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Texas Matters
3:05 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Get Ready For Next Week: ACA Exchanges Open & Wendy Davis Announces Her Decision

Sen. Wendy Davis at a Stand With Texas Women rally in San Antonio.
David Martin Davies TPR News

Texas Matters: Wendy Davis will finally announce her decision on the governor's race, which will finally end the speculating and kick the 2014 election campaigning into a new gear. Ted Cruz' attempt to "defund Obamacare" is still playing itself out, but has he gained or lost political capital? The insurance exchanges that are part of the Affordable Care Act open up on Oct. 1 and people for and against the new health care law are working their tails off for their case. A look at boomtowns from Mose Buchele of StateImpact Texas, and last, a few words about sustainability from an International Space Station flight controller.

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Fronteras Desk
11:54 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Barrio Battles Big Industry For Environmental Justice

Shipbuilding industry at the water's edge in Barrio Logan.
Guillermo Sevilla

Fronteras: The low income San Diego neighborhood of Barrio Logan, which is closely linked to the shipbuilding industry, has been largely ignored by the city until residents fought maritime industry for a new community plan, and won. Under the Affordable Care Act, Native Americans are exempt from the mandate that requires citizens to get health insurance, but that hasn’t stopped New Mexico from trying to get consumers covered. Also, how the drought has forced some Native farmers to consider non- traditional irrigation methods and a rarely used desalting plant in Yuma could start sending water to Mexico.

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2014 Election
10:52 am
Fri September 27, 2013

How Does The Leaked Report Of A Davis Run Affect Her Campaign?

Sen. Wendy Davis has been on a roll since her filibuster at the end of June, so is she now all-in for the governor's race?
Senator Wendy R. Davis Facebook

Sources tell Politico that state Sen. Wendy Davis and her advisers have alerted prominent Democrats that she's in the governor's race for 2014, but do these political teasers help or hurt her campaign?

Grace Garcia is the executive director for Annie’s List, one of the main groups drumming up support for the Davis campaign.

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Arts & Culture
10:01 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Get An Up Close Look At Samurai, At SAMA's "Lethal Beauty"

Tōsei gusoku armor .
Forrest Cavale and ZacForrest Cavale and Zach Niles of ThirdElementStudios.com

The San Antonio Museum of Art opens a window to Japan that few in South Texas have looked through.
The exhibition is called "Lethal Beauty," and as curator Andreas Marks notes, the pieces within are both.

"'Lethal Beauty' is showcasing the danger behind samurai weapons and armor, but at the same time the beauty that is also inherent in these objects,” he says.

It's all exhibited at SAMA’s Cowden Gallery, which is filled with arms and armor.

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Measels Rate
9:48 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Measels Vaccination Rate About To Drop Below Prevention Rate in San Antonio

Flickr user Thompson Rivers University cc

San Antonio is on the verge of falling below the favorable vaccine rate for measles prevention. In order for communities to accurately prevent the spread of measles, at least 90 percent or higher of the population must be immunized against the disease.  

Anna Dragsbaek is president of The Immunization Partnership, a Texas-based group, and said according to the CDC, Bexar County is right at the threshold.

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Bexar County
9:09 am
Fri September 27, 2013

New Payment Plans For Seniors And Disabled Persons In Bexar County

Property tax area at the Bexar County tax office.
Eileen Pace TPR News

People who pay their property taxes directly to the county have some new options starting Oct. 1. when the Bexar County tax assessor’s office introduces a monthly payment option to help fixed-income property owners more easily budget for their taxes.

Until now most taxpayers have had to pay their whole year of taxes in one lump sum. Seniors and disabled property owners have had two options: Pay the whole thing or pay in half-payments.

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Community
3:46 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Officials Expect 75,000 At This Sunday's Siclovia On Broadway

YMCA and City officials announce Siclovia #5 that opens Sunday, Sept. 29.
Eileen Pace TPR News

The fifth Síclovía gets underway Sunday morning, Sept. 29, and officials promise a bigger and better-than-ever event. The day starts with a 5K, and a steadily-growing attendance rate at the outdoor event is driving new attractions.  

The high-energy, high-activity outdoor event provides the chance for thousands of people to get out and get in some physical activity.

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Arts & Culture
2:59 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

San Anto's West Side Mural Bike Tour Rolls October 12

Mari Hernandez San Anto Cultural Arts

The San Anto Cultural Arts Center is encouraging San Antonians to get out of their cars and onto their bikes for a ride of discovery. Public Art Program Manager John Medina wants you to show up at San Anto with your bike, your energy, and a little curiosity. If you do, he’ll take you on a tour of significant West Side murals.

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Community
1:27 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

ChildSafe's Adventure Therapy Program Focus Of New Study

ChildSafe's adventure therapy leader, Fred Borroel, and Dr. Christine Norton demonstrate how the program works.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Through the adventure therapy program at ChildSafe, Bexar County's only child advocacy center with a focus on children who've been abused and neglected, the healing process is paired with fun, laughter, and activities.

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The Source - September 26, 2013
12:46 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

The Source: Medical Error And Apology | The Ted Cruz Show

September 10, 2013 - Sen. Ted Cruz rallies against the Affordable Care Act.
Flickr user Jamelle Bouie (jbouie) cc

In the first segment:

Could the hospital actually be the third leading cause of death in the country? That is what a recent study estimates  in the Journal of Patient Safety, pegging the number of deaths between 210,000 and 440,000. If this study's findings are accepted -- the former number being closer to 100,000 deaths per year -- they point to a critical issue.  

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