, the executive director for the Texas Business Association, said the House bill that reduces the number of high-stakes exams for school kids will provide the Texas workforce with a poor product.

"60 or 70 percent of the jobs that are being created today require some post-secondary education of some sort, perhaps even a certificate from a community college or an associate’s degree," Hammond said.

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Special Session
10:11 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Uresti Pushes Gov. Perry To Sign Ban On Sugary Drinks At Schools

Sen. Carlos Uresti at the capitol in March 2013.
carlosuresti.com

A lawmaker from the San Antonio area is pushing the Gov. Rick Perry to sign into a law a bill that prohibits public schools from selling sugary drinks.

Sen. Carlos Uresti, D-San Antonio, said he fought to get his own version of the bill approved for the past two sessions, hoping that a ban on sugary drinks at the state’s elementary and middle schools will help the Hispanic population turn the corner in the fight against obesity and diabetes.

What did pass was a companion bill, House Bill 217, which excluded high schools from the ban.

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San Antonio Police
3:48 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

SAPD Officer Arrested, Charged With Criminal Mischief

Officer Sergio Hernandez
SAPD

San Antonio Police Chief William McManus said the officer, Sergio Hernandez, was asked to finish his drink and leave Stacy's Bar on Blanco as it was closing early Thursday morning.

McManus said he was escorted out when he got angry and then kicked the door and knocked out the plexi-glass to the door.

Hernandez is assigned to the south patrol and is a 10-year veteran of the department. McManus said he will be referred to SAPD's Officer Concern Program.

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