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The Source - April 8, 2014
11:02 am
Tue April 8, 2014

The Source: Syphilis Spike Has Public Health Officials Worried

Syphilis rates in Bexar County jumped 15 percent, crossing the thousand person mark in 2013, according to the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District. District officials are calling it an "epidemic" and have been edging up continuously for nine years. San Antonio has the highest rate in Texas and exceeds the national average.

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The Source - April 8, 2014
10:36 am
Tue April 8, 2014

The Source: Truancy Reforms Look To Keep Kids In School, Out Of Court

Credit Flickr user Bill Selak / cc

Thousands of San Antonio kids are ending up in adult courtrooms over "Failure to Attend School" (FTAS) violations. In 2012, a third of all class C misdemeanors filed against minors were FTAS in Texas. The state saw 76,000 cases in courts that year, according to Texas Appleseed

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Cyber Security
9:51 am
Tue April 8, 2014

BBB Warns Of Scammers Promising Latest News On Missing Malaysian Airlines Flight

Google malware warning.

The Better Business Bureau is cautioning consumers about a new scam designed to capture the attention of those following the developing Malaysian Airlines flight 370 story.

The BBB reports the scam is turning up on social media, mainly Facebook and Twitter, and requires the user to click on a link to get the latest on the missing plane.

Cesar Alvarado in San Antonio, the regional public relations director for the BBB, said the process is known as “clickjacking” – using compelling information to get a user to click on something they otherwise might ignore.

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Border Security
9:27 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Leaders At DPS And Texas National Guard Say Border Crime Is Getting Worse

 A select number of Texas senators heard from groups operating along the Texas-Mexico border this week. This group of lawmakers is looking ahead of the 2015 legislative session for the possibility of increasing the state budget for border security.

Lawmakers seated on the Texas Senate Committee on Agriculture, Rural Affairs and Homeland Security heard from Col. Steve McCraw, the head of the Texas Department of Public Safety, about their operations along the border. 

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Fort Hood Shooting
9:07 am
Tue April 8, 2014

How Blaming PTSD Could Affect Other Soldiers Returning From War

At an April 7 press conference, Col. Paul Reese, III Corps and Fort Hood chief of operations, gave further details of the investigation into the April 2 shooting incident.
Fort Hood Press Office

As everyone searches for answers to the Fort Hood shooting, the psychiatric community explores the reasons for the shooting that left four dead and 16 wounded at Fort Hood. Psychiatrists worry that blaming post-traumatic stress disorder will have long-lasting effects on the returning veterans who will be looking for jobs.

Dr. Harry Croft, a San Antonio psychiatrist who works to integrate mental health tools into the workplace for returning troops, said violent behavior toward others is not usually a symptom of PTSD alone.

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The Source - April 7, 2014
2:11 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

The Source: Civil Rights Act 50 Years Old

President Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act of 1964 on July 2, 1964
LBJ Presidential Library public domain

  The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was signed into law July 2, 1964. It was the result of a hundred years of discrimination, hundreds of sit-ins and non-violent protests, and a political battle as large as the shift in history the act would prove to have. 

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The Source - April 7, 2014
12:47 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

The Source: Should Lyft Conform To City Ordinance?

https://www.flickr.com/photos/saflavor/13383204093/
Flickr user Garrett Heath of SA Flavor cc

San Antonio Police have made their position clear; Lyft drivers will be stopped in the city when they are caught. Lyft, the app-driven, car-for-hire service, describes itself as a ride-sharing program, and is therefore not subject to the city's current ordinance, which includes fees and additional regulations.

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Health Studies
12:07 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Changes In Prescription Labels Could Cut Down On Confusion, Save Lives

A new label concept introduced at the conference uses explicit text in the instructions window to make sure patients are clear on the dosage.
Dr. Sunil Kripalani

Medical practitioners came together with educators and community leaders last week to discuss ways to communicate more effectively with patients. The 7th Annual Community Service Learning Conference at the UT Health Science Center offered new tools practitioners can use on a daily basis.

An evolving global health care environment has challenged doctors, nurses and pharmacists to work differently to make sure patients understand even the most basic instructions.

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Community
11:40 am
Mon April 7, 2014

New Signs Help San Antonio B-Cyclists Get Around Town

Way-showing signage has gone up around downtown directing B-cyclists to the nearest station and pointing the way to area attractions
Eileen Pace

Downtowners have been noticing some new signage pointing out major attractions in the Center City. Dozens of new signs have gone up that also help cyclists locate the nearest B-cycle station.

A lot has been going on in the first half of the "Decade of Downtown": There is Center City Development, a new Travis Park, River North, and all of the development efforts together creating a fresh crop of restaurants, bars and coffee shops and a need to get around.

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Community
11:12 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Lyft Drivers Still Operating, Despite Cease-And-Desist Order

Lyft driver Terri Richardson sports the company's signature pink mustache on the front of her car during a recent shift.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

San Antonio Police have issued a cease-and-desist order for drivers of a so-called ride sharing program called Lyft.

But that hasn't stopped them, and instead they are rolling forward full throttle. For passengers, taking a Lyft is easy. A rider must download the app to their smartphone, enter their credit card information and phone number, and request the ride. A driver, whose car is marked with a pink mustache, will typically pull up to the rider's location within 15 minutes, and off they go.

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