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3:13 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Business Groups Speak Out Against Tea Party Legislators Who Opposed Funding Bills

The Texas Future Business Alliance is hoping to get Republican candidates through the primary who support funding urgent state needs like water, roads and education, all hot topics in the last legislative session.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

Some of Texas’ biggest trade and business associations are looking to counter anti-big government groups like the tea party that have crowded recent Republican primaries -- the group’s effort is in response to actions taken in the past legislative session against state infrastructure bills.

The Texas Future Business Alliance is made up of ten business groups that are supporting Republican candidates who have supported water infrastructure bills and transportation and education funding in the past.

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Arts & Culture
2:10 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

San Anto Cultural Arts Unveils Government Hill Mural

Government Hill Mural
John Medina

San Antonio is a city full of murals, but the new one in the Government Hill neighborhood represents something more. San Anto Cultural Arts Center’s Public Art Program Manager John Medina explains how it came about.

"Earlier in the year we were contacted by City Center Health Careers and they wanted us to team up with them to paint the mural and teach it as part of their curriculum," Medina said. "Previous to this they didn’t have an art class."

So what does a mural and art have to do with City Center Heath Careers Charter School?"

Medina explained the big picture:

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Transportation
2:02 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Texas Transportation Forum A Chance For Inter-City Collaboration/Competition

Traffic flows northbound on Hwy 281 at Nakoma.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

Just before the ninth-annual Texas Transportation Forum got underway in San Antonio, leaders announced a $800 million investment in the city that will expand portions of Hwy 281, Loop 1604 and I-10. The move makes way for toll lanes on portions of the roadways, but there will continue to be free lanes.

San Antonio District 6 Councilman Ray Lopez said the forum is a chance to get ideas from other entities on how they are moving people.

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The Source - January 7, 2014
1:08 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

The Source: Changes Coming To Bexar's CareLink | The Culture Of Insider Trading

EdTech Stanford School of Medicine

In the first segment:

Bexar County's CareLink program, which is run by University Health System, helps low-income citizens access healthcare. So does the Affordable Care Act, and as the ACA continues to be implemented, changes are coming to CareLink, which assists more than 50,000 people.

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Abortion In Texas
12:05 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Attorneys For Pro-Abortion Groups Exploring Options For Coming 5th Circuit Ruling

Attorneys exit the court building in October after final arguments in what was the first legal challenge of Texas' new abortion law.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

As a panel of federal judges on the US 5th Circuit Court is wrestling with a decision in the lawsuit against Texas’ new abortion law andattorneys for pro-abortion groups are exploring what comes next, which could mean taking the case to the U.S. Supreme Court or seeking a new panel at the circuit court level.

Two of the judges on the 5th Circuit panel are the same justices that threw out a lower court’s injunction, which allowed the hospital admitting privileges requirement to take effect while both sides waited for a trial and decision. 

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Education Nonprofits
10:43 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Cuts Force GenTX To Dissolve, But Vision Lives On For Bexar County High Schoolers

SA2020 CEO Darryl Byrd poses with Mayor Julian Castro and students during a Destination College event at City Hall in April 2013.
GenTX San Antonio

With the economic recovery still in progress, agencies around the country are prioritizing where their dollars are going, and some important nonprofits are missing out on funding.

Such is the case for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, which pulled about $200,000 in funding from Generation TX San Antonio, a college readiness and resource center for first generation college students.

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World Festivals
10:26 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Goodbye To Winter! (Or So The Swiss Hope)

Vogel Gryff mural in Basel.
Duesi Wikimedia Commons

The Vogel Gryff Festival, held in Switzerland, could be described as wishful thinking, because January 13th 2014, is most certainly, not remotely or positively anywhere near the end of winter! But since the 13th century, Swiss folk in Basel have enjoyed this fun event that aims to chase away the winter, and also mocks the city elite.

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Artist T-Shirt
10:22 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Design The Next TPR T-Shirt

Z Wright

For several years, Texas Public Radio approached a single local artist to craft the artist-designed t-shirt we offer as a premium to new and renewing members. Last year, we opened up the process to you, and invited the public to submit their ideas for the 2013 T-shirt design. Z Wright's winning entry featured a Texas mockingbird atop a nifty "FM" sign. It was such a successful (and fun) endeavor, we're going to repeat the contest again this spring!

This time, we're adding a theme. For your shirt design, please consider the slogan "Radio that goes in one ear and stays there."

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Abortion In Texas
9:37 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Federal Three-Judge Panel Deciding Fate Of Texas Abortion Clinic Restriction Law

Anti-abortion protesters outside the Stand With Texas Women rally in San Antonio this summer, when debate over the then bill reached a boiling point..
David Martin Davies TPR News

With final arguments and questioning now complete, it is now up to the U.S. 5th Circuit Court in New Orleans to decide whether or not the new Texas abortion clinic restriction law is constitutional.

Kyleen Wright, who is the president of the anti-abortion group Texans for Life, was inside the courtroom in New Orleans and said based on the questions federal judges had, the law, in her opinion, stands a good chance of being upheld.

"They were very skeptical that this ever rose to the level of emergency that they created," Wright said.

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Affordable Care Act
4:46 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Additional TDI Navigator Requirements Will Cost About $1,000 Per Person

Healthcare.gov
U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

The Texas Department of Insurance is hearing it’s final set of feedback regarding state-mandated requirements for federal navigators working for Texas nonprofits. Those requirements include registration and training fees that are near $1,000 per person.

The additional rulemaking by the TDI is a result of a letter submitted by Gov. Rick Perry about his concerns on the lack of federal requirements for navigators, and a state law authored by state Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, who spoke against the new rules.

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