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The Source - January 13, 2014
11:37 am
Mon January 13, 2014

The Source: New Documentary On North Korea | Internet, Equity & Hi-Speed SA

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In the first segment:

In never-before-seen footage  on the streets of North Korea and in the secretive prison camps, a new Frontline documentary airing tomorrow night takes viewers inside the most clandestine country in the world. What is it like living under the volatile and mysterious Kim Jong-Un?

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Science & Technology
9:56 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Former Bexar Medical Examiner Tapped For Seat On National Commission On Forensic Science

A longtime medical examiner for Bexar County has been appointed to the newly-formed National Commission on Forensic Science.

The commission, which meets for the first time in February, was created last year to establish national standards to help assure the scientific value and accuracy of evidence in criminal cases and investigations.

Dr. Vincent DiMaio of San Antonio, who is now a consultant, said lawmakers and the president became interested in standardizing evidence after DNA evidence began to disprove convictions.

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Affordable Care Act
9:26 am
Mon January 13, 2014

White House Encouraging Families Of Mixed Citizenship Status To Apply For ACA Coverage

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U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

As health insurance plan enrollment passes six million, the White House is paying special attention to uninsured Latino citizens to help them find coverage. The administration is also encouraging families who are of mixed citizenship status to apply despite any fears.

Currently, the Department of Health and Human Services does not have specific information on the breakdown of enrollment numbers by race -- the data are still being compiled.

Under a campaign to get more Latinos enrolled, 344,000 calls were made in Spanish nationwide; that’s about 4 percent of call volume.

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Community Safety
4:05 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Feds Say Texas Syndicate Has Been "Wiped Out" In San Antonio

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The last member of the Texas Syndicate on a 20-defendant federal indictment has been sent to prison, and federal officials say the sentencing effectively shut down the prison-based gang in San Antonio.

Of the handful of prison gangs in Texas, the TS had operated mainly in the other big cities in the state -- Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth and Austin. But Assistant U.S. Attorney Joey Contreras in San Antonio said the government’s earlier success in getting rid of the Mexican Mafia allowed the TS to get a foothold here.

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2014 Governor's Race
3:40 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Abbott Appeals Court Order To Pay Davis' Legal Bills From 2011 Redistricting Case

Every confrontation between Abbott (left) and Davis is shaping the narrative running up to the 2014 election, where the two will likely face each other for governor.
Ryan Poppe/David Martin Davies TPR News

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has appealed a decision ordering his office to pay the nearly $270,000 in legal bills for state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, charges she accumulated in a 2011 federal redistricting case involving her senate district.

Last year, a federal three-judge panel ruled in favor of Davis and a federal district judge in San Antonio revisited that order, affirming the ruling.

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Classical Music
3:33 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

KPAC Is Music For Your Life

This month, KPAC 88.3 FM and KSTX 89.1 FM begin a four-week series of announcements on-air that should be music to your ears. And your heart. And your brain. We’re calling it “Music For Your Life.”

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Arts & Culture
3:23 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

'Venus In Fur,' The Playhouse's Sexy And Cerebral Show That's Not For The Kids

Venus in Fur poster
Siggi Ragnar

The Playhouse is about to begin a play that is raising a few eyebrows because of what the play is about.

"'Venus in Fur' is a play adaptation by David Ives of the novel published first in German in 1870 by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch," said John O’Neil, who directs the production.

But there’s no getting around it, the show is about sex.

"Sexy, erotic, sensuous, but not trashy, if that makes any sense," O’Neil said.

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Texas Matters
2:45 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

From Death Row To A Family Pet: 'Things I've Learned From Dying'

Texas Matters: Law professor and author David Dow has had a unique experience with death and has compiled those diverse experiences into a new book. As an attorney, Dow has been part of over 100 cases where those on trial were facing death row, defending -- often unsuccessfully -- those who are facing their own end and who are coming to terms with what that means for their loved ones. Dow uses those experiences along with the death of people close to his family to give a look into the way relationships transform in the face of death.

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Fronteras Desk
1:20 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Navajo Communities Face Water Poverty Crisis

Lindsay Johnson has had to conserve water most of her life. It's a happy day when the water lady fills her barrels.
Laurel Morales Fronteras

Fronteras: Most Americans use more than 100 gallons of water a day, but in Smith Lake, New Mexico, on the Navajo Nation, they use seven. As industries develop farther into remote areas, they run into conflicts with tribes who view certain sites as sacred New York City's "stop and frisk" law has been controversial because of the potential for racial profiling and in San Diego, activists say the same thing is happening.

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Same-Sex Marriage
12:11 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Challenges To Texas Same-Sex Marriage Ban Move Forward In Separate Courts

Attorney Neel Lane represents the couples challenging the Texas ban on same-sex marriage in San Antonio.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

Austin Federal District Judge Sam Sparks surprised all parties when he decided to not force two couples who filed suit in San Antonio to join two other cases challenging Texas’ constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. 

San Antonio attorney Neel Lane, who represents the San Antonio couples -- Cleo DeLeon and Nicole Dimetman, and Victor Holmes and Mark Phariss -- is pleased with Sparks' decision.

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