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Community Health
8:00 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Online ER Check-In Means Faster Wait Times At SW General Hospital

Screenshot of the ER check-in homesite.
Southwest General Hospital

Patients needing emergency room care with conditions that are not life threatening can now check in online at Southwest General Hospital. If the emergency is life-threatening, the patient will still need to rush to a hospital.

Southwest General Marketing Director Elizabeth Luna said a patients with lesser but still urgent needs would likely be placed in line at the hospital, but instead can wait at home instead of in a chair in the hospital waiting room.

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Government
11:43 pm
Sun January 20, 2013

Driver's License Mega Center May Reduce Wait Times

Texas Department of Public Safety

Most of us have had or know someone who’s had the experience of standing in a long line – sometimes up to two hours – to apply for a new driver’s license or take a new photo.

Now, officials at the Texas Department of Public Safety are promising shorter lines for those and other services at their new "Mega Center" in Leon Valley, which opened on Friday, January 18.

The DPS Driver’s License Mega Center is the state’s answer to long lines in six locations, including Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, two in Houston, and San Antonio.

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Government
11:12 pm
Sun January 20, 2013

Travelers Can Speed Through San Antonio Airport With Global Entry

Global Entry kiosk in Terminal A.
Eileen Pace

San Antonio International Airport is now an enrollment site for Global Entry, which allows passengers from international flights to be processed through Customs faster. 

The new, one-stop service opened January 11.

San Antonio got the designation from U.S. Customs and Border Protection after its Global Entry kiosks installed last August were a hit.

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Business
10:02 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

San Antonio's Traffic Jams Costing the City in Jobs

Pothole filled roads, bumpy highways and shaky bridges in Texas are posing mounting challenges to Texas drivers, according to a new report from TRIP, a Washington, DC based national transportation research organization.

Of the 100 transportation challenges identified in the report, five out of the top 50 are located in the San Antonio area.

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World Music
4:23 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

World Music Celebrations: Burning Hills & Cow Races

Yakushiji-temple and Wakakusayama Hill.
名古屋太郎 Wikipedia

Each week on World Music (Saturday nights from 8-10 on KSTX 89.1 FM), I take a look at celebrations happening around the world. This week, there'll be a painful march in Singapore, a burning hill in Japan, and a cow race in Australia! Read more about these unique festivals below, and see video of past celebrations!

THAIPUSAM

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Latino Inaugural Ball
4:11 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Latino Activists Celebrate At Inauguration, Expect Immigration Reform

A young Hispanic man cheers at San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro's keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention last year.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

The Presidential Inauguration is Monday and Washington D.C. is ready for the massive celebration.

Also celebrating will be San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro, and many other Latino celebrities, public officials and community leaders who worked on the Obama campaign. People who now hope to be rewarded with comprehensive immigration reform.

The Latino Inaugural Ball will be more like a star-studded extravaganza concert at the Kennedy Center and hosted by star Eva Longoria. Mark Anthony is performing, Jose Feliciano will jam and Rita Moreno will entertain.

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Community
2:11 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Children's Shelter Renamed To Honor Glenda Woods

San Antonio Children's Shelter

The San Antonio Children’s Shelter is memorializing former leader Glenda Woods by renaming its campus in her honor.

At a dedication ceremony next week, the new Glenda Woods Campus for Children and Families will honor the service and leadership of the board member who molded the shelter into a multi-service facility.

The agency today operates as a shelter for abused or homeless children, and also offers education for teen fathers, prenatal care to teen mothers, and therapeutic services to abused children.

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Texas Matters
1:15 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Standardized Tests - Behind The Scenes & Calls For Reform

Arlington High School student Taylor Griffin and mother Nikki Griffin say new state testing standards are stressful for students.
Shelley Kofler KERA-Dallas

Standardized testing in Texas: Are changes on the way? And what happens to the test papers when students have filled in the last bubble? How do you teach the bible in public schools without promoting a religious viewpoint? The Texas Legislature tries to figure out education funding (again), and now that the president has been re-elected for a second term, Latinos are asking about immigration reform.

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Texas Legislature
12:34 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Will Texas Allow Liquor Sales On Sundays?

Grocery stores cannot sell alcoholic beverages before noon on Sundays, the proposed bill would allow liquor stores the same privilege.
Chris Eudaily TPR

A bill filed by State Rep. Senfronia Thompson (D) of Houston would allow liquor stores to join its supermarket brethren in allowing alcohol sales after 12 p.m. Liquor stores across Texas must lock their doors on Sundays, and grocery stores cannot sell alcohol before noon.

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KPAC blog: The Piano
12:09 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

A Tsunami Of Talent At The International Piano Competition

Bach dares you to play ALL the notes
Wikipedia

A wave of great young pianists crashes into the Alamo City every three years to compete in the San Antonio International Piano Competition. Last October 11, aspiring artists arrived and prepared themselves to impress the judges at the usual venue - the Ruth Taylor recital hall. Luckily for all of us it was all recorded by John Coker.

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