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Abortion In Texas
9:37 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Federal Three-Judge Panel Deciding Fate Of Texas Abortion Clinic Restriction Law

Anti-abortion protesters outside the Stand With Texas Women rally in San Antonio this summer, when debate over the then bill reached a boiling point..
David Martin Davies TPR News

With final arguments and questioning now complete, it is now up to the U.S. 5th Circuit Court in New Orleans to decide whether or not the new Texas abortion clinic restriction law is constitutional.

Kyleen Wright, who is the president of the anti-abortion group Texans for Life, was inside the courtroom in New Orleans and said based on the questions federal judges had, the law, in her opinion, stands a good chance of being upheld.

"They were very skeptical that this ever rose to the level of emergency that they created," Wright said.

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Affordable Care Act
4:46 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Additional TDI Navigator Requirements Will Cost About $1,000 Per Person

Healthcare.gov
U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

The Texas Department of Insurance is hearing it’s final set of feedback regarding state-mandated requirements for federal navigators working for Texas nonprofits. Those requirements include registration and training fees that are near $1,000 per person.

The additional rulemaking by the TDI is a result of a letter submitted by Gov. Rick Perry about his concerns on the lack of federal requirements for navigators, and a state law authored by state Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, who spoke against the new rules.

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Arts & Culture
4:14 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Jump Start Ending Blue Star Run With Massive Party

Jump Start Party Antics
Erik Bosse

San Antonio’s Jump-Start Performance Co. is making a big move, and it all starts with an unusual party. After having operated out of the Blue Star Complex for 20 years, they’re in the process now of moving.

"Our stage has been taken up and I believe today a crew is dismantling our light grid," said Marketing Director Erik Bosse.

The party’s held as the last event in the Blue Star facility, which Bosse describes as a "big, massive event with music, poetry, theater, dance, video, all sorts and things to do."

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Arts & Culture
2:58 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Boerne Community Theatre Presents Tony Award-Winning Play

"God of Carnage" cast.
Allen Rudolph

The Boerne Community Theatre (BCT) is mounting a production of "God of Carnage," a Tony Award-winning play that’s quite a ways out of the Neil Simon romantic comedy mold.

"When I read the script I knew that I needed to direct this show," said BCT Executive/Artistic Director Patty Loftis.

I asked her about BCT's Theater on the Edge program: "You said that 'God of Carnage' was a part of your Theater on the Edge thing -- what does that mean?"

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Military
2:39 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Commission Deciding The Future Of Military Compensation & Retirement

Leadership of all branches of armed s ervices testified at Monday's hearing: [Left to Right] CMSgt Brian O'Mullan, CMSgt Craig Recker, Maj. Gen. Margaret Poore, Lt. Gen. Perry L. Wiggins, Brig. Gen. Robert LaBrutta, and CMSgt Rhonda Buening
Eileen Pace TPR News

Local military leaders are testifying before a congressional commission in San Antonio today in advance of modernizing the way the military -- and all uniformed services -- is compensated.

The Military Compensation and Retirement Commission was created in the recent National Defense Authorization Act, the annual bill that authorizes and funds the military. The commission is gathering comments from service members online and at public hearings around the country.

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The Source - January 6, 2014
1:56 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

The Source: Prosecuting The Financial Crisis | School Safety Following Newtown

Flickr user SalFalko

In the first segment:

Despite several reports showing fraudulent practices during the run-up to the economic meltdown, there have been no high-profile indictments of leaders in the banking industry.

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2014 Governor's Race
9:35 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Davis And Abbott Step Up Campaigning Following Finance Chair's Payday Loan Comments

Ryan Poppe/David Martin Davies TPR News

A political expert says the ongoing battle over remarks made by Texas Finance Commission Chairman William White, who is also vice president of Cash America, a payday lending company, is a glimpse at how the rest of the 2014 governor’s race will play out.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis called for White to resign from his position following comments he made about consumers and payday lending companies, saying that White's position at a such a company compromises his ability to act as a fair regulator of the industry.

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KPAC Blog
4:40 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

San Antonio Symphony's Dvorak Festival Is Finally Here

Sebastian Lang-Lessing
San Antonio Symphony

Next Friday the San Antonio Symphony’s month-long Dvořák Festival begins. An enthusiastic Maestro Sebastian Lang-Lessing describes Dvořák’s cello concerto as an outstanding one, and "probably also is the most popular cello concerto ever written."

For the Dvořák debut, the symphony is bringing back Chinese cellist Jian Wang.

"He’s looking forward to coming back to San Antonio this season, and we are looking forward to kick off the festival with him," Lang Lessing said.

It all starts with the spirited "Carnival Overture."

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Community Health
3:32 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

This Flu Season Shaping Up To Be One Of The Worst

In Bexar County during the last week of December, the University Health System saw a higher one-week volume of lab-confirmed flu than it saw during any week in the previous two flu seasons.
University Health System

An estimated six people are confirmed dead in Hidalgo County due to the flu -- one pediatric and five adult -- as the flu and flu-like illnesses continue to make their way around the country.

Flu deaths are difficult to confirm as the Texas Department of State Health Services does not require adult deaths to be reported, but Hidalgo County Public Affairs Director Karina Cardoza said the county monitored local clinics on their own.

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New Laws In 2014
3:00 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Concealed Handgun License Applications In Texas No Longer Require Social Security Number

Flickr user David Trawin (trawin) cc

A new law going into 2014 says applicants will no longer be required to provide a social security number when applying for or renewing a concealed handgun license. The new law was authored by state Rep. Lyle Larson, R-San Antonio.

So what does this mean for the general public and those in the CHL business?

"Some people were just concerned about providing all their personal information," said Michael Cargill, who owns Central Texas Gun Works and is a CHL instructor. "You really don’t need a social security number to do a background check on someone."

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