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5:02 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

SARA General Manager Says City Not Ready For Ban On Plastic Bags - Yet

Plastic bags are a significant problem for trash along the San Antonio River. This pictures illustrates a portion of trash at Blue Wing Road near the Salado Creek confluence.
San Antonio River Authority

A bag ban proposal is working its way through City Hall after District 7 Councilman Cris Medina submitted what's called a Council Consideration Request (CCR).

Medina's proposal includes a ban on single-use plastic bags in San Antonio, but included in the request is also a proposal for council meetings to go paperless and also updates to construction standards to build homes in a more energy-efficient manner.

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Community Health
4:29 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Metro Health & YMCA Offering Free Diabetes Workshops During November

Metropolitan Health District

The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District is partnering with the YMCA to bring diabetes education to the community, including a free diabetes management program developed by Stanford University.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, 26 million people in the U.S. suffered from diabetes in 2010  and 79 million more had been diagnosed with pre-diabetes. Thirteen percent of Bexar County residents are diabetic.

During the Month of November, Metro Health and the YMCA of Greater San Antonio will offer free classes to help patients prevent and self-manage diabetes.

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University of Texas
2:43 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

UT Young Conservatives' "Catch An Immigrant" Game Canceled

Marsha Miller University of Texas

Today: University officials are calling it a victory for all students at the University of Texas at Austin, as the UT chapter of Young Conservatives of Texas has announced it will cancel its "Catch an Illegal Immigrant" game.

Lorenzo Garcia, the chairman of the group, said the reason for the cancelation is that some in the group feared retaliation from university officials if the group held the game, which was scheduled for this Wednesday.

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KPAC Blog
2:07 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Symphony Welcomes Guest Violinist Philippe Quint And His Stradivarius To San Antonio

Philippe Quint and his violin.
Lisa-Marie Mazzucco press photo

The San Antonio Symphony has invited guest violinist Philippe Quint for its next performance. Quint was born in Leningrad, Russia, to a musical family and immigrated to the United States in 1991.

He earned multiple degrees at the Juilliard School in New York City. Quint will be in San Antonio this weekend to play Mendelssohn’s "Violin Concerto" with the San Antonio Symphony.

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The Source - November 19, 2013
1:50 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

The Source: Raising The Minimum Wage | City Considers Plastic Bag Ban

Flickr user Trisha Weir cc

In the first segment:

An Ohio Wal-Mart is having a food drive so that needy employees can have a good Thanksgiving. McDonald's has a phone resource line directing its full-time employees to public services like food pantries, SNAP, and heating assistance.  

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San Antonio Healthcare
9:37 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Baptist Health System Settles $3.5 Million Federal False Claims Lawsuit

Baptist Health System settled $3,675,000 lawsuit alleging false Medicare claims.
Eileen Pace TPR News

The U.S. Attorney in San Antonio has settled a $3,675,000 whistleblower lawsuit against the Baptist Health System for filing false claims for Medicare reimbursement.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the federal investigation under the False Claims Act was triggered by allegations in a whistleblower lawsuit brought by a former employee of the Baptist Health System.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Harold Brown said Norma Rivera reported she tried twice to bring the problem to the attention of her employers.

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Arts & Culture
4:08 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Austria's Salzburg Marionettes In San Antonio On Wednesday

"The Sound of Music"
Courtesy photo

Big time puppetry returns to the Alamo City on Wednesday, November 20, thanks to the Children’s Fine Art Series, who have been in San Antonio for 31 years now.

"It actually was the creation of the Montessori school my children were attending," said Executive Director Kathleen Miller. "When I started there wasn’t a whole lot of choice. But I think along the way a lot of people have realized how important that is for young children, and that they can develop that appreciation for arts at that young age."

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Medical Education
3:33 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

UTHSC Medical School Named Top Three For Hispanics Studying Medicine

UT Health Science Center

The School of Medicine at the UT Health Science Center has been named one of the top three best medical schools for Hispanics in the U.S.

The national ranking came from "HispanicBusiness" magazine and honors the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio for its use of progressive programs to recruit, support and mentor Hispanic medical students.

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The Source - November 18, 2013
2:59 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

The Source: Fracking & Earthquakes | More Research Into Low Testosterone

South Texas Environmental Education and Research

In the first segment:

As the United States becomes a net exporter of oil for the first time since 1995, the Eagle Ford Shale deposit hums away with activity. The environmental costs have been becoming better documented and one correlation becomes stronger and stronger -- the link between certain hydraulic fracturing disposal methods and earthquakes.

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Local History
2:45 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Brooks City-Base 50 Years After JFK's Final Address

President Kennedy's last speech to a crowd happened at Brooks Air Force Base on Nov. 21, 1963
Unknown kennedyatbrooks.blogspot.com/

On Nov. 21, 1963, President John F. Kennedy spoke to a crowd of 10,000 people at Brooks Air Force Base. It would be one of his last presidential acts.

"I have come to Texas today to salute an outstanding group of pioneers," he said, speaking of the compression chambers and training abilities for Air Force, space and other programs. "It is fitting that San Antonio should be the site of this center and this school [Brooks Air Force Base School of Aerospace Medicine and the Aerospace Medical Center]."

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