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Abortion In Texas
10:05 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Attorneys Expect Quick Decision In Case Involving New Texas Abortion Clinic Restrictions

Protesters on both sides of the abortion issue rally outside the Stand With Texas Women rally in San Antonio this summer. Abortion has been a heated issue this year as the legislature pushed through strict abortion clinic restrictions in the last session.
David Martin Davies TPR News

Less than a week after the start of the New Year, attorneys for abortions rights groups and attorneys with the Texas attorney general’s office will once again face off in the case arguing the merits of Texas’ new abortion law and its constitutionality.  

Esha Bhandari, an attorney with the Center for Reproductive Rights, said late last week they made their arguments against the new abortion restrictions to the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans.

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Alternative Energy
9:51 am
Fri December 20, 2013

New 167,00 Panel Solar Farm Now In Operation For San Antonio

167,000 of these solar panels cover the 450 acre plot of land a few miles south of San Antonio.
Joey Palacios TPR News

A new solar farm on the far South Side of San Antonio is now generating electricity for CPS energy.

Just south of loop 410  on Blue Wing Road is a newly built solar farm called Alamo 1. At 453 acres it’s the size 300 foot ball field and can generate enough energy to power 6,600 homes. It’s 167,00 solar panels went online last week, generating 40 megawatts - it’s the first phase of what will be a 400 megawatt project.

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2014 Governor's Race
9:41 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Davis Campaign Pressing Abbott On School Vouchers

Ryan Poppe/David Martin Davies TPR News

The race for the next governor of Texas has already hit on controversial issues like reproductive rights and the future of Medicaid, but public school funding is also making its way into the discussion, and in particular, school vouchers.

Vouchers work like this: A state assigns each school-age child an amount of money that they can spend how they want. They can take it to their local school district, or take it to a private religious school or a charter school.

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Texas Education
11:12 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Student Test Performance May Be Part Of New Texas Teacher Evaluations

Education Commissioner Michael Williams is considering student performance on standardized tests as part of teacher evaluations.
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Texas Commissioner of Education Michael Williams has been meeting one-on-one with school superintendents, hoping to design a template for teacher evaluations.

As part of an agreement Williams reached with the U.S. Department of Education in order to opt out of the federal No Child Left Behind program, Williams must design a solution for how schools evaluate teachers by May 2014.

"I am talking to superintendents and I am pleased, quite frankly, for teachers to be evaluated and to some degree, student growth be a part of that evaluation," Williams said.

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Criminal Justice
9:43 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Study Shows Texans Support Changing How The State Punishes Drug Crimes

Rather than locking people up for non-violent drug offenses, the latest poll shows Texans favor rehab, which experts say also saves money.
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A new poll released this week shows Texans strongly support reforming how the state punishes non-violent drug offenses. The Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Center for Effective Justice polled over 1,000 people about how Texas currently punishes non-violent drug offenders with prison time vs. drug rehab and probation.  

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Texas Public Schools
9:23 am
Tue December 10, 2013

"Merry Christmas" Law Frees Texas Public Schools To Celebrate Winter Holidays

Jonathan Saenz with Texas Values speaks as Houston state Rep. Dwayne Bohac looks on (right).
Ryan Poppe TPR News

A Texas lawmaker is reminding teachers and school administrators about his new law that legally protects a school wishing to celebrate winter religious holidays.

Nonprofit groups like Texas Values and even Santa Claus himself stood by supporting state Rep. Dwayne Bohac, R-Houston, and the law he passed that provides teachers and school administrators the legal protection of the attorney general’s office when celebrating holidays like Christmas and Hanukkah.

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Breast Cancer Research
1:57 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

New Therapies Expected To Be Revealed At World's Largest Breast Cancer Symposium This Week

The San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, the world’s largest breast cancer conference, gets underway on Tuesday, where more than 7,000 physicians and researchers from countries across the globe will witness groundbreaking presentations.

Breast cancer news coming out of this symposium is so rapid that organizers plan multiple press conferences for media around the world to get the stories. Often researchers will complete important research projects just before the meeting, so the findings can be presented here.

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Government
5:57 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

National Day Of Action Draws Hundreds To State Capitol

Ryan Poppe TPR News

Hundreds of people from civil rights groups to teacher unions gather on this national day of action to issue a failing report card for Texas' state and federal lawmakers.

Over 300 people braved the freezing temperatures to let their voices be heard about how they dissatisfied with lawmakers in Washington, D.C., and at the state capitol. The Texas State Teachers Association’s Clay Robinson said he would ask lawmakers to reconsider three key areas.

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Medical Center
5:44 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

UTHSC And Methodist Health Reach Deal On Children's Hospital

UT Health Science Center

The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio and the Methodist Healthcare System have announced an affiliation agreement for a children’s hospital in the Medical Center.

The two organizations issued a joint statement late this afternoon indicating they have agreed on all major aspects of their relationship and are moving forward to obtain regulatory approval for their agreement.

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Aerospace Industry
5:29 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

San Antonio In Running For Boeing 777X Airliner Manufacturing Contract

777X promotional images found at http://www.newairplane.com/777x/
Boeing

San Antonio is being talked about as one of the cities competing to win the Boeing 777X airliner manufacturing contract, but local officials aren’t talking.

In Washington state, the union rejected Boeing’s contract over health care and pension demands, so Boeing is looking for alternative cities to bring the 777X.

About 15 locations, along with their home states, are coming up with lush billion-dollar incentive packages.

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