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School Vouchers
10:08 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Sen. Patrick To Push For School Voucher System

Texas State Capitol in Austin.
Flickr user TN Drum Guy cc

State Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, is pushing for a school voucher system called Taxpayer Savings Grants that would allow students to pick a private school if they are unhappy with their public school.

Now that he’s the chair of the Senate Education Committee, Patrick could use the platform to champion the program, and he has two words for a school voucher system: "Why not?"

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Community Health
4:12 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Slimming Down More Than A Resolution For Showdown Participants

Nancy Martinez said she wants to embrace a healthy lifestyle to pass on to her family.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

As the second edition of HEB’s 16-week Slimdown Showdown begins, the 25 competitors participating this year are taking physicals through the Methodist Health System.

This week is Fit Camp where the contestants attend classes on healthy living and do tests to see where they are physically. On the first day, 34-year-old Juan Ramirez of San Antonio is taking a stress test on a treadmill.

Ramirez said the $10,000 grand prize is not the main goal, instead he wants to lose about 60 lbs. and get a better handle on his lifestyle.

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Community Giving
2:27 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

A Perfect Fit: UIW Student Gets Shoes To Those In Need

Eric Castillo helps a girl at SAMMinistries try on a pair of "new" shoes
Eileen Pace TPR

Eric Castillo and his organization, A Walk in My Shoes, has made it a mission to find shoes to fit everybody who needs a pair in San Antonio, and the 500 pairs of shoes he delivered to SAMMinistries on Friday is just part of the story.

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Community Health
1:13 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

University Health System Serving Downtown With New Facility

The new Clinical Pavilion at University Health System's Robert B. Green Campus
University Health System

Today the University Health System officially begins services at its new Robert B. Green Campus in downtown San Antonio.

The grand opening of the Clinical Pavilion on the Robert B Green Campus over the weekend means that starting today, patients can get primary care, pediatric care, women’s care, outpatient surgery, imaging and other services in a brand new, high-tech facility.

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Lackland Article 32 Hearing
12:22 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Recruiter Faces Likely Court-Martial After Article 32 Hearing

Tech. Sgt. Jaime Rodriguez
U.S. Air Force

Eighteen women have testified or given written statements that an Air Force recruiter committed sex crimes against them in an Article 32 evidentiary hearing at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.

Some of the women said the events caused them to give up on their dreams of joining the Air Force.

A recruiter’s assistant testified in the final day of the hearing that she tried to push him away, but that Tech. Sgt. Jaime Rodriguez sodomized and raped her in a back room of the recruiting office he ran near Houston.

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Transportation
10:49 am
Sat January 12, 2013

City Council Removes Private Funding From Streetcar Project

This poster was displayed at the streetcar public meeting in November where residents and business owners gave input on the project.
Eileen Pace Texas Public Radio

The controversial San Antonio streetcar project is moving ahead without help from the private sector. On Thursday city council voted to remove money from property owners that would have amounted to about $15 million.

Even though there is tens of millions of dollars coming from the county, $40 million from the city, and newfound money from VIA, Dist. 10 Councilman Carlton Soules said he believes that if people want streetcars, they should be allowed to help fund it.

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City Government
10:53 am
Fri January 11, 2013

City Attorney Michael Bernard Defends Practice Of City Hall Bans

Does assisting the city in accomplishing its goals mean keeping citizens out of public buildings like City Hall?
Office of the City Attorney

San Antonio City Attorney Michael Bernard is standing by the ban he’s placed on John Foddrill and Michael Cuellar. The two are not allowed to go to City Hall or attend city council meetings. 

Foddrill and Cuellar are two former San Antonio city employees who were both fired from their posts; both men claim they have found evidence of waste in the city government.

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Air Force Special Ops
2:43 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Lackland Preferred Location For Air Force Special Ops School

Pending congressional approval, Lackland will be the new site for an Air Force special operations school
Eileen Pace TPR News

On Wednesday, Congressmen Joaquín Castro and Pete Gallego made the announcement that the Air Force hopes to move its Tactical Air Control Party and the Air Officer Liaison training school to San Antonio.

Collen McGee with the 37th Training Wing at Lackland said the base currently houses the prep school for the program, which is classroom training on the history and mission of the unit.

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San Antonio Medical Research
11:42 am
Thu January 10, 2013

SA Researchers Find More Effective Way To Treat Hepatitis C

UT Health Science Center

A San Antonio research team has uncovered a way to cure the deadly Hepatitis C – promising shorter treatments and fewer side effects than today’s standard treatment.

Hepatitis C can be treated today with a battery of interferon interventions treatments -- which takes 48 weeks and the side effects are debilitating -- but a new treatment using a combination of drugs needs only 12 weeks to kill the virus with much fewer side effects.

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Texas Legislature
10:58 am
Thu January 10, 2013

What Happened To The Texas Sanctuary Cities Emergency?

Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer in front of the Texas state capitol in Austin
Trey Martinez Fischer via Facebook

The Texas legislature convened in Austin on Tuesday, and there was no mention from Gov. Rick Perry about illegal immigration legislation. 

In Jan. 2011 Perry gave the traditional opening remarks to the 82nd Texas legislature and he made it clear – he wanted a crackdown on illegal immigration.

"We must abolish sanctuary cities in Texas," Perry said to applause from the newly sworn in lawmakers.

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