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Abortion In Texas
10:02 am
Mon March 17, 2014

UT Student Helps Get Texas Women Access To Abortion Services

As women in large sections of the state quickly lose access to abortion services, Lenzie Sheible, a 19-year-old University of Texas at Austin student, to form a nonprofit whose aim is to provide these women transportation to cities with abortion clinics.   

It was just a few weeks ago that the last remaining abortion clinic in the Rio Grande Valley closed it’s doors because of restrictions contained in Texas’ House Bill 2, the state’s new set of abortion restrictions that has so far led to the closure of 19 clinics. 

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Government
11:42 pm
Sat March 15, 2014

Nancy Pelosi Talks Pay Equity At Women's Economic Forum

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi joins Congressman Joaquin Castro for women's economic forum
Eileen Pace

U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told a group of 150 attendees at a women's economic forum Saturday that they must join together to push for pay equity, work-life balance and benefits that equal the playing field for women and their families.

Pelosi joined Rosie Castro and Congressman Joaquin Castro for the event at the Young Women's Leadership Academy, where Castro told the audience that 100 percent of the girls in the senior class had been accepted to college. 

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Government
6:38 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Elected Officials On The Westside Saturday In ACA Enrollment Push

State and local officials will join Congressman Lloyd Doggett, State Senator Leticia Van de Putte, and city council members Shirley Gonzales and Ray Lopez Saturday to encourage residents on San Antonio’s west side to sign up for health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

The Bilingual Health Care Enrollment and Resource Fair is set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Progreso Hall, a popular gathering spot for Westside residents.

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Arts & Culture
5:05 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

From Ballet To Author: An Unusual Path

Mario Alberto Zambrano
Nephi Nevin

A first-time author is coming to the San Antonio Book Festival next month, and I came to find that his back story is as fascinating as the book he’s written. Meet Mario Alberto Zambrano, whose novel-writing career began on the stage.

“I was a dancer for a very long time. I never read as a kid and I never wrote short stories…”

Being an author is Zambrano's second life, after retiring from an international career as a ballet dancer, he began writing. Surprisingly his first novel was picked up.

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KPAC Programming
4:34 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

San Antonio Chamber Music Society Broadcasts This Month

The Tempest Trio
Courtesy photo

This month, TPR presents a three-week series of broadcasts drawn from the San Antonio Chamber Music Society’s 2013-2014 series.  The one-hour programs will be broadcast on Saturday nights at 7:00 on KPAC 88.3 FM and KTXI 90.1 FM.

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TPR Green
4:20 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

TPR Arbor Takes Shape With Your Help

The future site of the TPaRbor.
Elisa Gonzales

The Mission Reach Ecosystem Restoration and Recreation Project is restoring an eight-mile stretch of the San Antonio River into a quality natural riparian ecosystem. The San Antonio River Authority has given TPR the opportunity to adopt a 3.4-acre stretch of natural area adjacent to the project, which we are calling the TPaRbor.

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Texas Matters
4:01 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

How The Affordable Care Act Is Affecting Texas

David Martin Davies TPR News

Texas Matters: On this week's episode, we look at the ways the Affordable Care Act is affecting Texas, from a South Texas county that will be relying on the plan to service its employees, to efforts to get more of Texas' uninsured residents signed up for Obamacare.

Brooks County drops health coverage

Brooks County is in South Texas near the coast. It's not exactly on the border, but near enough to be heavily impacted by the cost of illegal immigration.

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2014 Governor's Race
3:21 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Political Expert Says New Abbott Campaign Policy Targets Davis' Law Career

Ryan Poppe/David Martin Davies TPR News

 Greg Abbott’s gubernatorial campaign has introduced a new campaign policy this week that political experts say takes a stab at Wendy Davis' past work as a bond attorney while she was a state lawmaker.   

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Fronteras
2:52 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Fearing Rape, Migrant Women Prepare For Crossing With Birth Control

A poster hanging in a migrant shelter in Nogales, Mexico. The text reads "I have the right to be respected physically, sexually and psychologically," in Spanish.
Jude Joffe-Block

On Fronteras: Women migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border face many dangers on the journey, including rape. The crimes usually go unpunished. But there’s one case now in an Arizona court that is different.

...also, the U.S. Border Patrol says it’s refining its techniques when facing people who throw rocks at agents along the border.

...and Burmese refugees living in the Southwest are working hard to learn English - even though some are illiterate. They’re future depends on learning the language.

Finally, as spring rolls around, hear a commentary about the promise of the season, which can be both bountiful and bleak.

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Health Care
2:35 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Brooks County Drops Health Coverage For All Employees

A South Texas county is telling its employees to enroll in the Affordable Care Act because the county can't afford to insure them any longer. Brooks County is dealing with rising cost of health care, falling oil revenues and the cost of illegal immigration. 

The 95 Brooks County employees were told this week they would lose their health insurance and they could sign up for the ACA at the local public library.

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