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Texas Matters
1:27 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

The American Maternity Crisis Hits Home In Texas

2012 Rally to Improve Birth at the capitol building in Austin.
www.improvingbirth.org

Texas Matters: The United States is ranked next to Iran and Hungary in maternal death rate worldwide, a surprising position for a country proud of its modern medicine. So what is causing this and what can be done to make birth safer for women and babies? Also on this show: Fast-food workers protest for increased wages and an Austin couple is appealing the ruling in their "satanic ritual" case.

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Transportation
1:10 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Lawmakers Not Happy With TxDOT's Gravel Road Conversion Plan

Roads in counties located in the Eagle Ford Shale area are getting heavy traffic from the oil and gas boom.
South Texas Environmental Education and Research

The Texas Transportation Commission got an update and harsh words from lawmakers regarding the 83 miles of roadway in South Texas that they are considering converting into gravel.

Texas Department of Transportation Chief Engineer John Barton told the commission that the roads in South Texas where hydraulic fracking is taking place are breaking down faster than anything they’ve ever seen.

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2014 Election
11:46 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Wendy Davis Will Wait To Announce 2014 Election Plans

Sen. Wendy Davis at a Stand With Texas Women rally in San Antonio.
David Martin Davies TPR News

Since her nationally-recognized filibuster of the controversial abortion restriction bill, state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, has been in the conversation about higher offices.

But any announcement about her future will be put off for a couple weeks as her father recovers from surgery complications.

Davis released this statement this week:

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Fronteras Desk
11:18 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Tensions Rising In Texas-Mexico Water Dispute

The Francisco I. Madero Dam outside Delicias, Chihuahua overflowed after four days of record rain in late July. This water will eventually flow downstream to the Rio Grande River.
Mónica Ortiz Uribe Fronteras

Fronteras: Farmers in South Texas are angry with Mexico, part of a water dispute that’s fueling tensions between the two nations. Dubbed the "anti-Arizona" bill, California’s TRUST Act is moving toward passage. A closer look at that train that derailed in Mexico. Also, the influence of Asian immigrants has brought new flavors to Las Vegas tacos.

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Texas Roads
10:50 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Six Driving-Related Law Changes You Need To Know For Labor Day Weekend

Chris Eudaily TPR News

If you are about to head out of town for one last time this summer, or are just going to stick around the city on the long weekend, the Texas Department of Public Safety wants you to know there have been some changes made to road-related laws that take effect Sept. 1.

While there is a chance that your naiveté on a few of these matters may get you off with a friendly warning, some of these infractions could cost you some serious money.

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Community Health
9:29 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Risk Of Death From Overheated Cars Will Continue

The West Texas sun in June.
Flickr user jetsandzeppelins cc

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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