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The Source - August 29, 2013
1:09 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

The Source: Junk Science In The Courtroom | The Awesome Foundation

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In the first segment: 

Signed into law by the governor earlier this year, SB 344 becomes active next week. The law will allow the convicted to appeal based on new scientific evidence that may contradict earlier forensic expert testimony.

Many kinds of cases have been overturned due to what defense lawyers call "junk science" -- from dog-scent lineups as in the case of Megan Winfrey, or other types of evidence once thought to prove arson.

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Non-Discrimination Ordinance
12:49 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Packed Council Chamber For Late Night Non-Discrimination Ordinance Discussion

Municipal Plaza Building
Ryan Loyd TPR News

The San Antonio City Council dissected the city’s proposed non-discrimination ordinance during a marathon B session Wednesday before turning the microphone over to nearly 500 people who signed up to speak during the citizens to be heard portion of the meeting.

City Attorney Michael Bernard defined the ordinance for the council during a brief presentation. Mayor Julián Castro then went back over many of the definitions and used examples to spell out for the audience what the proposal would do if passed.

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World Festivals
11:43 am
Thu August 29, 2013

World Celebrations: Reed Dancing In Swaziland

Princess Sikhanyiso Dlamini [left] at the Reed dance festival in Swaziland 2006. She is daughter of the first wife of the king. Royalties of Swaziland can wear red feathers in their hair.
Amanda44 Wikimedia Commons

The Umhlanga Ceremony in Swaziland, South Africa dates back to the 1940s, and was devised as a method to encourage chastity among young women. It has a vague connection to summer camp, when young people share collective experiences away from home.

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Texas Law Enforcement
11:37 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Ag. Commissioner Supports Court Limit On Landowner Liability

Texas Supreme Court justices, 2012.
State of Texas

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples has filed a brief with the Texas Supreme Court encouraging them to limit landowner liability regarding accidents that involve undocumented migrants.

Staples writes in his brief that the State of Texas must protect policies that enable landowners to secure their land from trespassers and illegal activity without fear of legal retribution.

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CodeHS
9:50 am
Thu August 29, 2013

The First Step In Computer Programming Begins For Highlands Freshmen

A screenshot depiciting one of the more advanced beginner levels of CodeHS.
CodeHS.com

By end of this school year, freshmen at Highlands High School will have learned the basics of computer coding. A new program called CodeHS introduced this year aims to make these ninth graders fluent in programming.

"It is like another language," said Chelsea Cook, the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) magnet coordinator at Highlands. "It’s like learning how to read and wright, we’re learning how to code and program."

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City Government
2:48 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Now, No One Agrees With Proposed Non-Discrimination Ordinance

Council B session briefing on the lastest draft of the non-discrimination ordinance.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Groups on both sides of San Antonio's proposed non-discrimination ordinance have fought fiercely about the matter, which would add veteran status, sexual orientation and gender identity to the language already in place.

But now, no one is in agreement over the ordinance.

That is because the city's latest draft spells out in detail what will be a part of the ordinance and what will not be. It's what will not be included that has many previous supporters up in arms.

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City Government
1:39 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Van De Putte Weighs In On Non-Discrimination Ordinance

State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte in the TPR studio.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

State Sen. Leticia Van De Putte, D-San Antonio, a leading lawmaker for equal rights, is speaking out against those who are opposing an update to the city’s non-discrimination ordinance.

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The Source - August 28, 2013
12:33 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

The Source: Syria And Bashar Al Assad | LoneStarCon 3 Hits San Antonio

In the first segment:

With U.S. intervention in Syria looming, what do we know about the country and its current regime? 

Trinity University Professor David Lesch, who is the author of "Syria: The Fall of the House of Assad," joins us to talk about  his recent travels to Syria, his experience with Bashar al Assad, and the future of a beleaguered state.

In the second segment:

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Workplace Equality
11:58 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Nancy Pelosi Speaks For Women’s Rights At Austin Stop

A bill for pay equality for women in the workplace was passed by the 83rd Legislature, but was vetoed by Gov. Perry.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

House leader Nancy Pelosi, D-California, spent much of her time speaking in Austin talking about women’s rights, primarily a woman’s right to equal pay to her male counterparts.

She was speaking at a discussion about women's economic issues hosted by the American Association of University Women of Texas at Austin Community College entitled, "When Women Succeed, America Succeeds."

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City Government
9:05 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Chan Faces Ethics Violation Complaint

Dist. 9 Councilwoman Elisa Chan faces an ethics violation complaint for conducting a staff meeting that revolved around more than city business.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

District 9 Councilwoman Elisa Chan is now facing an ethics complaint based on the secretly-recorded staff meeting in May where she used homophobic language and discussed possible political aspirations on city time.

D'mitri Kosub, a resident of Chan's district, filed a sworn complaint of ethics violations Tuesday with the San Antonio City Clerk's office.

The complaint alleges that Chan violated city policies by using city staff, time and property for a "partisan political purpose."

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