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Same-Sex Benefits
1:40 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Texas National Guard Getting Legal Help From Abbott

Attorney General Greg Abbott.
State of Texas

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has formally announced he will provide the Texas National Guard a legal opinion regarding the group’s decision to not process federal benefits for same-sex families.

This month sections of the Defense of Marriage Act were repealed for same-sex couples in the military and working for the federal government. The Texas National Guard cited the state Constitution as their reason for not processing these families and asked Abbott for his help on the issue.

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Redistricting - 2014 Election
12:23 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Court Approves Interim Maps For 2014 Election

San Antonio-area state House districts approved by the 83rd Legislature 2013-2014.
State of Texas District Viewer

Late Friday a federal court in San Antonio decided that the State of Texas could use voting maps from this summer’s special session on a temporary basis ahead of the 2014 March primaries. 

The decision is the latest in the on-going battle in the state over redistricting and Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is claiming this one as a victory.

Abbott released this statement:

"We are pleased that the court agreed to allow the 2014 elections to proceed on time using the new maps drawn by the legislature. That certainly benefits all Texans."  

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The Source - September 9, 2013
9:39 am
Mon September 9, 2013

The Source: Why Teach? | The American Way Of Poverty

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In the first segment:

University of Virginia professor Mark Edmundson thinks the very souls of our students are at stake when they are in the classroom. They will either love learning, discover things about themselves and what they could be, or they won't -- going so far as to dislike or even hate learning.  

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BP Oil Spill
5:20 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Texas Supreme Court To Rule In BP Insurance Case

Texas Supreme Court justices, 2012.
State of Texas

The U.S. 5th Circuit Court has asked that the Texas Supreme Court make a ruling on whether oil giant BP had adequate insurance coverage prior to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Osler McCarthy, a staff attorney for public information at the Texas Supreme Court, said that when BP asked its  insurance company, to pay up, its insurer told them they weren't covered.

McCarthy said the court will be examining if the primary coverage was enough for BP to be covered for the pollution damage to the Texas Coast or if the company should have purchased additional umbrella policies.

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Community Health
4:45 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

UTHSC & Methodist Reach Memorandum For Children's Hosptial

(Right) Jaime A. Wesolowski, president and CEO of Methodist Healthcare System, and William L. Henrich, M.D., MACP president of the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio.
David Martin Davies TPR News

The competition to bring a world class children’s hospital to San Antonio took another dramatic turn today as the UT Health Science Center and Methodist Health Care announced they had signed an Memorandum of Understanding. 

The UTHSC and the Methodist Children’s hospital make a natural fit -- since they are already right across from each other on Medical Drive in the city’s Medical Center.

Dr. Bill Henrich, president of the Health Science Center, said the medical match up goes beyond to two institution’s proximity.

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Environment
4:32 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

CPS Energy Working Toward Transparency On New Bills

blog.cpsenergy.com/fuel-costs-transparency
CPS Energy

Responding to criticism that it has failed to meet promises for additional transparency made by its CEO, this month CPS Energy will begin offering customers a breakdown of some of their costs.

A line on the back of the CPS Energy bill shows the customer’s Cost for Fuel Adjustment, the relative cost of different sources of energy it uses in its portfolio.

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Classical Music
4:09 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Filjak Goes Solo This Weekend At St. Mark's Episcopal

Martina Filjak in the TPR studios.
Jack Morgan TPR Arts

Internationally-known pianist Martina Filjak is performing in San Antonio tomorrow at St. Mark's Episcopal Church.

San Antonians have seen Filjak before -- she has performed with the San Antonio symphony -- but now she's back and this time she's going solo.

"I'm going to perform a range of works that are encompassing some [Antonio] Soler, but also Bach and Liszt, but also in the second part of the concert some Schumann piano sonatas," she said.

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Non-Discrimination Ordinance
3:59 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Abbott Says San Antonio NDO Is Subject To Legal Challenge

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott.
State of Texas

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said there is a provision in the city’s non-discrimination ordinance that silences anyone who may have a disagreement with the newly updated ordinance, which provides protections for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered community.

"I believe that violates the first amendment -- both freedom of speech and freedom of religion -- and violates the Texas Constitution. And I believe that makes the San Antonio ordinance subject to a legal challenge," Abbott said.

Now the question is if Abbott will take legal action.

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Texas Matters
3:43 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Battle Brewing Between Texas National Guard & Pentagon Over Same-Sex Partner Benefits

Parade grounds at Camp Mabry, Austin.
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Texas Matters: The issue with the Texas National Guard's refusal to process same-sex couple benefits raises a deciding question: Can the Texas National Guard refuse a Pentagon directive? Also on this show: The Affordable Care Act and undocumented immigrants, insurance premiums with the ACA and Bible verses on high school football banners.

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Transportation
1:03 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Clock Ticking For Options In South Texas Gravel Road Conversion Plan

At least 83 miles of roads in South Texas could be converted to gravel in a TxDOT proposal.
Larry D. Moore Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0

Stakeholders met with oil company officials to discuss a solution to the South Texas gravel road conversion proposed by the Texas Department of Transportation.

Both sides aired out their frustrations against TxDOT’s plan to quickly convert the crumbling roads in South Texas to gravel or have counties take over the maintenance for these state roads.

Marathon Oil’s Hugo Gutierrez said his company is willing to shoulder some of the transportation cost, but that becomes complicated:

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