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12:30 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Gay Couple Filing Suit Against Texas’ Ban On Same-Sex Marriage Say It's Not A Longshot

Bexar County Courthouse.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

A gay couple from Plano has filed a lawsuit against the Family Code statute in the Texas Constitution, which prohibits same-sex marriages.

Mark Phariss and Vic Holmes decided they would celebrate their 16th anniversary of being a couple by filing for a marriage license at the Bexar County clerk’s office. The two men first met in San Antonio while Holmes was serving in the Air Force.

They were turned away, but Phariss said he knew that would happen.

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Border & Immigration
12:06 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Business Organizations Petition Congress For Immigration Reform

Richard Morgan Fronteras

Immigration reform may be on the back burner in congress since the end of the shutdown, but the Texas Association of Business, along with other organizations, are urging members of congress to pass an immigration compromise for the sake of the economy.

On Capitol Hill more than 600 people from business, law enforcement, and evangelical organizations nationwide are asking for a sensible path to citizenship so skilled workers can obtain employment.

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Texas Politics
11:53 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Number Of Democrats In The Texas Senate May Be Dwindling

Will Democrats be able to rally to fill Wendy Davis' now-vacant Senate seat?
Ryan Poppe TPR News

A leading Democratic candidate for Wendy Davis’ Senate seat has indicated he will not be running in 2014, leaving the party with a smaller margin of error in the Texas Senate.

Some in the Texas Democratic Party believed Fort Worth City Councilman Joel Burns would be the person to take over in Davis’ district because he has bipartisan support, but this week Burns announced he would not be running in 2014.

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Military Dogs
11:05 am
Wed October 30, 2013

National Monument Honors Military Working Dogs

MWD demonstration at Lackland 10-28-13
Eileen Pace TPR News

The nation’s top military commanders watched the flags from each branch of the service unfurl over the new U.S. Military Working Dog Teams National monument, placed at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in honor of the training site as well as the canine trainees.

About 3,000 Military Working Dogs are serving around the world right now, providing services from protection for Secret Service assignments to sniffing out I.E.D. bombs in Afghanistan. About 900 dogs are in training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland at any given time.

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KPAC Blog
3:48 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Lang-Lessing Orchestrates Grand Vision For San Antonio

Sebastian Lang-Lessing talks about his vision for the future.
Jack Morgan TPR Arts

The five-year contract extension signing by San Antonio Symphony Music Director Sebastian Lang-Lessing almost seemed like an athletic superstar event. Notables like the Tobin Center’s Bruce Bugg and Judge Nelson Wolff offered their thanks to the conductor, but the new Symphony GM David Gross really set the tone.

"I know how Coach Pop felt the day that Tim Duncan committed to the long term with the Spurs," Gross said.

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2014 Governor's Race
3:29 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

In First Policy Address, Abbott Wants Limited Rainy Day Fund Use, More Veto Power

Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

Speaking at a campaign event in Brownsville on Monday, Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott said he’d like to introduce laws that further restrict the legislature’s access to the state's Economic Stabilization Fund, more commonly known as the Rainy Day Fund.

"I will promote a constitutional amendment that strictly limits the fund to be used only -- either for one, its intended purpose of meeting unforeseen budgetary shortfalls, reducing existing debt, one-time infrastructure payments and expenses related to state disasters," Abbott said.

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The Source - October 29, 2013
3:04 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

The Source: Streamlining Health Information | H-E-B Downtown

Flikr.com User LTD Team

In the first segment:

Having all your health information at the fingertips of your doctors is more than just a useful desire, according to several recent studies it is an endeavor that would save time, millions of dollars per year to consumers as well as improve health outcomes.

As part of the Affordable Care Act, hospitals and healthcare providers are required to implement a lot of changes in the way that medical records are accessible. Health information exchanges are being built throughout the country in counties and cities.

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Arts & Culture
1:16 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Urban-15 Lights It Up With Dia De Los Muertos Moving Altar

Urban 15's Carnaval de los Muertos celebration 2012.
Steve Gilmore

Known for their pounding drums and creative, lit-from-within costumes, Urban 15 is planning a uniquely San Antonio-centric Dia de los Muertos celebration. Music and media director George Cisneros reveals what their event Carnaval de los Muertos will look like.

"What Urban 15 has developed is what we call the moving altar," Cisneros said. "And that’s using dancers and drummers, and we are basically a commemorative altar, and that moves through the streets."

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Abortion In Texas
10:08 am
Tue October 29, 2013

Abbott Files Immediate Appeal Of Federal Judge's Decision On Abortion Clinic Regulations

Attorneys exit the court building after final arguments in what is the first legal challenge of Texas' new abortion law.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

As he promised before a decision was even announced, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has filed an appeal on the federal judge's ruling that two components of Texas’ new abortion law are unconstitutional.

Federal District Judge Lee Yeakel ruled yesterday afternoon that the abortion clinic regulation contained in the new law requiring doctors at facilities that provide abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 minutes of the clinic is unconstitutional.

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Arts & Culture
3:49 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Say Si Getting Ready For Dia De los Muertos Festivities

Saturday's family day at Muertitos Fest 2012.
Say Sí

Dia De Los Muertos is a way many Hispanic cultures have learned to process the passing of loved ones and gain a better understanding of death.

Jon Hinojosa from the local youth arts organization Say Sí said Dia De Los Muertos offers something less threatening and more positive than Halloween.

"It’s about remembering those of your loved ones who have passed away, and working to spend some time honoring them through a variety of different ways," Hinojosa said.

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