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Community Health
11:44 am
Tue May 7, 2013

¡Por Vida! Adds 22nd Restaurant To Healthy-Eating List

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius came to San Antonio to launch Por Vida in 2010
Eileen Pace TPR

¡Por Vida! the City of San Antonio's healthy menu initiative, welcomes another member restaurant to the healthy-eating program.

The initiative was launched in the Fall of 2010 with just a handful of restaurants and today the program has grown to a list of 22 establishments with over 500 meal choices to choose from.

Kasey Pape, a registered dietician at Metropolitan Health District, said Mediterranean restaurant Papouli’s became the newest member after requesting the certification this week.

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Texas Legislature
8:45 am
Tue May 7, 2013

How An Ex-Con Can Carry An Assault Rifle And Claim Self-Defense

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Under certain circumstances, people convicted of felony offenses can currently use self-defense as the justification for shooting someone, but that could soon change.

A bill authored by Sen. Bob Deuell, R-Greenville, would prohibit convicted felons from being able use such a defense in court.

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BP Oil Spill
3:47 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

BP To Pay Texas $18 Million From Deepwater Horizon Disaster

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Texas is included in five of 28 restoration projects across the Gulf of Mexico under a conditional agreement between BP and Natural Resource Damage Assessment trustees.

Texas Parks and Wildlife spokesman Tom Harvey said although the Texas coast was less visibly impacted by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Texas wildlife was affected.

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Texas Legislature
11:22 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Even With Bi-Partisan Support, Needle Exchange Bill Dies On House Floor

Ryan Poppe TPR News

After several legislative strategies, a bill that would set up the first Texas needle exchange dies on the House floor.

There were multiple attempts to revive the bill, which was authored by Rep. Ruth Jones McClendon, D-San Antonio, and would've set up a pilot needle exchange program for IV drug users.

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Texas Legislature
9:54 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Weekend Recap: Texas Is Well Armed And Ready For Action

Oleg Volt Wikipedia Commons

Lawmakers came out of  "O.K. Corral Day" sending a clear message as over 95 percent of all gun bills heard during House’s first working Saturday were approved. 

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Arts & Culture
1:55 pm
Sat May 4, 2013

UTSA Archaeologists Announce Two Major Acequia Finds On San Antonio River

The original Spanish dam structure of the Acequia Madre. Built in 1719, Madre was the largest and first acequia constructed on the San Antonio River. It fed the Alamo and was later called the Alamo Acequia.
Eileen Pace TPR

An excavation at Brackenridge Park has unearthed irrigation systems built to serve the first settlers of San Antonio.

The find offers opportunities to study indigenous peoples and provides fuel for the UNESCO consideration of the San Antonio Missions as a World Heritage Site.

Archaeologists have long been aware of the existence of the 300-year-old irrigation systems, and even had maps and data from Spanish engineers who documented their work.

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Texas Legislature
6:30 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Lawmakers Postpone Crucial Vote On High-Stakes Testing Bill

The Save Texas Schools rally on March 12, 2011. Testing and funding continue to be big issues in this session of the legislature.
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Lawmakers managed to postpone a high-stakes testing bill on the first Friday the Senate has worked this session.

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst said it was an agreement in principle that the Senate would take up and pass a House bill being carried by Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, which reduces the number of end-of-course exams from 15 to five.

"But apparently a number of members - principally Democrat, but some Republicans - had not been in the meeting and felt like they had not been briefed enough. And I understand that, I understand that," Patrick said.

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Texas Legislature
5:38 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

House Passes Bill Banning Practice Of Shark Finning

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House Bill 852, which has passed in the Texas House, places tighter restrictions on the controversial fishing practice called shark finning.

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City Utilities
4:40 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

New Braunfels Utilities Warns Of Possible Water-Testing Scam

New Braunfels Utilities

Several residents have reported strange phone calls about water testing in their homes so New Braunfels Utilities is cautioning its customers that there may be a scam in the works since the people ask to come outside of business hours.

"That kind of raises some concern whether their drinking water is okay," said NBU Communication Manager Gretchen Reuwer. "Many of them have agreed, but once they do that, they start thinking about the time in the evening that these people want to come in, and they know that NBU has regular office hours," Reuwer said. 

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Museum Reach
3:53 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

TCEQ Confident It Will Find Source Of Museum Reach Oil Spill

Oil-soaked berms, which line the landscaping to prevent mulch and other items from washing into the river, will be replaced.
Eileen Pace TPR News

Several agencies are now investigating an oil spill that flowed into the San Antonio River at 10th Street last weekend.

So much rain came down over the weekend and Monday that it is difficult for the agencies to measure the amount of oil that washed down Avenue B to 10th Street, over the berms, through the grass, and into the river.

Tests by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality have determined that the spill was petroleum oil.

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