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City Ordinances
11:14 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Targeted By SAPD, Lyft Ride Service Will Still Be Seen Around San Antonio

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Flickr user Garrett Heath of SA Flavor cc

San Antonio Police Chief William McManus announced Wednesday that drivers for the company Lyft were breaking a city ordinance and would be arrested if caught.

The taxi-like program works by matching drivers to people needing rides through their app. It launched in San Antonio less than a week ago.

The city outlined their concerns in a recent email to TPR:

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Science & Technology
10:53 am
Fri March 28, 2014

San Antonio Scientists Working On Nasal Antidote For Cyanide Poisoning

Scientists at San Antonio’s Southwest Research Institute have been given the green light on phase two of a project to find a more practical antidote for cyanide poisoning that can be administered in the field. 

The $8.3 million contract research is part of the government’s Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority efforts to find a deliverable way to combat cyanide poisoning among large populations of civilians in case of a terrorist attack. 

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Abortion in Texas
10:21 am
Fri March 28, 2014

5th Circuit Upholds New Texas Rules For Abortion Providers

Attorneys exit the court building in October 2013 after final arguments in what was the first legal challenge of Texas' new abortion law.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

 The US 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans has overturned a lower federal’s court ruling that sections of Texas’ new abortion law were unconstitutional.  

Civil rights groups have said the law would close one-third of Texas abortion clinics and leave large sections of Texas women with the only option to drive hundreds of miles to be seen by a doctor. 

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HearSA
5:08 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Challenges Facing The Pedernales Basin

James Volosin Hill Country Alliance

The Pedernales River runs 106 miles through the Hill Country before eventually joining the Colorado River at Lake Travis. Its catchment area—the land that drains into the river—touches 8 counties and covers more than 800,000 acres.

The basin provides habitat for numerous fish and wildlife, supports agricultural, ranching and hunting pursuits, and contributes 23% of the flow into Lake Travis, providing a critical source of drinking water for downstream users such as the City of Austin.

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Libraries
4:32 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Bexar County's Bibliotech Shares Accessibility Message In The Netherlands

Bibliotech's all digital, cloud-based books captured the attention of library directors in the Netherlands.
Eileen Pace TPR News

Bexar County’s Bibliotech is an international hot topic this week. The all-digital library's two directors are speaking to their counterparts of book-based libraries in the Netherlands.

After representatives from Stichting Bibliotheek, the national library foundation in The Netherlands, made a trip here in January to get a tour, they were eager for Bibliotech’s key people to speak at a conference.

Bexar County Special Projects Coordinator Laura Cole said she is presenting Bibliotech’s story of meeting the need for library services in unincorporated areas of the county.

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Criminal Justice
4:12 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Update: Texas Supreme Court Halts Execution Drug Disclosure Order

Update (3/28): The Associated Press is now reporting that the Texas Supreme Court has halted the court decision that ordered the state to disclose the name of the compounding pharmacy that makes the drug pentobarbital.

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Texas Public Schools
3:37 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

New Board Of Education Curriculum Plan Makes Algebra II Optional

This week Texas State Board of Education Chairwoman Barbara Cargill laid out how the new math curriculum standards work for Texas high school students.

There are some that still take issue with the absence of Algebra II from the list of required high school courses, and are looking for ways to add it back in 2015.

The SBOE decided to split the list of math courses between three years of required critical thinking math courses. During a student’s senior year, they would be allowed to pick a specialized math elective.

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Higher Education Funding
2:53 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

UTSA Launching Crowdfunding Site For Research And Student Projects

University of Texas at San Antonio

The University of Texas at San Antonio is launching its own crowdfunding website and UTSA Chief Communications Officer Joe Izbrand said it is likely the first university in the state to do so.

UTSA is taking the online individual-donor approach used on platforms like Kickstarter and GoFundMe to fund some of its own projects. 

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The Source - March 27, 2014
1:09 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

The Source: The Legacy Of The 'Red Scare' In Texas

When "Red Scare: Right-Wing Hysteria, Fifties Fanaticism, and Their Legacy in Texas" was first published in 1985 it won the Texas State Historical Society's prize for best book on Texas History.

Now nearly 30 years later, it has been republished by the University of Texas Press and is still resounds with the ideas of political messaging, group think and the darker parts of our common history.

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Texas Public Schools
12:23 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Parents Testify As Legislative Committee Considers Fewer Primary School Tests

Testimony before the Texas House Public Education Interim Committee.
Ryan E. Poppe TPR News

During the previous legislative session the Texas Legislature passed a bill that reduced testing for high school students. This week lawmakers on the House Public Education Committee discussed the possibility of doing the same for students in elementary and middle schools. 

Michelle Perry, who has a son in the 7th grade, testified before the interim committee about how tests have contributed to her son losing interest in school.

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