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9:14 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Feds Say 80 Percent Of Latinos Qualify For ACA Tax Credit

A new analysis from U.S. Health and Human Services estimates that about eight out of ten Latinos across the nation qualify for tax credits to buy a health plan through the Affordable Care Act or for Medicaid.

That means 2.5 million eligible uninsured Latinos in Texas gained access to new options for health care with the ACA -- and an additional 2.8 million in California, 400,000 in Arizona and 180,000 in New Mexico.

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Same-Sex Marriage
5:15 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Local Couple Reflects On Love, Says Attitudes Toward Same-Sex Marriage Have Changed

Eliza McAdams (right) and Christina Parker embrace after Parker's proposal.
Courtesy photo

On Wednesday a federal judge in San Antonio will hear arguments challenging the Texas constitutional amendment defining marriage a union between "one man and one woman."

But whatever the judge rules, the issue will likely remain unsettled, leaving same-sex couples in Texas to wonder what their future holds.

Just ask Eliza McAdams and Christina Parker. They're a same-sex couple who always felt one day they would be legally married.

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Gun Rights
4:40 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Davis Clarifies Position On Open Carry, Says Cities Should Decide

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis at a campaign stop in San Antonio last year.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Likely Democratic nominee for governor Wendy Davis is retaining her support for the open-carry issue despite some rumblings within her own party but emphasized this week that that position comes with caveats -- Davis would make sure city governments retained a local control of the issue.

Davis said her position on open carry remains consistent with her position on the guns on campus issue -- she voted against guns on campus but offered an amendment that would allow individual college campuses to decide the issue.

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Arts & Culture
3:49 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

The Magik Theatre Brings Children's Book "Skippyjon Jones" To Life

Cast of Skippyjon Jones
Tracey Maurer

A famous children’s book has been adapted to the local stage. I spoke to the Magik Theatre Artistic Director Dave Morgan, and I had to ask him, "So what the heck is a 'Skippyjon Jones?'"

“'Skippyjon Jones' is a cat that thinks its ears are too big for its head, so he wants to be a Chihuahua. And he loves Chihuahuas," Morgan said.

If you don’t know "Skippyjon Jones," it’s probably because like me, you don’t have young children. The books are wildly popular, and Morgan decided it needed to leap from the pages onto the Magik’s stage.

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Texas Water
3:21 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

TCEQ Still Mulling Decision To Stop Flow Of Water From Highland Lakes

Water from the Highland Lakes ends up at the coast in Matagorda Bay.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality will hear public testimony Wednesday on the Lower Colorado River Authority’s emergency request to stop the flow of water heading downstream to Texas rice farmers.

Jennifer Walker with the Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club said they are especially concerned with this year’s emergency order because of the number involved.

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Charter Schools
2:16 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Education Commissioner Set To Revoke Six Charter School Licenses

Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams.
Christopher C. Leonard cc

Six open-enrollment charter schools have been notified by the state that they are about to have their license revoked. A new law passed by the legislature gives the education commissioner greater authority, including revoking a failing charter school’s state license.

This week Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams sent six open-enrollment charter schools notices of mandatory revocation. Under the new law calling for more charter schools, the commissioner was also given additional authority to revoke failing charter schools state license.

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The Source - February 11, 2014
12:24 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

The Source: 'Paying Till It Hurts' | SAWS Water Plan For The Future Gets Pushback

EdTech Stanford School of Medicine

In the first segment:

Last year for the first time the federal government released a huge database showing something staggering: A procedure that could cost $100,000 at one hospital cost under $10,000 at another down the road. 

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Arts & Culture
12:09 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

McNay Exhibit Goes Beyond 'Electric LOVE' With Robert Indiana

The Electric LOVE, 1966/2000
Morgan Art Foundation, Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Robert Indiana is one of America’s most successful living artists. I spoke to him recently from his island home off Maine. You probably know Indiana’s iconic Electric LOVE sculpture with the distinctive crooked "O" from the mid 1960s.

"I've done pretty well by being known for Love," reflects the artist.

But beyond the love statue there is so much more. Last week the McNay Art Museum opened Beyond Love last week at the expansive Stieren Center.

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Arts & Culture
4:54 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Changes At SAMA Provide Growth Opportunity For American Collection

The San Antonio Museum of Art.
Courtesy photo

The San Antonio Museum of Art recently created a new position: Curator of American art. I went to SAMA last week and spoke with William Keyse Rudolph to find out what that means for San Antonio.

"I am the Marie and Hugh Halff curator of American art, and then I also serve as the Mellon chief curator," Rudolph said.

What that means is he will curate the museum’s American Collection, and he’ll oversee the rest of SAMA’s curatorial staff. That could mean big things for the museum, specifically in the area of his specialty, American art.

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Same-Sex Marriage
4:02 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Texas Same-Sex Marriage Challenge Takes Comfort In Attorney General Holder's Support

Chris Eudaily TPR News

The federal government is throwing its weight behind efforts to ensure same-sex couples have equal treatment under the law. The attorney who represents two couples who are challenging Texas’ ban on same-sex marriage in court this week said that declaration only helps their case.

Speaking at a human rights event, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder directed the Department of Justice to give same-sex couples full and equal recognition to the greatest extent under the law. 

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