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City leaders say a new federal courthouse will be built downtown by the end of 2020. They unveiled renderings of the facility Wednesday, at event thanking U.S. Representative Henry Cuellar for his support fort the new courthouse.

Congress approved about $133 million for the building, alongside funding for seven other federal courthouses. The facility at Nueva and Santa Rosa Streets will replace the crumbling John H. Wood Courthouse, built 50 years ago for the World's Fair. 

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The Department of Public Safety is meeting Thursday to go over the latest set of rules connected with Texas’ limited medical marijuana law.  The timeline for implementing the law is on schedule, but that schedule is two years after the law took effect and that has dozens of Texas families uprooting their lives to move to states where medical marijuana is legal and available.

Former Austin Corrections Officer Glen Mays hopelessly clutches his 5-year-old son as his wife records one of young Orion’s many seizures on her cell phone.

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Dr. Hector Gonzalez is standing on the Laredo side of the Gateway to the Americas International Bridge—staring across the Rio Grande at Nuevo Laredo, Mexico.

“The majority of trailers, the majority of people, pedestrians, the majority of cargo--comes through Laredo,” says Gonzalez, director of Laredo’s Health Department. “But that also, for us, implies disease.”

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On Saturday in Denham Springs, Louisiana, about 15 miles east of Baton Rouge, the parking lot of a Sam’s Club was turned into a one-stop shop for flood victims.

Just days earlier the entire area was under water, but now this is where people can grab a shopping cart, get free cleaning supplies, cases of water, and ice.

They can also talk to FEMA about their claim for government disaster assistance.

 

A report released by the Bexar County Health Collaborative Tuesday notes a 20-year gap in life expectancy for people living in San Antonio area neighborhoods.

The Community Health Needs Assessment is released every three years. The 2016 report shows that near east side and near west side populations have a life expectancy of 70 to 74 years. Meanwhile, the life expectancy in far northwest and southeast Bexar County is 90 to 94 years.

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