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4:26 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

University Hospital To Lead Medicaid Waiver Conference In May

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission is preparing to implement a five-year program under the Section 11-15 Medicaid Waiver. Health care leadership from around the state will gather in San Antonio next month to talk about the $1 billion coming to South Texas as a result of the waiver.

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Criminal Justice
3:46 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

UT Law Clinic Study Shows Dangerous Conditions In Texas' Sweltering Prisons

Dr. Ariel Dulitsky, director of the Human Rights Clinic at the UT School of Law.
Ryan E. Poppe TPR News

The Human Rights Clinic at the University of Texas at Austin School of Law released a report that shows the Texas Department of Criminal Justice is violating prisoners' human and constitutional rights by exposing them to high temperatures.

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Pride Center San Antonio
3:11 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

LGBT Pride Center Opens New Location In Monte Vista

The new location of the Pride Center San Antonio at 147 E. Mistletoe Ave.
Joey Palacios TPR News

Pride Center San Antonio has been looking for a permanent home since it gained nonprofit status in 2012. Its new location is at the corner of McCullough and Mistletoe. Pride Center Board Chair Richard Farias said the hope of having a physical location is to be the hub for San Antonio’s LGBT community.

“There’s 60 plus organizations that are either predominantly LGBT or solely LGBT in one way or another but many people don’t realize that," Farias said. "There wasn’t a common place to promote and have access to those.”

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2014 Governor's Race
2:57 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Abbott Campaign Enters The Era Of Virtual Currency, Will Accept Bitcoins

Credit Wikimedia Commons user CASASCIUS / cc

Greg Abbott’s campaign announced last week it would begin accepting bitcoin contributions, but with the fluctuating value of the currency many political experts see the move as more of a way for Abbott to attract a certain type of supporter.

Abbott wrote in a memo:

“The spirit of Bitcoin embodies the free market principles that make Texas a leader in innovation and entrepreneurship.”  

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The Source - April 22, 2014
2:54 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

The Source: San Antonio's Bid For Tesla

Joseph Thorton (Flickr user: jtjdt) cc

It was a secret meeting that every one heard about: Big wheels from Tesla having a sit down with local leaders. The topic: The "gigafactory" that everyone wants.

Private entreaties from CPS Energy also made public, the city may pull out all the stops to land the estimated $5 billion-$6 billion deal. 

Do we really have a shot at Tesla's "gigafactory"?

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The Source - April 22, 2014
1:44 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

The Source: The Assault On Higher Education

The United States has fallen from its precipice of leader in graduation rates in higher education since the 1980s argues Suzanne Mettler in her new book, "Degrees of Inequality: How the Politics of Higher Education Sabotaged the American Dream."

The public divestment of states has left many universities with less and less money, relying more and more on students to make up the difference. The result has been exploding costs and debt for students.

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Arts & Culture
1:39 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Fiesta Fantasias Set To Rock Hemisfair Park Beginning Wednesday

Hemisfair arch decorated.
Judi Deleon

Fiesta continues, and this week Hemisfair Park will be alive with music for an event called Fiesta Fantasias.

"Fiesta Fantasias is a free event: We’ll have music, food, beverages, arts and crafts, and the only laser light show set to music during Fiesta," said Judi Deleon, who heads the San Antonio Parks Foundation.

"The event takes place Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; 5 p.m. doors open until 10:30 in the evening.  Did I mention it was free?" she said.

I asked her to tell me more about the synchronized laser light show.

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Health Care
1:29 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Texas Still Negotiating Federal Block Grant For Medicaid Expansion

Texas Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Dr. Kyle Janek said he’s negotiating a waiver with federal officials that gives the state permission to obtain a federal block grant to expand Medicaid, but people within HHS said they haven’t even completed the application.

In mid-September 2013 Janek received his last instructions from the governor’s office on the terms of what that federal block grant should look like. He was asked last week where the state was in the process of securing federal dollars to design a state program to expand Medicaid.

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Eagle Ford Shale
12:02 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

South Texas Looking To Oil & Gas Exporting At Eagle Ford Consortium Conference

South Texas oil (brown) and gas (blue) wells.
U.S. Energy Information Administration

More than 600 South Texas business and community leaders are meeting in San Antonio this week for the third annual Eagle Ford Shale Consortium Conference.

The communities over the Eagle Ford Shale have come a long way since the first wells were drilled in 2008 and the first few years saw growth so rapid that residents could barely keep up.

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Arts & Culture
10:46 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Boerne's New Sculpture Space Is Part Garden, Part Gallery

Sculpture garden.
Johny Rosa

I was driving recently in Boerne, and came up to a stop sign at Plant Street and River Road. Movement on my peripheral vision made me turn and look.

“Those are kinetic wind sculptures," said Johny Rosa, who knows them well because he put them there. And he knows the artist.

“His name is Jim LaPaso. He makes every one of those sculptures by hand,” Rosa said.

I had discovered, by accident, Boerne’s new sculpture garden. Rosa created and paid for it himself.

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