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Federal Government
5:26 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

JBSA Civilian Personnel Could Be Indefinitely Furloughed

Without a federal budget or continuing resolution, most civilian employees at Joint Base San Antonio would be furloughed until further notice.
Eileen Pace TPR News

Joint Base San Antonio continues to watch the action in Washington, D.C., preparing for the possibility that civilian workers will be staying home from work the rest of the week.

With no fiscal 2014 budget and no continuing resolution, it was touch-and-go whether thousands of active-duty military personnel would be paid. But the Senate passed a bill late Monday providing for pay for military members.

However, Joint Base San Antonio spokesman Brent Boller said support personnel -- 23,000 JBSA civilian employees -- may be looking at skipping their paychecks for a long time.

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Bexar County
3:11 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Bexar County's New DWI Court Program Almost Full After Only Four Months

Judges from around the state and law enforcement officials gather to hear about the state's newest DWI Court.
Eileen Pace TPR News

Judges from around the state gathered to review best practices learned from Bexar County's first specially-designated DWI court, which is already near capacity.

There are only five slots left of the 40 total available in the Bexar County DWI Court, and with 6,600 DWI cases pending, Judge Liza Rodriguez said offenders must apply to be accepted.

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Affordable Care Act
2:39 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Disability Rights Group Presses Speaker Boehner On ACA Provisions

All eyes are on the capitol in Washington D.C. to see if Congress can prevent a federal shutdown.
Flickr user Adam Fagen (afagen) cc

A group of 50 Texans in wheelchairs are among the crowd outside the Washington D.C. office of U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, protesting his stance on the Affordable Care Act.

ADAPT of Texas’ Jennifer McPhail said their group is asking Boehner to support the reforms for long-term care for the disabled that are contained in the ACA.

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The Source - September 30, 2013
1:42 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

The Source: SAWS Rate Increase Explained | Why Do We Do What We Do

SAWS Facebook

In the first segment:

The San Antonio Water System wanted a rate increase of more than 13 percent from the city council for 2014, but last week that rate was slashed to 5.1 percent for 2014 with another 5.3 percent coming online in 2015. The rate was increased 8.3 percent in March of this year.  

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Arts & Culture
1:36 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Stylish New Bus Stops And Other Improvements Coming To Guadalupe Cultural Arts Area

City of San Antonio

West Side residents and visitors will soon see aesthetic and functional changes to streets and sidewalks around the Guadalupe Cultural Arts area.

“This project is going to focus on Brazos Street from Montezuma to San Fernando Street, and we’re going to be improving the sidewalks along the West Side,” said city spokeswoman Melissa Sparks.

Some of the improvements include landscaping, decorative brickwork and other amenities.

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Affordable Care Act
1:16 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Feds Say Texas Health Exchange Is Ready To Go

Screen shot from HealthCare.gov, which is gearing up for the Oct. 1 opening of the online insurance exchanges.
U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says the online marketplace for health insurance will open Oct. 1 for Texans, but with all the back and forth between opponents and supporters of the new health care law, there are still a lot of questions.

Marjorie McColl Petty, the HHS Region 6 director -- the area that includes Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma -- said right now people can go to www.healthcare.gov to get answers to common questions by entering some information about their household:

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Community Health
12:09 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Health Care Advocates Promote Affordable Care Act On Siclovia Route

Members of the Texas Organizing Project took advantage of the big crowds at Síclovía to promote the ACA.
David Martin Davies TPR News

With the Affordable Care Act online marketplace expected to go live tonight at midnight, health care advocates are doing all they can to raise the public’s awareness of the law, which included finding the throngs of people turning out at Síclovía this weekend.

An estimated 73,000 people joined in the city’s promenade down Broadway on Sunday. Síclovía promotes getting fit and healthy lifestyles and some organizations spread the word about the new health care law.

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World Music
10:50 am
Mon September 30, 2013

World Celebrations: Fighting Cows, Pierced Cheeks

Combats de reines, Switzerland
Christof Berger 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, cows battle in Switzerland, and there’s a “vegetarian” festival in Thailand that’s not for the squeamish.

Are the cows taking on the bulls in The Battle of The Queens?

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Community Health
10:20 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Siclovia Draws Record Crowd, Looks To Southtown In March

David Martin Davies TPR News

Síclovía has once again shattered its attendance record despite a bout of rain early Sunday morning. 73,000 people came to play in the streets on Sunday, breaking the 65,000 person record set in April.

Since it’s inception in 2011, YMCA President Sandy Morander said San Antonio has improved it’s body-mass index level according to the Centers for Disease Control.

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Federal Government
9:36 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Castro Calls On Congress To Solve Budget Crisis Before Tonight's Deadline

Joaquín Castro, here supporting his brother Julián at the Democratic National Convention, says contrary to what Cruz is preaching, there are plenty of Texans happy about the ACA.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

San Antonio Congressman Joaquín Castro is urging his fellow congressmen to get past "hostage politics" of the past few years to avoid a government shutdown and also emphasized the importance of the Affordable Care Act.

Castro said the current stalemate over the federal budget has already had detrimental effects on the health of the country, saying the fiscal fights are giving the nation a case of high blood pressure:

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