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The Source - November 20, 2013
5:31 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

The Source: Exploring Legacy South | Taking Del Rio's Water For San Antonio

Greg Zaragoza for Texas Public Radio

In the first segment:

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Community
4:48 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Finally Free, San Antonio 4 Want Full Exoneration

The San Antonio 4 from left: Elizabeth Ramirez, Cassie Rivera, Kristie Mayhugh, and Anna Vasquez.
Paul Flahive TPR News

In an at times emotional press conference this morning, Kristie Mayhugh, Anna Vasquez, Elizabeth Ramirez and Cassandra Rivera, also known as the San Antonio 4, talked about what it meant to them to finally be free after more than a decade in prison.

Elizabeth Ramirez was 20 years old and pregnant when she was first arrested.

"For me it was -- I got to finally hear my son for the first time say, 'Mom, I love you,'" Ramirez said.

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Community Health
4:29 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Metro Health & YMCA Offering Free Diabetes Workshops During November

Metropolitan Health District

The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District is partnering with the YMCA to bring diabetes education to the community, including a free diabetes management program developed by Stanford University.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, 26 million people in the U.S. suffered from diabetes in 2010  and 79 million more had been diagnosed with pre-diabetes. Thirteen percent of Bexar County residents are diabetic.

During the Month of November, Metro Health and the YMCA of Greater San Antonio will offer free classes to help patients prevent and self-manage diabetes.

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The Source - November 19, 2013
1:50 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

The Source: Raising The Minimum Wage | City Considers Plastic Bag Ban

Flickr user Trisha Weir cc

In the first segment:

An Ohio Wal-Mart is having a food drive so that needy employees can have a good Thanksgiving. McDonald's has a phone resource line directing its full-time employees to public services like food pantries, SNAP, and heating assistance.  

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The Source - November 18, 2013
2:59 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

The Source: Fracking & Earthquakes | More Research Into Low Testosterone

South Texas Environmental Education and Research

In the first segment:

As the United States becomes a net exporter of oil for the first time since 1995, the Eagle Ford Shale deposit hums away with activity. The environmental costs have been becoming better documented and one correlation becomes stronger and stronger -- the link between certain hydraulic fracturing disposal methods and earthquakes.

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Local History
2:45 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Brooks City-Base 50 Years After JFK's Final Address

President Kennedy's last speech to a crowd happened at Brooks Air Force Base on Nov. 21, 1963
Unknown kennedyatbrooks.blogspot.com/

On Nov. 21, 1963, President John F. Kennedy spoke to a crowd of 10,000 people at Brooks Air Force Base. It would be one of his last presidential acts.

"I have come to Texas today to salute an outstanding group of pioneers," he said, speaking of the compression chambers and training abilities for Air Force, space and other programs. "It is fitting that San Antonio should be the site of this center and this school [Brooks Air Force Base School of Aerospace Medicine and the Aerospace Medical Center]."

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Breaking
1:02 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Updated: "San Antonio 4" Granted Bail, Will Be Released Today

Anna Vasquez is hugged by family and supporters after the ruling that she and three others would be granted bail.

Update (1 p.m.): Judge Mary Roman granted bail to Elizabeth Ramirez, Anna Vasquez, Cassie Rivera, and Kristie Mayhugh  after the ‘San Antonio 4’ have spent as long as 15 years in prison for a crime that they claim never occurred.

The 3 women still incarcerated were not in the 175th district court today, and all the paperwork for the case was signed outside of public view.  The Defense’s Mike Ware made the announcement that proved anticlimax for a packed court room that normally Is sparsely filled. 

The 4 were accused by Elizabeth Ramirez’s nieces of sexually assaulting them nearly two decades ago now, a claim one of the girls would recant as an adult, saying she had been forced to lie by her father.

The District Attorney’s Office agreed that key forensic testimony and evidence was flawed and did not dispute the outcome of today’s hearing on those grounds, but the actual innocence of the women the state still disputes. Friday, Bexar County District Attorney, Susan Reed stated if the Court of Criminal Appeals rules the 4 can have a new trial, she will not proceed with it, effectively freeing the women for good. 

Anna Vasquez, the only one of the convicted to be present today, was paroled a year ago under what Ware calls draconian parole stipulations.

These stipulations will raised as a result of the this hearing.

The case now is sent to the Court Criminal of Criminal Appeals in Austin.  It has no date set nor deadline currently.  

Original Post (11/15): Bexar County District Attorney Susan Reed has stated she will not seek a new trial for the San Antonio 4 if the Court of Criminal Appeals says it is warranted. 

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Community Health
1:51 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Metro Health Making Health Care Push By Bringing ACA Navigators To West Side

U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District will bring several Affordable Care Act navigators together Saturday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. for a mass effort to help residents apply for health care coverage.

"Enroll Fest" is designed to bring resources to San Antonio and Bexar County residents who need to get signed up for health care plans.

Metro Health is partnering with Blue Cross Blue Shield and several community organizations at The Neighborhood Place on the city’s West Side -- The Neighborhood Place is located at 3014 Rivas.

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Health Research
3:11 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Van De Putte Raising Funds For SIDS Research With 5K In Memory Of Grandson

Leticia Van De Putte holds a picture of her grandson Rex, who died unexpectedly from SIDS this year.
Eileen Pace TPR News

State Sen. Leticia Van De Putte has announced a newly-created 5K run in honor of her grandson, Rex Neal Van De Putte, who died this year from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

The first 5K Walk/Run for Rex this Saturday morning will benefit SIDS research.

Rex was six months old when he died May 7 and Van De Putte said crib death takes the life of a baby in Bexar County every two and a half weeks.

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The Source - November 14, 2013
2:08 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

The Source: Bexar County Schools 'Go Public' | Texas Juvenile Justice & Mental Health

Bexar County school superintendents at a press conference launching "Go Public" campaign.
David Martin Davies TPR News

In the first segment:

A new public image campaign launched last week by Bexar County schools is aimed at making you aware of how great public schools are doing in the face of dramatic hardships. The "Go Public" campaign asks people to look at the multiple roles public schools have been asked to take on and to tell their stories supporting them.

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