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City Government
5:16 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

San Antonio City Council Approves Closure Of Main Avenue For Downtown H-E-B

Residents near Main Avenue protested the partial closure of the street and demonstrated with signs in their yards.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

A marathon city council meeting Thursday yielded a myriad of actions that San Antonio City leaders took on various issues.

Likely the biggest item of the day was the vote on the closure of a block of Main Avenue so that HEB can expand its headquarters at the Arsenal, and construct a downtown grocery store and gas station.

Charlotte Luongo and many others expressed to the council their longtime opposition of the project.

"This whole process is suspect and demonstrates a lack of democracy and respect to the citizens of San Antonio," Luongo said.

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Community
5:05 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

C’est La Vie Baking's Grand Opening Food Drive A Big Success

Castle Hills Mayor Bruce Smiley-Kaliff (center) joins Eric Lowe and Taylor Becken in offically opening C'est La Vie Baking Co.
Joey Palacios TPR News

Earlier this week we told you about C’est La Vie Baking (see related story below), which was broken into on Monday, and today was their grand opening.

The burglary didn’t stop the entrepreneurial spirits of Eric Lowe and Taylor Becken, the owners of the bakery. At least 80 people showed up with canned food in hand, a request by the two owners to benefit the food bank. Lowe said the burglary was an eye opener but after taking to social media, the help and community support came pouring in.

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Craft Beer
4:15 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Alamo Brewing Breaks Ground At Hays Street Bridge Location

State Rep. Mike Villarreal, D-San Antonio (left) and Eugene Simor, founder of Alamo Brewing, drink the signature Alamo Golden Ale at the brewery's groundbreaking Friday.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

The Alamo Golden Ale's motto is "Brewed with a fiercely independent spirit," and that's what it took, almost literally, for Eugene Simor to see the groundbreaking on his near-Eastside brewery.

The location is symbolic. Alamo Golden Ale, along with German lagers and seasonal selections, will be brewed about 12 minutes from the site of the sacred grounds of the Alamo.

"For the last 10 years I've brewed just one single product, which is Alamo Golden Ale," Simor said. "So considering that I just have one beer, we've actually done pretty good with our sales."

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Texas Matters
3:06 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Study Says Texans Will Pay About $10 Billion For Other States To Expand Medicaid

Millions of Texans who may have qualified under Medicaid expansion will have to fend for themselves in the ACA marketplace.
David Martin Davies TPR News

Texas Matters: While Gov. Rick Perry has continued his hard line on Medicaid expansion under the ACA, a new study finds that Texas taxpayers will end up paying billions for the other states that do. Never fear, it is now totally fine to say "Merry Christmas" in Texas public schools. Also on this show: Amy Tan talks about the inspiration behind her new book, "The Valley of Amazement."

Texas paying for other state's Medicaid expansion

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Government Oversight
2:01 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Former CPRIT Chief Officer Indicted By Travis County Grand Jury

Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg at the podium.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

Following an investigation by the Texas Public Integrity Unit, a Travis County grand jury has indicted former CPRIT Chief Commercialization Officer Jerald Cobbs with securing a document by deception.

Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, whose office oversees the public integrity unit, said the charges stem from an $11 million grant awarded to a company now known as Peloton, a grant that Cobbs executed without telling anyone.

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Fronteras Desk
12:20 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

USDA Ban On Inspectors Entering Mexico Is Harming Border Economy

Texas-bound cattle move up a ramp following inspection in Presidio, Texas.
Lorne Matalon Fronteras

Fronteras: After Arizona’s immigration enforcement law strained that state’s relations with Mexico, things seem to be getting friendlier. Why Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto spent the day in a tiny border town. The high cost of liquor licenses in New Mexico. Finally, the USDA's ban on its inspectors entering Mexico at border crossings to inspect cattle has crippled an important part of the border economy.

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Science & Technology
11:17 am
Fri December 6, 2013

UTHSC Research Honing In On More Effective Lymphoma Treatments

With the support of the Voelcker Fund, Dr. Ricardo Aguiar’s research team has characterized a molecule (microRNA-155) that promotes the unrestricted growth of cancer cells.
UTHSC

About 75,000 new cases of lymphoma are diagnosed in the U.S. each year, and many are fatal, but a local researcher is entering the final year of study on a project that he hopes will greatly improve lymphoma survival rates.

For four years, Dr. Ricardo Aguiar at UT Health Science Center’s School of Medicine has been working under a grant from the Voelcker Fund to develop lymphoma treatments that are more effective and less toxic.

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2014 Election
8:12 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Republican Candidate Tom Pauken Drops Out Of 2014 Governor’s Race

tompaukenfortexas.com

Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Pauken has announced he is dropping out of the 2014 governor’s race.

In letter sent to donors, the former Texas GOP Chairman Tom Pauken writes:

"The filing deadline is only days away, and I needed to be realistic about our prospects."

The announcement doesn’t come as a surprise to professor Jim Henson, who heads up the Texas Politics Project at the University of Texas at Austin.

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Texas Public Schools
7:57 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Groups Demand State Agency Stop Using Stun Guns & Pepper Spray On School Kids

A group of civil rights and social justice groups are calling on the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officers to ban school resource officers from being allowed to use stun guns and pepper spray against students.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas is one of the groups pushing to ban school police officers from using such practices, what the commission calls less-than-lethal tactics.

The plea comes after a high school student at Bastrop ISD’s Cedar Creek campus was "Tased" as he allegedly was trying to break up a fight between two other students.

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Music Reviews
4:21 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Canadian Group Fuses Bluegrass And Tchaikovsky On Holiday CD

Pipistrelle Music

Every year, radio stations are deluged with new Christmas albums, and Texas Public Radio is no different. This year, I came across one that made its way to the top of my listening stack. The Canadian group Ensemble Polaris boasts diverse instrumentation, including guitar, banjo, mandolin, bagpipe, musical saw, recorders and winds.

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