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3:00 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Newly Elected Shirley Gonzales' Two New Big Jobs: Councilwoman and Mom

Shirley Gonzales announced at her runoff watch party that she and her husband are expecting a baby at the end of the year.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

The good news hasn’t stopped for newly-elected District 5 Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales.

During her runoff election night watch party at her west side campaign headquarters, Gonzales announced she is expecting a baby. By the end of the night, she’d won the election against her opponent, incumbent David Medina. The events mean two big jobs are ahead for Gonzales, who in her free time is also an Ironman competitor.

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Government
2:34 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Lawmakers Point Fingers At Abortion Bill Failure

Dan Patrick, 2010.
File photo.

Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst is speaking out against lawmakers in the Texas House he says failed to get an abortion bill back to the Senate outside the range of a filibuster. However, some senators say it’s the Republican leadership that is to blame. 

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Government
2:14 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

San Antonio City Council Pushes For Flood Solutions

FEMA denied San Antonio and surrounding areas flooding assistance. The City Council wants answers to common flooding problems.
Joey Palacios TPR

Following devastating floods that hit San Antonio over Memorial Day weekend, the City Council has reallocated $3.75 million for cleanup and repair projects.

Public Works Director Majed Al-Ghafry says the Federal Emergency Management Agency declined to assist San Antonio and surrounding areas cleanup and repair from the Memorial Day flood because the flooding didn't quite do enough damage. Guidelines require that damage totals $5.9 million or more locally for federal assistance to kick in.

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The Source - June 25, 2013
2:00 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

The Source: Rape in the Fields | Children in Jail

Maricruz Ladino is one of several women documented in the new Fronline Special
Andres Cediel

In the first segment:

Tonight PBS's "Frontline" presents a new special, "Rape in the Fields," describing the working conditions of immigrant women in our country's agricultural industry.  Legendary news producer Lowell Bergman joins us to talk about his investigation, and details the sometimes tragic circumstances these women find themselves in.

In the second segment:

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KPAC Blog
8:44 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Video: New Harp Release Focuses On American Composers

The latest from Yolanda Kondonassis
courtesy of the artist

Harpist Yolanda Kondonassis grew up in Oklahoma. She made her debut (at age 18!) with the New York Philharmonic and Zubin Mehta, and has since toured worldwide, with every major orchestra. On top of her busy schedule, Yolanda heads the harp department at the Cleveland Institute of Music and Oberlin College Conservatory, and has even written a children's book about conservation (see the related story below).

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Community
4:53 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Texas Auto Theft Prevention Experts Meeting In San Antonio

Eileen Pace TPR

The state’s top auto theft detectives are meeting in San Antonio this week and have a list of tips for owners of certain vehicles.

Lt. Paul Heitzmann of the San Antonio Police Department said auto theft is a sophisticated operation these days. Thieves also are looking inside your vehicle for paperwork that can give them a chance to steal your identify.

"Auto crime is now an organized criminal activity. It is no longer just a crime of opportunity," he said. 

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Supreme Court
3:17 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Supreme Court Sends Affirmative Action In Universities Back To Fifth Circuit

Flickr user Adam Fagen (afagen) cc

Affirmative action in college admissions is heading back to a lower court after the U.S. Supreme Court opted not to issue a sweeping constitutionality decision and instead re-evaluated the fundamentals in Fisher v. University of Texas.

The case centered on Abigail Fisher, a UT hopeful who was denied admission in 2008 -- Fisher was Caucasian. She claimed that students of other race were given priority admittance.

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The Source - June 24, 2013
1:44 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

The Source: Summertime Heat Safety | 'The Takeaway' Comes To KSTX

Centers For Disease Control

In the first segment:

Every year 658 people die across the country from overheating and as the summer heats up we are all at risk of feeling the effects. Texas, California and Arizona make up 40 percent of all heat-related deaths. What can we do about it?  Who is at risk?  

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Lackland Courts-Martial
12:42 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Lackland Court-Martial Another Case Of Alleged Sexual Assault

The 37th Training Wing Building at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, where the military tribunals are being conducted in cases of military training instructor misconduct.
Eileen Pace TPR News

Senior Airman Christopher Oliver, a military training instructor, is facing a general court-martial today at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.

Oliver is charged with aggravated sexual assault and abusive sexual contact against a boot camp trainee. He also is charged with having unprofessional relationships with two other basic trainees and continuing those relationships when the trainees advanced into technical training.

Training instructors are prohibited by the Uniform Code of Military Justice from having personal relationships with trainees at any level.

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Special Session - Abortion
11:04 am
Mon June 24, 2013

House Passes Abortion Bill At 3 A.M. Second Reading

With a surge of abortion debate, the special session has turned the state capitol into a battleground for women's rights.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

House Democrats stalled a vote on a set of abortion bills as long as they could this past weekend, forcing House Republicans to sit through dozens of amendments that ranged from changing the language of the bill to tactics that would have killed the legislation.

At just after 3 a.m. on Saturday, the House took a second reading vote on all abortion measures, which passed.

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