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3:49 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Witte Museum Soon To Be Unrecognizable

New Entrance to the Witte Museum
Courtesy of Lake Flato

One of the city’s oldest institutions is changing, and in a very big way.

"We’re adding 65,000 sq. ft., some of which is renovated space, some of which is new space," said Marise McDermott, president and CEO of the Witte Museum.

“The Witte is going through a major transformation, we’re very excited," she said. "It’s so radical, or so dramatic, that we are calling it the new Witte.”

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Community
3:16 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Nothing Resolved At Rally With NDO Complainants And Business In Attendance

A crowd of people heard the business defend its position that the couple's actions were "excessive."
Ryan Loyd TPR News

A well-established business in San Antonio is defending itself after allegations that a security guard discriminated against a same-sex couple. Thursday night, a rally was held at Sanchez Ice House, where the owner's daughter, Sharon Castillo, read a statement.

But also present at the gathering were the complainants in the case, Maricela Fonseca and her girlfriend, Gina Ramirez.

The get together also featured patrons to the bar, where people relaxing with beer buckets could be seen unwinding from the week.

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Texas Matters
3:03 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Congress Still Has No Solution To Border Humanitarian Crisis

For border detention centers such as this one, a solution for the humanitarian border crisis can't come quickly enough.
David Martin Davies TPR News

Texas Matters: As Congress comes up on summer break there is still no solid solution in place for what to do with the unaccompanied minors coming into Texas. There are several plans up for proposal but even Texas Democrats disagree with each other. Also on this show: According to one report, the number of abortions in Texas has dropped since last year's passage of a new abortion law.

Congress running out of time for border/immigration solution

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Children's Hospital of San Antonio
1:18 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Group Of Gamers Bring Video Game Relief To Children's Hospital Of San Antonio

7-year-old Albany Garaby plays Injustice on an Xbox 360 with her cousin, Mercedes.
Joey Palacios TPR News

A group of kids at the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio got their fill of video games on Thursday as a team of gamers who raise money for the hospital brought in plenty of distractions.

The fifth floor of the hospital was packed with Xboxes, Playstations, board games and children who are not too shy to take advantage of them. During the two hours the room was set up, 7-year-old Albany Garaby said she got to play some of her favorite games.

“Batman, NBA, and Angry Birds,” she said with controller in hand while playing Injustice on an Xbox.

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Fronteras
12:43 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Border Medical Residency Program Aims To Fill Doctor Gap

Dr. Adrian Billings, chief medical officer of Presidio County Health Services, speaks to attendees of a community health clinic in Marathon, Texas.
Photo courtesy of the Denton Record-Chronicle. (2012)

Fronteras: Rural regions are suffering from a lack of doctors. We look at a new medical residency program on the U.S.-Mexico border. Despite obstacles, solar is gaining ground in some parts of Texas. A conversation with West Texas/Jeff Davis County Sheriff Rick McIvor about Gov. Rick Perry's plan to send Texas National Guard troops to the border. And a commentary about a life crossing borders and checkpoints.

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Community
5:12 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

LULAC Defends Business That Allegedly Discriminated Against Lesbian Couple

As city council debated the expansion of the non-discrimination ordinance last summer, so too did the community.
Credit Ryan Loyd / TPR News

The local business under fire for allegedly discriminating against a lesbian couple is getting the support of a minority rights group.

The director of League of United Latin American Citizens Concilio Zapatista 4383 is siding with Sanchez Ice House, a local business that reportedly told a lesbian couple in early June that they could not kiss because it is a family establishment.

Henry Rodriguez said while the LULAC chapter supports non-discrimination issues, and stood behind the city's revised NDO, he does not believe the business discriminated against the couple.

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Science & Technology
4:51 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

UTHSC Scientists Seeking Patent For Method Of Killing Mouth Tumors

Credit UT Health Science Center

Scientists at the UT Health Science Center have discovered a way to kill malignant tumors in the mouth efficiently and without harming the nearby healthy tissue.

The discovery has led to a patent application for the method of directly injecting cancerous tumors with the drug capsazepine.

Oral cancer is the eighth most common cancer in the U.S. and 40,000 new cases are reported every year. Studies have shown it’s more painful than any other cancer.

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Texas Public Schools
4:37 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Texas Education Commissioner Requests Extension For Rollout Of New Teacher Evaluations

Credit US Department of Education

Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams has asked the U.S. Department of Education allow the state to delay a full rollout of a new teacher evaluation system and teacher's associations are applauding Williams' action.

As per agreement with that allows Texas to opt out of sections of the federal No Child Left Behind Act, Williams was to design a teacher evaluation pilot program, test it using voluntary school districts, and then rollout the program after a year. 

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Arts & Culture
3:47 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Bobby Mack Showcases His Blues Roots In Fredericksburg

Bobby Mack.
Lars Ericcson

The Pioneer Museum's Roots Music Concert Series continues in Fredericksburg. I spoke to one of the musicians, Bobby Mack.

Mack is playing his brand of music, or as he puts it, “Texas blues guitar.”

Mack is a native Texan, raised in Fort Worth, but he got to Austin right about the time of the early 70s music explosion.

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Texas Business
3:35 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

State Lawmakers Debate Future Of Texas Economic Incentive Programs

Credit Ryan Poppe / TPR News

There is a divide among state lawmakers regarding economic incentive programs for new and expanding businesses.  Some lawmakers and state leaders question whether these programs remain useful and beneficial for the state's economic growth.

The debate centers on local and state tax credits and multi-million dollar grants from the Texas Enterprise Fund, which is controlled by Texas Gov. Rick Perry and has awarded more than $500 million to businesses since the fund was set up in 2003.  

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