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2:34 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Re-Imagining Payday Lending In San Antonio

District 1 Councilman Diego Bernal has led the payday lending reform charge in San Antonio.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

  Faith-based organization Together for the City is about to launch a new alternative to payday lending that the group hopes will help financially-strapped families get back on their feet. The one-year-old group also plans to carve out a variety ways to serve the community.

At Tuesday’s meeting, Linda Hardberger asked the group to help Green Spaces Alliance promote and build more community gardens throughout the city.

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The Source - Septemnber 25, 2013
2:03 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

The Source: Addiction Treatment Providers Feel The Squeeze | How PEMEX Reform Could Affect Texas

Greg Zaragoza for Texas Public Radio

In the first segment:

Addiction has an economic impact of $559 billion per year in the US, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse -- here in Bexar County it is $1.7 billion.

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Health Care
12:21 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

The First Look At How Much Insurance Premiums Will Cost In San Antonio

The estimates are good news for HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Joaquín (left) and Julián Castro, who led meetings in August to promote the insurance exchanges.
David Martin Davies TPR News

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has released preliminary premium costs for the Affordable Care Act's health insurance marketplaces and the numbers are lower than even the Obama administration expected.

Though these are not reflective of the actual premiums that people will pay in the online health marketplace, these do give the public some idea of what to expect heading into the Oct. 1 opening of enrollment.

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Community Health
9:15 am
Wed September 25, 2013

UTHSC Survey Shows Síclovía Making A Healthy Difference

Biking, riding and walking at Síclovía in April 2013.
Joey Palacios TPR News

Síclovía enters its third year this Sunday, Sept. 29, and the UT Health Science Center has announced results of a survey that revealed attendance at the event motivated people to stay active following Síclovía activities.

UT Health Science Center researcher Dr. Deborah Parra-Medina sent a team out to survey attendees at the last Síclovía in April and almost 400 responded.

The survey found that 87 percent of people came with their family or friends, indicating a strong social support element for exercise.

Here are some highlights of the preliminary results:

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The Source - September 24, 2013
1:51 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

The Source: Government Shutdown | What The Child Brain Tells Us

Flickr user Adam Fagen (afagen) cc

In the first segment:

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a stopgap budget that removed "Obamacare"  funding last week. Now, lacking the votes in the Senate and under threat of presidential veto, the government moves slowly towards, by most accounts, a shutdown.

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Texas Foster Care
10:27 am
Tue September 24, 2013

New Law Keeps Parents From Overmedicating Foster Children

Flickr user Gianfranco Puccio cc

According to Texas Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), foster parents in Texas are 53 times more likely to overmedicate children in their care than parents with non-foster children, but a law passed during the last legislative session will stop the practice.

The law regulates how many psychotropic drugs children in foster care can be given in an attempt to make a difference on the high number of children given five or more medications at one time.

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Education & Employment
3:10 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Alamo Colleges & Workforce Solutions Launch Digital Career Center

A screen grab of the digital career center. Users can move around in a 3D enviroment.
www.myalamocareer.org

The Alamo Colleges have launched the first completely virtual career center in the state for people looking for a new job or educational path.

Taking a page from the realm of virtual reality and games like Second Life, those in and around Bexar County interested in another career can wander a digital replica of a career center.

“We’re using a 3D gaming environment to connect them to jobs, education, training, and employment opportunities,” said Eva Esquivel with Workforce Solutions Alamo.

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The Source - September 23, 2013
1:25 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

The Source: CPS Pitches Rate Increase | Do School Sports Hurt Academics?

CPS Energy

In the first segment:

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The Source - September 19, 2013
1:13 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

The Source: Tom DeLay Off The Hook | San Antonio Clean Energy Friendly | Ebony And Ivy

In the first segment:

Tom DeLay won't be seeing the inside of a jail cell after having his 2010 conviction overturned by the Texas 3rd Court of Appeals this morning. In a 2-1 vote the Republican judges on the three-judge panel voted the evidence in the trial wasn't strong enough and reversed the judgment to an acquittal.

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Community
10:36 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Castro Trumpets San Antonio's Push For Major League Soccer Franchise

Behind the goal at the San Antonio Scorpion's Toyota Field.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro is making his case for bringing a Major League Soccer franchise to the city, praising the San Antonio Scorpions for the team's contribution in starting a fan base that he said would support the team.

In a letter to MLS Commissioner Don Garber, Castro took the opportunity to brag about his city. Garber then wrote back and promised there would be ample discussion about the possibilities of an MLS franchise in San Antonio.

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