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5:06 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

New Study On Renal Stents Could Save Millions In Medical Costs

Biliary stent.
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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.

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Community
4:48 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Finally Free, San Antonio 4 Want Full Exoneration

The San Antonio 4 from left: Elizabeth Ramirez, Cassie Rivera, Kristie Mayhugh, and Anna Vasquez.
Paul Flahive TPR News

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.

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The Kennedy Assassination, 50 Years Later
4:36 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

JFK's Fateful Last Night And The Latino Vote

Screenshot from a 1960 JFK ad featuring Jackie speaking Spanish.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=xWnsJmBsvHU

As the nation remembers the last tragic day of John F. Kennedy’s presidency, many Latino voters of that era reflect on what the 35th president meant to their emerging political bloc.

JFK had a special connection to the Mexican-American voter, and his campaign helped create the Latino Democratic political coalitions that still exist today.

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Health Care
4:01 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Thanks To ACA Rollout Problems, Texas High-Risk Insurance Pool May Stay Open

Problems with Healthcare.gov are making it difficult for those in the Texas Health Insurance Pool to determine the future of their coverage.
U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

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.

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Sexual Assault In The Military
3:20 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Military Sexual Assault Bill Could Remove Chain Of Command From Legal Process

The investigation of sexual assault cases at Lackland has sparked calls for more overreaching action from Congress.
Eileen Pace TPR News

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.

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Texas Water
2:47 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

How LCRA River Restrictions Are Affecting Oyster Harvesters In Matagorda Bay

Workers shuck oysters at one of Buddy Treybig's oyster processing facilities.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

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.

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Immigration Reform
11:57 am
Wed November 20, 2013

UT Students Protest For Immigration Reform

Ryan Poppe TPR News

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.

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Texas Water
11:14 am
Wed November 20, 2013

LCRA Votes To Raise Water Threshold For Highland Lakes

LCRA hearing to decide on raising the lake level threshold for the Highland Lakes.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

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.

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Abortion In Texas
10:53 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Supreme Court Refuses To Block Texas Abortion Law By Narrow Margin

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The U.S. Supreme Court is siding with the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals decision that allows Texas abortion law to remain in effect while awaiting a trial.

Planned Parenthood of American asked Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia to review the Fifth Circuit Court ruling that allowed the law to remain in effect while awaiting trial.

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Bexar County
9:13 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Bexar County Commissioners Appoint Two New Judges

Bexar County

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.

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