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Abortion in Texas
10:21 am
Fri March 28, 2014

5th Circuit Upholds New Texas Rules For Abortion Providers

Attorneys exit the court building in October 2013 after final arguments in what was the first legal challenge of Texas' new abortion law.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

 The US 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans has overturned a lower federal’s court ruling that sections of Texas’ new abortion law were unconstitutional.  

Civil rights groups have said the law would close one-third of Texas abortion clinics and leave large sections of Texas women with the only option to drive hundreds of miles to be seen by a doctor. 

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Libraries
4:32 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Bexar County's Bibliotech Shares Accessibility Message In The Netherlands

Bibliotech's all digital, cloud-based books captured the attention of library directors in the Netherlands.
Eileen Pace TPR News

Bexar County’s Bibliotech is an international hot topic this week. The all-digital library's two directors are speaking to their counterparts of book-based libraries in the Netherlands.

After representatives from Stichting Bibliotheek, the national library foundation in The Netherlands, made a trip here in January to get a tour, they were eager for Bibliotech’s key people to speak at a conference.

Bexar County Special Projects Coordinator Laura Cole said she is presenting Bibliotech’s story of meeting the need for library services in unincorporated areas of the county.

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Criminal Justice
4:12 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Update: Texas Supreme Court Halts Execution Drug Disclosure Order

Update (3/28): The Associated Press is now reporting that the Texas Supreme Court has halted the court decision that ordered the state to disclose the name of the compounding pharmacy that makes the drug pentobarbital.

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Texas Public Schools
3:37 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

New Board Of Education Curriculum Plan Makes Algebra II Optional

This week Texas State Board of Education Chairwoman Barbara Cargill laid out how the new math curriculum standards work for Texas high school students.

There are some that still take issue with the absence of Algebra II from the list of required high school courses, and are looking for ways to add it back in 2015.

The SBOE decided to split the list of math courses between three years of required critical thinking math courses. During a student’s senior year, they would be allowed to pick a specialized math elective.

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Higher Education Funding
2:53 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

UTSA Launching Crowdfunding Site For Research And Student Projects

University of Texas at San Antonio

The University of Texas at San Antonio is launching its own crowdfunding website and UTSA Chief Communications Officer Joe Izbrand said it is likely the first university in the state to do so.

UTSA is taking the online individual-donor approach used on platforms like Kickstarter and GoFundMe to fund some of its own projects. 

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2014 Governor's Race
11:39 am
Thu March 27, 2014

What Equal Pay Laws Do For Gender Equality

Gubernatorial candidates Greg Abbott and Wendy Davis.
Ryan Poppe/David Martin Davies TPR News

Equal pay laws have become the main focus in in the governor's race between Wendy Davis and Greg Abbott, but how much can equal pay laws actually accomplish for the issue?

Joseph Fishkin, a discrimination law professor at the University of Texas at Austin, said equal pay laws boil down to one question: When do you have to file a lawsuit? That question gave rise to the federal Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, which defines that a complainant has 180 days from the time wage discrimination was discovered. 

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Lackland Investigation
12:08 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Witnesses Detail Maltreatment By Former Lackland Instructor

Administrative building at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, where legal proceedings are held.
Eileen Pace TPR News

A military judge late Friday handed down a sentence for a former military training instructor who pled guilty to charges of maltraining and cruel and oppressive treatment of her basic trainees.

Judge Donald Eller sentenced Staff Sgt. Annamarie Ellis to eight months in confinement, a reduction in rank to Airman basic and a bad conduct discharge. 

Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland spokeswoman Lt. Samantha Degnan said the offenses occurred over a 22-month period from 2009 to 2010 and involve the whole flights, instead of individuals.

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Military In San Antonio
11:43 am
Wed March 26, 2014

San Antonio Military Health System Positions Itself For The Future

The San Antonio Military Medical Center.
Joint Base San Antonio

On Tuesday three of the nation’s top military medical commanders offered a look at the current state of military health care in San Antonio -- from advances in research to new advanced battlefield treatment.

Lt. Gen. (Dr.) Douglas Robb, director of the Defense Health Agency in Falls Church, Va., joined Maj. Gen. Jimmie Keenan, director of the San Antonio Military Health System, and Maj. Gen. (Dr.) Byron Hepburn, the first director of the San Antonio Military Health System, for the panel discussion.

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Transportation
10:00 am
Wed March 26, 2014

New VIA Board Appointees Sound Off On Streetcar Project

VIA Metropolitan Transit

Bexar County commissioners have appointed Rebecca Q. Cedillo and Bobby Perez to the county seats on the 11-member VIA Board.

Cedillo is the former chief of water resources for SAWS and a former city planner. She said the issues important to her include ensuring adequate infrastructure to keep up with growth in the outlying areas of the county.

Cedillo said the proposed streetcar is a city issue, not a county issue, but she supports it.

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Síclovía
5:00 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Get Ready For Siclovia This Sunday In Southtown

Cyclists approach Alamo Plaza during Síclovía in September 2013.
Joey Palacios TPR News

 

The sixth semi-annual Síclovía will turn roadways into bike lanes this weekend as thousands of San Antonians are expected to flock to the streets.

San Antonio’s Síclovía started in October 2011 and is based off a similar event in the country of Colombia. The streets are shut down to give cyclists and runners a clear path to exercise.

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