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Bexar County
9:13 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Bexar County Commissioners Appoint Two New Judges

Bexar County

On Tuesday, Bexar County Commissioners appointed two people to positions on local court benches.

Commissioners began accepting applications for judge of County Court at Law No. 10 after Judge Irene Rios announced Nov. 5 that she was stepping down to enter the race for the Fourth Court of Appeals.

Commissioners appointed Tina Torres, who told the court she has worked on every type of civil matter the county court hears. Torres is a graduate of St. Mary’s Law School and has practiced civil litigation for 17 years.

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Environment
5:02 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

SARA General Manager Says City Not Ready For Ban On Plastic Bags - Yet

Plastic bags are a significant problem for trash along the San Antonio River. This pictures illustrates a portion of trash at Blue Wing Road near the Salado Creek confluence.
San Antonio River Authority

A bag ban proposal is working its way through City Hall after District 7 Councilman Cris Medina submitted what's called a Council Consideration Request (CCR).

Medina's proposal includes a ban on single-use plastic bags in San Antonio, but included in the request is also a proposal for council meetings to go paperless and also updates to construction standards to build homes in a more energy-efficient manner.

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Community Health
4:29 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Metro Health & YMCA Offering Free Diabetes Workshops During November

Metropolitan Health District

The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District is partnering with the YMCA to bring diabetes education to the community, including a free diabetes management program developed by Stanford University.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, 26 million people in the U.S. suffered from diabetes in 2010  and 79 million more had been diagnosed with pre-diabetes. Thirteen percent of Bexar County residents are diabetic.

During the Month of November, Metro Health and the YMCA of Greater San Antonio will offer free classes to help patients prevent and self-manage diabetes.

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University of Texas
2:43 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

UT Young Conservatives' "Catch An Immigrant" Game Canceled

Marsha Miller University of Texas

Today: University officials are calling it a victory for all students at the University of Texas at Austin, as the UT chapter of Young Conservatives of Texas has announced it will cancel its "Catch an Illegal Immigrant" game.

Lorenzo Garcia, the chairman of the group, said the reason for the cancelation is that some in the group feared retaliation from university officials if the group held the game, which was scheduled for this Wednesday.

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San Antonio Healthcare
9:37 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Baptist Health System Settles $3.5 Million Federal False Claims Lawsuit

Baptist Health System settled $3,675,000 lawsuit alleging false Medicare claims.
Eileen Pace TPR News

The U.S. Attorney in San Antonio has settled a $3,675,000 whistleblower lawsuit against the Baptist Health System for filing false claims for Medicare reimbursement.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the federal investigation under the False Claims Act was triggered by allegations in a whistleblower lawsuit brought by a former employee of the Baptist Health System.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Harold Brown said Norma Rivera reported she tried twice to bring the problem to the attention of her employers.

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Medical Education
3:33 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

UTHSC Medical School Named Top Three For Hispanics Studying Medicine

UT Health Science Center

The School of Medicine at the UT Health Science Center has been named one of the top three best medical schools for Hispanics in the U.S.

The national ranking came from "HispanicBusiness" magazine and honors the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio for its use of progressive programs to recruit, support and mentor Hispanic medical students.

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Local History
2:45 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Brooks City-Base 50 Years After JFK's Final Address

President Kennedy's last speech to a crowd happened at Brooks Air Force Base on Nov. 21, 1963
Unknown kennedyatbrooks.blogspot.com/

On Nov. 21, 1963, President John F. Kennedy spoke to a crowd of 10,000 people at Brooks Air Force Base. It would be one of his last presidential acts.

"I have come to Texas today to salute an outstanding group of pioneers," he said, speaking of the compression chambers and training abilities for Air Force, space and other programs. "It is fitting that San Antonio should be the site of this center and this school [Brooks Air Force Base School of Aerospace Medicine and the Aerospace Medical Center]."

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Bexar County
11:57 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Soccer Complex Completes Bexar County Sports Facility Improvement Program

Bexar County

Bexar County officials joined those from the Southside Independent School District to officially open the Mission City Soccer Complex, which completes the county’s Community Venues Program.

The county wanted to bring quality youth sports facilities to parts of town where there were none, or where the facilities had lost their luster or declined from a lack of maintenance or funding for improvements.

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Community Health
1:51 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Metro Health Making Health Care Push By Bringing ACA Navigators To West Side

U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District will bring several Affordable Care Act navigators together Saturday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. for a mass effort to help residents apply for health care coverage.

"Enroll Fest" is designed to bring resources to San Antonio and Bexar County residents who need to get signed up for health care plans.

Metro Health is partnering with Blue Cross Blue Shield and several community organizations at The Neighborhood Place on the city’s West Side -- The Neighborhood Place is located at 3014 Rivas.

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Violence In Schools
3:41 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

15-Year-Old Canyon High School Student Dies Following Assault In Hallway

Canyon High School in New Braunfels.
Billy Hathorn via Wikipedia Commons cc

New Braunfels Police say the death of a Canyon High School student is the result of an assault, and not a fight.

Police were dispatched to the Comal ISD high school at 9:27 a.m. Tuesday. When they arrived, Cpt. John McDonald said officers found faculty and staff tending to the victim, identified as 15-year-old Logan Davidson.

McDonald said the suspect, another 15-year-old student, waited for Davidson outside their classroom after their first class of the day.

McDonald said the suspect used his fist to punch Davidson in the head twice, which rendered him unconscious.

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