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10:14 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Bexar County Jail Program Helps Incarcerated Mothers Connect To a New Way Of Life

"...this program I would recommend to any mom that comes in here because if you need to change your life, it'll help you."
Credit Eileen Pace / TPR News

According to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, more than 7 million children in the U.S. have at least one parent in jail or prison. Studies show many of the children get stuck in a cycle of intergenerational crime and incarceration. 

Several programs in Texas jails are trying to break that cycle.

This month marked 30 years for Bexar County’s Mothers and Their Children (MATCH) Program, which works to make things better for kids whose mothers are spending time behind bars.

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Local Business
9:45 am
Mon March 31, 2014

San Antonio Returns To Pre-Recession Job Growth In March Economic Report

The unemployment rate decreased to 5.3% in January, which is right at the average unemployment since 1990.
The SABÉR Research Institute

The San Antonio Economic Outlook for 2014 that came out Friday shows more optimism than caution for the next year.

San Antonio’s employment growth is back on track following the recession, thanks to the recovery of some key local industries. More people are getting back to work in certain industries like construction, hospitality, retail, government and health services.  

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2014 Election
2:30 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Van De Putte Gets Jump On General Election With Statewide Bus Tour

State Sen. Leticia Van De Putte as she announced her bid for lieutenant governor in November 2013.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

As her Republican counterparts continue to campaign against one another in a runoff, Democratic lieutenant governor candidate Leticia Van De Putte is taking her show on the road, hitting 16 stops across Texas during a nine-day bus tour.

Van De Putte said she is hoping this jump on the general election will boost her campaign while incumbent Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and state Sen. Dan Patrick of Houston battle for the Republican spot on the ballot.

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Fronteras
2:14 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Steve Inskeep On Reporting From The "Borderland"

Texas rancher Dob Cunningham, right, stands on the edge of his 800-acre ranch in Quemado, Texas, which touches the Rio Grande. On the other side, Mexico.
Kainaz Amaria NPR

Fronteras: A conversation with "Morning Edition" host Steve Inskeep, who joins us to talk about NPR’s Borderland series: stories about the people, goods and culture that cross back and forth across the U.S.-Mexico border. Mónica Ortiz Uribe introduces us to the Barrio Aztecas of El Paso, one of the more frightening gangs that operate on the border. Lent is a time of spiritual reflection, but it also means a change in diet for those who take part. Fronteras commentator Yvette Benavides tells us about how the foods of lent can be sinfully good.

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Texas Matters
2:05 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

How Texans Are Missing Out On Millions Under The ACA -- And It's Not Medicaid Expansion

The deadline is March 31 to sign up for coverage this year at Healthcare.gov.
U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Texas Matters: A new report from the Kaiser Family Foundation details the government subsidies that are available to people signing up for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act. It seems that a lot of people in Texas are missing out. The mysterious death of 28-year-old Alfred Wright, who is African American, has caused racial issues to boil over in East Texas. Also on this show: Gender equality in the gubernatorial race.

Texans slow to sign up, slow to get subsidies

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Textbooks
11:53 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Students At Alamo Colleges Voice Opposition To Bundled E-Books & Tuition

Students in the Alamo Colleges system may soon have certain instructional materials bundled into their tuition costs in the coming semesters. How the plan will be implemented remains to be decided, but students are already showing opposition.

In January, the Alamo Colleges Board of Trustees voted to bundle electronic instructional materials into certain classes. When students pay their tuition there will be an additional cost for the pre-approved materials in the form of e-books and other items that can be accessed online.

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Border Security
11:40 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Texas DPS Forms International Drug Task Force With State Dept.

David Martin Davies TPR News

The Texas Department of Public Safety has partnered with the U.S. State Department in an effort to tackle drug crimes related to drug cartels operating in other countries.

DPS Director Col. Steve McCraw said this partnership with the will go towards to helping train police from other countries like Mexico. DPS troopers would also be allowed to be deployed in other countries as an exchange while working on specific cases and operations.

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City Ordinances
11:14 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Targeted By SAPD, Lyft Ride Service Will Still Be Seen Around San Antonio

https://www.flickr.com/photos/saflavor/13383204093/
Flickr user Garrett Heath of SA Flavor cc

San Antonio Police Chief William McManus announced Wednesday that drivers for the company Lyft were breaking a city ordinance and would be arrested if caught.

The taxi-like program works by matching drivers to people needing rides through their app. It launched in San Antonio less than a week ago.

The city outlined their concerns in a recent email to TPR:

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Science & Technology
10:53 am
Fri March 28, 2014

San Antonio Scientists Working On Nasal Antidote For Cyanide Poisoning

Scientists at San Antonio’s Southwest Research Institute have been given the green light on phase two of a project to find a more practical antidote for cyanide poisoning that can be administered in the field. 

The $8.3 million contract research is part of the government’s Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority efforts to find a deliverable way to combat cyanide poisoning among large populations of civilians in case of a terrorist attack. 

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Abortion in Texas
10:21 am
Fri March 28, 2014

5th Circuit Upholds New Texas Rules For Abortion Providers

Attorneys exit the court building in October 2013 after final arguments in what was the first legal challenge of Texas' new abortion law.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

 The US 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans has overturned a lower federal’s court ruling that sections of Texas’ new abortion law were unconstitutional.  

Civil rights groups have said the law would close one-third of Texas abortion clinics and leave large sections of Texas women with the only option to drive hundreds of miles to be seen by a doctor. 

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