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Same-Sex Benefits
9:40 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Van De Putte And House Dems See National Guard Refusal In Opposite Ways

State Sen. Leticia Van De Putte says she understands Gen. Nichols' reasons for approaching the matter with caution.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

With Attorney General Greg Abbott now advising the Texas National Guard about the legal side of their refusal to process federal same-sex couple benefits, a group of House Democrats are urging Maj. Gen. John Nichols, the head of the Texas National Guard, to rescind his decision and start processing the benefits.

But the issue is more complex than you might imagine.

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Non-Discrimination Ordinance
5:35 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Opponents Of NDO Lodge Ethics Complaints Against Bernal

Councilman Diego Bernal gestures as he explained his position on the city's non-discrimination ordinance at the Sept. 5 meeting.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

The non-discrimination ordinance has passed, but opponents are not giving up their fight.

Opponents of the ordinance are retaliating against Mayor Julián Castro and each of the eight council members who voted to pass the measure -- they are gathering signatures for recall petitions.

On Aug. 10, District 1 Councilman Diego Bernal was holding his regular Coffee with the Councilman event at Linda’s Mexican Restaurant #2.

But this time the room was populated with opponents of the LGBT non-discrimination ordinance.

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Community
4:59 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

City Libraries May Not Face One Day A Week Closure After All

Central Library downtown.
City of San Antonio

If an amendment remains in place when San Antonio City Council votes on the budget this week, then the doors at city libraries will stay open all week long.

Library board chair Jean Brady cautioned that nothing is final until the city council votes Thursday on the proposed budget. But right now it looks like library funding will be restored to keep branch libraries open.

"If this funding’s been restored then that means we’ll be at seven days a week doing business as usual," Brady said Monday. "We’re delighted."

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Science & Technology
2:22 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Greehey Family Foundation Adds $5 Million To UTHSC Capital Campaign

Bill Greehey speaks to guests at the UTHSC President's Gala Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013.
Eileen Pace TPR News

The UT Health Science Center announced this weekend it had received a gift from the Greehey Family Foundation that puts the Campaign for the Future of Health over its goal of $500 million dollars.

Before an audience of 1,500 attending the president’s gala Saturday night, UT Health Science Center President Dr. William Henrich announced the $5 million gift from the Greeheys. 

Henrich told the audience that the Health Science Center needed a champion and he couldn’t think of a better one for this campaign. The Greeheys also had contributed a record $25 million in 2007.

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SAPD Officer Shot
1:53 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Standoff Over With Man Who Shot Officer

A SWAT vehicle approches the Super 8 Motel (white building) to negotiate with the suspect.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

(Update 5:14) SAPD is now confirming that the suspect has surrendered and is in custody.

(Update 3:41 p.m.) SAPD has released the name of the officer who was shot in the head this morning as 34-year-old Aaron Terrazas and he is expected to make a full recovery. Police are still in a standoff with the suspect and streets around the area are still closed.

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Same-Sex Benefits
1:40 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Texas National Guard Getting Legal Help From Abbott

Attorney General Greg Abbott.
State of Texas

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has formally announced he will provide the Texas National Guard a legal opinion regarding the group’s decision to not process federal benefits for same-sex families.

This month sections of the Defense of Marriage Act were repealed for same-sex couples in the military and working for the federal government. The Texas National Guard cited the state Constitution as their reason for not processing these families and asked Abbott for his help on the issue.

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Redistricting - 2014 Election
12:23 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Court Approves Interim Maps For 2014 Election

San Antonio-area state House districts approved by the 83rd Legislature 2013-2014.
State of Texas District Viewer

Late Friday a federal court in San Antonio decided that the State of Texas could use voting maps from this summer’s special session on a temporary basis ahead of the 2014 March primaries. 

The decision is the latest in the on-going battle in the state over redistricting and Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is claiming this one as a victory.

Abbott released this statement:

"We are pleased that the court agreed to allow the 2014 elections to proceed on time using the new maps drawn by the legislature. That certainly benefits all Texans."  

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The Source - September 9, 2013
9:39 am
Mon September 9, 2013

The Source: Why Teach? | The American Way Of Poverty

Flickr user uniinnsbruck cc

In the first segment:

University of Virginia professor Mark Edmundson thinks the very souls of our students are at stake when they are in the classroom. They will either love learning, discover things about themselves and what they could be, or they won't -- going so far as to dislike or even hate learning.  

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BP Oil Spill
5:20 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Texas Supreme Court To Rule In BP Insurance Case

Texas Supreme Court justices, 2012.
State of Texas

The U.S. 5th Circuit Court has asked that the Texas Supreme Court make a ruling on whether oil giant BP had adequate insurance coverage prior to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Osler McCarthy, a staff attorney for public information at the Texas Supreme Court, said that when BP asked its  insurance company, to pay up, its insurer told them they weren't covered.

McCarthy said the court will be examining if the primary coverage was enough for BP to be covered for the pollution damage to the Texas Coast or if the company should have purchased additional umbrella policies.

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Community Health
4:45 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

UTHSC & Methodist Reach Memorandum For Children's Hosptial

(Right) Jaime A. Wesolowski, president and CEO of Methodist Healthcare System, and William L. Henrich, M.D., MACP president of the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio.
David Martin Davies TPR News

The competition to bring a world class children’s hospital to San Antonio took another dramatic turn today as the UT Health Science Center and Methodist Health Care announced they had signed an Memorandum of Understanding. 

The UTHSC and the Methodist Children’s hospital make a natural fit -- since they are already right across from each other on Medical Drive in the city’s Medical Center.

Dr. Bill Henrich, president of the Health Science Center, said the medical match up goes beyond to two institution’s proximity.

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