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Texas Matters
3:06 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Study Says Texans Will Pay About $10 Billion For Other States To Expand Medicaid

Millions of Texans who may have qualified under Medicaid expansion will have to fend for themselves in the ACA marketplace.
David Martin Davies TPR News

Texas Matters: While Gov. Rick Perry has continued his hard line on Medicaid expansion under the ACA, a new study finds that Texas taxpayers will end up paying billions for the other states that do. Never fear, it is now totally fine to say "Merry Christmas" in Texas public schools. Also on this show: Amy Tan talks about the inspiration behind her new book, "The Valley of Amazement."

Texas paying for other state's Medicaid expansion

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Government Oversight
2:01 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Former CPRIT Chief Officer Indicted By Travis County Grand Jury

Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg at the podium.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

Following an investigation by the Texas Public Integrity Unit, a Travis County grand jury has indicted former CPRIT Chief Commercialization Officer Jerald Cobbs with securing a document by deception.

Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, whose office oversees the public integrity unit, said the charges stem from an $11 million grant awarded to a company now known as Peloton, a grant that Cobbs executed without telling anyone.

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Fronteras Desk
12:20 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

USDA Ban On Inspectors Entering Mexico Is Harming Border Economy

Texas-bound cattle move up a ramp following inspection in Presidio, Texas.
Lorne Matalon Fronteras

Fronteras: After Arizona’s immigration enforcement law strained that state’s relations with Mexico, things seem to be getting friendlier. Why Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto spent the day in a tiny border town. The high cost of liquor licenses in New Mexico. Finally, the USDA's ban on its inspectors entering Mexico at border crossings to inspect cattle has crippled an important part of the border economy.

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Science & Technology
11:17 am
Fri December 6, 2013

UTHSC Research Honing In On More Effective Lymphoma Treatments

With the support of the Voelcker Fund, Dr. Ricardo Aguiar’s research team has characterized a molecule (microRNA-155) that promotes the unrestricted growth of cancer cells.
UTHSC

About 75,000 new cases of lymphoma are diagnosed in the U.S. each year, and many are fatal, but a local researcher is entering the final year of study on a project that he hopes will greatly improve lymphoma survival rates.

For four years, Dr. Ricardo Aguiar at UT Health Science Center’s School of Medicine has been working under a grant from the Voelcker Fund to develop lymphoma treatments that are more effective and less toxic.

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2014 Election
8:12 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Republican Candidate Tom Pauken Drops Out Of 2014 Governor’s Race

tompaukenfortexas.com

Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Pauken has announced he is dropping out of the 2014 governor’s race.

In letter sent to donors, the former Texas GOP Chairman Tom Pauken writes:

"The filing deadline is only days away, and I needed to be realistic about our prospects."

The announcement doesn’t come as a surprise to professor Jim Henson, who heads up the Texas Politics Project at the University of Texas at Austin.

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Texas Public Schools
7:57 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Groups Demand State Agency Stop Using Stun Guns & Pepper Spray On School Kids

A group of civil rights and social justice groups are calling on the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officers to ban school resource officers from being allowed to use stun guns and pepper spray against students.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas is one of the groups pushing to ban school police officers from using such practices, what the commission calls less-than-lethal tactics.

The plea comes after a high school student at Bastrop ISD’s Cedar Creek campus was "Tased" as he allegedly was trying to break up a fight between two other students.

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Music Reviews
4:21 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Canadian Group Fuses Bluegrass And Tchaikovsky On Holiday CD

Pipistrelle Music

Every year, radio stations are deluged with new Christmas albums, and Texas Public Radio is no different. This year, I came across one that made its way to the top of my listening stack. The Canadian group Ensemble Polaris boasts diverse instrumentation, including guitar, banjo, mandolin, bagpipe, musical saw, recorders and winds.

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Arts & Culture
4:17 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Broadway's Tony Award-Winning "American Idiot" Coming To The Majestic

"American Idiot" cast.
: Press photo

A hard-hitting multi-Tony award winning musical is coming to the Majestic Theatre.  "American Idiot," the highly-acclaimed musical that was borne out of the seminal Grammy Award-winning Green Day album of the same name, is coming December 13-14.

"'American Idiot' is about three disaffected teens growing up in a place called Jingletown, USA," said Dan Tracy, who plays Tunny in the production. "They’re all trying to find their way to a better life and each of them gets lost in their own way."

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The Source - December 5, 2013
2:28 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

The Source: Childhood Poverty Rises | Clothes Make Characters Come To Life At The McNay

Kids Count 2013 Databook / Center for Public Policy Priorities

In the first segment:

In 11 years the number of children living in poverty has risen, outpacing the number of children born, or moving into the state, says a new report from the Texas-based Center for Public Policy Priorities, a left-leaning research and advocacy group.

What is the state doing to abate this tide of poverty?  How does the situation look on the ground here in Bexar County?

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Texas Public Schools
1:53 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Education Commissioner Uses San Antonio Visit To Build Curriculum Recommendation

TEA Commissioner Michael Williams.
Christopher C. Leonard cc

Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams visited San Antonio’s Toyota plant this week to engage professionals and state officials on how to implement new curriculum changes that offer career and technology opportunities.

Williams said he needs to understand what skills students need to possess before, during, and after high school.

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