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Wendy Rigby / Texas Public Radio

It’s a big week in Texas. Starting today, more than 600 new laws approved by state legislators and signed by Governor Greg Abbott go into effect.

Elizabeth Allen / University Health System

A pregnant Rockport woman who had to flee Hurricane Harvey never imagined she’s be delivering her child in San Antonio.

A University Health System nurse working one of the shelters where Shanika Jones was staying realized she was going into labor.

That’s when she brought her to University Hospital where Zakaiya Grace was born Wednesday evening.

Wendy Rigby / Texas Public Radio

Life-saving blood given by South Texas donors in San Antonio was shipped to the Coastal Bend on August 29, 2017.

Johnny Reyna, MD

San Antonio urologist Johnny Reyna, MD, talks about about what men and the women who love them need to know about a sometimes stealthy disease: prostate cancer.

Wendy Rigby / Texas Public Radio

The state health department has issued a new health alert involving the Zika virus for three more South Texas Counties.

Kinney, Maverick and Val Verde counties along the border with Mexico have been added to 6 others where there’s now routing screening of pregnant women for Zika. Del Rio is the county seat of Val Verde.

Zika is a mosquito-borne virus which can affect babies of infected mothers. It first appeared in Cameron County last year.