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12:22 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

San Antonio City Leaders To Hear Recommendation On Plastic Bag Ban

San Antonio city leaders will hear a recommendation on March 19 from staff on how to move foward with a possible plastic bag ban in the Alamo City.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Just over a year ago, city leaders in Austin instituted a city-wide ban on single-use plastic bags. As San Antonio leaders decide on the consequences of a similar ban, shoppers in Austin say it's only a matter of getting used to.

They carry on as if nothing ever changed. "It just took a little time to get used to it, but it's definitely worth it," said Bethany Martin as she carried her groceries out of an Austin-area Whole Foods on Monday.

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The Source - March 11, 2014
11:54 am
Tue March 11, 2014

The Source: State Watchdog Investigates Child-Death Case

Child Protective Services is a department of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services
State Of Texas

Sarah Brasse died of a ruptured appendix. She had been sick for more than a day, was covered in her own vomit, and was sleeping in a bed she had soiled. According to the award-winning, investigative piece "A Child Unprotected" that Melissa Fletcher-Stoeltje wrote last June, three different people had reached out to Child Protective Services, concerned about her well-being, in the 48-hour period before the child's death. 

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The Source - March 11, 2014
9:11 am
Tue March 11, 2014

The Source: Drug Companies Not Fans Of This Spotlight

Flickr user @doug88888 cc

  The push to pay doctors to promote a certain drug is being stymied by the spotlight of full disclosure implemented by the 2010 Physician Payment Sunshine Act. According to ProPublica's databases companies have cut as much as a 62 percent from their payments to doctors.

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Science & Technology
8:01 am
Tue March 11, 2014

QEESI Study Draws Connection between Chronic Illness and Chemical Sensitivity

Dr. Claudia Miller developed the Quick Environmental Exposure and Sensitivity Inventory to help doctors and patients pinpoint chemical sensitivities that may be causing health problems.
UT Health Science Center

Sensitivity to household chemicals, perfumes, and air pollution often go undetected, but now there’s a way for patients, especially those with mysterious medical symptoms, to discover if they are sensitive to certain chemicals.

The QEESI, or Quick Environmental Exposure and Sensitivity Inventory, is now available online. This 15-minute questionnaire developed by San Antonio researcher Dr. Claudia Miller, allows individuals to rate their reactions to things like car exhaust, nail polish, paints, and pesticides.

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Texas Windstorm Insurance Association
11:41 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Unpaid Hurricane Claims Have More To Do With Politics Than Storm Damage

A Houston attorney who also happens to be the largest Democratic contributor in the state this week released new details in his ongoing lawsuit against the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association.

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Women's Rights
7:00 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Davis Accuses Abbott Of Dodging Equal Pay For Women Question

Ryan Poppe/David Martin Davies TPR News

Looking more and more like a general election that's in full swing, gubernatorial opponents Wendy Davis and Greg Abbott took shots at each other this week over Abbott’s response to a question about an equal-pay for women bill that was vetoed by Governor Rick Perry following this past session.   

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Arts & Culture
6:09 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Artpace Will Soon Unveil New Works

Jessica Mallios, Untitled (view from Tower)
courtesy Jessica Mallios

Artpace’s Springtime Artist in Residence Program is about to end. 

“The Artist in Residence Program asks an international artist, a national artists and then a Texas-based artist,” says Texas artist Jessica Mallios, who describes how the program is constructed.

All the artists converge in Artpace’s downtown gallery and studios in January each year. While they live and create there, they are are given eight weeks to develop a specific project for exhibition at the end of their time at Artpace.

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Anthony Graves speaks out on his time in isolation
4:53 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

An Innocent Man In Solitary Confinement

An example of a solitary confinement cell
Flikr User: Derek Purdy

After nearly 19 years and 2 failed attempts by the state of Texas to bring him to execution, Anthony Graves was exonerated and released from prison. He now works as an advocate for reform in Texas. He joined us on our program "The Source" to give us an insight into what being in solitary confinement is like. 

"It literally drives men insane. I witnessed it myself. I seen guys hanging themselves, cuttin their throats, overdosin on their medications, droppin their appeals, just trying to find a way to check out..."

Election Campaigns
4:03 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Governor Perry Hints At 2016 Presedintial Run During CPAC Speech

rickperry.org

Governor Perry used much of the same rhetoric he used while touring with his group, Americans for Economic Freedom, when he recently spoke at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference.  The Texas Republican still sounded like he plans a presidential run in 2016.

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Military
3:51 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Sons Of The American Revolution Give Toolboxes To Purple Heart Recipients

Air Force Tech. Sgt. Retired Kenny Walker describes his duties in Afghanistan
Eileen Pace

Saturday, Sons of the American Revolution thanked veterans by giving ten Purple Heart recipients, who are transitioning back to civilian life after their injuries, tool boxes worth $1,000 each.

The effort is ongoing, with a promise to get tool boxes into the hands of every wounded war hero in the nation:

Brandi Hootsell opens the tool box her husband received last year from the group.  

“It came packed,” she said. “There’s a saw in here, saw blades, gloves. They’re nice tools, too.”

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