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The Source - April 1, 2014
12:45 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

The Source: Gov. Perry Calls Full Prison Rape Elimination Act Implementation "Impossible"

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry wrote a letter to the U.S. attorney general last week. In it, Perry stated he would not be able to certify Texas prisons under the guidelines of the Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 (PREA).

Perry cited several points of issue, with the largest being cross-gender monitoring.

The guidelines establish that only members of the same sex should monitor prisoners in private settings like showers and dressing areas. Perry called the restriction "impossible" to enforce.

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The Source - April 1, 2014
11:54 am
Tue April 1, 2014

The Source: AACOG Scandal Leads To Dismissal Of Executive

Credit Alamo Area Council of Governments

Yesterday afternoon the Alamo Area Council of Governments (AACOG) fired its executive director, Dean Danos, and accepted the resignation of his deputy, Mike Quinn. Quinn resigned on March 25 and asked for nine months' salary as severance; his request was denied.

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Local Business
11:36 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Reyna Family Recalls Childhood Trips In Wagon As Oldest Operating H-E-B Closes

David Reyna, who has been shopping at the Nogalitos HEB for 70 years, wanted to be the last customer to check out at the old store before it closed for demolition
Eileen Pace

  The oldest H-E-B in San Antonio on Nogalitos Street has sold its last "Combo Loco" but a new supermarket is being built in its place to be the store of the future.

In 1945, throngs of eager customers gathered for the store’s grand opening with its shiny new, curved block windows in the art deco style of the day.

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Affordable Care Act
10:03 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Line Stretches Around Alamodome On Last Day Of ACA Health Care Signup

Just one portion of the line that stretched throughout the Alamodome.
Joey Palacios TPR News

Health officials saw an overwhelming number of people looking to sign up and pay for their insurance yesterday, the last day of the Affordable Care Act’s enrollment period for 2014.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said despite the last day of big numbers, they will not be extending the deadline.

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Arts & Culture
9:58 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Tafolla Tells The Story Of San Antonio In Final Performance As Poet Laureate

Poet Laureate, Carmen Tafolla (left) and Mi Pueblo players at the Guadalupe Theater.
Eileen Pace TPR News

Carmen Tafolla, San Antonio's first poet laureate, will hand off her duties to her successor when his or her identity is announced today, April 1. 

Over the weekend Tafolla starred in a stellar compilation of poems that, together, tell the story of San Antonio's rich culture -- from Latino humor to gospel music and everything in between.   

"San Antonio, Mi Pueblo," a play of locally-themed performance poetry and original music, played to a packed house at Guadalupe Theater Saturday night. 

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The Source - March 31, 2014
5:28 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

The Source: Is It Time To Get Tough On Vaccines?

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A 1998 article in the medical journal "The Lancet" linked autism to child vaccinations causing an uproar. And though the research of that study by Dr. Andrew Wakefield, has been thoroughly discredited and no link in subsequent studies--of which their have been numerous--have been found, fears persist.

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Community Health
4:59 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

50,000 People Take To The Street On Siclovia's Southtown Route

A cyclist pauses during the sixth semi-annual Síclovía on St Mary's Street.
Joey Palacios TPR News

Tens of thousands of people flooded Southtown on Sunday for the city’s semi-annual Síclovía, where the roads are closed to cars and open to other people-powered means of transportation.

Attendees couldn’t have asked for better weather on Sunday to ride in the open streets and Southtown was filled with bikes, runners, dog walkers and rollerbladers. In it’s sixth installment, 50,000 people attended, a slight drop from last year’s 70,000.

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The Source - March 31, 2014
4:50 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

The Source: GOP May Drop Guest Worker Plank From Platform

Credit Republican Party of Texas

In 2012 the Republican Party of Texas adopted a platform including support for a guest-worker program for immigrant communities. Dubbed the "Texas Solution," the program did not provide for a path to citizenship but would allow foreign nationals to work in this country legally. 

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Immigration
3:35 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Texas Business Groups Oppose Path To Citizenship, Support Work Program For Immigrants

A range of business associations in Texas came together today in Austin, hoping to catch the attention of Texas lawmakers in Washington, D.C., about the topic of immigration reform.

The group, which doesn't support amnesty or a pathway to citizenship, said they are running out of their unskilled labor force.

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The Source - March 31, 2014
12:32 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

The Source: Tracking The "Unlobbyists"

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  Washington, D.C., has seen a drop in the number of registered lobbyists and in dollars spent on lobbying since 2008.

But before you break out the champagne to celebrate the end of influence-peddling, hear this: 46 percent of those former lobbyists in 2012 were still employed by the same firms, doing very similar jobs, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. 

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