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Texas Public Schools
4:20 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

LULAC, MALDEF File Federal Suit Over Texas English Language Learner Programs

The Mexican-American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit on the behalf of the League of United Latin-American Citizens, alleging the state of Texas isn’t doing enough to advance English language learner (ELL) students in public schools.

The lawsuit also names San Antonio-area school districts North East ISD and Southwest ISD as defendants and references continuing state education reports to show ELL students are not given as many opportunities as other students.

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Veterans Affairs
3:12 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

South Texas Veterans Group Details Big Problems With Harlingen VA Clinic

Credit U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Staffing issues, longer wait times for doctor’s appointments and lack of medical vouchers are just some of the problems at veteran medical clinics in the U.S.

One South Texas veterans support group has seen firsthand the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs clinic in Harlingen, which has the country’s second longest average wait time according to a federal audit.   

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The Source - June 11, 2014
1:30 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

The Source: San Antonio Symphony At 75

Credit Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

The San Antonio Symphony celebrates 75 years this weekend. The cultural staple has had a storied past with notable conductors, principles and headliners performing, including praise from the likes of Arturo Toscanini

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Abortion in Texas
1:10 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

North Texas Hospital Settles Suit, Restores Doctors' Admitting Privileges

In an -out-of-court settlement, University General Hospital in Dallas has restored the admitting privileges of two area doctors after they were revoked because the doctors perform abortions.

In April, Dr. Lamar Robinson and Dr. Jasbir Ahluwalia filed suit against the hospital for revoking their admitting privileges, which are now required for doctors performing abortions under House Bill 2, which was passed last summer.

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The Source - June 11, 2014
11:25 am
Wed June 11, 2014

The Source: Streetcar Opposition Continues

The many proposed routes for streetcar pictured have been narrowed to just one in the Broadway corridor.
VIA Metropolitan Transit

Mounting pressure on the city of San Antonio and VIA Metropolitan Transit to stop their construction of a streetcar system has grown.

In the last few months, the political landscape has changed surrounding the project: San Antonio notables like Red McCombs and state Rep. Lyle Larson have come out against the plan, Mayor Julián Castro is soon to depart to lead the U.S. department of Housing and Urban Development, and opponents say they will be able to get a charter amendment requiring a public vote added to the ballot in November.

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UIW Medical School
10:32 am
Wed June 11, 2014

UIW Seals Deal With Brooks City-Base For New Medical School

Seven buildings of the former U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine will be used by UIW for its medical school.
Courtesy photo

The University of the Incarnate Word and Brooks City Base have come to an agreement to build a new medical school at the site of the former Air Force installation.

After two years of searching, UIW has decided to use the former U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine for its new School of Osteopathic Medicine. The boards of both UIW and Brooks City Base approved a memorandum of understanding to use the 23 acre facility, which closed in 2011. 

UIW President Louis Agnese said the university had been scouting three locations.

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Museum Reach 5 Year Anniversary
6:09 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Early On, Cockrell Fought To Keep Locks In Mission Reach Plans

Upstream from Brooklyn Bridge 7 years ago/June 10, 2014
John Mize/Jack Morgan

Looking at the Museum Reach today, it’s hard to even imagine the way it looked eight years ago.

"It was a trapezoidal ditch, with a very little water that ran down the middle of it," said architect Irby Hightower, who co-chaired the San Antonio River Oversight Committee with former Mayor Lila Cockrell.

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Border & Immigration
3:37 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

ACLU Releases Report On Treatment Of Undocumented Immigrants In Private Texas Prisons

The cover image of the ACLU report Warehoused and Forgotten: Immigrants Trapped in Our Shadow Private-Prison System.
Credit ACLU of Texas

Amid overcrowding issues at immigration prisons in Texas, the American Civil Liberties Union released a report on the treatment of non-violent undocumented prisoners at private facilities. The ACLU focused on five facilities in Texas.

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The Source - June 10, 2014
2:50 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

The Source: Expanding Debt Relief For Students

President Obama talks about his Presidential Memorandum to increase access to some debt relief on Federal Student borrowers
Credit The White House / cc

Yesterday President Obama signed a presidential memorandum that, when implemented, expands access to a repayment cap of 10 percent of income to an additional 5 million federal borrowers.

The action takes a law passed in 2010 applying to new loans and applies it to loan holders who borrowed before October 2007.

College affordability and the ability to go and then pay off your debt are of great concern across the country as the average college graduate, from 2012, owed $29,000 and the costs keep rising. 

What can we do to make college more affordable? 

Guests:

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Texas GOP Convention
12:07 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

GOP Latinos, Business Leaders Disappointed At Removal Of Guest Worker Program

Will the removal of a guest worker program from the Texas GOP platform have an affect the November election?
Credit Chris Eudaily / TPR News

What will be the effect of the Republican Party of Texas' removal of a resolution that calls for a guest worker program? Some Moderate Republicans say they are troubled by this trend that has extended beyond the Republican primaries.

The removal of the Texas Solution, a state-centric guest worker program, from the party platform seems to have firmed up some Republicans' position on the matter. State Rep. Jason Villalba, R-Dallas, said he thinks the party missed an opportunity.

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