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8:01 am
Tue March 11, 2014

QEESI Study Draws Connection between Chronic Illness and Chemical Sensitivity

Dr. Claudia Miller developed the Quick Environmental Exposure and Sensitivity Inventory to help doctors and patients pinpoint chemical sensitivities that may be causing health problems.
UT Health Science Center

Sensitivity to household chemicals, perfumes, and air pollution often go undetected, but now there’s a way for patients, especially those with mysterious medical symptoms, to discover if they are sensitive to certain chemicals.

The QEESI, or Quick Environmental Exposure and Sensitivity Inventory, is now available online. This 15-minute questionnaire developed by San Antonio researcher Dr. Claudia Miller, allows individuals to rate their reactions to things like car exhaust, nail polish, paints, and pesticides.

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Texas Windstorm Insurance Association
11:41 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Unpaid Hurricane Claims Have More To Do With Politics Than Storm Damage

A Houston attorney who also happens to be the largest Democratic contributor in the state this week released new details in his ongoing lawsuit against the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association.

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Women's Rights
7:00 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Davis Accuses Abbott Of Dodging Equal Pay For Women Question

Ryan Poppe/David Martin Davies TPR News

Looking more and more like a general election that's in full swing, gubernatorial opponents Wendy Davis and Greg Abbott took shots at each other this week over Abbott’s response to a question about an equal-pay for women bill that was vetoed by Governor Rick Perry following this past session.   

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Arts & Culture
6:09 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Artpace Will Soon Unveil New Works

Jessica Mallios, Untitled (view from Tower)
courtesy Jessica Mallios

Artpace’s Springtime Artist in Residence Program is about to end. 

“The Artist in Residence Program asks an international artist, a national artists and then a Texas-based artist,” says Texas artist Jessica Mallios, who describes how the program is constructed.

All the artists converge in Artpace’s downtown gallery and studios in January each year. While they live and create there, they are are given eight weeks to develop a specific project for exhibition at the end of their time at Artpace.

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Anthony Graves speaks out on his time in isolation
4:53 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

An Innocent Man In Solitary Confinement

An example of a solitary confinement cell
Flikr User: Derek Purdy

After nearly 19 years and 2 failed attempts by the state of Texas to bring him to execution, Anthony Graves was exonerated and released from prison. He now works as an advocate for reform in Texas. He joined us on our program "The Source" to give us an insight into what being in solitary confinement is like. 

"It literally drives men insane. I witnessed it myself. I seen guys hanging themselves, cuttin their throats, overdosin on their medications, droppin their appeals, just trying to find a way to check out..."

Election Campaigns
4:03 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Governor Perry Hints At 2016 Presedintial Run During CPAC Speech

rickperry.org

Governor Perry used much of the same rhetoric he used while touring with his group, Americans for Economic Freedom, when he recently spoke at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference.  The Texas Republican still sounded like he plans a presidential run in 2016.

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Military
3:51 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Sons Of The American Revolution Give Toolboxes To Purple Heart Recipients

Air Force Tech. Sgt. Retired Kenny Walker describes his duties in Afghanistan
Eileen Pace

Saturday, Sons of the American Revolution thanked veterans by giving ten Purple Heart recipients, who are transitioning back to civilian life after their injuries, tool boxes worth $1,000 each.

The effort is ongoing, with a promise to get tool boxes into the hands of every wounded war hero in the nation:

Brandi Hootsell opens the tool box her husband received last year from the group.  

“It came packed,” she said. “There’s a saw in here, saw blades, gloves. They’re nice tools, too.”

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The Source - March 10, 2014
1:41 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

The Source: Water On Mars

Image of exposed rock layers on Mars, seen by the MRO Mars High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment in the Argyre Region.
NASA cc

 Is there water on Mars?  Two new studies by the Southwest Research Institute are shedding light on what would be  a game changing discovery, flowing water. One of the studies analysis the mystery behind dark, finger-like impressions on the hills of the planet that grow longer after the planet's warm season. Authors postulate the possibility of warm air melting water below the surface that rolls downhill. 
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Texas Music
12:36 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Piñata Protest, Making A Bilingual Name For Itself

Pinata Protest
Josh Huskin

A San Antonio band is fast gathering a national following. First, you should know Piñata Protest music is a really unusual hybrid.

“We call it Tex-Mex punk rock."

Accordion player and lead singer Alvaro Del Norte puts it this way.

"Y’know, it’s a blend of all sorts of music, from all sorts of cultures, from all regions that have come to Texas. Tex-Mex plus a punk rock element.”

And this week they’re heading to south by southwest.

“Yeah, we’re doing south by southwest again this year" he said. "I think it’s our fifth time in a row.”

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The Source - March 10, 2014
10:02 am
Mon March 10, 2014

The Source: Calls To End Solitary Confinement

The Walls Unit for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Huntsville, TX
Flickr user: mlsnp cc

  In US prisons 80,000 people are held in solitary confinement every year, spending more than 22 hours completely alone. It's expensive, its effectiveness is questionable and a growing body of work shows it exacerbates mental health issues. In addition to exacerbating mental health issues already present there is substantial research showing it causes mental health problems. 
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