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AUSTIN — The Texas Senate has voted to allow home school students to participate in public school athletics and extracurricular activities statewide — advancing the so-called “Tim Tebow bill.”

Plano Republican Sen. Van Taylor's proposal sanctions home school participation in University Interscholastic League events, which are currently only open to public school students.

Monday’s Senate approval sends the measure to the House. It’s similar to legislation that has advanced in other states.

Supporters point to Tebow, who played high school football in Florida while being home-schooled. He later won the Heisman Trophy at the University of Florida.

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick oversees the Senate and has likened expanding UIL participation to the 1960s civil rights movement.

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The Youth Orchestras of San Antonio join forces this weekend with other arts organizations to take on Carmina Burana. To find out more I spoke to YOSA’s Troy Peters.

Carmina Burana is this massive, epic piece of music for chorus and orchestra," Peters says. "It opens with some of the most famous music in classical music. And it’s just thrilling music from start to finish.” Carmina Burana’s origins are quite unusual.

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Eager to buy your first home this spring? Already own, but want to trade up? Be warned: there’ll be plenty of competition. Bidding wars have broken out in hot real-estate markets like Denver and Los Angeles, where there aren’t enough houses to meet demand. Seven states set highs in March, including Colorado, New York, Tennessee and Texas, according to real estate data provider CoreLogic.

The lack of supply is a key reason home sales nationwide have yet to return to healthy levels following the housing collapse in 2008.

“Inventory is still fairly low in a lot of markets across the country,” said Skylar Olsen, senior economist at real estate data firm Zillow. “Buyers are not going to have the easiest time out there.”

New Blood Tests, Liquid Biopsies, May Transform Cancer Care

May 11, 2015
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A new type of blood test is starting to transform cancer treatment, sparing some patients the surgical and needle biopsies long needed to guide their care.

The tests, called liquid biopsies, capture cancer cells or DNA that tumors shed into the blood, instead of taking tissue from the tumor itself. A lot is still unknown about the value of these tests, but many doctors think they are a big advance that could make personalized medicine possible for far more people.

They give the first noninvasive way to repeatedly sample a cancer so doctors can profile its genes, target drugs to mutations, tell quickly whether treatment is working, and adjust it as the cancer evolves.

Two years ago, these tests were rarely used except in research. Now, several are sold, more than a dozen are in development, and some doctors are using them in routine care.

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WEATHERFORD, Texas — Former U.S. House Speaker Jim Wright will be buried at a historic cemetery in his hometown of Weatherford that also serves as the final resting place of other famous Texans.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that the Wright family plot is only steps away from the grave of theater and movie star Mary Martin. And nearby is the gravesite of rancher Oliver Loving, mortally wounded by Comanches in 1867, and Bose Ikard, the former slave who drove cattle alongside Loving and rancher Charles Goodnight.

Wright died Wednesday at the age of 92. After his funeral Monday in Fort Worth, a motorcade will leave for City Greenwood Cemetery. Weatherford is about 30 miles west of Fort Worth.

At a 1997 dedication for refurbished City Greenwood Cemetery, Wright said he first attended a funeral there for a great-great aunt, “and the last funeral I ever will attend will be in this cemetery.”

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