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11:55 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Link Between Food Restriction And Drug Abuse In Brain's Pleasure Center

UT Health Science Center

San Antonio scientists say dopamine, a type of neurotransmitter that acts as the brain's pleasure center, is likely the reason that some people turn to the use of cocaine and other illicit stimulants.

Dr. Michael Beckstead, an assistant professor in the School of Medicine at San Antonio’s UT Health Science Center, is the senior author of a study targeting the dopamine neurons in the brain that are involved in reward.

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Texas Public Schools
10:39 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Patrick And Ratliff Finally Face Off In CSCOPE Debate

Current state Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, is running for lieutenant governor in 2014.
State of Texas

Sparks flew on and off the stage in Tyler, Texas, during the debate about online lesson plan provider CSCOPE between State Board of Education member Thomas Ratliff and lieutenant governor candidate Dan Patrick, both Republicans.

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North East ISD
9:27 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Bridging The Gap For NEISD Students On Wilderness Oak

A section of the 1,200 ft roadway and bridge to close the gap between the two ends of Wilderness Oak.
Joey Palacios TPR News

Bexar County and North East ISD have completed a new bridge in far north San Antonio to address flood control and cut time out of a route to school.

Wilderness Oak Road was split by a ditch, which caused flooding problems and a longer route to hwy. 281 and Tuscany Heights Elementary School from Canyon Golf Road.

Without the bridge, students were crossing the ditch to get to school.

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Education
6:00 am
Mon August 26, 2013

How Pre-K 4 SA Got To Opening Day

The South Side model education center was completed in August 2013 and is one of two centers that will open its doors for the first year of the program.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

When Pre-K 4 SA opens its doors for the first time ever, there will be no school bell like there might be in a traditional school setting, but there will be a lot of excitement.

Pre-K 4 SA, which started as Mayor Julián Castro’s Brainpower Initiative, has been nine months in the making. Voters approved the measure in November with nearly 54 percent of the vote, which officially raised the city’s sales tax to the state cap of 8.25 percent.

The sales tax revenue will generate $31 million each year for the program.

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Military
11:20 pm
Sat August 24, 2013

Fort Hood Massacre Victims To Recieve Texas Veteran Land Board Benefits

The Texas General Land Office says it rejects the notion that soldiers killed by a Nidal Malik Hasan at Fort Hood are victims of workplace violence, and the state will offer full Texas Veteran benefits to the survivors of those killed in the massacre on Texas soil.

Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson said Friday that all of the casualties of the mass-shooting at Fort Hood in 2009 were on active duty at their posts when they were shot and killed and should be considered KIA – or Killed in action.

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Texas Voter ID
5:30 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Mismatched Names Could Keep You From Voting

Chris Eudaily TPR News

With the Texas voter ID law in effect you need to make sure the name on your ID matches the one on your voter registration card. If they don't, you could run into difficulty at the polls. 

"For instance," said Bexar County Elections Administrator Jacque Callanen, "my name is Jacque. One document would be 'Jacque,' another would be 'Jacquelyn.' That’s a similar name."

Callanen said voters with similar names will be asked to fill out additional forms at the polling place to make the changes before voting.

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World Festivals
5:20 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

World Celebrations: Great Balls Of Fire

La Tomatina, 2010.
Flydime Wikimedia Commons

This week on World Music (Saturday nights from 8-10 on KSTX 89.1 FM), we'll listen to music from El Salvador and Spain, among other countries, and celebrate two festivals that are guaranteed to get you hot--and bothered (by flying fruit).

BOLAS DE FUEGO

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Army North
4:50 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

5th Army Returns To San Antonio After Vibrant Response Catastrophic Event Training

Catastrophic event exercise at Fork Polk, La.
Eileen Pace TPR News

From evacuation helicopters taking victims to the nearest hospital to dog rescues and on-site decontamination procedures, the training has to be as real as possible.

More than 5,700 people participated in this year's Vibrant Response near Indiana's Camp Atterbury, the nation's largest exercise in mass-casualty response to catastrophic events on U.S. soil.

This exercise is one of many conducted around the country each year led by the Fort Sam 5th Army Command.

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Texas Supreme Court
3:25 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Divorce Cases Taking Same-Sex Marriage Issue To Texas Supreme Court

Texas Supreme Court justices, 2012.
State of Texas

The Texas Supreme Court has decided it will take a look at two separate divorce cases from 2010 that involve same-sex couples who were legally married in another state.

One of the cases, which took place in Travis County, ended with a judge agreeing to settle the couple’s divorce, but a different judge refused to hear the another case involving a couple living in Dallas.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott intervened in both the cases, arguing to the court that Texas law forbids any action that recognizes same sex marriage, including divorce.

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Texas Matters
3:06 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Texas Voter ID Fight A National And Local Battle

Chris Eudaily TPR News

Texas Matters: The struggle over the State of Texas' voter ID law is being taken up by everyone from Washington D.C. to Dallas County Commissioners Court. Also on this show: Sen. Ted Cruz talks about defunding the Affordable Care Act, Gov. Perry may or may not be interested in an ACA-created program, and TxDOT is waiting to turn South Texas roads into gravel.

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