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83rd Legislature
12:45 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

It's September, And Over 600 New Laws Are Now In Effect

Eileen Pace TPR News

Of the over 1,500 bills signed into law from the regular legislative session, 659 take effect this month and run a wide variety of subject matter.

Here are a few that are noteworthy:

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Arts & Culture
11:21 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Beloved Institute Of Texan Cultures Planning For The Future

Hundreds of thousands of people visit ITC each year.
Expedia

For many San Antonians, there are certain places that immediately bring back the past.

That’s exactly what Angelica Docog, the new director of the Institute of Texan Cultures, is hoping to change.

“I think many people still think of us as a beloved icon, which we are, which we love, which we love being,” she said. “However, I think to some of the challenges we have is -- as you know, ITC was created in 1968 and many people still have that image of us of being stuck, for lack of a better term, in 1968."

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The Source - September 3, 2013
10:38 am
Tue September 3, 2013

The Source: The Future Of The Book

The Twig Book Shop at the Pearl.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

In the first segment: 

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Education
9:09 am
Tue September 3, 2013

New UTHSC Leadership Hopes To Move Aging Studies Into Clinical Trials

Dr. Nicolas Musi.
Barshop Institute

The UT Health Science Center has a new leader for its studies on aging. Dr. Nicolas Musi was recently named as director for the Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies and said he plans to encourage research to move into clinical studies.

Musi said he wants to create a comprehensive program that moves the research from the lab to the bedside. One area he’s eager to study on human subjects is exercise interventions.

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Environment
5:10 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

What Does Your Texas Drought Look Like?

    

A Texas senator is encouraging people to take pictures of the ongoing drought in the Lone Star State.

As drought conditions persist across the state, Senator Judith Zaffirini has started a statewide photography campaign called “What does your Texas drought look like?”  She’s inviting Texans to contribute their photographs of the drought’s impact.

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Government
4:35 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Castro Promotes "Infrastructure Of Opportunity" At Town Halls

Congressman Joaquín Castro speaks to constituents on San Antonio's West Side Aug. 29 2013
Eileen Pace TPR News

Congressman Joaquín Castro has been making the rounds in San Antonio this week while Congress is on recess. The congressman is talking about providing Americans with opportunities for success.

On Thursday he spoke to San Antonio business leaders about building an infrastructure of opportunity -- a term he coined before he ever got to Capitol Hill.

Castro favors a government that aligns itself to enable individuals to be successful. He spoke of his meeting earlier this week with small business owners who got help through the Small Business Development Center at UTSA.

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Syrian Civil War
2:12 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Doggett Wants Obama To Get Congressional Approval Before Any Action In Syria

Flickr user Adam Fagen (afagen) cc

San Antonio Congressman Lloyd Doggett is splitting with President Obama on what could soon be the bombing of Syria.

Doggett is a democrat party loyalist and was outspoken over President George W. Bush’s drive to invade Iraq without United Nation’s approval.

Now that Obama, a fellow Democrat, is in the White House, he said his views have not changed and Obama must get approval from Congress before using military force against Syria.

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Texas Matters
1:27 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

The American Maternity Crisis Hits Home In Texas

2012 Rally to Improve Birth at the capitol building in Austin.
www.improvingbirth.org

Texas Matters: The United States is ranked next to Iran and Hungary in maternal death rate worldwide, a surprising position for a country proud of its modern medicine. So what is causing this and what can be done to make birth safer for women and babies? Also on this show: Fast-food workers protest for increased wages and an Austin couple is appealing the ruling in their "satanic ritual" case.

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Transportation
1:10 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Lawmakers Not Happy With TxDOT's Gravel Road Conversion Plan

Roads in counties located in the Eagle Ford Shale area are getting heavy traffic from the oil and gas boom.
South Texas Environmental Education and Research

The Texas Transportation Commission got an update and harsh words from lawmakers regarding the 83 miles of roadway in South Texas that they are considering converting into gravel.

Texas Department of Transportation Chief Engineer John Barton told the commission that the roads in South Texas where hydraulic fracking is taking place are breaking down faster than anything they’ve ever seen.

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2014 Election
11:46 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Wendy Davis Will Wait To Announce 2014 Election Plans

Sen. Wendy Davis at a Stand With Texas Women rally in San Antonio.
David Martin Davies TPR News

Since her nationally-recognized filibuster of the controversial abortion restriction bill, state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, has been in the conversation about higher offices.

But any announcement about her future will be put off for a couple weeks as her father recovers from surgery complications.

Davis released this statement this week:

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