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Border Security
9:28 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Dewhurst Announces Plan For Operational Surge Along Texas-Mexico Border

Dewhurst campaign video

 Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, who is running for re-election against a slew of Republican challengers, has submitted another interim charge asking lawmakers to find $60 million to increase security along border.

Dewhurst appeared with Col. Steve McCraw, the head of the Texas Department of Public Safety, and said he has also reached out to Speaker of the House Joe Strauss and Gov. Rick Perry to shut down all of the illegal operations that he says are happening along the Texas-Mexico border.

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2014 Governor's Race
5:06 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Abbott Defends His Position On 2011 Education Cuts At North Texas Campaign Stop

Ryan Poppe TPR News

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis is taking issue with Republican Attorney General Greg Abbot’s record as it relates to the rollout of  the education policy for his campaign for governor.

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Methodist Hospital
3:53 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Methodist Hospital Set To Begin $200 Million Expansion Project

Rendering of completed Methodist Hospital
Methodist Hospital

The Methodist Hospital is about to undergo big changes to its property in the Medical Center. In the largest expansion in its history, the hospital will spend $200 million to construct new towers and renovate its existing building.

Palmira Arellano, vice-president of marketing and public relations at the Methodist Hospital, said the renovation and construction project will add two patients towers – one for adults and one for children.

"It’ll change the entire look and footprint of the hospital and it will expand the campus by about 445,000 square feet," Arellano said.

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Arts & Culture
3:13 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Playhouse Rennovations Continue Amid Productions

Playhouse in progress
Asia Ciaravino

As if putting on large scale plays and musicals weren’t enough work, The Playhouse had to find a way to put itself back together after weather damage it suffered from a thunderstorm last May. A rain-damaged roof soaked through and ceiling plaster came raining down on the seats at their Russell Hill Rogers Theater.

As Playhouse CEO Asia Ciaravino notes, fixing a theater is tough work for people who just want to entertain you in one.

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The Source - Dec. 4, 2013
2:11 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

The Source: Adult Literacy Programs Have Bumpy Road Ahead | State Of Aviation In SA

Flickr User: Rebecca Milby

In the first segment:

With the City of San Antonio taking the unpopular step of closing its seven community learning centers, what does the work load look like for organizations trying to teach people to read and how to pass GEDs. Upcoming changes to the GED test will make it more difficult to pass them, especially for adults, service providers worry.

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Government
1:44 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Insurance Commissioner Releases Proposed Rules For ACA Navigators In Texas

U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

The Texas Department of Insurance has finalized a list of additional rules federal navigators will have to follow before helping anyone sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act’s website, Healthcare.gov.

The rules come as a response to a letter issued by Gov. Rick Perry that points to privacy and security concerns about the current federal standard for navigators working in Texas to help navigate the Affordable Care Act’s website.

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Holidays In San Antonio
1:03 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

A Special Trip To The "North Pole" For Terminally-Ill Children In San Antonio

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United Airlines is providing the plane for a special Christmas "Fantasy Flight" for 75 terminally-ill children this Saturday, Dec. 7.

The event is a San Antonio-local effort in cooperation with the American Cancer Society.

The "Flight to the North Pole" is an elaborately-staged scenario where the kids arrive at a private airport hangar and are run through security checks with real TSA security agents.

"Once they’re cleared and have their boarding passes, they get on the airplane," said event organizer Connie Harrison.

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Arts & Culture
12:54 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Experience The U.S.-Mexico Border At New Blue Star Exhibit

Broken Landscape III
Future Arts Research (F.A.R.), ASU, Phoenix, AZ

A new exhibit at the Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum is getting some heated interest and the reason is probably because if its subject mater, and size. It’s not exactly something you can hang on your wall.

"The sculpture at Blue Star is approximately 70 ft. long," said Blane de St. Croix, the artist who created the sculpture he calls Broken Landscape III.

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Animal Welfare
11:44 am
Wed December 4, 2013

ACS Director Addresses Euthanasia Concerns At Little-Known Brooks Facility

Kelly Plessala took pictures of the animals at Brooks in an effort to help them get adopted. She estimates she saved about 1,000 dogs by including their profiles on Facebook and her website.
Kelly Plessala

The City of San Antonio's Animal Care Services operates a dog shelter facility on the Southside at Brooks City-Base. In its three year history, it hasn't attracted much attention. It was used for overflow from the main campus located off Hwy 151 near the San Antonio Food Bank.

Several weeks ago the Brooks facility transitioned from an overflow shelter to quarantine. It is now responsible for holding animals for bite or cruelty cases.

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Texas Supreme Court
9:51 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Texas Supreme Court Hears From Competing Waste Companies In Defamation Case

Texas Supreme Court, January 2013.
State of Texas

On Tuesday the Texas Supreme Court heard from attorneys representing competing waste disposal companies in a defamation lawsuit.

The two companies at odds are Waste Management and Texas Disposal System, who runs a landfill in Southeast Travis County and is the source of the defamation case at hand. According to court records, an anonymous action alert fax originating from Waste Management was sent to various groups, pointing to environmental concerns with the TDS landfill.

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