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City Utilities
3:57 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

SAWS To Ask For $2.59 Rate Increase For Average Water Customer

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The San Antonio Water System has announced its proposed rate increase for customers and leaders with the utility will soon approach the city council members for their consideration.

SAWS wants an increase of 5.1 percent -- about $2.59 to the average monthly bill -- to fund new water sources and address wastewater compliance initiatives that the Environmental Protection Agency require.

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Affordable Care Act
3:47 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Texas Medical Association Opens Affordable Care Act Help Site

Texas Medical Association

A poll put out by the Kaiser Health Group shows doctors are the most trusted source for information about the Affordable Care Act for Americans, but that’s not where people are getting their information.

The state’s leading medical association has a new educational website related the federal health exchange to help provide more information called "Hey, Doc."

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KPAC Blog
3:12 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Youth Orchestras Of San Antonio Looking To Do Más For Area Kids

YOSA Más at work in the classroom.
Youth Orchestras of San Antonio

The Youth Orchestras of San Antonio YOSA have created a new program that could change young peoples’ lives. Music director Troy Peters characterizes their general purpose this way.

"YOSA is devoted to changes kids’ lives through music and we do that primarily through opportunities to play in large musical ensembles," Peters says.

The new program is called YOSA Más and allows young people of lesser means to join the orchestra despite not having the money needed. The program is being handled through the Edgewood School District.

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Lackland Article 32 Hearing
2:58 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Lackland Photographer Charged With Sex Crimes Involving High School Students

The 37th Training Wing Building at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, where the courts-martial are being conducted in cases of military training instructor misconduct.
Eileen Pace TPR News

An investigating officer is hearing the government build a case against a Lackland airman accused of sex crimes with local ROTC students. The Article 32 hearing could result in a charge of rape against the airman.

Airman First Class Nathan Wilson-Crow of the 3rd Combat Camera Squadron is accused of playing inappropriate "truth or dare" games with O’Connor High School students who were on an ROTC camping trip in Rocksprings last April.

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Community
2:34 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Re-Imagining Payday Lending In San Antonio

District 1 Councilman Diego Bernal has led the payday lending reform charge in San Antonio.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

  Faith-based organization Together for the City is about to launch a new alternative to payday lending that the group hopes will help financially-strapped families get back on their feet. The one-year-old group also plans to carve out a variety ways to serve the community.

At Tuesday’s meeting, Linda Hardberger asked the group to help Green Spaces Alliance promote and build more community gardens throughout the city.

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The Source - Septemnber 25, 2013
2:03 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

The Source: Addiction Treatment Providers Feel The Squeeze | How PEMEX Reform Could Affect Texas

Greg Zaragoza for Texas Public Radio

In the first segment:

Addiction has an economic impact of $559 billion per year in the US, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse -- here in Bexar County it is $1.7 billion.

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Politics
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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