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Fronteras Desk
2:40 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

People In ACA 'Affordability Gap' Risk Future In Medical Debt

Percentage of persons under age 65 in families having problems paying medical bills in the past 12 months, by poverty status and 6-month interval: United States, January 2011–June 2012.
CDC/NCHS

Fronteras: The Affordable Care Act aims to increase access to healthcare, but for those in the so-called "affordability gap" insurance may still be out of reach. We speak to Politico about a program just launched to provide scholarships for undocumented student immigrants. Also, it was 150 years ago that Mexico was invaded by the French and ruled by Maximilian. It was a time of betrayals, brutality and war, but who was Maximilian?

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World Music
2:35 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Asgeir Trausti Breaks The "Silence" In English

One Little Indian Records

Last year at Austin’s South By Southwest Festival, a muscular, shy young man with a fairly pronounced sunburn arrived for an interview with me.

Asgeir Trausti had recently arrived from a howling storm in Iceland. He shared a video on his cell which confirmed the conditions-- all dark skies and driving snow. On that same day, Austin was experiencing a fairly typical spring day, with warm temperatures, clear blue skies and gorgeous sunshine. It all went to Asgeir’s head--and his face, and his arms,which were glowing pink!

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Arts & Culture
2:19 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Valentine's Day Concert At Cave Without A Name

Cave Without A Name, Throne Room
Paulette Embody Cave Without a Name

Normally I’d suggest not setting your sights too low on how to celebrate Valentines Day with your significant other, but in this case setting them far below might just be the thing to do.

"We are presenting a musical review called Love, Sweet Love," said Allegro Stage Company Music Director Tom Masinter.

"Love, Sweet Love is a musical review presenting beautiful love songs of the 1960s," he said.

I asked Masinter where it was happening.

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Texas Matters
1:46 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

The History Of The Texas Right Wing

Texas A&M University Press

Texas Matters: Republicans have dominated statewide elections in Texas for two decades, so what is the secret to their success? A new book examines their sometimes controversial journey to statewide domination. Also on this show: A new campaign is trying to sway lawmakers into expanding Medicare under the ACA.

How do they do it? Republican domination in Texas

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Environment & Energy
1:03 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

New Report Shows Texas May Have Sufficient Energy Reserves Until 2020

Mose Buchele StateImpact Texas

A report out this week contradicts information put out by the Public Utility Commission that the state  does not have sufficient energy reserves and is in need of changing to a capacity market model.

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Government
12:22 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

City Partners With UHS In Teen Pregnancy Reduction Effort

Mike Gallagher, the newly appointed member to District 10, opposed the birth control agreement between the city and University Health System.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

The City of San Antonio and the University Health System are partnering to target teen pregnancy.

A few years ago, San Antonio residents identified teen pregnancy as the biggest problem the city faces. While leaders with the SA2020 initiative say teen pregnancy is down, Metro Health Director Dr. Thomas Schlenker said the rate is still far above the national average at 40 percent.

To further reduce the pregnancy rate, the city reached an agreement with University Health to provide about 250 girls with the contraceptive each year for three years.

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City Government
11:55 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Update: Special Election For District 9 & 10 Council Seats Is May 10

The city council is expected to officially call for a special election May 10 to fill former Councilwoman Elisa Chan's District 9, and former Councilman Carlton Soules' District 10.
City of San Antonio

Update (2/7): City council voted Thursday to call a special election for May 10 to fill the unexpired terms of former District 9 Councilwoman Elisa Chan and former District 10 Councilman Carlton Soules.

Applicants who wish to run in the special election may file for a place on the ballot beginning Feb. 10. The filing deadline is March 10.

According to the Bexar County Elections Office, the city's special election will be held in conjunction with Bexar County's joint general and special election.

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Arts & Culture
10:53 am
Fri February 7, 2014

See The New SAWS-Briscoe Mural Celebrating San Antonio Water History

SAWS Mural at the Briscoe Western Art Musem
Brian Wilkie

The newest River Walk tile mural was unveiled on Tuesday morning and it celebrates the story of water in San Antonio.

"Contrary to popular belief, oil isn’t the lifeblood of this city, it’s water," said Briscoe Western Art Museum’s Executive Director Steven Karr. "So it’s an important story to tell."  

To tell that story, the Briscoe collaborated with San Antonio Water Systems and artists from Dunis Studios and decided to continue a long-standing San Antonio tradition of creating and installing large tile murals along the River Walk.

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2014 Election
10:46 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Both Sides Of Gun Debate Question Wendy Davis' Stance On Open Carry

Screenshot from Wendy Davis campaign video.
Wendy Davis for Governor

Both gun groups and those wanting more restrictions aren’t surprised by Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis’ position on open carry laws. Davis, in a written statement to the Associated Press, stated that she did support the practice for handguns and had a vision for how that would work in Texas.

The questionnaire asked the state senator from Fort Worth if she supported open carry and why.  Davis answered that she does, but that governmental should be sensitive to private property owners, who may not want allow open carry within their facilities.

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Animal Welfare
9:19 am
Fri February 7, 2014

ACS Focusing On Areas With Most Bite/Stray Calls For Neighborhood Information Sweeps

City Council District 1 (orange) is the target of the Comprehensive Neighborhood Sweeps Initiative this weekend.
City of San Antonio

The City of San Antonio's Comprehensive Neighborhood Sweeps Initiative continues this weekend to deliver responsible pet ownership info and resources directly to residents.

City Council District 1 is being targeted for the initiative this weekend.

Records kept by Animal Care Services of the high-risk neighborhoods pinpoint those with the most bite reports and the most stray animal calls. They deploy staff and volunteers to the targeted area to go door-to-door with education, awareness, and enforcement.

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