A San Antonio physician has completed a study that shows renal artery stents should no longer be recommended for patients with chronic kidney disease and high blood pressure. The new recommendations are predicted to save millions of dollars in future medical costs.
Dr. William Henrich, president of San Antonio’s UT Health Science Center, found that millions of renal stents placed in older patients with kidney disease and high blood pressure may not have done any good -- and created billions of costs in Medicare dollars.
In an at times emotional press conference this morning, Kristie Mayhugh, Anna Vasquez, Elizabeth Ramirez and Cassandra Rivera, also known as the San Antonio 4, talked about what it meant to them to finally be free after more than a decade in prison.
Elizabeth Ramirez was 20 years old and pregnant when she was first arrested.
"For me it was -- I got to finally hear my son for the first time say, 'Mom, I love you,'" Ramirez said.
Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst is urging the state not to close its high risk insurance pool at the beginning of the year. Uncertainly over Healthcare.gov has some members of the pool uncertain if they’ll have coverage in January.
Dewhurst sent a letter to Texas Department of Insurance asking that the termination be delayed, citing the difficulties presented by the health care website that could delay coverage for some of those on the pool.
Military members around the country are watching today as the U.S. Senate takes up legislation aimed at curbing military sexual assault cases. The controversial bill would remove the chain of command in the legal system in such cases.
Matagorda is just another small Texas town, but its bay is one of the key areas in the state for oyster harvesting and processing. It’s also where the mouth of the Colorado River feeds into the Gulf of Mexico, which creates a unique habitat for animals that survive within a careful balance of fresh and salt water.
The area has been hit hard in recent years by drought, and the lack of rainfall has also taken its toll on the aquatic life, whose survival depends on the fresh water to lower the salinity levels of the bay, which is where shrimp hatch and oysters reproduce.
A group of students from the University of Texas at Austin marched yesterday in front of the state capitol, calling on Congressman Roger Williams, R-Texas, to support a house resolution that would reform immigration policies.
The group University Leadership Initiative and other students against the Young Conservatives of Texas’ "Catch an Illegal Immigrant" game are hoping to somehow catch the eye of Williams, who they are asking to co-sponsor House Resolution 15, which is also known as the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act.
After hearing from state lawmakers, conservation groups and affected farmers, the LCRA board voted to raise the lake level threshold before any water is released to the rice farming irrigation areas of Texas.
The LCRA approved raising the lake level threshold from 850,000 acre feet to 1.1 million acre feet of water, and the board also asked the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to enforce mandatory water restrictions for people living along the Highland Lakes, limiting lawn watering to once a week.
On Tuesday, Bexar County Commissioners appointed two people to positions on local court benches.
Commissioners began accepting applications for judge of County Court at Law No. 10 after Judge Irene Rios announced Nov. 5 that she was stepping down to enter the race for the Fourth Court of Appeals.
Commissioners appointed Tina Torres, who told the court she has worked on every type of civil matter the county court hears. Torres is a graduate of St. Mary’s Law School and has practiced civil litigation for 17 years.