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12:00 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

World War II's Aztec Eagles Take Flight Again At The Institute Of Texan Cultures

Mexican Pilots in World War II
National Archives

If you dig deep into World War II’s history, you find obscure facts that somehow history has just forgotten to pass on. Well, here’s one for you: Mexican pilots fought alongside American ones in the Pacific theater.

As Bryan Howard, director of research, exhibits and collections at the Institute of Texan Cultures explains, they called them the "Aztec Eagles."

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Military
4:55 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

DOD Awards UTHSC Exclusive Contract To Train Medevac Paramedics

Panel discussion on medevac missions and training.
Eileen Pace TPR News

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio received a major contract to train military flight medics for more intensive paramedic certification.

The program is the first of its kind and the only one in the United States.

When Army medics fly out on a call for casualties, they are in rescue mode -- wrap them up and get ‘em out of there.

But the Department of Defense was seeking a higher level of training for its medics, and the UTHSC responded with a pilot program that has now turned into a five-year commitment.

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Joint Base San Antonio
4:37 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

New Lackland Facilities Carry Name Of Most Decorated U.S. Airman In Air Force History

Airmen Training Complex #2 is named after Chief Master Sergeant Duane Hackney, the most decorated U.S. Air Force airman in history.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

A new generation of airmen and leaders will enjoy a new training facility and residence hall at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.

Leaders there dedicated the building Wednesday, already in use, as the Airmen Training Complex #2. It is now named the Chief Master Sergeant Duane D. Hackney building.

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Arts & Culture
4:30 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Carver Cultural Center Artist Calls On A Rain God For Inspiration

Atl Exhibit at the Carver Cultural Center
Phil Castillo

An exhibit at the Carver Cultural Center features works by Roberto Jose Gonzalez, who cites a less-than-common muse for his new exhibit: A rain god.

"The exhibit is entitled Atl" Gonzalez said. "Atl is one of the rain gods, one of the rain deities in Mexico. This exhibition is devoted to creating works that are my vision, my interpretation of that particular rain God."

San Antonian Gonzalez is originally from Laredo, but traces his family tree much farther back.

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Texas Politics
3:57 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

New Polling Numbers Show Support For Cruz Remains Strong

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz.
cc Wikipedia Commons

Another poll out from the University of Texas at Austin's Texas Politics Project and Texas Tribune shows state support for U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz is growing.

The Texas Politics Project polled Cruz’s favorability rating just before and just after his quasi-filibuster aimed at defunding the Affordable Care Act that ultimately shut down the federal government.

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World Music
3:51 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Putumayo Music Founder Dan Storper On A World Of Music

Dan Storper with TPR host Deirdre Saravia.
Jorge Saravia

Putumayo albums are impossible to miss. Since it first appeared on store shelves, the series has featured the distinctive, colorful artwork of Nicola Heindl. Each musical track is exotic and always melodic.

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Health Care
3:10 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Pres. Obama Will Try And Convince Perry To Expand Medicaid On Dallas Trip

With a rocky opening of the online insurance marketplace, President Obama has his work cut out for him if he is to convince state lawmakers to expand Medicaid.
U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

President Barack Obama is stopping in Dallas today, and while there will do what he can to convince Gov. Rick Perry to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.

Perry's office said no official meeting or phone call has been scheduled and that the president will be using podiums and teleprompters to convince the governor.

"According to what the White House is saying, he is going to try to make the case to try to convince Texas leadership to embrace Obamacare and expand Medicaid," said Josh Havens with the governor's office.

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The Source - November 6, 2013
1:28 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

The Source: The Answer Is In Your Genes | Innovation In San Antonio

The diagram of consciousness from Robert Fludd's "Utriusque Cosmi, Maioris scilicet et Minoris, metaphysica, physica, atque technica Historia."
Robert Fludd Public domain (copyrite expired)

In the first segment:

Your "senior moment" -- forgetting where your keys are -- reciting the wrong child's name -- is the result of normal aging, but what makes up normal is defined by what makes up you -- that is to say your genes affect the way your brain declines.

Studying extended families, the Texas Biomedical Research Institute and Yale University published a study showing just how much that decline is influenced by your genetics.

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KPAC Blog
12:31 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Austin Baroque Orchestra Comes To San Antonio

Austin Baroque Orchestra
Courtesy of the artist

If you like Classical music and history, there’s something coming to San Antonio that you’ll probably want to see: The Austin Baroque Orchestra.

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Government
11:46 am
Wed November 6, 2013

State Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments On Same-Sex Couples Filing For Divorce In Texas

Current bench sitting on the Texas Supreme Court.
State of Texas

The Texas Supreme Court heard oral arguments yesterday regarding two separate cases where same-sex couples ask a lower district court for a divorce.

The couples were married in another state and now want to dissolve that marriage through a divorce here in Texas. What the court will have to decide is whether lower district courts can grant a divorce to same-sex couples without violating the Texas Constitution.

The Texas 5th Court of Appeals held that Texas residents may not file for divorce if they were married out of state and are of the same gender.

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