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Alamo Heights
12:26 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Divisive Development In Alamo Heights Gets Limited Go Ahead

Overland Partners rendering of the proposed development at Broadway and Austin Highway. The approved permit would allow only a smaller building.
Overland Partners Architects

Last night the City of Alamo Heights met to discuss what one city councilor called the largest and most divisive project to come before their city council in years.

The developer, Alamo Manhattan, proposed to redevelop the tract of land at the crossroads of Broadway and Austin highway in what is to be called the Alamo Heights Gateway Complex.

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Community
12:05 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Beacon Hill Neighbors Recommend Zoning Change Request For Controversial Art Gallery

Residents cast their ballot on whether or not to recommend approval of a zoning change request. They overwhelmingly supported the request.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

In an overwhelming vote in favor of a well-publicized zoning case in Beacon Hill, residents of the community just north of downtown gave their approval for an art gallery and design business.

The neighborhood vote Monday night is just another step in the process of re-zoning French & Michigan, which takes its name from the intersection at which it is located. The building is currently zoned as residential, but its legacy has been mostly as a commercial structure located just off Fredericksburg Road.

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Government
11:47 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Brownsville ISD Lawyer Not Satisfied With TWIA Statement About Racist Emails

An attorney representing the Brownsville Independent School District in a lawsuit against the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association said he is appalled by the state agency’s reaction to a new set of 854 emails sent between TWIA employees and their private partners, some of which contain the same offensive and racist terms that were discovered in the latter part of 2013.

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2014 Election
10:59 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Republican Lieutenant Governor Primary Focused On Border Security

U.S. Border Patrol vehicles near the border fence.
David Martin Davies TPR News

On March 5, Texas voters will weigh in during a primary election for what many say is the most powerful job in state politics: Texas lieutenant governor.

Four well-known Republican candidates are vying for the nomination and a chance to face off against state Sen. Leticia Van De Putte, D-San Antonio.

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San Marcos
10:26 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Texas State University Students Okay After Police Evacuation, Bomb Scare

Texas State University-San Marcos.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

About 300 students were allowed back into their dorm rooms shortly after 6:00 a.m. at Texas State University following a bomb hoax that forced an evacuation for about four hours.

Texas State officials say the incident began after midnight when a police officer spotted a person smoking in violation of the school's smoke-free campus policy. The officer found a potentially explosive device in the back of the individual's pickup truck, which officials said had an ignition mechanism attached.

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Science & Technology
5:15 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Local Researcher Makes Breakthrough In Concussion & Brain Injury Treatment

*Neurons are visible in red, astrocytes (caretaker cells) in green. The specimen on the right was placed in a solution with 2-methylthio-ADP, one of a class of compounds called purinergic receptor ligands. The specimen on the left was untreated.
UT Health Science Center

Dr. James Lechleiter, professor of cellular and structural biology at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio, has received a patent for a discovery that could be good news for injured soldiers, athletes and other trauma victims.

Lechleiter discovered that a class of compounds actually protects neurons in the brain after a traumatic brain injury.

The research on cell and animal models has shown that two compounds stimulate the brain’s caretaker cells, called astrocytes, to do their job.

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Local History
3:56 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Conservation Society Seminar For Teachers Covers Local/Alamo History

Historians say people often don't understand that the Alamo was present before downtown San Antonio built up around it.
Eileen Pace

The San Antonio Conservation Society is taking reservations for its annual seminar for school teachers to earn education credits. The class is open to teachers of all subjects in Bexar County and surrounding counties.

This year’s teacher education seminar is titled History - Hijinks & Haunts: The Treasures of Alamo Plaza.

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Texas Legislature
2:50 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Rep. Scott Turner Challenging Joe Straus For Speaker In 2015

Ryan Poppe TPR News

Freshman state Rep. Scott Turner, a tea party-backed Republican from North Texas who used to play in the NFL, announced that he had filed with the state to be considered for speaker of house in 2015, but one political expert isn’t surprised by the challenge.

Professor Jim Henson with the University of Texas at Austin’s Texas Politics Project said this type of tea party challenge against current Speaker of the House Joe Strauss, R-San Antonio, has happened so often that it has become expected.

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Science & Technology
9:56 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Former Bexar Medical Examiner Tapped For Seat On National Commission On Forensic Science

A longtime medical examiner for Bexar County has been appointed to the newly-formed National Commission on Forensic Science.

The commission, which meets for the first time in February, was created last year to establish national standards to help assure the scientific value and accuracy of evidence in criminal cases and investigations.

Dr. Vincent DiMaio of San Antonio, who is now a consultant, said lawmakers and the president became interested in standardizing evidence after DNA evidence began to disprove convictions.

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Affordable Care Act
9:26 am
Mon January 13, 2014

White House Encouraging Families Of Mixed Citizenship Status To Apply For ACA Coverage

Healthcare.gov
U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

As health insurance plan enrollment passes six million, the White House is paying special attention to uninsured Latino citizens to help them find coverage. The administration is also encouraging families who are of mixed citizenship status to apply despite any fears.

Currently, the Department of Health and Human Services does not have specific information on the breakdown of enrollment numbers by race -- the data are still being compiled.

Under a campaign to get more Latinos enrolled, 344,000 calls were made in Spanish nationwide; that’s about 4 percent of call volume.

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