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1:17 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Political Expert Says Cruz Faux-Filibuster Will Only Strengthen His Conservative Core

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas.
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Many political experts are calling U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz' prolonged speech a "faux-filibuster" because it doesn’t prevent anything from happening.

Southern Methodist University Professor Cal Jillson said that while this move appeals to the conservative tea party base, it alienates Cruz from a large majority of Republicans who are more moderate.

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Health Care
12:21 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

The First Look At How Much Insurance Premiums Will Cost In San Antonio

The estimates are good news for HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Joaquín (left) and Julián Castro, who led meetings in August to promote the insurance exchanges.
David Martin Davies TPR News

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has released preliminary premium costs for the Affordable Care Act's health insurance marketplaces and the numbers are lower than even the Obama administration expected.

Though these are not reflective of the actual premiums that people will pay in the online health marketplace, these do give the public some idea of what to expect heading into the Oct. 1 opening of enrollment.

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Community Health
9:15 am
Wed September 25, 2013

UTHSC Survey Shows Síclovía Making A Healthy Difference

Biking, riding and walking at Síclovía in April 2013.
Joey Palacios TPR News

Síclovía enters its third year this Sunday, Sept. 29, and the UT Health Science Center has announced results of a survey that revealed attendance at the event motivated people to stay active following Síclovía activities.

UT Health Science Center researcher Dr. Deborah Parra-Medina sent a team out to survey attendees at the last Síclovía in April and almost 400 responded.

The survey found that 87 percent of people came with their family or friends, indicating a strong social support element for exercise.

Here are some highlights of the preliminary results:

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2014 Election
4:56 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Another San Antonio Democrat Considering Statewide Office

State Sen. Carlos Uresti is considering a run for attorney general.
carlosuresti.com

This time it's state Sen. Carlos Uresti, who said he is mulling a run for the attorney general's office in 2014 and considers himself a perfect fit for the job.

"With my experience as an attorney of 20 years, my experience as a legislator of 16 years -- including my experience as officer in the Marine Corps -- I think gives me some of the skills to fill that position," he said.

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Arts & Culture
3:17 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Actors From The London Stage Provide A Taste Of Classic Theatre

L-R: Jude Akuwudike, Alinka Wright, Jan Shepherd, Jack Whitam, Richard Neale
Shakespeare at Notre Dame

The UTSA Arts Building Recital Hall isn’t London’s Globe Theater, but for the next few nights on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, it will definitely sound like it.

The Actors From the London Stage program brings UK actors from Shakespeare a the University of Notre Dame to tour American universities and impart to students their real-world experience. The group is at UTSA this week as part of the fall season where they will be performing "Othello."

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2014 Election
2:47 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Van De Putte Thinking About Personal Loss In Decision To Run For Lt. Gov.

Van De Putte got her share of national attention the night of Wendy Davis' abortion bill filibuster. Can she turn it into an election win in the race for the lieutenant governor's office.
Office of State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte

State Sen. Leticia Van De Putte of San Antonio is exploring a run in 2014 as the Democratic challenger in the lieutenant governor’s race, but she said there is still a lot to consider.

"We’ve really had so many family losses, so first and foremost my concerns are with my family," she said.

Van De Putte has seen her share of losses since the start of this summer -- first the death of baby grandson, then her father died in a car accident and recently her mother-in-law passed away.

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The Source - September 24, 2013
1:51 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

The Source: Government Shutdown | What The Child Brain Tells Us

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In the first segment:

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a stopgap budget that removed "Obamacare"  funding last week. Now, lacking the votes in the Senate and under threat of presidential veto, the government moves slowly towards, by most accounts, a shutdown.

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Health Care
12:17 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Perry Rejects Medicaid Expansion (Again), But Still Wants Federal Block Grant Waiver

No other state that requested a waiver was granted the federal money.
rickperry.org

 Gov. Rick Perry has sent the final instructions to the state’s health commissioner ahead of a meeting with federal officials regarding the implementation of Medicaid expansion in Texas.

The letter sent this week to Texas Health and Human Services Commissioner Dr. Kyle Janeck begins by questioning the wisdom behind the Obama administration’s expansion of Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

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Arts & Culture
11:01 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Urban 15 Marches To Its Own Beat

Urban 15's Carnaval de los Muertos celebration 2012.
Steve Gilmore

Urban 15 is 100 dancers in bizarre, lit-from-within costumes marching and dancing at the insistent beat of dozens of drummers. Best known from their parade participation, Urban 15 is like nothing you’ve ever seen.

"We like to poke your imagination," says Music and Media Director George Cisneros, who also talked about what the dancers wear, and why it's significant.

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Texas Foster Care
10:27 am
Tue September 24, 2013

New Law Keeps Parents From Overmedicating Foster Children

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According to Texas Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), foster parents in Texas are 53 times more likely to overmedicate children in their care than parents with non-foster children, but a law passed during the last legislative session will stop the practice.

The law regulates how many psychotropic drugs children in foster care can be given in an attempt to make a difference on the high number of children given five or more medications at one time.

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