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Science & Technology
4:51 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

UTHSC Scientists Seeking Patent For Method Of Killing Mouth Tumors

Credit UT Health Science Center

Scientists at the UT Health Science Center have discovered a way to kill malignant tumors in the mouth efficiently and without harming the nearby healthy tissue.

The discovery has led to a patent application for the method of directly injecting cancerous tumors with the drug capsazepine.

Oral cancer is the eighth most common cancer in the U.S. and 40,000 new cases are reported every year. Studies have shown it’s more painful than any other cancer.

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Texas Public Schools
4:37 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Texas Education Commissioner Requests Extension For Rollout Of New Teacher Evaluations

Credit US Department of Education

Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams has asked the U.S. Department of Education allow the state to delay a full rollout of a new teacher evaluation system and teacher's associations are applauding Williams' action.

As per agreement with that allows Texas to opt out of sections of the federal No Child Left Behind Act, Williams was to design a teacher evaluation pilot program, test it using voluntary school districts, and then rollout the program after a year. 

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Texas Business
3:35 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

State Lawmakers Debate Future Of Texas Economic Incentive Programs

Credit Ryan Poppe / TPR News

There is a divide among state lawmakers regarding economic incentive programs for new and expanding businesses.  Some lawmakers and state leaders question whether these programs remain useful and beneficial for the state's economic growth.

The debate centers on local and state tax credits and multi-million dollar grants from the Texas Enterprise Fund, which is controlled by Texas Gov. Rick Perry and has awarded more than $500 million to businesses since the fund was set up in 2003.  

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Science & Technology
3:24 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Human Genome: Ethical Questions Tonight At UTHSC

Credit UT Health Science Center

The latest research into the human genome poses difficult questions, but a lecture today offers a discussion about new technologies that seemed out of reach only a few years ago.

Scientists say there’s a pressing need for a public understanding of not just new breakthroughs in genomics, but also their ethical, legal and social implications.

That need has led the UT Health Science Center to offer this evening’s lecture and presentation entitled, “Before Birth and Throughout Life: Ethical Considerations in Genomic Sequencing.”

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New Braunfels
5:54 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

NBU Wins $29.7 Million Lawsuit Against LCRA

Credit New Braunfels Utilities

A jury in Comal County has found in favor of New Braunfels Utilities in a lawsuit against the Lower Colorado River Authority.

The verdict could mean a nearly $30 million judgment against the LCRA for violating its contract with the local utility.

In returning the verdict in favor of NBU, the jury found that LCRA had breached its 1974 Wholesale Power Agreement with the utility and violated state law by charging excessive and discriminatory rates.

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Community Health
4:31 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Chikungunya Virus Reported In Five Texas Counties, Including Bexar County

Credit Bexar County

Although a handful of Texas residents have been identified as being infected with the chikungunya virus, officials are working to get ahead of any possible panic situations in Bexar County.

The Bexar County Emergency Management Office and the Metro Helath Department briefed county commissioners on the situation with the chikungunya virus in the local area. So far, cases have been confirmed in Gonzales, Harris, Travis, Williamson and Bexar Counties.

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Border & Immigration
3:43 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

RAICES Says 63% Of Minors At Lackland Qualify For Asylum, Sen. Cornyn Skeptical

Lackland dorms where the unaccompanied minors from Central America are being housed.
Credit U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

An internal review by the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES) found 63% of the Central American children being housed at Lackland Air Force base in San Antonio would qualify for some type of asylum relief.

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Voting Rights
1:19 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Davis And State Dems Planning To Monitor For Voter Suppression, Discrimination

Credit David Martin Davies / TPR News

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis and the Texas Democratic Party are launching a voter protection program to monitor voter suppression and discrimination on Election Day.

Davis predicts this election will have large voter turnout and she, along with the state party and Battleground Texas, are getting prepared for what could come down to a legal fight at the ballot box.

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Historic Designation
10:24 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Mahncke Park Residents Upset Over 30% Rule For Historic Designation

Dr. Gary Cox, speaking for the Property Rights Coalition of Mahncke Park, explains why his group opposes the current city ordinance.
Eileen Pace TPR News

An increasingly vocal group of homeowners is making its opposition known about turning the century-old Mahncke Park neighborhood into a historic district.   

Sporting signs and t-shirts saying "51% should rule," Mahncke Park homeowners opposed to the historic designation rallied at a press conference to oppose the city process they say leaves residents powerless against a minority of property owners. 

The historic designation process kicks in after 30% of homeowners make an official request, and the law does not require the agreement of a majority.

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Environment
4:44 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance Calls For SAWS Moratorium On Development

Analisa Peace, executive director of the Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance.
Joey Palacios TPR News

The Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance is calling on the San Antonio Water System to place a moratorium on the construction of new developments in Northern Bexar County over concerns of sewer lines under creekbeds.

There are several new housing developments under construction in the Hwy. 218 and TCP Parkway area. The Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance claims it has seen diminished water quality over the last few years due to new developments.

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