The Source - May 7, 2014
4:39 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

The Source: FDA Places New Regulations On E-Cigs

Credit Lauri Rentala /

Last month the Food and Drug Administration released new regulations on e-cigarettes. The marketplace for the nicotine-delivery device has been described by critics as the wild west, where little is known about the issues with the products and what practices the vendors use to manufacture.

One popular new regulation is limiting the sale of the devices to minors. The FDA stopped short of banning ads on TV and marketing that some argued was directed at children. 

Did the FDA go far enough? 

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The Big Give
4:20 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

A Big Total For The Big Give

UPDATE, 4:00 p.m. Thursday May 8: Big Give S.A. organizers have updated their city-wide total, which now stands at $2,017,441.50.

Original post:

It was a big day for San Antonio. Organizers of The Big Give S.A. cheered the “incredible” response to the first-ever 24-fundraising day, which raised nearly $2 million dollars for over 460 area non-profits.

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2014 Republican Lt. Gov. Runoff
3:21 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

T.V. Attack Ads Go Live In Latest Lt. Gov. Debate Between Dewhurst And Patrick

Dewhurst (far left) and Patrick (far right) debated once again in the lieutenant governor primary runoff.
Credit WFAA and the Texas Tribune

The final debate in the Republican lieutenant governor primary runoff election got combative as both state Sen. Dan Patrick and incumbent Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst fixated on each others' personal finance decisions and the latest round of attack ads.

Early on in the debate, which was held in Dallas and hosted by the city’s ABC affiliate, WFAA-TV, and Texas Tribune, the two candidates set the same tone that Texas voters following the race have become familiar with.

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The Source - May 7, 2014
2:06 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

The Source: Sexual Assaults On Campus Brought To Fore

Aidan Wakely-Mulroney /

An estimated one in five women are sexually assaulted on college campuses across the country, according to Vice President Joe Biden and the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault. While the numbers themselves have been questioned, the issue of campus sexual assault is a real one claiming too many victims. 

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Teacher Evaluations
10:22 am
Wed May 7, 2014

New Evaluation System Gives Tests 20 Percent Weight, Educators Outraged

As per his agreement with the U.S. Department of Education, Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams has submitted a new teacher evaluation model this week that uses student test scores as one of the components for measuring a teacher's success.   

The teacher evaluation system is part of the waiver that allowed Texas to opt out of No Child Left Behind.  This week Williams released the final draft of that evaluation, an evaluation that counts 20 percent from students' standardized test scores. 

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Arts & Culture
5:32 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Beirut Part 3: How The Experience Of War Shaped The Art

Evening walk along the Corniche.
Jack Morgan TPR Arts

I was in Beirut  for a convention six days in late March. I then set out to find arts and culture stories there, but they all seemed to link back to the country’s civil war. It makes sense if you think about it, the war lasted for the 15 years between 1975 and 1990 and is a huge landscape in the Lebanese collective memory.

"It was war in my early years. Until I was in 18 I was in war and it was a difficult time because school years were interrupted all the time," said artist Annie Kurkdjian, who lived in Beirut throughout the war.

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State Capitol Police
3:03 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

DPS Launches Mounted State Capitol Patrol Ahead Of 2015 Legislative Session

The DPS Mounted Horse Patrol Unit with the Houston Police Department's mounted patrol.
Credit Ryan E. Poppe / TPR News

The Texas Department of Public Safety has officially launched a mounted patrol on the state capitol grounds.

Much like their first use during the 2013 special session abortion rallies, the DPS is hoping the horse patrol will make troopers more visible.

The idea of having a mounted patrol on the state capitol grounds was an idea first put forth by former state Sen. Tommy Williams, R-The Woodlands. And during 2013 special session, it was also one of first times a mounted patrol was used for crowd control during a number of high-capacity abortion rallies.

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Local Business
1:14 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Council Approves Utility Loan Pilot Program For Blanco Road Businesses

Cheesy Janes food trucks help fill the gap of lost sales while the Broadway construction project continues.
Credit Ryan Loyd / TPR News

A new city pilot program is helping businesses along the Blanco Road construction corridor that are taking a financial hit due to the work. But what about other businesses in the city also affected by construction?

The 20-month Broadway and Hildebrand project began in January 2013 and will be completed this summer. But when Jon Lindskog, the brains behind Cheesy Janes Burgers, approached the city for help with lost sales, the city told him there's nothing they could do.

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District 9 Special Election
12:46 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Candidate Bert Cecconi Not Giving Up Hope For District 9 Office

Bert Cecconi is running for City Council District 9.
Credit courtesy

The final candidate in our look at the race for San Antonio City Council District 9 is Bert Cecconi.

He's been an office hopeful for several years. According to city records, among the races he's run are a 2003 and 2007 bid for City Council District 8.

He switched to District 9 when the new city district lines were redrawn. Cecconi's determination isn't wavering, though.

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The Source - May 6, 2014
12:03 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

The Source: Beirut Seeks To Regain Place In World Of Culture

Greg Zaragoza for Texas Public Radio

  Once considered the Paris of the Middle East due to its tourist and cultural offerings, Beirut, Lebanon was ravaged by civil war in the 70s and 80s. Though the civil war ended in 1990, the country has had a contentious relationship with its neighbors Israel and Syria, doing battle with both in the past 10 years. 

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