All Tech Considered
1:27 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Can The Peer Economy Deliver Profits?

Postmates appeals to workers looking for a secondary income, CEO and co-founder Bastian Lehmann says.
Postmates.com

Originally published on Thu April 17, 2014 2:47 pm

Josh Gibbs normally wouldn't leave his apartment in Northeast Washington, D.C., pick up a loaded pizza from a restaurant in Chinatown, bike to a complete stranger's apartment, drop off the pizza and leave without any cash exchanging hands. But last week, he did just that. And truth be told, he kind of loved it.

"It's exciting. It's just fun," he says. "When the app goes off, when it beeps, I get this little adrenaline rush. I can make some money. It's like a game."

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The Source - April 17, 2014
1:16 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

The Source: Will AACOG Funding Freeze Impact San Antonio Air?

Eagle Ford Shale operation flaring additional gases.
Earthworks / http://bit.ly/1nsFH8Q CC

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has frozen nearly $200,000 slotted for air improvement programs at the Alamo Area Council of Governments (AACOG) for publicly posting a study the state's environmental regulator had funded without TCEQ review.

With the city teetering on the precipice of non-attainment with the Clean Air Act -- and the threat of additional mandatory regulations on cars, trucks and ozone producers -- why is the funding being frozen now? 

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Shots - Health News
1:14 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

First Embryonic Stem Cells Cloned From A Man's Skin

This mouse egg (top) is being injected with genetic material from an adult cell to ultimately create an embryo — and, eventually, embryonic stem cells. The process has been difficult to do with human cells.
James King-Holmes Science Source

Originally published on Thu April 17, 2014 7:06 pm

Eighteen years ago, scientists in Scotland took the nuclear DNA from the cell of an adult sheep and put it into another sheep's egg cell that had been emptied of its own nucleus. The resulting egg was implanted in the womb of a third sheep, and the result was Dolly, the first clone of a mammal.

Dolly's birth set off a huge outpouring of ethical concern — along with hope that the same techniques, applied to human cells, could be used to treat myriad diseases.

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Special Needs Education
1:00 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Lawmaker Announces 2015 Education Choice Plan For Special Needs Children

Credit Ryan Poppe / TPR News

April is National Autism Awareness Month and state Rep. Ron Simmons, R-Carrollton, has announced plans for a bill in 2015 that allows special needs children to attend classes in a school district without living in that district.

New statistics released by the Centers for Disease Control show that 1 in 68 U.S. children have some form of autism; Simmons, who has a 29-year-old son with a form of autism, said that means 6,000 children annually in Texas will be affected.

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Krulwich Wonders...
12:39 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

'Why Am I Dead?' He Never Asked. Here's The Answer He Never Heard

Robert Krulwich NPR

Originally published on Thu April 17, 2014 12:57 pm

Shara Yurkiewicz is a med student. She's doing rounds now, moving from department to department. Much of what she sees, she's seeing for the first time. Not yet a doctor, there are moments, many moments when she has the eyes of a patient. She gets scared. She feels helpless. She's too involved. She's at that place in her training where everything is so sharp, so new, she feels the full, fresh stab of it, and sometimes, very privately, she bleeds.

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The Source - April 17, 2014
12:11 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

The Source: Is Texas Missing Out On Record Beef Prices?

USDA CC

The drought that caused several Texas ranchers to sell off their herds in the past three years is also a culprit in the current surge in red meat prices.

According to several economists the prices are setting records. The demand for beef in Asia as well as increased feed prices -- as corn increasingly heads to ethanol refiners -- are also to blame for the current state of high prices.

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City Government
11:33 am
Thu April 17, 2014

City Council Pushes Plastic Bag Ban Discussion To May

Flickr user Trisha Weir cc

A plastic bag ban is getting closer to becoming reality in San Antonio. Wednesday, the City Council's Governance Committee forwarded the item to a full city council briefing session in May.

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Arts & Culture
11:20 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Enjoy Red White & Blue Sounds During Fiesta With USAF Band

L to R: Senior Aiman Dan Thrower, Tech Sgt. John Caputo, Master Sgt. John Rider, Master Sgt. Hughey Hancock, Staff Sgt. Laura Kluga
Nathan Cone

Members of the Gateway Brass recently visited the TPR studios for a performance and conversation about their careers in music and in the U.S. Air Force. You can hear three songs recorded in our session at the bottom of this page.

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Science & Technology
11:19 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Cure For Hepatitis C Could Eradicate Disease In 15 Years

Dr. Fred Poordad, lead author on a study that found a cure for Hepatitis C, works in his office at the Texas Liver Institute April 16, 2014.
Eileen Pace TPR News

A San Antonio researcher has announced that he has found a cure for Hepatitis C.

In the first-of-its-kind study dedicated to patients with Hepatitis C and cirrhosis of the liver, Dr. Fred Poordad announced to the International Liver Congress in London over the weekend a new medicine that eradicated the Hepatitic C virus in more than 90 percent of patients studied. 

Poordad is a professor of medicine at the UT Health Science Center School of Medicine and vice president of the Texas Liver Institute and the lead author of the study. 

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The Two-Way
11:04 am
Thu April 17, 2014

15 Injured After Firetrucks Collide, Smash Into LA Restaurant

A screen grab from CBS Los Angeles shows a firetruck after it smashed through the front of Lu's Dumpling House.
CBS Los Angeles

Originally published on Thu April 17, 2014 12:05 pm

Two firetrucks speeding toward the same blaze in a Los Angeles suburb collided, with one of the vehicles then plowing into a restaurant, injuring 15 people, including six firefighters.

Monterey Park Fire Chief Jim Birrell said trucks from his city and neighboring Alhambra were responding to a house fire shortly after 3 p.m. on Wednesday when they slammed into each other, according to The Associated Press.

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