Texas Matters
4:01 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

How The Affordable Care Act Is Affecting Texas

David Martin Davies TPR News

Texas Matters: On this week's episode, we look at the ways the Affordable Care Act is affecting Texas, from a South Texas county that will be relying on the plan to service its employees, to efforts to get more of Texas' uninsured residents signed up for Obamacare.

Brooks County drops health coverage

Brooks County is in South Texas near the coast. It's not exactly on the border, but near enough to be heavily impacted by the cost of illegal immigration.

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2014 Governor's Race
3:21 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Political Expert Says New Abbott Campaign Policy Targets Davis' Law Career

Ryan Poppe/David Martin Davies TPR News

 Greg Abbott’s gubernatorial campaign has introduced a new campaign policy this week that political experts say takes a stab at Wendy Davis' past work as a bond attorney while she was a state lawmaker.   

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2:52 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Fearing Rape, Migrant Women Prepare For Crossing With Birth Control

A poster hanging in a migrant shelter in Nogales, Mexico. The text reads "I have the right to be respected physically, sexually and psychologically," in Spanish.
Jude Joffe-Block

On Fronteras: Women migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border face many dangers on the journey, including rape. The crimes usually go unpunished. But there’s one case now in an Arizona court that is different.

...also, the U.S. Border Patrol says it’s refining its techniques when facing people who throw rocks at agents along the border.

...and Burmese refugees living in the Southwest are working hard to learn English - even though some are illiterate. They’re future depends on learning the language.

Finally, as spring rolls around, hear a commentary about the promise of the season, which can be both bountiful and bleak.

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Health Care
2:35 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Brooks County Drops Health Coverage For All Employees

A South Texas county is telling its employees to enroll in the Affordable Care Act because the county can't afford to insure them any longer. Brooks County is dealing with rising cost of health care, falling oil revenues and the cost of illegal immigration. 

The 95 Brooks County employees were told this week they would lose their health insurance and they could sign up for the ACA at the local public library.

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2:09 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

SXSW Drunk Driver Identified As 22-Year-Old Killeen Man

Austin Police Chiefe Art Acevedo addresses the press.
Ryan Poppe

Austin police have identified the 22-year old driver they allege drove through barricaded streets at Austin’s South by Southwest Festival, killing two people and injuring 23 others. 22-year old Rashad Owens of Killeen has been charged with two counts of capital murder and 23 counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

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Arts & Culture
2:00 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Shakespeare On The Riverwalk: Yes, It's To Be

Damian Gillen
E. Powlewski

Shakespeare is considered the greatest writer of the English language, and as I found, there’s a place where you can see all of his works in one night. Well, kind of.  

Damian Gillen is the Artistic Director for the Company Theatre, and he is enthusiastic about their ability to pull off the complete works all in one night. Ah, but there's a twist to how they do it.  "All thirty-seven plays in 97 minutes by only three actors!" he proclaims.

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12:15 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Independent Commission Says No Medical Reason To Prohibit Transgender Soldiers

Eileen Pace

A new report c0-authored by a former U.S. Surgeon General calls into question the decades-old ban on transgender Americans serving in the military.

The study, released Thursday, says that there is no compelling medical reason for the U.S. military to prohibit transgender people from serving in the military.

The Transgender Military Service Commission went on to say that President Obama could lift the ban without going through Congress.

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1:00 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Braesview Road Improvements Approved By San Antonio City Council

City leaders approved upgrades to the road on Braesview where a nine year old girl was hit and killed as she walked to school.

The San Antonio City Council has approved upgrades to a roadway where a nine year old girl was struck and killed on her way to school.

The upgrades to the road include new school zone signs, overhead flashing beacons and pavement improvements in the crosswalks. Councilman Joe Krier requested the city look at improvements after a driver struck and killed Tatyana Babineaux on Braesview as she walked to school in January.

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12:41 am
Fri March 14, 2014

City Takes First Step To Secure Fast Google Fiber Internet

Google Fiber could be on its way to San Antonio. City leaders took the first step to help make sure that happens.

With the approval of a master lease agreement by the San Antonio City Council, Google Fiber may be speeding toward the Alamo City.

To help seal the deal, the city moved forward with the agreement, making the city the landlord, and Google the tenant, in which it will rent city-owned premises like fire and police stations to install network huts.

The city's Economic Development Department director Rene Dominguez told the city council that there will be about 40 such sites, with a rent of $2,250 per site. That comes to $90,000 each year.

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Arts & Culture
4:12 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Artpace Spring Residency Closes With a Party

Liz Glynn, III, installation view
courtesy Paula Cooper Gallery and Redling Fine Art

Artpace’s spring Artist In Residence Program is winding down, and they do so with a party send-0ff for Liz Glynn, who's from Los Angeles.

“I’ve been here about six weeks and I’ve got a week and a half left to produce an exhibition for Artpace,” Glynn said.

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