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3:16 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Delegate Agencies Deal With City Budget Cuts

For Child Abuse Awareness month in April, 6,205 pinwheels for each child in Bexar County who suffered abuse in 2012. Twenty of them were white, representing those who died.
Childsafe

With more than 70 delegate agencies, the city council each year funds the organizations to help them accomplish their missions, but this time the council had to make cuts to meet its objective of balancing the budget. 

San Antonio budget director Maria Villagomez said the agencies, with the exception of Haven for Hope, took a five percent cut.

It's not enough for District 10 Councilman Carlton Soules, who has said every non-essential service should be eliminated.

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Texas Matters
3:01 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Affordable Care Act Insurance Marketplaces Get Set To Open

Community meeting for Affordable Care Act information on the West Side of San Antonio, a low-income area of the city.
David Martin Davies TPR News

Texas Matters: As we quickly approach the opening of the online marketplaces tied to the Affordable Care Act on Oct. 1, community organizations are promoting enrollment while those opposed to the law continue their fight against it. Also: Will there be political fallout in the state for not expanding Medicaid under the ACA? And why Texas has become the "Wild West" for electronic cigarettes.

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City Utilities
2:09 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

CPS Energy To Make Case For 4.75 Percent Rate Increase

CPS Energy

Nearly one week after the city council adopted its 2014 budget, members will begin hearing from leaders at CPS Energy about a possible rate hike.

CPS last raised rates in 2010 and passed up an opportunity to raise rates last year because the utility said it found efficiencies within the organization and delayed certain infrastructure projects.

This time, CPS Energy will ask for a 4.75 percent rate increase, which would equal a $5.19 hike to the average CPS Energy bill.

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Texas Public Schools
12:59 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

State Judge Moves School Finance Trial Forward Despite Some Doubts

The Save Texas Schools rally on March 12, 2011, the year state legislators cut large chunks of funding to education.
Eileen Pace TPR News

A Travis County District Judge has decided to move forward with the state’s school finance trial despite some wavering about re-opening the case.

Earlier this month Travis County District Judge John Dietz revisited an order to re-open the case, which takes a look at if the state is adequately funding public school districts.

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Fronteras Desk
12:25 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

The Obstacles Of Getting Non-English Speakers Signed Up For Health Care

Volunteers with Enroll America's outreach campaign knock on doors in Phoenix.
Jude Joffe-Block

Fronteras: The federal government is poised to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on new border security technology -- how the contracting process has changed and how some contractors are already seeing dollar signs. The challenges of getting the word out on signing up for health care to non-English speakers across the Southwest. Also, a look at Nevada's new push to improve education for its English language learners.

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Transportation
12:08 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Fredericksburg/Medical Drive Project Finally Ready To Break Ground

Design for the Fredericksburg Road/Medical Drive interchange.
TxDOT

The Texas Department of Transportation project near the Medical Center that was put on hold for over a year will begin turning dirt this month. The grade separation project for Fredericksburg Road is moving forward without its previous bankrupt contractor.

The $14 million project to turn Medical drive into an underpass below Frederickburg road was supposed to start in late 2011, but needed some utility readjustment.  

TxDOT spokesman Josh Donat said the all clear wasn’t given until August 2012, but by then, Ballenger, the contractor, was running into problems.

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Arts & Culture
12:07 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Take A Sneak Peek At The McNay's Latest Exhibition, Onstage!

Onstage! Costume Design And The Theatre.
Michael Smith for the McNay Art Museum

A new exhibit at the McNay Art Museum reveals the important role of costumes and design in a stage production's acting and set.

McNay Art Museum Director William Chiego introduces us to their new exhibition, Onstage! Costume Design and the Theatre, which runs now through Jan. 5, 2014.

"Onstage is a wonderful demonstration of some of the leading costume designers that are represented in the Tobin collection, and it shows how costume design was translated into the actual work for the stage," Chiego said.

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Texas Business
11:21 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Shareholders Have Split Reaction To Michael Dell Buyout

Chris Eudaily TPR News

Those with stock in Austin-based computer company Dell met in Round Rock on Thursday to discuss and vote on allowing it’s founder to once again become the company owner and take the company private. 

Michael Dell will pay $13.75 a share to give him over 55 percent control of the company, in a buyout that will cost a total of $24.9 billion.

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Military
10:53 am
Fri September 13, 2013

San Antonio Military Health System Celebrates First-Ever Change Of Authority

U.S. Army photo by Erin Perez/Released

Joint Base Fort Sam Houston saw an historic change of authority ceremony for its combined health care facilities this week.

The San Antonio Military Health System, formed two years ago under Joint Base realignment, celebrated the installation of its new director Thursday.

The San Antonio Military Health System includes San Antonio Military Medical Center and Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center. It was formed Sept. 15, 2011, as a way for the military in San Antonio to increase efficiencies.

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Community
9:17 am
Fri September 13, 2013

SAMM Ministries Celebrates 30 Years Of Serving Homeless & Struggling Families

Attorney Angelica Garcia, who was once a resident of the SAMM Transitional Living program.
Eileen Pace TPR News

On Thursday SAMM Ministries celebrated its 30th year of serving San Antonio families who need a little help to get back on their feet.

The ministry also announced a major fundraising campaign. The new Help, Hope and Home fundraising campaign seeks to raise $8 million dollars over three years.

According to SAMM CEO Navarra Williams, children are the most severely impacted by homelessness.

"Homeless children are twice as likely to be hungry, develop a laundry list of illnesses, and get behind in school and reading skills," he said.

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