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Health News
2:22 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Border Town Women Turn To Mexico For Abortion Pill

Pharmacy in Matamoros. Women seek misoprostol here, hoping to end a pregnancy.
David Martin Davies

Texans are learning to live with a new anti-abortion law, which will shut down 37 of the state’s 42 abortion clinics. The law bans abortion after 20 weeks, requires abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, restricts the use of the abortion drug RU-486 and requires clinics meet the standards of ambulatory surgical centers. 

For the border region of the Rio Grande Valley, this means women will have little choice but to turn to dangerous alternatives to deal with an unwanted pregnancy.

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Government
1:59 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Next Round Of San Antonio Budget Hearings Set To Begin

Mayor Julian Castro talks with supporters following his State of the City address at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. He and the council will hear a final proposed budget on Aug. 8 before final adoption on Sept. 12.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

The San Antonio City Council will again hear from city staff on a proposed budget that has a budget gap of up to $50 million dollars.

For that reason, city manager Sheryl Sculley and her team have been meeting with each city department and going over their programs to figure out how to close that gap.

Sculley says she will not reduce the most important city services to the public, including police and fire protection. That was also the request of city council members who outlined their priorities for the budget last month.

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Politics
1:47 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Texas GOP Says Their Values Match Latinos

Greg Abbott addresses supporters at a rally in McAllen on July 15, 2013.
David Martin Davies TPR News

The race to see who will be the next governor of Texas is underway, but some say it’s already over. Election watchers say Texas Attorney General Gregg Abbott - a Republican candidate - is the clear front runner, and is not only gunning to win the election, but to bring Texas Latinos to the Republican Party.

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North East ISD
1:10 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Amidst Investigation, NEISD Police Chief Resigns

George Castaneda
NEISD

The North East Independent School District’s Police Chief has resigned amid allegations of inappropriate sexual comments to his officers.

North East’s 59-year-old Police Chief, George Castaneda, resigned on Tuesday citing health concerns. His self-termination came shortly after one of his male officers brought forward allegations last week that the chief had made inappropriate comments on two separate occasions.

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Texas Matters
12:10 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

The Race For 2014 | New Abortion Laws

Greg Abbott supporters at a rally in McAllen on July 15, 2013.
David Martin Davies TPR News

New Abortion Laws Create Demand Across The Border

Texans are learning to live with a tough new anti-abortion law that will shut down 37 of the state’s 42 abortion clinics. The law bans abortions after 20 weeks, requires abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at a near-by hospital, restricts the use of the abortion drug RU-486, and requires clinics to meet the standards of ambulatory surgical centers.  

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Fronteras Desk
12:00 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Nicaragua Trying To Boost Medical Tourism Industry

The Hospital Metropolitano Vivian Pellas in Managua, Nicaragua, is building its medical tourism industry.
Peter O'Dowd Fronteras

Fronteras: A group of powerful investors is trying to build the medical tourism industry in Nicaragua. We also stop in Costa Rica to check out what it takes to retire in the tropics. One community in Hidalgo, Mexico is combating the migration of its residents to the U.S. by offering tours of what it's like to cross the border illegally. The tour guides have made the real trek, and offer up a close simulation on a fake border.

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KPAC Blog
11:19 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Remembering Tanglewood Founder Koussevitzky And Some Crazy Changes

Serge Koussevitzky
Credit Wikipedia

We love to look back to birthdays, premieres, and all sorts of anniversaries to celebrate classical music and musicians.  Ensembles and music festivals often celebrate a theme or composer - think about the excellent music the San Antonio Symphony has focused on over the last few years: Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Brahms, and next season, Dvorak!

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World Music
5:22 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Rokia Traoré's "Beautiful Africa"

Nonesuch Records

The cover of Rokia Traore’s latest album shows the singer fashionably attired, complete with a fedora-style hat, sitting on an amplifier with bare feet. Her guitar is propped up against a wall and she’s staring off into the distance. Her CD ‘Beautiful Africa’ is indeed, beautiful.

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Transportation
3:48 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Market, Commerce Streets Could Become Possible Streetcar Routes

VIA Metropolitan Transit

San Antonio's streetcar project could get a popular route addition thanks to widespread support.

Two new routes have been thrown out as possibilities for the new streetcar project. They include east to west connections via Commerce and Market Streets.

VIA's Chief of Public Engagement, Charlie Gonzalez, says in the transportation authority's public meetings, there were a lot of comments about the Market and Commerce corridors.

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Community
2:02 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

CPS Warns: Don't Push Your A/C Unit Too Hard

Damn, it's hot.
Kulshrax Wikimedia Commons

As temperatures climb into the triple digits this week, more people may be looking to their air conditioners for relief. With that in mind, CPS Energy is cautioning consumers about the potential problems of putting too much strain on home air-conditioning systems.

CPS Energy’s Albert Cantu says many people don’t know that their home air conditioner is only designed to produce air that’s 20 degrees cooler than the outside temperature.

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