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Federal Government
9:36 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Castro Calls On Congress To Solve Budget Crisis Before Tonight's Deadline

Joaquín Castro, here supporting his brother Julián at the Democratic National Convention, says contrary to what Cruz is preaching, there are plenty of Texans happy about the ACA.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

San Antonio Congressman Joaquín Castro is urging his fellow congressmen to get past "hostage politics" of the past few years to avoid a government shutdown and also emphasized the importance of the Affordable Care Act.

Castro said the current stalemate over the federal budget has already had detrimental effects on the health of the country, saying the fiscal fights are giving the nation a case of high blood pressure:

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Military
6:00 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Silent Heroes Eulogized At Lackland Ceremony

Wreath ceremony honoring "Silent Warrior" SSGT Richard Dickson, killed when his plane crashed over Kandujar, Afghanistan in April

The Air Force at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland Friday honored an intelligence specialist whose plane crashed over Afghanistan earlier this year.

The Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency also honored other Airmen who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the 65 years of the organization's history.

“This morning we pay tribute to Staff Sgt. Richie Dickson and 51 other intelligence professionals who perished in the line of duty.”

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Abortion In Texas
3:53 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Groups File Lawsuit Challenging New Texas Abortion Clinic Law

The Stand With Texas Women movement carried the momentum of the abortion clinic bill filibuster by state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

Three Abortion-rights groups have filed a lawsuit against Texas’ new abortion law challenging two of four provisions in the law. 

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Arts & Culture
3:43 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Big Band Jazz At The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center

The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center is bringing Big Band Mexican Jazz to San Antonio. Spokesman Jorge Canavati says what to expect.

“We have Iraida Noriega, a very beautiful Jazz vocalist, world renowned, coming to do a concert at the Guadalupe Arts Center on the eighteenth at 7:30 p.m. She’s going to do Boleros, which are very famous ballads from Mexico and Cuba, from the 30s and 40s, and a big band, with John Migaldi and the Prime Time Orchestra, a local band,” Canavati says.

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Texas Matters
3:05 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Get Ready For Next Week: ACA Exchanges Open & Wendy Davis Announces Her Decision

Sen. Wendy Davis at a Stand With Texas Women rally in San Antonio.
David Martin Davies TPR News

Texas Matters: Wendy Davis will finally announce her decision on the governor's race, which will finally end the speculating and kick the 2014 election campaigning into a new gear. Ted Cruz' attempt to "defund Obamacare" is still playing itself out, but has he gained or lost political capital? The insurance exchanges that are part of the Affordable Care Act open up on Oct. 1 and people for and against the new health care law are working their tails off for their case. A look at boomtowns from Mose Buchele of StateImpact Texas, and last, a few words about sustainability from an International Space Station flight controller.

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Fronteras Desk
11:54 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Barrio Battles Big Industry For Environmental Justice

Shipbuilding industry at the water's edge in Barrio Logan.
Guillermo Sevilla

Fronteras: The low income San Diego neighborhood of Barrio Logan, which is closely linked to the shipbuilding industry, has been largely ignored by the city until residents fought maritime industry for a new community plan, and won. Under the Affordable Care Act, Native Americans are exempt from the mandate that requires citizens to get health insurance, but that hasn’t stopped New Mexico from trying to get consumers covered. Also, how the drought has forced some Native farmers to consider non- traditional irrigation methods and a rarely used desalting plant in Yuma could start sending water to Mexico.

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2014 Election
10:52 am
Fri September 27, 2013

How Does The Leaked Report Of A Davis Run Affect Her Campaign?

Sen. Wendy Davis has been on a roll since her filibuster at the end of June, so is she now all-in for the governor's race?
Senator Wendy R. Davis Facebook

Sources tell Politico that state Sen. Wendy Davis and her advisers have alerted prominent Democrats that she's in the governor's race for 2014, but do these political teasers help or hurt her campaign?

Grace Garcia is the executive director for Annie’s List, one of the main groups drumming up support for the Davis campaign.

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Arts & Culture
10:01 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Get An Up Close Look At Samurai, At SAMA's "Lethal Beauty"

Tōsei gusoku armor .
Forrest Cavale and ZacForrest Cavale and Zach Niles of ThirdElementStudios.com

The San Antonio Museum of Art opens a window to Japan that few in South Texas have looked through.
The exhibition is called "Lethal Beauty," and as curator Andreas Marks notes, the pieces within are both.

"'Lethal Beauty' is showcasing the danger behind samurai weapons and armor, but at the same time the beauty that is also inherent in these objects,” he says.

It's all exhibited at SAMA’s Cowden Gallery, which is filled with arms and armor.

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Measels Rate
9:48 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Measels Vaccination Rate About To Drop Below Prevention Rate in San Antonio

Flickr user Thompson Rivers University cc

San Antonio is on the verge of falling below the favorable vaccine rate for measles prevention. In order for communities to accurately prevent the spread of measles, at least 90 percent or higher of the population must be immunized against the disease.  

Anna Dragsbaek is president of The Immunization Partnership, a Texas-based group, and said according to the CDC, Bexar County is right at the threshold.

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Bexar County
9:09 am
Fri September 27, 2013

New Payment Plans For Seniors And Disabled Persons In Bexar County

Property tax area at the Bexar County tax office.
Eileen Pace TPR News

People who pay their property taxes directly to the county have some new options starting Oct. 1. when the Bexar County tax assessor’s office introduces a monthly payment option to help fixed-income property owners more easily budget for their taxes.

Until now most taxpayers have had to pay their whole year of taxes in one lump sum. Seniors and disabled property owners have had two options: Pay the whole thing or pay in half-payments.

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