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Health News
2:20 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Cyclospora Illness Increasing In Texas Alongside Nationwide Outbreak

Cyclospora affects the small intestine, and causes cramps and/or diarrhea.
Centers for Disease Control

Texas is seeing an increase in the number of people who have come in contact with the cyclospora parasite this year, as the FDA and CDC investigate a multi-state outbreak.

Within the past two weeks, 66 people in Texas have the cyclospora parasite. It’s literally a stomach bug that has symptoms similar to to gastrointestinal illness like cramps associated with diarrhea. Christine Mann, a spokesperson for the Department of State Health Services, said the number of infections is greater than most years.

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The Source - July 23"If you want to think of, 2013
5:19 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

The Source: Border Militarization | The Hispanic Caucus

Border Patrol Agents Patrol the Arizona Border
U.S. Customs and Border Patrol

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Education
5:13 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Toyota provides full ride to high school student to teach STEM at South Side schools

Alamo Colleges

A recent high-school graduate enrolled at Palo Alto College will be getting word Wednesday of a 4-year, full-ride scholarship.

Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Texas, Inc., will present the scholarship in support of STEM education.

Toyota and other manufacturers have partnered with the Alamo Colleges to educate students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, and to train them to work in their plants assembling products from trucks to solar panels.

This time, Toyota is focusing its energy on those who teach STEM courses.

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Education
5:04 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

South San ISD Chooses Interim Superintendent

Mourette Hodge
Courtesy photo South San ISD

The South San Antonio Independent School District has a new superintendent after an on-going saga of rotating leadership.

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Education
4:59 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Pre-K 4 SA Teacher Unveils Expectations For Himself, His Students, And The Program

Eric Smith is a master teacher hired by San Antonio's Pre-K 4 SA program to kick off the inaugural year of the early education initiative.
Ryan Loyd TPR

Eric Smith began his career as a journalist--reporting, copy editing and designing. But after a while, he felt something was missing from his life.

Smith became involved with the mentorship program, Big Brothers Big Sisters, so that he could inspire young people.

"I loved it,” he said. “It got to where I was looking forward to that more than I was looking forward to my job. That's when I knew I needed to change careers."

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Environment
2:35 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Environmentalists Examine The Long-Term Costs Of Fracking

Mikenorton Wikimedia Commons

An environmental group has released the results of a study that details the cost of the new oil boom known as “Fracking.”  Fracking extracts oil and gas from the ground by injecting well sites with a high-pressurized mixture of water, salts and chemicals (see above graphic).

Environment Texas chartered a study of how much fracking costs Texas landowners and cities in terms of damaged roads, contamination, and pollution.

"Texas’ financial insurance standards are inadequate,” explains Luke Metzger, director of Environment Texas.

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Government
10:52 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Abortion Rights Attorney Compares Recent Victory in North Dakota to Texas Law

David Martin Davies TPR News

The lead attorney for abortion rights supporters in North Dakota says the recent ruling in that state’s abortion fight is similar to what is likely to happen in Texas.  

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Arts & Culture
10:37 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Mabel Jingu Enkoji Remembered for Cultural Legacy

Mabel Jingu Enkoji
Jingu Family

The legacy of Mabel Jingu Enkoji will live on through the Japanese Tea Garden and the Jingu House, the home she grew up in.

Her daughter, Peggy Nishio, said she was a non-traditional Japanese person because she was boisterous and loved throwing parties. Just the same, Nishio said, her mother became a “Texas Asian.”

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Classical Spotlight
8:04 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Mozart Festival Texas Debuts Third Season

Mozart Festival Texas, from July 26-August 2
courtesy of the artist

The music of Mozart has not gone out of style since his time, and the third incarnation of the Mozart Festival Texas has some of the master's greatest works on tap. "Of course, we feature other composers too," says founder and maestro Terry Frazor. "This year Beethoven, Brahms, and even Scarlatti get their due."

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Community Safety
5:16 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

State Insurance Department Says Texas Giant Was Up-To-Code

The Texas Giant
Flickr user Bradi Korte (ladybugbkt) cc

Insurance inspectors with the state said the Texas Giant roller coaster at Six Flags over Texas in Arlington passed the annual inspection before this weekend's deadly accident involving Rosy Esparza, who fell 14 stories while riding the Texas Giant.

According to the Texas Department of Insurance, roller coasters are inspected on an annual basis by a certified engineer.

Ben Gonzalez is with the Texas Department of Insurance and said that beyond the inspection, there are other requirements for amusement rides in Texas.

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