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The Source - June 26, 2013
7:18 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

The Source: San Antonio's Archbishop | SCOTUS: Voting Rights Act

Greg Zaragoza for Texas Public Radio

In the first segment:

Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller joins us to talk about the Supreme Court ruling about the Defense of Marriage Act, challenges facing the Catholic church and the future of the church in San Antonio.  

In the second segment:

We take a look at the Supreme court ruling in Shelby v. Holder case and its ramifications in Texas. Congressman Joaquin Castro joined us as well as UTSA Professor of Political Science, Walt Wilson.

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City Government
5:45 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

San Antonio's Budget Shortfall May Impact Children's Advocacy Agency

District 4 Councilman Rey Saldaña named SPARK fitness parks as a top funding goal during the council's day-long budget-setting session.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

San Antonio is facing a $35 to $50 million shortfall in the 2014 budget and with that in mind, council members set out to define their goals for next year at a day-long goal-setting session at the Central Library on Tuesday.

Included in the budget are what’s known as unfunded requests, which are items the city doesn’t have the money to fund. Delegate agency ChildSafe is requesting $100,000 in 2014, and $500,000 over five years.

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Special Session
4:47 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Update: Van De Putte Says Republicans Changed Time Stamp On SB 5 Voting Record

Office of State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte

Update (6/28/13 10 a.m.) An article posted yesterday online by the Express-News talks about the series of events on Tuesday night and how the online change took place, comparing what happened at the capitol with a football game.

In football, the game is not over when the clock runs out if a play has been started -- it ends when the play is over, which is how it works in the Senate.

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Science & Technology
3:52 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Report Questions Aggressive Cancer Treatment For Men Unlikely To Die Of Prostate Cancer

Doctors at the Cancer Therapy and Research Center in San Antonio say drugs such as this one used to lower testosterone in prostate cancer patients may be unnecessary
Elizabeth Allen, UTHSC-SA

A new report in the Journal of the American Medical Association said too many men have been getting aggressive treatment that they don't need for prostate cancer. The study suggests the side effects of treatments outweigh their benefits.

The side effects of surgery and radiation treatment for prostate cancer can include sexual dysfunction and urinary problems, and now researchers say those treatments may be too radical.

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Community
12:52 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

With Fireworks Restrictions Eased For July 4 Celebrations, Stay Safe!

Watch out for flying bottle rockets!
U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission

Fireworks sales began Monday for the July 4 holiday, and although fire officials would rather see people play it safe and go see a professional pyrotechnics show, they realize some people enjoy lighting their own -- especially in San Antonio.

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Special Session (Part Deux)
11:47 am
Wed June 26, 2013

SB5 Fails To Pass Before Midnight, But Another Special Session Is Expected

Eileen Pace TPR News

The attempted filibuster by Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, slipped off the rails, but Democrats were still able to defeat the legislation with a little help from citizens who packed the state capitol.

Davis’ filibuster lasted about 11 hours, until the strict filibuster rules of the Texas Legislature allowed Republicans to end her attempt to block the bill just short of the midnight deadline.

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Education
10:56 am
Wed June 26, 2013

Petroleum Industry Lends Support To Texas A&M-San Antonio

The natural gas boom in South Texas is driving demand for more STEM universitgy graduates.
South Texas Environmental Education and Research

The San Antonio chapter of the American Petroleum Institute is investing in the university’s science technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields and other programs that support the oil industry.

Although Texas A&M-San Antonio does not have a petroleum engineering major currently, the institute is supporting possibilities for the school’s future.

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Government
9:01 am
Wed June 26, 2013

Texas Enforcing Voter ID Law After Supreme Court Strips Portion Of Voting Rights Act

Chris Eudaily TPR News

Section four of the Voting Rights Act has been eliminated, and Texas can now legally enforce its voter I.D. law according to Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott.

Section four outlined which states would fall under the discretion of the Department of Justice what would require pre-clearance for implanting new voting laws under section five. Moments after the Supreme Court decision, Abbott issued a statement saying the Texas Voter I.D. law would take effect immediately.

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Mission Reach
6:22 am
Wed June 26, 2013

Large Section Of Mission Reach Re-Opened To public

Part of a trail washed out on the Mission Reach following the May flooding.
Paul Flahive TPR

On Monday the San Antonio River Authority re-opened a part of the Mission Reach trails damaged in last month’s floods.

The section opened runs from VFW Boulevard to Mission Road.

SARA had to close portions of the Mission Reach after large sections of soil washed out from under the trails, creating a dangerous situation for pedestrians and cyclists.

Gloria Rodriguez, who is in SARA’s Community Relations Department said some of those areas in the project have been repaired and are ready for exploring again.

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Military
10:54 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Four Military Working Dogs Honored for Service to Their Country

MWD Leo, ready to enter civilian life with Staff Sgt. Rachel Lopatesky
Eileen Pace

They served a total of 32 years of faithful service to their country, and Tuesday, they retired.

Four members of the Canine Security Forces were formally honored at a ceremony at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph.

The MWDs – or Military Working Dogs --  were awarded certificates of meritorious service. Commander of the 902d Security Forces Squadron, Major Gregory Bodenstein, says all the dogs are war heroes.

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