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3:33 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

UTHSC Medical School Named Top Three For Hispanics Studying Medicine

UT Health Science Center

The School of Medicine at the UT Health Science Center has been named one of the top three best medical schools for Hispanics in the U.S.

The national ranking came from "HispanicBusiness" magazine and honors the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio for its use of progressive programs to recruit, support and mentor Hispanic medical students.

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The Source - November 18, 2013
2:59 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

The Source: Fracking & Earthquakes | More Research Into Low Testosterone

South Texas Environmental Education and Research

In the first segment:

As the United States becomes a net exporter of oil for the first time since 1995, the Eagle Ford Shale deposit hums away with activity. The environmental costs have been becoming better documented and one correlation becomes stronger and stronger -- the link between certain hydraulic fracturing disposal methods and earthquakes.

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Local History
2:45 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Brooks City-Base 50 Years After JFK's Final Address

President Kennedy's last speech to a crowd happened at Brooks Air Force Base on Nov. 21, 1963
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On Nov. 21, 1963, President John F. Kennedy spoke to a crowd of 10,000 people at Brooks Air Force Base. It would be one of his last presidential acts.

"I have come to Texas today to salute an outstanding group of pioneers," he said, speaking of the compression chambers and training abilities for Air Force, space and other programs. "It is fitting that San Antonio should be the site of this center and this school [Brooks Air Force Base School of Aerospace Medicine and the Aerospace Medical Center]."

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Breaking
1:02 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Updated: "San Antonio 4" Granted Bail, Will Be Released Today

Anna Vasquez is hugged by family and supporters after the ruling that she and three others would be granted bail.

Update (1 p.m.): Judge Mary Roman granted bail to Elizabeth Ramirez, Anna Vasquez, Cassie Rivera, and Kristie Mayhugh  after the ‘San Antonio 4’ have spent as long as 15 years in prison for a crime that they claim never occurred.

The 3 women still incarcerated were not in the 175th district court today, and all the paperwork for the case was signed outside of public view.  The Defense’s Mike Ware made the announcement that proved anticlimax for a packed court room that normally Is sparsely filled. 

The 4 were accused by Elizabeth Ramirez’s nieces of sexually assaulting them nearly two decades ago now, a claim one of the girls would recant as an adult, saying she had been forced to lie by her father.

The District Attorney’s Office agreed that key forensic testimony and evidence was flawed and did not dispute the outcome of today’s hearing on those grounds, but the actual innocence of the women the state still disputes. Friday, Bexar County District Attorney, Susan Reed stated if the Court of Criminal Appeals rules the 4 can have a new trial, she will not proceed with it, effectively freeing the women for good. 

Anna Vasquez, the only one of the convicted to be present today, was paroled a year ago under what Ware calls draconian parole stipulations.

These stipulations will raised as a result of the this hearing.

The case now is sent to the Court Criminal of Criminal Appeals in Austin.  It has no date set nor deadline currently.  

Original Post (11/15): Bexar County District Attorney Susan Reed has stated she will not seek a new trial for the San Antonio 4 if the Court of Criminal Appeals says it is warranted. 

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Arts & Culture
12:31 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

World War II Portraits Get A Color Makeover At Boerne Library Exhibit

Artist Chris Demarest
Jack Morgan TPR Arts

Your local library may have revolving displays of period museum collections or perhaps paintings hanging on the walls of their public gallery, but they probably don’t have this.

Chris Demarest is the painter who created about 30 paintings of World War II servicemen and women that are on display at the Patrick Heath Public Library in Boerne. You may still be asking: what’s so different about that?

"I bring my easel wherever I go, so I work in public" Demarest explained.

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Bexar County
11:57 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Soccer Complex Completes Bexar County Sports Facility Improvement Program

Bexar County

Bexar County officials joined those from the Southside Independent School District to officially open the Mission City Soccer Complex, which completes the county’s Community Venues Program.

The county wanted to bring quality youth sports facilities to parts of town where there were none, or where the facilities had lost their luster or declined from a lack of maintenance or funding for improvements.

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Arts & Culture
3:00 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Religion And Science Mix In New Southwest School Of Art Exhibit

Southwest School of Art

Artist Chris Sauter wants you to question the notions of religion and science, and how they interact -- or don't interact.

"If you’re a religious person you can’t really believe in science and if you’re a scientific person you can’t really believe in religion," he said. "I think that’s a fallacy."

So Sauter creates art to get you to think about how they have a certain overlap. Soon, he will have four themed exhibitions in four separate locations.

"The Southwest School exhibition is the first," he said. "It opens on November 21."

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Texas Matters
2:39 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Van De Putte Addition Could Be What Texas Democrats Need For 2014 Challenge

State Sen. Leticia Van De Putte, D-San Antonio.
Office of State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte

Texas Matters: Still no official word from the San Antonio state senator, but Leticia Van De Putte has announced that she will make an official announcement next week. Would her addition to the Texas Democratic ticket make the party a serious challenger in 2014? Also on this show: Did race, or clever advertising, decide the winner in a Houston election? A Texas silver mine closes down on the border, causing big headaches for the area.

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Community Health
1:51 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Metro Health Making Health Care Push By Bringing ACA Navigators To West Side

U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District will bring several Affordable Care Act navigators together Saturday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. for a mass effort to help residents apply for health care coverage.

"Enroll Fest" is designed to bring resources to San Antonio and Bexar County residents who need to get signed up for health care plans.

Metro Health is partnering with Blue Cross Blue Shield and several community organizations at The Neighborhood Place on the city’s West Side -- The Neighborhood Place is located at 3014 Rivas.

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Fronteras Desk
12:34 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Political Asylum Requests From Mexicans Have Tripled Since 2009

Carlos Gutierrez says his feet were hacked off when he refused to pay criminals a monthly extortion demand. He is cycling in Texas to highlight his appeal for political asylum. He has been granted a work permit pending that appeal.
Lorne Matalon Fronteras

Fronteras: More Mexicans are trying to escape intimidation and/or violence by petitioning the U.S. for political asylum. Human trafficking is a growing problem in the Southwestern United States. Authorities in Juárez are finalizing their investigation into the cause of a deadly explosion at a candy factory last month. The McDonald Observatory in West Texas is now home to the historic Otto Struve telescope.

Mexican Political Asylum Requests Up

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