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January 29, 2015
5:18 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

The Source: Planning Your Last Days

Credit EdTech Stanford School of Medicine

Your plan for your last days is the most difficult and likely the most important conversation you haven't had yet. Waiting till it is too late has happened to too many people argues Dr. Angelo Volandes in his book "The Conversation: A Revolutionary Plan for End-of-Life Care." 

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Technology
2:58 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Perry’s Pet Fund For Texas Startups A Goner Under Abbott

AUSTIN — Republican Gov. Greg Abbott began dismantling a flagship initiative of his predecessor Thursday, saying he will abolish Rick Perry’s pet program that gave $200 million in taxpayer dollars to Texas startups and was beset by bankruptcies and questionable claims of success.

The decision was not surprising. Abbott signaled throughout his campaign that the Texas Emerging Technology Fund troubled him ideologically, but problems with the decade-old program ran deeper than new Republican distaste for governments “picking winners and losers” in the private sector.

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Arts & Culture
1:36 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

'True West' Is Intense, Hilarious, Unpredictable

True West Cast
Siggi Ragnar

The Resident Theater Company of the Tobin Center has mounted a new production. I spoke to its Director.

“I’m David Connelly, Director of Attic Rep’s current production of Sam Shepherd’s True West.”

I asked him to tell us about True West.

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Military
1:21 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Fort Hood Killer To Get New Attorney

Nidal Hasan, a former Army psychiatrist, was sentenced to die for the 2009 shooting rampage that left 13 people dead.
Credit U.S. Army - Fort Hood

 

The gunman who went on a shooting rampage at Fort Hood in 2009 may get a new attorney to handle his appeals, a step that could delay the complicated appellate process further.

Nidal Hasan has been on death row since his 2012 conviction for the attack at Fort Hood that killed 13 people.

Military judge Col. Tara Osborn presided over a hearing Thursday morning at Fort Leavenworth to address issues concerning Hasan’s appeals process. Those issues included the matter of Hasan’s legal representation.

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January 29, 2015
12:24 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

The Source: Living On One Dollar A Day

Credit Living On One Studios

More than one billion people live on a single U.S. dollar a day and almost three times as many live under $2 each day. While the number has dropped significantly in the past 20 years, the daily struggles of those living it are likely unimaginable to those living in the developed world. 

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Law Enforcement
11:56 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Death Penalty Not Sought In Texas Chief's Fatal Shooting

SAN ANTONIO — The Bexar County district attorney will not pursue the death penalty against the man charged in the shooting death of a police chief last summer.

District Attorney Nicholas LaHood on Tuesday cited Joshua Manuel Lopez's mental health and lack of criminal record as reasons the penalty will not be sought if he's convicted.

Investigators say Elmendorf Police Chief Michael Pimentel was shot twice while making a traffic stop in August to serve a misdemeanor warrant for graffiti. They identify the 25-year-old Lopez as the shooter.

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Hollywood
11:44 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Ventura Won't See ‘American Sniper,’ Says Kyle Is No Hero

MINNEAPOLIS  — American Sniper is tops at the box office but don’t expect to see former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura lining up at a theater for it.

Ventura, a former Navy SEAL, won $1.8 million in a defamation lawsuit last year against the estate of the late Chris Kyle, the SEAL protagonist of the movie, which has sparked debate over whether snipers should be considered heroes. Ventura said Wednesday he would not see the film partly because Kyle is no hero to him.

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Government
11:22 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

U.S. Attorney General Nominee Tells Sen. Cornyn She’s Not Eric Holder

WASHINGTON  — Confronting skeptical Republicans, attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch pledged a new start with Congress and independence from President Barack Obama Wednesday, even as she defended the President’s unilateral protections for millions of immigrants in the country illegally.

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Environment
7:28 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Major Source Of Aquifer Shelter Funding Waits On City Decision

The shaded regions indicate which areas of the recharge zone have been purchased by the City of San Antonio
Courtesy photo

  On Thursday, the San Antonio City Council will decide whether to ask voters to renew a sales tax for aquifer protection and park maintenance. This one-eighth of a cent sales tax could potentially have a host of uses.  

At the moment, the City of San Antonio uses most of the money collected from the sales tax to buy property in the Edwards Aquifer Recharge zone, which replenishes the area’s water supply. The tax was first approved in 2000, and 133,000 acres have been purchased so far through this money. 

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Community
6:47 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Homeless Being Counted In San Antonio

Credit Haven For Hope

The annual San Antonio/Bexar County Point in Time Count of the Homeless is taking place Thursday.

Dianne Talbert with the South Alamo Regional Alliance for the Homeless says hundreds of volunteers will be surveying the homeless and doing demographic counts.

“HUD (the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development) requires us to do this count once a year. We identify demographic information to them and that is in support of the funding that they provide for us for shelter and homeless services,” said Talbert.

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