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Military Dogs
11:05 am
Wed October 30, 2013

National Monument Honors Military Working Dogs

MWD demonstration at Lackland 10-28-13
Eileen Pace TPR News

The nation’s top military commanders watched the flags from each branch of the service unfurl over the new U.S. Military Working Dog Teams National monument, placed at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in honor of the training site as well as the canine trainees.

About 3,000 Military Working Dogs are serving around the world right now, providing services from protection for Secret Service assignments to sniffing out I.E.D. bombs in Afghanistan. About 900 dogs are in training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland at any given time.

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2014 Governor's Race
3:29 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

In First Policy Address, Abbott Wants Limited Rainy Day Fund Use, More Veto Power

Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

Speaking at a campaign event in Brownsville on Monday, Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott said he’d like to introduce laws that further restrict the legislature’s access to the state's Economic Stabilization Fund, more commonly known as the Rainy Day Fund.

"I will promote a constitutional amendment that strictly limits the fund to be used only -- either for one, its intended purpose of meeting unforeseen budgetary shortfalls, reducing existing debt, one-time infrastructure payments and expenses related to state disasters," Abbott said.

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The Source - October 29, 2013
3:04 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

The Source: Streamlining Health Information | H-E-B Downtown

Flikr.com User LTD Team

In the first segment:

Having all your health information at the fingertips of your doctors is more than just a useful desire, according to several recent studies it is an endeavor that would save time, millions of dollars per year to consumers as well as improve health outcomes.

As part of the Affordable Care Act, hospitals and healthcare providers are required to implement a lot of changes in the way that medical records are accessible. Health information exchanges are being built throughout the country in counties and cities.

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Abortion In Texas
10:08 am
Tue October 29, 2013

Abbott Files Immediate Appeal Of Federal Judge's Decision On Abortion Clinic Regulations

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

As he promised before a decision was even announced, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has filed an appeal on the federal judge's ruling that two components of Texas’ new abortion law are unconstitutional.

Federal District Judge Lee Yeakel ruled yesterday afternoon that the abortion clinic regulation contained in the new law requiring doctors at facilities that provide abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 minutes of the clinic is unconstitutional.

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Animal Welfare
12:13 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Newest Pet Adoption Center In San Antonio Sets Ambitious First-Year Goal

Who could resist this face?
Ryan Loyd TPR News

The Paul Jolly Center for Pet Adoptions is now open at Brackenridge Park and leaders are hoping the fresh design will make an impact on adoptions in a city that has struggled with animal overpopulation.

"We want this to be a destination [and] not just only for adoptions," said Joel Mclellan, the director of operations for the center.

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Texas Politics
10:29 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Tom DeLay Says He Is On A Mission From God

Tom DeLay
U.S. Government File Photo

Former U.S. House Majority Leader Republican Tom DeLay told a tea party group that God has told him to lead a constitutional revival. What that means for his political future remains to be seen.  

Speaking to the Texas Patriots at an event in the North Texas town of Burleson on Tuesday, Oct. 22, DeLay called on them to join him in a constitutional revolution.

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Abortion In Texas
3:17 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Final Arguments Conclude In Texas Abortion Clinic Restriction Case

Sarah Wheat, Planned Parenthood Texas, and Janet Creps, attorney for the Center for Reproductive Rights..
Ryan Poppe

Attorneys in the federal case challenging sections of Texas’ new abortion clinic law have given their final arguments for why the new clinic restrictions are, or are not, constitutional. The rest is now up to Federal District Judge Lee Yeakel, who said he will provide his decision by the morning of Oct. 28.

Attorney Janet Creps, who represents the Center for Reproductive Rights in the filing, said this may only be the first step in what looks to be a long battle.

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Return Migration
2:21 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Local Group Studying Return Migration To Mexico

Screenshot of MATT.org

A local nonprofit is seeking to understand the process of return immigration, when immigrants in the U.S. return to Mexico.

From 2005 to 2010, 1.4 million Mexican migrants returned to Mexico -- only about 11 percent of those were deportees according to the Pew Research Center. Mexicans and Americans Thinking Together (MATT) is bi-national -- it has offices in San Antonio and Mexico -- and uses its program Yo Soy Mexico to assist migrants once they crossover.

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Local Business
4:57 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

New Startup To Train Students For Tech Jobs In San Antonio

Codeup staff, from top left: CEO Michael Girdley, Chris Turner, Director of Curriculum & Lead Instructor, Jason Straugh, CTO, and Samantha Atkins, Director of Operations
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A new bundle of joy has arrived at San Antonio's Geekdom, "the place where startups are born."

Michael Girdley's baby is a company called Codeup, and he's hoping it will be San Antonio's answer to every tech company's long-burning problem of not having enough qualified people to hire.

"Codeup is a nine week boot camp, and the idea is we take people who are non-techies and we turn them into web programmers with a job guarantee," Girdley said.

"We have tons of great jobs down here," said Girdley emphatically.

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Affordable Care Act
12:32 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Local Insurance Agents Help People Through Health Care Sign-up

Healthcare.gov continues to have problems dealing with the high traffic.
U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

A conglomeration of city, county and private sector dignitaries gathered at CentroMed to give their blessing on President Obama's signature legislation. 

San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro noted that 300,000 people in the city don't have insurance, but now is their golden opportunity to obtain medical coverage.

Katy Horrell, who received help enrolling in a health care plan, knew there'd be a few problems.

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