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11:12 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Lyft Drivers Still Operating, Despite Cease-And-Desist Order

Lyft driver Terri Richardson sports the company's signature pink mustache on the front of her car during a recent shift.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

San Antonio Police have issued a cease-and-desist order for drivers of a so-called ride sharing program called Lyft.

But that hasn't stopped them, and instead they are rolling forward full throttle. For passengers, taking a Lyft is easy. A rider must download the app to their smartphone, enter their credit card information and phone number, and request the ride. A driver, whose car is marked with a pink mustache, will typically pull up to the rider's location within 15 minutes, and off they go.

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Child Abuse
3:51 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Childsafe's Child Abuse Awareness Campaign Kicks Off Citywide With "Cardboard Kids"

"Cardboard Kids" will be displayed around town to highlight the problem of child abuse. To help spread the word to get people talking about child abuse, use #CardBoardKidsSA on social media platforms.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Child advocacy group ChildSafe reports that in 2013 Bexar County had 5,846 confirmed cases of child abuse and neglect.

ChildSafe CEO Kim Abernethy said the county dropped from the first place position in that category, but knows that number is still too high.

"That's not a statistic that we tout when we tout all of our other great statistics," Abernethy said. "This year we were second in the state, thank goodness, but the last four or five years before that we've been the first in confirmed cases of abuse."

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Bexar County Jail
1:30 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Bexar County Inmates Learning To Take Responsibility For Their Circumstances

Bexar County Jail, where classes began last year to help inmates learn about personal responsibility
Eileen Pace

A new philosophy of rehabilitation for inmates has taken shape at the Bexar County Jail. The effort is designed to stop the cycle of escalating levels of criminal activity by inmates after they are released from the local facility.

Pamela Taylor, CEO and founder of Dress for Success, teaches a new class at the Bexar County Jail.

"So I encourage you to start looking at the information I gave you," she tells a group of inmates. " 'The Four Agreements' is really, really powerful.”

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The Source - April 3, 2014
12:08 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

The Source: Bill White On Our "Fiscal Constitution"

Former Houston Mayor and Democratic candidate for Texas governor Bill White says that the country is being misled and that a fundamental principle in America's management has been broken.

In his new book, "America's Fiscal Constitution: Its Triumph and Collapse," White makes the case that the out-of-control spending that started under President George W. Bush has departed from the nation's history; a history that saw our "fiscal constitution" shredded.

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The Source - April 3, 2014
11:58 am
Thu April 3, 2014

The Source: Book Fest Wants SA To Be Literary Destination

90 national and local authors will be at the festival this Saturday.
San Antonio Public Library Foundation

  The San Antonio Book Festival has its inaugural run as a solo event this weekend. Last year the burgeoning book fest partnered with Austin's annual Texas Book Festival by adding a series of events locally.

This year, with 90 national and local authors, organizers are confident the event will again be a success and will top their 4,000 person attendance last year. Organizers want to turn San Antonio into a literary destination.

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The Source - April 2, 2014
4:35 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

The Source: Supreme Court's McCutcheon Ruling Is Blow To Campaign Finance Reform

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This morning the Supreme Court came down on the side of Shaun McCutcheon to the collective exasperation of campaign finance reformers. McCutcheon, an Alabama millionaire who challenged the Federal Election Commission's limit on how much money a person can donate in the aggregate. You can find the majority opinion here.

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The Source - April 2, 2014
1:18 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

The Source: Equal Pay In Texas

President Barack Obama signs the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act (January 1 2009).
By Joyce N. Boghosian via Wikimedia Commons cc

Equal pay for women has become a rallying cry for Democrats across Texas. Wendy Davis' campaign for governor has seized on the issue, making it central to her messaging.

Attorney General Greg Abbot, who is on the Republican ticket in the race for governor, has dismissed the issue, but was recently criticized when women in his own office were found to be paid less than their male colleagues for the same work.

Last year the Texas Legislature passed a state law allowing women who were discriminated against by their employers in pay to sue in state court. Gov. Rick Perry subsequently vetoed the bill, calling it redundant:

"Texas' commitment to smart regulations and fair courts is a large part of why we continue to lead the nation in job creation. House Bill 950 duplicates federal law, which already allows employees who feel they have been discriminated against through compensation to file a claim with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission." - Gov. Rick Perry

The federal law Perry refers to is the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which allows women to sue in federal court. The state version is better, said advocates, because it allowed for a quicker response at the local level, criticizing the federal court system as underfunded and slow. The Texas Association of Business wrote Perry to support a veto, arguing that the bill increased cumbersome regulation and frivolous lawsuits. 

“Asking an employer to be responsible for decisions that were made 10 or 15 years ago just does not work.  In many cases no one would be around that would know anything about why those decisions were made at the time.  The lack of a statute of limitations for filing these cases is bad for business, and this bill is bad for business, pure and simple.” - Bill Hammond, president TAB
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The Source - April 1, 2014
12:45 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

The Source: Gov. Perry Calls Full Prison Rape Elimination Act Implementation "Impossible"

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry wrote a letter to the U.S. attorney general last week. In it, Perry stated he would not be able to certify Texas prisons under the guidelines of the Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 (PREA).

Perry cited several points of issue, with the largest being cross-gender monitoring.

The guidelines establish that only members of the same sex should monitor prisoners in private settings like showers and dressing areas. Perry called the restriction "impossible" to enforce.

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The Source - April 1, 2014
11:54 am
Tue April 1, 2014

The Source: AACOG Scandal Leads To Dismissal Of Executive

Credit Alamo Area Council of Governments

Yesterday afternoon the Alamo Area Council of Governments (AACOG) fired its executive director, Dean Danos, and accepted the resignation of his deputy, Mike Quinn. Quinn resigned on March 25 and asked for nine months' salary as severance; his request was denied.

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The Source - March 31, 2014
5:28 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

The Source: Is It Time To Get Tough On Vaccines?

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Credit Pascal Dolémieux / Sanofi Pasteur

A 1998 article in the medical journal "The Lancet" linked autism to child vaccinations causing an uproar. And though the research of that study by Dr. Andrew Wakefield, has been thoroughly discredited and no link in subsequent studies--of which their have been numerous--have been found, fears persist.

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