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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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The Source - November 13, 2013
1:57 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

The Source: The Commander's Role In Military Justice | Painters Before Time

WASHINGTON (June 4, 2013) Military service chiefs testify about sexual assault in the military before the Senate Armed Services Committee. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Teddy Wade/ Released)
Official U.S. Navy Imagery

In the first segment:

The response to sexual assaults among military personnel has been so derided recently that a new pentagon report out showing a 46 percent increase in sexual assaults means more debate is inevitable with possible legislation to follow.

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South Texas
12:07 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Report Details The Effects Of Women's Healthcare Cuts On Latinas In South Texas

Pro-choice rally outside the capitol on the night of July 1, 2013.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

A group documenting the lives of women in the Rio Grande Valley has released a new human rights report that shows how funding cuts in 2011 and Texas’ new abortion bill have affected the lives of Latina women living in South Texas.

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Downtown Development
10:20 am
Wed November 13, 2013

Eight Arrested Trying To Halt KWEX Univision Building Demolition

A second group of people were arrested for trying to halt demolition, bringing the total to eight.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Complete Wrap (11/13): Within minutes of Judge Janet Littlejohn’s decision to dissolve a restraining order that halted the demolition of the former home of Univision in San Antonio, activists took matters into their own hands.

As real estate developer Greystar was ready to restart the demolition, preservation activists Graciela Sanchez of the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center and Antonia Castaneda, along with two others climbed the fence of the demolition site to halt the work.

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The Source - November 12, 2013
12:03 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

The Source: SAY Si Shines In New Report | New JFK Documentary

Image courtesy of Say Sí

In the first segment:

After school arts programs build a variety of socio-emotional areas in a child's life, but often times these programs don't extend to the poor.

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The Source - November 11, 2013
1:13 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

The Source: Opposing Gun Groups Square Off, One Armed | "Wilson" By A. Scott Berg

Open Carry Texas members protesting at the Alamo earlier this year.
Paul Flahive / TPR

In the first segment:

The private meeting of a gun safety advocacy group at a suburban Arlington eatery became tense this weekend when members of Open Carry Texas showed up to protest, according to Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

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Non-Discrimination Ordinance
10:13 am
Mon November 11, 2013

NDO Debate Reignited At Popular Southtown Restaurant Taco Haven

Protesters stationed themselves across the street from the taco joint on Sunday.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

The debate over city council recalls and San Antonio's non-discrimination ordinance erupted this weekend at a favorite Southtown Mexican food eatery.

The ordeal made for a spicier than usual Sunday brunch at Taco Haven, after an online posting about the establishment went viral.

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