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Health Studies
9:24 am
Thu October 10, 2013

NIH Grant Gives UTHSC The Lead In Regional Health Research

Left to right, Dr. David Weiss, vice president for research; Dr. Francisco González-Scarano, dean of the School of Medicine and vice president for medical affairs; and Dr. Robert Clark, director of the Institute for Integration of Medicine and Science, an
UT Health Science Center

The University of Texas Health Science Center and a coalition of 11 South Texas health concerns will share a $22.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health. The grant, which will be spread over a five-year period, will fund research for Bexar and 38 surrounding counties.

The Clinical and Translational Science Award is designed, in part, to accelerate research discoveries from the laboratory to practical applications.

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Texas Water
5:13 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Perry Asks Voters To Approve Prop. 6 For Water Project Funding

Using the dwindling Lake Travis as a backdrop, Gov. Perry asked Texans to vote "yes" on Prop 6.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

Gov. Rick Perry inspected the water levels at Lake Travis and then urged voters to approve proposition 6, the water project funding program that would pay for the next 50 years of water projects in the state that is up for a vote on this November's ballot.

Prop. 6 would take $2 billion from the Rainy Day Fund and place it in a separate fund which would then be loaned out to organizations around the state to fund water projects. Those organizations would then pay back the loan with interest to keep the fund going.

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2014 Governor's Race
11:55 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Corrected: Two More Candidates Added To Race For Governor

Chris Eudaily TPR News

(Oct. 14)***There were several errors in the original reporting of this story as it pertains to Kathie Glass: Glass is a Libertarian candidate and is not running in the Republican primary for governor in 2014. When Glass ran for governor in 2010, she also did so on the Libertarian ticket. Tom Glass, who is her husband and vice-chairman of the Texas Libertarian Party, brought these errors to our attention (see comment below story). An on-air correction will also be made for this story

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Space Exploration
10:34 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Today The Juno Spacecraft Slingshots Earth On Its Way To Jupiter

Image Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI

Today a space craft launched in 2011 will briefly return to earth to slingshot around the planet so it can reach its final destination of Jupiter. Much of mission is being overseen by officials at Southwest Research Institute, which is located here in San Antonio.

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Local Business
9:52 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Port San Antonio Street Expansion Opens 400 Acres For Aerospace Development

Local and state officials wave trucks through on the new section of 36th Street at Port San Antonio.
Eileen Pace TPR News

State and local officials gathered at Port San Antonio Tuesday to celebrate the extension of 36th Street through the former Kelly Air Force Base. 

State Rep. Philip Cortez, D-San Antonio, said the road’s extension is critical to the growth of San Antonio’s aerospace industry.

“When I see this extension and I see everything’s that happening here at Port San Antonio I think of one thing," Cortez said, "and that’s jobs."

Cortez said the extension is expected to add as many as 8,000 new jobs and ultimately will extend two more miles to access Military Drive and I-35.

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Criminal Justice
4:46 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

State Refusing To Give Back Execution Drug

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A Houston-area compounding pharmacy has sent a letter asking the state to return the drugs it sold the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for death row executions.

The name of the drug is pentobarbital and it has been a hard item for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice to track down after the state’s overseas sellers backed out of their contract to sell the drug used in lethal injections.  

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Economic Stabilization Fund
3:50 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Study Shows Rainy Day Fund Looks Stable Even With Water And Transportation Draw

Chris Eudaily TPR News

In the next two years voters will be deciding two propositions that take a percentage from the oil and gas tax money helping grow the state’s Rainy Day Fund. 

The first of those is up for a vote this November and would take $2 billion out of the fund to help pay for water projects. The second proposition, which will be on the 2014 ballot, will take $1 billion to fund transportation projects. 

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Gov. Rick Perry
3:20 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Special Prosecutor In Perry Bribery Case Requests Investigator

rickperry.org

According to court documents, San Antonio attorney Michael McCrum, who was appointed as the special prosecutor in the criminal bribery case against Perry, has requested money from the court to pay for an investigator and court researcher.

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2014 Governor's Race
9:13 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Davis Talks "Investing" At San Antonio Campaign Stop

Gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis toured Rackspace Cloud Computing and told employees that Texas needs a change.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Wendy Davis, the Texas senator who gained national attention with her filibuster against restrictive abortion laws, stopped in San Antonio just days after announcing her bid for governor.

And it may be no surprise that the Alamo City is on her list.

"San Antonio, of course, has an incredible story to tell about how much it values education, how much it values public-private partnerships that keep our economy strong," Davis said. "It's a shining example of what we want to see happening all over the state of Texas and it's one of the reasons that I'm running for governor."

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2014 Governor's Race
4:12 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Davis' "A Texas Story" Video Her First Step In Statewide Campaign

Screen shot from the new "A Texas Story" campaign video for Wendy Davis.
Wendy Davis for Governor

Wendy Davis’ campaign brought in over $500,000 in contributions in less than 24 hours after her announcement that she would run for governor and the Democrat from Fort Worth has now launched her first campaign video.

"A Texas Story" starts with a biography of Davis’ life and features her daughter Amber, who details her mother’s humble beginnings.

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