Shots - Health News
2:55 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Why Playing Minecraft Might Be More Healthful For Kids Than TV

It's not exercise, but at least kids can't eat potato chips while gaming on phones.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Sun March 30, 2014 8:15 am

Doctors say children shouldn't log more than two hours a day of screen time, though what with phones, computers and TV most children put in much more.

But it may be that not all screens are equally evil.

Researchers from the University of Michigan found that sixth-graders who watched a lot of TV were more likely to eat junk food and drink soda than their peers who spent the same amount of time on the computer or playing video games, researchers from the University of Michigan say.

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2014 Election
2:30 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Van De Putte Gets Jump On General Election With Statewide Bus Tour

State Sen. Leticia Van De Putte as she announced her bid for lieutenant governor in November 2013.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

As her Republican counterparts continue to campaign against one another in a runoff, Democratic lieutenant governor candidate Leticia Van De Putte is taking her show on the road, hitting 16 stops across Texas during a nine-day bus tour.

Van De Putte said she is hoping this jump on the general election will boost her campaign while incumbent Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and state Sen. Dan Patrick of Houston battle for the Republican spot on the ballot.

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The Two-Way
2:20 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Chris Christie Says Port Authority Chairman Has Resigned

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie
Mel Evans AP

Originally published on Fri March 28, 2014 2:46 pm

The chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has resigned, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said in a press conference on Friday.

This is the latest development in an ongoing political scandal that involves the politically charged closure of the George Washington Bridge.

The New York Times reports:

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Fronteras
2:14 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Steve Inskeep On Reporting From The "Borderland"

Texas rancher Dob Cunningham, right, stands on the edge of his 800-acre ranch in Quemado, Texas, which touches the Rio Grande. On the other side, Mexico.
Kainaz Amaria NPR

Fronteras: A conversation with "Morning Edition" host Steve Inskeep, who joins us to talk about NPR’s Borderland series: stories about the people, goods and culture that cross back and forth across the U.S.-Mexico border. Mónica Ortiz Uribe introduces us to the Barrio Aztecas of El Paso, one of the more frightening gangs that operate on the border. Lent is a time of spiritual reflection, but it also means a change in diet for those who take part. Fronteras commentator Yvette Benavides tells us about how the foods of lent can be sinfully good.

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Texas Matters
2:05 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

How Texans Are Missing Out On Millions Under The ACA -- And It's Not Medicaid Expansion

The deadline is March 31 to sign up for coverage this year at Healthcare.gov.
U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Texas Matters: A new report from the Kaiser Family Foundation details the government subsidies that are available to people signing up for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act. It seems that a lot of people in Texas are missing out. The mysterious death of 28-year-old Alfred Wright, who is African American, has caused racial issues to boil over in East Texas. Also on this show: Gender equality in the gubernatorial race.

Texans slow to sign up, slow to get subsidies

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Textbooks
11:53 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Students At Alamo Colleges Voice Opposition To Bundled E-Books & Tuition

Students in the Alamo Colleges system may soon have certain instructional materials bundled into their tuition costs in the coming semesters. How the plan will be implemented remains to be decided, but students are already showing opposition.

In January, the Alamo Colleges Board of Trustees voted to bundle electronic instructional materials into certain classes. When students pay their tuition there will be an additional cost for the pre-approved materials in the form of e-books and other items that can be accessed online.

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Border Security
11:40 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Texas DPS Forms International Drug Task Force With State Dept.

David Martin Davies TPR News

The Texas Department of Public Safety has partnered with the U.S. State Department in an effort to tackle drug crimes related to drug cartels operating in other countries.

DPS Director Col. Steve McCraw said this partnership with the will go towards to helping train police from other countries like Mexico. DPS troopers would also be allowed to be deployed in other countries as an exchange while working on specific cases and operations.

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Shots - Health News
11:29 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Tax Change Helps Abused Spouses Get Health Insurance Subsidies

A victim of domestic abuse may not be able to file taxes jointly. Yet that was required for health insurance subsidies.
iStockphoto

Victims of domestic violence can have a hard time qualifying for subsidies to buy health insurance because of quirks in the health law. And they often need help. It now looks like there's something of a fix, as well as more time to enroll.

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The Two-Way
11:22 am
Fri March 28, 2014

$292M For Baseball's Miguel Cabrera? Let's Dig Into That Number

He's got 290 million reasons to smile: The Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera.
C.J. Gunther EPA/Landov

Originally published on Fri March 28, 2014 2:03 pm

The numbers are eye-popping:

MLB.com and other news sites are reporting that Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera is getting an eight-year contract extension from the team that means he's guaranteed to earn $292 million over the next 10 years if he keeps playing.

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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

https://www.flickr.com/photos/saflavor/13383204093/
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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