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The Source - March 31, 2014
5:28 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

The Source: Is It Time To Get Tough On Vaccines?

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Credit Pascal Dolémieux / Sanofi Pasteur

A 1998 article in the medical journal "The Lancet" linked autism to child vaccinations causing an uproar. And though the research of that study by Dr. Andrew Wakefield, has been thoroughly discredited and no link in subsequent studies--of which their have been numerous--have been found, fears persist.

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Community Health
4:59 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

50,000 People Take To The Street On Siclovia's Southtown Route

A cyclist pauses during the sixth semi-annual Síclovía on St Mary's Street.
Joey Palacios TPR News

Tens of thousands of people flooded Southtown on Sunday for the city’s semi-annual Síclovía, where the roads are closed to cars and open to other people-powered means of transportation.

Attendees couldn’t have asked for better weather on Sunday to ride in the open streets and Southtown was filled with bikes, runners, dog walkers and rollerbladers. In it’s sixth installment, 50,000 people attended, a slight drop from last year’s 70,000.

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The Source - March 31, 2014
4:50 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

The Source: GOP May Drop Guest Worker Plank From Platform

Credit Republican Party of Texas

In 2012 the Republican Party of Texas adopted a platform including support for a guest-worker program for immigrant communities. Dubbed the "Texas Solution," the program did not provide for a path to citizenship but would allow foreign nationals to work in this country legally. 

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Immigration
3:35 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Texas Business Groups Oppose Path To Citizenship, Support Work Program For Immigrants

A range of business associations in Texas came together today in Austin, hoping to catch the attention of Texas lawmakers in Washington, D.C., about the topic of immigration reform.

The group, which doesn't support amnesty or a pathway to citizenship, said they are running out of their unskilled labor force.

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The Source - March 31, 2014
12:32 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

The Source: Tracking The "Unlobbyists"

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  Washington, D.C., has seen a drop in the number of registered lobbyists and in dollars spent on lobbying since 2008.

But before you break out the champagne to celebrate the end of influence-peddling, hear this: 46 percent of those former lobbyists in 2012 were still employed by the same firms, doing very similar jobs, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. 

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Equal Pay Laws
12:00 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Democratic Caucus Requests Equal Pay Investigation Into State Agencies

Ryan Poppe TPR News

The 12-member Democratic Caucus in the Texas Senate is urging Lt. Gov. David Dewurst to add an interim charge that allows state lawmakers to study gender pay equality within state agencies. Dewhurst indicated he would consider setting up a Senate investigation.

The request for an investigation is in response to recent news that men and women with the same job title at the Texas attorney general’s office have an estimated $6,000 salary gap.  

The letter from the caucus stated:

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Community
10:14 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Bexar County Jail Program Helps Incarcerated Mothers Connect To a New Way Of Life

"...this program I would recommend to any mom that comes in here because if you need to change your life, it'll help you."
Credit Eileen Pace / TPR News

According to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, more than 7 million children in the U.S. have at least one parent in jail or prison. Studies show many of the children get stuck in a cycle of intergenerational crime and incarceration. 

Several programs in Texas jails are trying to break that cycle.

This month marked 30 years for Bexar County’s Mothers and Their Children (MATCH) Program, which works to make things better for kids whose mothers are spending time behind bars.

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Local Business
9:45 am
Mon March 31, 2014

San Antonio Returns To Pre-Recession Job Growth In March Economic Report

The unemployment rate decreased to 5.3% in January, which is right at the average unemployment since 1990.
The SABÉR Research Institute

The San Antonio Economic Outlook for 2014 that came out Friday shows more optimism than caution for the next year.

San Antonio’s employment growth is back on track following the recession, thanks to the recovery of some key local industries. More people are getting back to work in certain industries like construction, hospitality, retail, government and health services.  

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2014 Election
2:30 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Van De Putte Gets Jump On General Election With Statewide Bus Tour

State Sen. Leticia Van De Putte as she announced her bid for lieutenant governor in November 2013.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

As her Republican counterparts continue to campaign against one another in a runoff, Democratic lieutenant governor candidate Leticia Van De Putte is taking her show on the road, hitting 16 stops across Texas during a nine-day bus tour.

Van De Putte said she is hoping this jump on the general election will boost her campaign while incumbent Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and state Sen. Dan Patrick of Houston battle for the Republican spot on the ballot.

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Fronteras
2:14 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Steve Inskeep On Reporting From The "Borderland"

Texas rancher Dob Cunningham, right, stands on the edge of his 800-acre ranch in Quemado, Texas, which touches the Rio Grande. On the other side, Mexico.
Kainaz Amaria NPR

Fronteras: A conversation with "Morning Edition" host Steve Inskeep, who joins us to talk about NPR’s Borderland series: stories about the people, goods and culture that cross back and forth across the U.S.-Mexico border. Mónica Ortiz Uribe introduces us to the Barrio Aztecas of El Paso, one of the more frightening gangs that operate on the border. Lent is a time of spiritual reflection, but it also means a change in diet for those who take part. Fronteras commentator Yvette Benavides tells us about how the foods of lent can be sinfully good.

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