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Affordable Care Act
1:16 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Feds Say Texas Health Exchange Is Ready To Go

Screen shot from HealthCare.gov, which is gearing up for the Oct. 1 opening of the online insurance exchanges.
U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says the online marketplace for health insurance will open Oct. 1 for Texans, but with all the back and forth between opponents and supporters of the new health care law, there are still a lot of questions.

Marjorie McColl Petty, the HHS Region 6 director -- the area that includes Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma -- said right now people can go to www.healthcare.gov to get answers to common questions by entering some information about their household:

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Community Health
12:09 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Health Care Advocates Promote Affordable Care Act On Siclovia Route

Members of the Texas Organizing Project took advantage of the big crowds at Síclovía to promote the ACA.
David Martin Davies TPR News

With the Affordable Care Act online marketplace expected to go live tonight at midnight, health care advocates are doing all they can to raise the public’s awareness of the law, which included finding the throngs of people turning out at Síclovía this weekend.

An estimated 73,000 people joined in the city’s promenade down Broadway on Sunday. Síclovía promotes getting fit and healthy lifestyles and some organizations spread the word about the new health care law.

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World Music
10:50 am
Mon September 30, 2013

World Celebrations: Fighting Cows, Pierced Cheeks

Combats de reines, Switzerland
Christof Berger Wikimedia Commons

Each week on World Music (Saturday nights from 8-10 on KSTX 89.1 FM), I take a look at celebrations happening around the world. This week, cows battle in Switzerland, and there’s a “vegetarian” festival in Thailand that’s not for the squeamish.

Are the cows taking on the bulls in The Battle of The Queens?

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Community Health
10:20 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Siclovia Draws Record Crowd, Looks To Southtown In March

David Martin Davies TPR News

Síclovía has once again shattered its attendance record despite a bout of rain early Sunday morning. 73,000 people came to play in the streets on Sunday, breaking the 65,000 person record set in April.

Since it’s inception in 2011, YMCA President Sandy Morander said San Antonio has improved it’s body-mass index level according to the Centers for Disease Control.

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Federal Government
9:36 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Castro Calls On Congress To Solve Budget Crisis Before Tonight's Deadline

Joaquín Castro, here supporting his brother Julián at the Democratic National Convention, says contrary to what Cruz is preaching, there are plenty of Texans happy about the ACA.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

San Antonio Congressman Joaquín Castro is urging his fellow congressmen to get past "hostage politics" of the past few years to avoid a government shutdown and also emphasized the importance of the Affordable Care Act.

Castro said the current stalemate over the federal budget has already had detrimental effects on the health of the country, saying the fiscal fights are giving the nation a case of high blood pressure:

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Military
6:00 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Silent Heroes Eulogized At Lackland Ceremony

Wreath ceremony honoring "Silent Warrior" SSGT Richard Dickson, killed when his plane crashed over Kandujar, Afghanistan in April

The Air Force at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland Friday honored an intelligence specialist whose plane crashed over Afghanistan earlier this year.

The Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency also honored other Airmen who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the 65 years of the organization's history.

“This morning we pay tribute to Staff Sgt. Richie Dickson and 51 other intelligence professionals who perished in the line of duty.”

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Abortion In Texas
3:53 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Groups File Lawsuit Challenging New Texas Abortion Clinic Law

The Stand With Texas Women movement carried the momentum of the abortion clinic bill filibuster by state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

Three Abortion-rights groups have filed a lawsuit against Texas’ new abortion law challenging two of four provisions in the law. 

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Arts & Culture
3:43 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Big Band Jazz At The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center

The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center is bringing Big Band Mexican Jazz to San Antonio. Spokesman Jorge Canavati says what to expect.

“We have Iraida Noriega, a very beautiful Jazz vocalist, world renowned, coming to do a concert at the Guadalupe Arts Center on the eighteenth at 7:30 p.m. She’s going to do Boleros, which are very famous ballads from Mexico and Cuba, from the 30s and 40s, and a big band, with John Migaldi and the Prime Time Orchestra, a local band,” Canavati says.

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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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