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7:19 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Competing Noon Time Rallies On Non-Discrimination Ordinance Proposal Conflict

Supporters and opponents have held rallies on the steps of City Hall almost daily ahead of the city council's upcoming vote on the proposed non-discrimination ordinance.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

In the days leading up to the San Antonio City Council vote on the proposed revisions to the non-discrimination ordinance, the steps in front of City Hall have transformed into a stage for supporters and opponents.

On Wednesday, two groups that disagree with each other had an event planned for the same time.

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Abortion In Texas
3:53 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Online Game Explores What It's Like To Be A Woman Getting An Abortion In Texas

Leah is one of the characters in Choice: Texas. Here she is as illustrated by our team's artist, Grace Jennings.
Choice: Texas

Two women from the Austin area are launching a new online video game where the gamer steps into the shoes of several women in different socioeconomic, geographic and demographic brackets who are all faced with getting an abortion under Texas abortion restrictions.

The game is called Choice: Texas and allows users to pick from a set of women with different life scenarios and then chose which direction they will take based on the state’s abortion restrictions.

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The Source - September 4, 2013
1:42 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

The Source: No Child Left Behind's Legacy | Texas And Prison Reform

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In the first segment:

No Child Left Behind had a controversial life. It was maligned from the right for seizing local control from school districts and boards and was was hit from the left for its punitive nature and its narrow focus on test scores.  

This is probably the reason why nearly 50 percent surveyed felt it had done nothing or been bad for schools as congress was ramping back up for reauthorization back in 2007.

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Non-Discrimination Ordinance
10:27 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Religious Supporters, Opponents Clash On Proposed Non-Discrimination Ordinance

Faith leaders who support the ordinance spoke on the steps of City Hall ahead of the vote Thursday by the city council that could add protections for gender identity, sexual orientation and veteran status to the list of protected classes in San Antonio.
DeAnne Cuellar Community Alliance for a United San Antonio

San Antonio's non-discrimination ordinance is not only attracting supporters and opposition from secular communities, faith leaders are also weighing in on the issue that would add gender identity, sexual orientation and veteran status to the list of protected classes in the city.

The proposal has been on the table for months, allowing ample time for dialogue and debate.

But the conversation will conclude on Thursday when the city council will finally vote on whether to add the three groups of people to the list of protections already in place.

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The Source - September 3, 2013
10:38 am
Tue September 3, 2013

The Source: The Future Of The Book

The Twig Book Shop at the Pearl.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

In the first segment: 

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Community Health
9:29 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Risk Of Death From Overheated Cars Will Continue

The West Texas sun in June.
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The San Antonio Metropolitan Health Department and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are teaming up in an effort to reduce the number of child deaths in hot cars.

Even with slightly lower temperatures as fall approaches, the dangers remain high for children being seriously injured or dying from being left alone inside a hot car.

The two agencies are starting a campaign to remind parents and caregivers that kids can easily suffer heatstroke if left in a vehicle.

Metro Health is urging parents to:

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The Source - August 29, 2013
1:09 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

The Source: Junk Science In The Courtroom | The Awesome Foundation

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In the first segment: 

Signed into law by the governor earlier this year, SB 344 becomes active next week. The law will allow the convicted to appeal based on new scientific evidence that may contradict earlier forensic expert testimony.

Many kinds of cases have been overturned due to what defense lawyers call "junk science" -- from dog-scent lineups as in the case of Megan Winfrey, or other types of evidence once thought to prove arson.

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The Source - August 28, 2013
12:33 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

The Source: Syria And Bashar Al Assad | LoneStarCon 3 Hits San Antonio

In the first segment:

With U.S. intervention in Syria looming, what do we know about the country and its current regime? 

Trinity University Professor David Lesch, who is the author of "Syria: The Fall of the House of Assad," joins us to talk about  his recent travels to Syria, his experience with Bashar al Assad, and the future of a beleaguered state.

In the second segment:

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The Source - August 27, 2013
4:56 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

The Source: Textbooks In Texas | Non-Discrimination Ordinance Debate Continues

Screen shot from the documentary "The Revisionaries," a film about the State Board of Education's textbook approval process. View the trailer at: http://youtu.be/qoeMm0Tm95M.
Director Scott Thurman

In the first segment:

The process for screening Texas science textbooks has been contentious to say the least. Whether kids should be taught the "other" theories of creation in science textbooks is at the heart of the controversy.  

Professor Michael Soto, a former State Board of Education member, explains how the board operates with reviewers along with documentary filmmaker Scott Thurman, whose documentary "The Revisionaries" took a critical look at the SBOE process a few years ago.

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Non-Discrimination Ordinance
4:35 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Ozuna Steps Forward To Defend Family, Non-Discrimination Ordinance

Former Dist. 3 Councilwoman Leticia Ozuna (right) and Sophia Parafina, her spouse of 25 years.
Courtesy Leticia Ozuna

Cyber security specialist and former councilwoman Leticia Ozuna is in the business of secret-keeping. She knew it was only a matter of time before the remarks about her family that were made by Councilwoman Elisa Chan and her staff in a recording released by a former staffer became public.

Here's part of it, from the Express-News audio:

Jeff Bazan (former chief of policy to Chan): "That's why, for example, Councilwoman Ozuna is still married to that lady because that lady was born a man. So that marriage is still valid in the State of Texas."

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