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Affordable Care Act
11:51 am
Thu August 15, 2013

State Attorneys General Question Privacy In ACA Navigator Program

Attorney General Greg Abbott.
State of Texas

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is joining another group of attorneys general to take issue with the selection process in the Affordable Care Act’s navigator program.

Over the next few months the federal government is set to spend millions of dollars hiring people labeled "navigators," who are tasked with helping people get signed up and "navigate" Affordable Care Act.

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Community Health
10:55 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Congenital Syphilis Cases On The Rise In San Antonio

City of San Antonio

The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District has initiated a campaign to re-educate the population about syphilis as the city has seen an increase in the number of congenital syphilis cases over the past couple of years.

Metro Health said San Antonio is number two in the state in the number of syphilis cases per capita. Last year in Bexar County 18 babies were born with syphilis and the department said that number should be zero.

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2014 Election
10:10 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Abbott Continues To Dodge Pauken Request For Debate

Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Pauken.
tompaukenfortexas.com

Republican Tom Pauken continues to issue a debate challenge to fellow gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott, but the attorney general has not even acknowledged Pauken as a candidate.

Abbott publicly announced his candidacy for the governor’s race one month ago, but even before he had made this announcement, Pauken had issued a challenge for a public debate.

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Texas Education
9:14 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Tea Party Launches Offensive To Impeach Board Of Education Member

Thomas Ratliff, who represents District 9 on the Texas State Board Of Education.
State of Texas

State Board of Education member Thomas Ratliff, who is a Republican, has backed the use of online lesson plan provider CSCOPE from the beginning, but the groups making the push to impeach are not using that as their reason to oust him.

"They allege that because I represent Microsoft as a paid lobbyist at the Texas Legislature that that somehow disqualifies me or gives me a conflict of interest on the State Board of Education," Ratliff said.

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San Antonio Symphony on KPAC
10:35 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Mozart, Ravel Highlights Of Symphony Broadcast

Laion

This week's San Antonio Symphony broadcast features quintessentially American music by Aaron Copland, as well as the American influence on the French composer Maurice Ravel. Mozart's final symphony rounds out the program.

Aaron Copland's "Rodeo" helped put the composer on the map; its rustic rhythms were a hit in 1942, and later held up as the epitome of Americana when used in a popular ad campaign, "Beef: It's What's For Dinner."

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TPR Cinema
10:06 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

"Shane" Comes Back, On Blu-ray

Credit WHV Home Entertainment

“A man has to be what he is,” Shane (Alan Ladd) tells young Joey (Brandon De Wilde) at the close of George Stevens’ Oscar-winning Western. “[He] can’t break the mold.” 

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The Source - August 15, 2013
12:23 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

The Source: Working For A PTSD Cure | Budget Cuts And The Library

Central Library downtown.
City of San Antonio

In the first segment:

Last year in the U.S. military there were more deaths from suicide than there were combat deaths. The sobering statistic came out despite the influx of money and coverage of depression and post-traumatic stress disorder amongst veterans for the past few years.  

Over the weekend the White House and the Department of Defense announced a significant investment in research for PTSD and the University of Texas Health Science Center will be leading a large part of the effort.  

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Banking
9:13 am
Wed August 14, 2013

Merger Announced Between Cullen-Frost And Oil-Rich West Texas Bank

Flickr user Hilton Lieberum cc

One of San Antonio’s oldest banking companies has struck a profitable agreement with one of the largest oil banks in the country.

Cullen-Frost Bankers, Inc., has agreed to pay $220 million in stock and cash in the merger with Odessa-based WNB Bancshares, Inc. Both companies expect benefits to accrue from the deal.

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The Source - August 13, 2013
5:49 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

The Source: The Gangs of San Antonio Past | Autism In The Classroom

"The Bounds" San Antonio's Red Light District

In the first segment:

"I've not heard you mention the turf because that is what it was about, the Turf," said our caller named Joe who described himself as of the era of the Ghost Town Gang and others that were the topic of our discussion.  From the Olmos pharmacy to the far southside there were small-time gangs all across the San Antonio of the 50s and 60s.  Now in their 70s these old men recount, some with bravado, the histories of their neighborhoods and gangs to Mike Tapia, associate professor of Criminology at UTSA.  Tapia is conducting interviews, compiling for future generations the history of the barrios.  

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World Environment
3:52 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Engineers Without Borders Organize San Antonio Professional Chapter

Engineers Without Borders

Engineers without Borders chapters exist to provide communities around the world with solutions that improve the lives of its residents. They provide support by designing improvements from solar power for neighborhood centers to water supplies for hospitals.

Local engineers are gathering to create the first local chapter of Engineers Without Borders. The first project for the Alamo Professional Chapter will be a potable water supply for Papachacra, Bolivia, a community of about 2,000 people with no good water supply. 

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