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4:43 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Texas Historical Commission Names Bolner's Fiesta Products A "Texas Treasure"

Bolner family earn the Texas Treasure Award for more than 50 years of producing their Fiesta spice products in San Antonio
Credit Eileen Pace

On Tuesday a San Antonio icon in the food industry received recognition as an historic Texas business.

Bolner’s Fiesta Products was honored by the state as a Texas Treasure.          

The Texas Treasure Award was created by the legislature in 2005 to honor long-standing businesses that have added value and character to the culture of the state.

State Sen. Leticia Van De Putte, who presented the award to the Bolner family, said it was especially meaningful for her.

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The Source - April 23, 2014
2:16 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

The Source: State-Run Homes For The Disabled Still Troubled

Credit Texas Public Radio

A state-run living center for the disabled in Austin spent a little over $1 million for a private firm to come in and resolve the many issues and infractions detailed in a report by state regulators. A year later the firm is gone and the center has the same amount of infractions. The Austin American-statesman ran a good piece on it last weekend. 

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Arts & Culture
2:01 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

"Golden Theater" At The Playhouse Provides A Creative Outlet For Seniors

Golden Theater.
Andrea Medina

A new production is relying on some not-so-new actors. As someone who is gray-haired myself, I can call those actors not-so-new. Although many of them are new to acting itself. The program is called Golden Theater.

Christina Casella, the education outreach director at The Playhouse, said the program is basically theater classes for senior citizens.

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Criminal Justice
1:51 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Lawmakers Weighing Options With Mental Illness In Texas Prison Population

According to state officials, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice counts a large number of inmates with mental illness and drug addiction because the state lacks funding for their treatment. 

On Tuesday members of the House Corrections and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee held a special joint committee hearing to discuss the huge influx of mentally ill people who are being sent to prison.  

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Transportation
1:16 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Despite Judge's Ruling, SAPD To Continue Enforcing Vehicle-For-Hire Ordinance

SAPD will continue enforcing city vehicle-for-hire ordinances despite a Houston judge's decision not to issue a restraining order against Lyft and Uber, which purport to be ride-sharing programs.
Credit Ryan Loyd / TPR News

San Antonio Police will continue to enforce the city's vehicle-for-hire ordinance despite a ruling by a Houston judge that allows the so-called ride-sharing companies Lyft and Uber to continue operation.

This week U.S. District Judge Vanessa Gilmore declined to issue a temporary restraining order against Lyft and Uber.

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Community
1:10 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

First Ever Big Give San Antonio Set To Help Local Nonprofits

Mayor Julián Castro at The Big Give press conference on Tuesday, April 22.
Credit Nathan Cone / TPR

In just 24 hours, hundreds of local nonprofits around town hope to raise $1 million in a combined effort to raise awareness about the work and mission of each organization.

The Big Give SA is set for May 6. Beginning at midnight to midnight the next day, residents are encourage to log on to TheBigGiveSA.org to donate a minimum of $10 to any of the 467 nonprofits participating.

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The Source - April 23, 2014
10:34 am
Wed April 23, 2014

The Source: U.S. Not Confident In Core Science

Pinwheel Galaxy (NASA, Chandra, Hubble, Spitzer, 05/24/12).
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Last week the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a fifth report on climate change and how to reduce it. The panel, which was set up in 1988 to assess the science related to climate change and propose solutions, is clear: Climate change is occurring right now and humans are the cause.

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Higher Education
10:04 am
Wed April 23, 2014

UT President Powers Disagrees With Supreme Court Affirmative Action Ruling

Marsha Miller University of Texas

University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers said the U.S. Supreme Court decision that upheld the State of Michigan’s ban on affirmative action is a setback to diversity.

This week the Supreme Court upheld the State of Michigan’s decision that bans colleges and universities from using any type of affirmative action for admissions.

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Health Care
4:26 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

University Hospital To Lead Medicaid Waiver Conference In May

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission is preparing to implement a five-year program under the Section 11-15 Medicaid Waiver. Health care leadership from around the state will gather in San Antonio next month to talk about the $1 billion coming to South Texas as a result of the waiver.

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Criminal Justice
3:46 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

UT Law Clinic Study Shows Dangerous Conditions In Texas' Sweltering Prisons

Dr. Ariel Dulitsky, director of the Human Rights Clinic at the UT School of Law.
Ryan E. Poppe TPR News

The Human Rights Clinic at the University of Texas at Austin School of Law released a report that shows the Texas Department of Criminal Justice is violating prisoners' human and constitutional rights by exposing them to high temperatures.

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