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Science & Technology
10:05 am
Wed November 13, 2013

San Antonio Hospitals Begin Sharing Medical Records Online

DD Belair shows the thick binder she has filled with medical data covering years of treatment for a genetic condition that affects her daughter. Such data today can be maintained electronically and shared among hospitals and doctors.
Eileen Pace

Local healthcare officials gathered at the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio Tuesday to announce a new program that will digitize the medical records of every patient in its hospital and every hospital in the San Antonio region.

The information is designed to be shared in real time with other hospitals and eventually, all of the patient’s doctors and the patients themselves.

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Bexar County
5:11 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

For The First Time In 50 Years, See The Original Bexar County Courthouse

Master plan rendering showing the sides and end of the courthouse that will be revealed once the Gondek addition comes down.
Bexar County

The Bexar County Courthouse is getting a $12-million facelift as portions of the historic structure that have been hidden for decades will finally be revealed in about a year.

The first section of what is known as the "Gondek addition" was built onto the 1896 Romanesque Revival structure in 1963, and a second phase was added 

  in 1970. The squared-off, windowless multi-story tower was a low-cost solution to a growing problem of overcrowding.

Bexar County spokeswoman Laura Jesse says the plan was never for the mid-century modern structure to be a permanent solution.

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Texas Politics
4:50 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Abbott Supporters Critical Of Wendy Davis' "Pro-Life" Statement

Wendy Davis at Rackspace during a recent stop in San Antonio.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

A pro-life group supporting Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott for governor has formed a "pro-life truth team" following remarks by Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis.

Last week Davis was at an event at the University of Texas at Brownsville, where she told reporters that she was pro-life, speaking about the life and well-being of women and children.

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2014 Governor's Race
1:03 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Abbott And Davis Talk Veteran Issues At Tarrant County Stops

Both Abbott and Davis were on the campaign trail on Veteran's Day, talking about how they would make a difference in the lives of military veterans in Texas.
Ryan Poppe/David Martin Davies TPR News

With military veterans at the front of everyone's mind this time of year, the frontrunners in the 2014 race for governor both say they would do more to better the lives of Texas veterans.

State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth and Attorney General Greg Abbott spent Veteran’s Day in Tarrant County, Davis joining the Fort Worth Veterans Day parade and Abbott at a Tarrant County Tea Party rally.

Davis served on the Senate Veteran Affairs and Military Installations committee for the past six years and said she’s made veterans a focus of her campaign:

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Texas Veterans
4:57 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Geekdom Seminars Show Veterans The Reality Of Entrepreneurship

At one of the Geekdom veteran's entrepeneurship seminars.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

As people across the country honor military veterans for their service, San Antonio's Geekdom is providing many of them a path to entrepreneurship.

From the history of San Antonio's technology leadership to a seminar asking the question, "Can military professionals make great entrepreneurs?" members of the military past and present are learning the options they have when it comes to business opportunities in the civilian world.

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Texas Public Libraries
12:12 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Texas State Libraries Face $10 Million Federal Funding Cut

Central Library downtown.
City of San Antonio

Last week the Institute of Museum and Libraries Services announced that Texas public libraries could be without about about $10 million in federal grants, nearly 70 percent of the money they receive from the federal government.

The state is looking at a loss in federal money because of funding cuts that happened during the 2011 legislative session. With those cuts, the state is not able to pay a federal match program that is a part of the federal grant.

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Non-Discrimination Ordinance
10:13 am
Mon November 11, 2013

NDO Debate Reignited At Popular Southtown Restaurant Taco Haven

Protesters stationed themselves across the street from the taco joint on Sunday.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

The debate over city council recalls and San Antonio's non-discrimination ordinance erupted this weekend at a favorite Southtown Mexican food eatery.

The ordeal made for a spicier than usual Sunday brunch at Taco Haven, after an online posting about the establishment went viral.

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Univision Demolion
5:52 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Hearing For Univision Building Destruction Pushed To Tuesday

Supporters trying to save the Univision building sit the court of Judge Richard Price.
Joey Palacios TPR News

There will be another day of court next week to resolve the dispute over the original building that housed KWEX-TV Univision in San Antonio. Much of the Univision building is already destroyed, but preservationists are hoping to save what they call the heart and soul of the structure.

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Elections
3:20 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

"Lost Voters" Cost Bexar County $335,000 In Postage Alone

Suspense voters are those who may have moved and don't, or can't, respond to the elections office to communicate their departure from the old address.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

The November constitutional amendment election is over and in Bexar County just over six percent of registered voters went to the polls.

That means a lot of voters did not show up, which isn't always because they don't care.

Every election cycle elections office workers begin their hunt to find out what happened to voters who vanish. Bexar County Elections Administrator Jacque Callanen said the technical term for this lost constituency that doesn't show up to vote is called the "suspense voters."

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Texas Veterans
2:34 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Veterans Get Needed Services At 16th Stand Down

American GI Forum

San Antonio veterans down on their luck lined up to take advantage of free services available at the 16th annual Veterans Stand Down.

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