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The Source May 14, 2014
10:02 am
Wed May 14, 2014

The Source: Scandal At The VA

Eric Shinseki, the head of Veterans Affairs, has been widely criticized over the allegations.
US Dept. of Veterans Affairs / VA photo by Robert Turtil. / VA photo by Robert Turtil./ http://bit.ly/1sNeZuG cc

  The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has been inundated with criticism and calls for its head, Eric Shinseki, to resign after the disclosure by a retired doctor at the Arizona VA hospital. That doctor said wait times were manipulated to show that patients were seen in order to make the hospital look better.

The doctor further alleged that as many as 40 people died as a result of waiting in the backlog of patients. 

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Criminal Justice
9:55 am
Wed May 14, 2014

U.S. 5th Circuit Halts Texas Execution Based On New Information

A Texan man on death row who was scheduled to be the nation’s first execution since the botched lethal injection in Oklahoma has been granted a stay. The US 5th Circuit Court of Appeals halted Robert James Campbell’s execution based on an IQ score taken in 1982.

Campbell came within hours of being executed, but the U5th Circuit believed there was sufficient evidence to prove Campbell would’ve been labeled intellectually disabled  if certain pieces of evidence hadn’t been withheld during his original trial.

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The Source - May 14, 2014
9:36 am
Wed May 14, 2014

The Source: U.S. Highway Trust Fund Going Broke

Chris Eudaily TPR News

Lawmakers have to act if they want to save the nation's infrastructure, according to Anthony Foxx, the head of the U.S. Highway Trust Fund. At risk is more than 700,000 jobs and 112,000 projects.

The trust, which was set up in the 1950s to fund the nation's highway system, is running our of money

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The Source - May 13, 2014
4:31 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

The Source: Malaria Research Opening New Doors

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  Malaria killed 617,000 people in 2012, according to the World Health Organization. The mosquito-transmitted disease affects more than 207 million every year having a fast impact on the stability and productivity of affected societies. 

Research into the disease has reduced fatalites by almost half since 2000, but the variety of parasites that cause the disease make the treating of it more difficult, and the rise of drug-resistant malarial strains are on the rise.  

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Charter Schools
2:54 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Villarreal Pledges To Take Action Following Charter School Financial Accountability Reports

State Rep. Mike Villarreal of San Antonio is pledging to take up charter school issues in the next legislative session.
Credit Eileen Pace / TPR News

Following a series of reports released by Texas State Board of Education Vice Chairman Thomas Ratliff on charter school financial accountability, a state lawmaker said he’s looking into legislation for the 2015 session that will address the issue.

According to an analysis released by Ratliff last week:

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KPAC Blog
2:04 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

YOSA Taking San Antonio Sounds To Canada

Youth Orchestras of San Antonio
John Clare

The Youth Orchestras of San Antonio have just two more performances before taking it on the road. YOSA actually comprises several youth orchestras, encouraging kids to find their own musical paths. Music Director Troy Peters gives us the lowdown on the next performance.

“This Sunday we’re going to be offering one of the big masters of the repertoire, Mahler’s First Symphony. But we’re doing it as a guided tour," he said.

Through the orchestra, Peters will do a stop-and-start performance, with explanations to present in-depth musical elements to the audience.

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The Source - May 13, 2014
12:59 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

The Source: UT Regent Takes Another Step Toward Impeachment

Marsha Miller University of Texas

Yesterday the Texas House Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations voted 7-1 to begin impeachment of University of Texas Regent Wallace Hall.

Hall has been accused of waging a wasteful open records search for impropriety at UT-Austin in an effort to drive out President Bill Powers. The committee began its inquest into the regent nine months ago. 

This is the farthest in the impeachment process the state has ever gone with a governor-appointed official. 

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The Source - May 13, 2014
12:37 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

The Source: Public Sees Details Of Hwy. 281 Toll Roads

Washington State Dept of Transportation / http://bit.ly/RMOXdV

  Last week 350 people packed a public meeting showing the details of the expansion plans of Highway 281 north of 1604

The designs showed the addition of both toll and non-toll roads, including a segment where all additional lanes are tolled. The Stone Oak corridor of U.S. 281 North ranks 28th in the state's 100 most congested roadways, according to the Texas Department of Transportation.

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Arts & Culture
11:47 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Moody Blues Frontman Justin Hayward Coming To San Antonio

Justin Hayward.
Credit Marcus Way

One of the most successful of the post-British Invasion bands was the Moody Blues. I spoke recently to the group’s front man, Justin Hayward.

We had a really difficult time connecting and he graciously took responsibility. He’s coming to the Charline McCombs Theater later this month, but not so much as a singer in a rock 'n' roll band.

"We’re doing things new and old, based on the 'Spirits of the Western Sky' album," he said. 

"Spirits" is Hayward’s solo album. I asked Hayward to elaborate on what audiences can expect.

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Veteran Affairs
11:16 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Van De Putte Calls For Veterans Affairs Wait Time Investigation

Credit U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

On Monday, state Sen. Leticia Van De Putte, D-San Antonio, spoke out against the alleged misreporting and manipulation of wait times at U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs clinics.

A whistleblower alleges that the VA has been making veterans wait long periods of time before seeing a doctor, but recording a shorter wait time in official reports.

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