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Texas Roads
12:59 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Possible Solution To TxDOT's South Texas Gravel Road Proposal

Larry D. Moore Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0

A special committee in the Texas Senate may have found a solution to the hundreds of miles of roads in South Texas and the Permian Basin that were slated to be converted into gravel.

The Texas Department of Transportation announcement near the end of the summer surprised members of the legislature and as the discussions wore on, the number of miles that were up for conversion grew into the hundreds.

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Health Studies
9:24 am
Thu October 10, 2013

NIH Grant Gives UTHSC The Lead In Regional Health Research

Left to right, Dr. David Weiss, vice president for research; Dr. Francisco González-Scarano, dean of the School of Medicine and vice president for medical affairs; and Dr. Robert Clark, director of the Institute for Integration of Medicine and Science, an
UT Health Science Center

The University of Texas Health Science Center and a coalition of 11 South Texas health concerns will share a $22.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health. The grant, which will be spread over a five-year period, will fund research for Bexar and 38 surrounding counties.

The Clinical and Translational Science Award is designed, in part, to accelerate research discoveries from the laboratory to practical applications.

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Texas Water
5:13 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Perry Asks Voters To Approve Prop. 6 For Water Project Funding

Using the dwindling Lake Travis as a backdrop, Gov. Perry asked Texans to vote "yes" on Prop 6.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

Gov. Rick Perry inspected the water levels at Lake Travis and then urged voters to approve proposition 6, the water project funding program that would pay for the next 50 years of water projects in the state that is up for a vote on this November's ballot.

Prop. 6 would take $2 billion from the Rainy Day Fund and place it in a separate fund which would then be loaned out to organizations around the state to fund water projects. Those organizations would then pay back the loan with interest to keep the fund going.

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Arts & Culture
4:45 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Woodlawn's Halloween Double Billing Is Chilling

Young Frankenstein
Siggi Ragnar

Two of Halloween’s cinematic traditional favorites take the stage -- together in a sense -- at Fredericksburg Road’s Deco District Woodlawn Theater.

“Right now we have a family friendly production of Mel Brooks' 'Young Frankenstein' and it plays on Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday afternoons at three,” said Artistic Director Greg Hinojosa

And then things take a turn towards the Frankenstinian with the crowd-favorite "Rocky Horror Picture Show."

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Arts & Culture
12:57 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

"Les Miserables" At The Playhouse

Les Miserables
Siggi Ragnar

The Playhouse San Antonio is taking on "Les Miserables," a production on the largest of scales.

"'Les Mis' is obviously the most epic musical ever, and this is one of those musicals where every actor, every designer, every director has wanted to do their whole lives," said Playhouse CEO Asia Ciaravino.

Set in the first half of 1800s France, this production has connected with audiences for decades because of its evergreen human themes.

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The Source - October 9, 2013
12:49 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

The Source: Former Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson | Reforming How Texas Chooses Judges

University of Texas

In the first segment:

"The question is not how is the judiciary? We must ask instead whether our system of justice is working for the people it has promised to serve. Do we have liberty and justice for all? Or have we come to accept liberty and justice only for some?" - Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson's State of the Judiciary, March 2013.

 

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2014 Governor's Race
11:55 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Corrected: Two More Candidates Added To Race For Governor

Chris Eudaily TPR News

(Oct. 14)***There were several errors in the original reporting of this story as it pertains to Kathie Glass: Glass is a Libertarian candidate and is not running in the Republican primary for governor in 2014. When Glass ran for governor in 2010, she also did so on the Libertarian ticket. Tom Glass, who is her husband and vice-chairman of the Texas Libertarian Party, brought these errors to our attention (see comment below story). An on-air correction will also be made for this story

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Space Exploration
10:34 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Today The Juno Spacecraft Slingshots Earth On Its Way To Jupiter

Image Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI

Today a space craft launched in 2011 will briefly return to earth to slingshot around the planet so it can reach its final destination of Jupiter. Much of mission is being overseen by officials at Southwest Research Institute, which is located here in San Antonio.

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Local Business
9:52 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Port San Antonio Street Expansion Opens 400 Acres For Aerospace Development

Local and state officials wave trucks through on the new section of 36th Street at Port San Antonio.
Eileen Pace TPR News

State and local officials gathered at Port San Antonio Tuesday to celebrate the extension of 36th Street through the former Kelly Air Force Base. 

State Rep. Philip Cortez, D-San Antonio, said the road’s extension is critical to the growth of San Antonio’s aerospace industry.

“When I see this extension and I see everything’s that happening here at Port San Antonio I think of one thing," Cortez said, "and that’s jobs."

Cortez said the extension is expected to add as many as 8,000 new jobs and ultimately will extend two more miles to access Military Drive and I-35.

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Criminal Justice
4:46 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

State Refusing To Give Back Execution Drug

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A Houston-area compounding pharmacy has sent a letter asking the state to return the drugs it sold the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for death row executions.

The name of the drug is pentobarbital and it has been a hard item for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice to track down after the state’s overseas sellers backed out of their contract to sell the drug used in lethal injections.  

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