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9:29 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Risk Of Death From Overheated Cars Will Continue

The West Texas sun in June.
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The San Antonio Metropolitan Health Department and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are teaming up in an effort to reduce the number of child deaths in hot cars.

Even with slightly lower temperatures as fall approaches, the dangers remain high for children being seriously injured or dying from being left alone inside a hot car.

The two agencies are starting a campaign to remind parents and caregivers that kids can easily suffer heatstroke if left in a vehicle.

Metro Health is urging parents to:

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Minimum Wage
5:35 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Fast Food Workers In Texas Join Wage Increase Fight

Protesters gathered in Austin and around the country to rally for increasing the minimum wage.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

As part of a nationwide protest in over 60 cities, fast-food workers from Austin and the surrounding area walked off their job sites in protest of better wages from their employers.

Jennifer Castilla works at an Austin area Wendy’s Restaurant. The mother of four children makes $8/hour.

"I feel sorry for the ones who make lower than I do and that have as many kids as I got," Castilla said, "but I understand the struggle in life. I’ve been struggling my whole life in fast food and I figure now is the time to step up."

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Syrian Civil War
4:59 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Congressman Castro Opposes Boots On The Ground In Syria

Castro at the chamber meeting.
Eileen Pace TPR News

  The first term congressman from San Antonio expects to return from the congressional recess to a major decision about Syria within the next 10 days.

Congressman Joaquin Castro spoke to the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce Thursday, and many people were curious about the Syrian situation. Castro said most Americans are not in favor of getting into a war in the embattled state.

"In fact, there was a poll done that showed only 7 percent of Americans would want to see boots on the ground in Syria," he said.

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City Government
4:14 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

What's Next For The Man Who Leaked The Chan Recording?

James Stevens has no plans to get back into politics, but at this point, he's hoping for any full time job.
James Stevens

James Stevens is responsible for releasing the recording that revealed District 9 Councilwoman Elisa Chan's view on homosexuality, but isn't sure what's next for him. And although Stevens hasn't got a lot sleep lately, he does still believe he did the right thing.

"I’m not seeking any notoriety. And in fact I think every interview I do is just hurting my chances at getting a job somewhere," he said. "But people do have questions and I’m happy to answer."

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Abortion Legislation
1:35 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

State Health Council Hears Public Testimony About Abortion Clinic Restrictions

Ryan Poppe TPR News

Update (4:30) Both sides of the abortion issue were shocked after the State Health Services Council failed to vote on rules attached to the new law requiring clinics performing abortions to adhere to a new set of facility requirements.

"This was very unusual and unexpected and hasn’t happened for us in recent history as far as we can recall," said Carrie Williams with Texas State Health Services.

Though there was no vote taken, this will not prevent the law from taking effect.

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The Source - August 29, 2013
1:09 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

The Source: Junk Science In The Courtroom | The Awesome Foundation

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In the first segment: 

Signed into law by the governor earlier this year, SB 344 becomes active next week. The law will allow the convicted to appeal based on new scientific evidence that may contradict earlier forensic expert testimony.

Many kinds of cases have been overturned due to what defense lawyers call "junk science" -- from dog-scent lineups as in the case of Megan Winfrey, or other types of evidence once thought to prove arson.

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Non-Discrimination Ordinance
12:49 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Packed Council Chamber For Late Night Non-Discrimination Ordinance Discussion

Municipal Plaza Building
Ryan Loyd TPR News

The San Antonio City Council dissected the city’s proposed non-discrimination ordinance during a marathon B session Wednesday before turning the microphone over to nearly 500 people who signed up to speak during the citizens to be heard portion of the meeting.

City Attorney Michael Bernard defined the ordinance for the council during a brief presentation. Mayor Julián Castro then went back over many of the definitions and used examples to spell out for the audience what the proposal would do if passed.

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World Festivals
11:43 am
Thu August 29, 2013

World Celebrations: Reed Dancing In Swaziland

Princess Sikhanyiso Dlamini [left] at the Reed dance festival in Swaziland 2006. She is daughter of the first wife of the king. Royalties of Swaziland can wear red feathers in their hair.
Amanda44 Wikimedia Commons

The Umhlanga Ceremony in Swaziland, South Africa dates back to the 1940s, and was devised as a method to encourage chastity among young women. It has a vague connection to summer camp, when young people share collective experiences away from home.

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Texas Law Enforcement
11:37 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Ag. Commissioner Supports Court Limit On Landowner Liability

Texas Supreme Court justices, 2012.
State of Texas

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples has filed a brief with the Texas Supreme Court encouraging them to limit landowner liability regarding accidents that involve undocumented migrants.

Staples writes in his brief that the State of Texas must protect policies that enable landowners to secure their land from trespassers and illegal activity without fear of legal retribution.

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CodeHS
9:50 am
Thu August 29, 2013

The First Step In Computer Programming Begins For Highlands Freshmen

A screenshot depiciting one of the more advanced beginner levels of CodeHS.
CodeHS.com

By end of this school year, freshmen at Highlands High School will have learned the basics of computer coding. A new program called CodeHS introduced this year aims to make these ninth graders fluent in programming.

"It is like another language," said Chelsea Cook, the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) magnet coordinator at Highlands. "It’s like learning how to read and wright, we’re learning how to code and program."

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