Voter ID Law
10:13 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Texas Democrats Stake Claim In Mail-in Ballots As A Way Around Voter ID Laws

 Texas Democrats are taking a page from the Republican playbook, hoping to boost early voting numbers ahead of the November election by targeting voters that benefit from mail-in ballots.   The party and political experts also sees absentee voting as a way-around Texas’ Voter voter ID Lawslaws.

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Ebola in Texas
3:00 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Health Experts Compare Notes On How They View The State’s Response To Ebola

Texas Task Force on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response Hearing with doctors and university healthcare system.
Credit Ryan E. Poppe

The creation of two specialized bio-containment centers for handling Ebola in Texas led to a debate between leading health officials at the first hearing of Gov. Rick Perry’s Ebola task force.

Six doctors from Texas hospitals and university health systems gave the Texas Task Force on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response their take on the state’s response to the disease.

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Ebola in Texas
9:44 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Perry And Members Of Ebola Task Force Unhappy With Travel Restrictions--For Different Reasons

New federal restrictions on people traveling from any of three countries on an Ebola high alert aren’t sitting well with Texas Governor Rick Perry, or some on the governor’s Texas Task Force on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response.  

Dr. Peter Hotez, an expert on tropical diseases and a member of Gov. Perry’s  task force, agreed that the current restrictions would serve as a way to play down fears. But he added, significantly, that without any advanced screening measures, airport security was likely to only stop one to two cases of Ebola from entering the country.

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7:38 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

KTPR Experiencing Technical Difficulties

Texas Public Radio station KTPR 89.9 FM, serving Snyder, Texas, and the Big Country, is currently experiencing technical difficulties.

Our engineers are aware of the problem and are working on repairs. A new exciter has been ordered and is on its way for installation. We hope to have signal restoration on Friday, October 24.

We apologize for the inconvenience. Our online audio stream of KTPR remains unaffected.

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6:41 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Solar Eclipse Viewing Safe Only Through Proper Lens

Partial solar eclipse seen January 04, 2011 in Rennes, western France, 2011.
Credit DAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images / State Impact Texas, NPR

  A partial solar eclipse is expected to darken the skies of North America Oct. 23 as the moon crosses between the Earth and the sun.

Although the sun will not be completely covered by the moon, the event still promises to be a dramatic experience.

Skywatchers in San Antonio are invited to join the San Antonio League of Sidewalk Astronomers for a safe-viewing of the event.

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6:37 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Military Ebola Team Training At Joint Base San Antonio

U.S. Army Northern Command ebola containment team receive specialized training Wednesday at Joint Base San Antonio
Credit U.S. Army


A team of military medical specialists is in San Antonio to begin Ebola containment training today at Fort Sam Houston.

The team, whose creation was ordered over the weekend by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, will prepare to assist civilian medical professionals in case of another report of Ebola in the U.S.

U.S. Northern Command brought together 20 nurses, five doctors, and five trainers from installations around the country to become the military’s first domestic support team for quick response in Ebola cases.

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6:27 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Proving Aquaponics Vegetable Gardens Are Viable for Small Businesses and Families

A large aquaponics greenhouse.
Credit Marfa Public Radio

A team of scientists at Texas A&M is working on an "aquaponics” project to demonstrate a lower-cost method of growing vegetables – and raising fish.

The method is not new – but scientists are hoping to attract home gardeners and entrepreneurs to the field of soilless food production.

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3:49 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Forgot Your Book Before Boarding? The Public Library Is At The Airport

Ignacio Albarracin, SAPL Digital Services Manager demonstrates how materials can be downloaded to the phone
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

The San Antonio Public Library system is launching a digital checkout kiosk at the airport that will be available to both San Antonio residents and travelers passing through the Alamo City.

Inside Terminals A and B of the San Antonio International Airport sit two 6-foot tall, 55-inch digital touch screens with multiple charging ports, where library patrons can checkout e-books and music. It’s part of a new marketing campaign for the San Antonio Public Library’s e-book selection, says Ignacio Albarracin, the Digital Services Manager of the library.

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The Source - October 22, 2014
12:22 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

The Source: Teaching, A Most Embattled Profession

Credit Flickr user biologycorner (Shannan Muskopf) / cc

Battles in education rage on lots of fronts: Common Core, teacher tenure, charter schools, vouchers, and standardized testing. Hot-button topics that pit students and parents  against teachers, teachers against administrators, politicians against unions and each other, and all over the best way to educate kids.

While these are today's favorite points of contention you might be surprised to hear that they are nothing new. 

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The Source - October 22, 2014
11:01 am
Wed October 22, 2014

The Source: Catholics Left Wondering After Papal Synod

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  Last week at the Vatican, more than 250 bishops from across the world got together in a Papal Synod to debate the future of how the Catholic Church ministers to and envisions the family. The Church reflected on how doctrine could better reflect practical realities. The divorced, those co-habitating without marriage and gay Catholics were communities that saw a rare opening for a revision in how the Papacy  perceives them. 

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