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Community Health
1:38 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Children's Hospital Announces Innovative Culinary Health & Education Program

A rendering of the Children's Hospital of San Antonio's teaching kitchen.
CHRISTUS Health

Children's Hospital of San Antonio is developing unique friendships that leaders there hope will help lead the way in the reduction of obesity and get people on a healthy eating path.

On Wednesday, CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health System President and CEO Pat Carrier announced the creation of the culinary health and education program that will do three things: 

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State Health & Human Services
4:49 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Five Years Later, Texas State-Supported Living Centers Are Not Meeting Standards

Resident at the San Antonio State Supported Living Center.
David Martin Davies TPR News

Five years ago the state of Texas settled a lawsuit with the Department of Justice over the way the state housed and treated some of the state’s most vulnerable citizens.

The DOJ unearthed conditions at Texas state-supported living centers where mentally disabled residents were found to be neglected, beaten, sexually assaulted and even killed by staff members.

Some are calling for the centers to be finally shut down, but others say that despite their flaws, the centers are needed.

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Community
3:28 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Grace Garcia, Well Known For Her Work With Democratic Party, Killed In Traffic Accident

Grace Garcia.
Credit Annie's List

Grace Garcia, the executive director for the Texas Democratic women’s group Annie’s List, died in a car accident near Waxahachie on Monday.

Some say the San Antonio native is responsible for Bill Clinton’s presidential career and she is more recently credited with convincing state Sen. Leticia Van De Putte to run for lieutenant governor.

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Community
2:15 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Councilman Nirenberg Seeking Policies To Expedite Private Sector Broadband

Dist. 8 Councilman Ron Nirenberg is seeking recommendations from city staff members on a policy to expedite private sector broadband access in San Antonio.
Credit Ron Nirenberg for City Council District 8 Facebook Page

The federal government is flexing its muscles to expand broadband access across the country. Locally, city council members are busy working on policies to expedite the broadband options in San Antonio.

Google Fiber and AT&T are two of the private sector options that may put San Antonio on the broadband map to connect residents to super fast internet speeds.

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School Finance
2:04 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Abbott Asks School Finance Judge To Recuse Himself From Case

The Save Texas Schools rally at the state capitol in 2011, the year that $5.4 billion was cut from education.
Credit Eileen Pace / TPR News

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has asked the Travis County judge overseeing the lawsuit against the state’s school finance system to recuse himself from the case. The problem stems from a series of emails between the judge and attorneys representing the school districts.

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Gun Rights
5:02 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Texas Group Plans To Open Carry Long Rifles At Texas GOP Convention, Faces Criticism From NRA

Credit Flickr user irishk / cc

Officials with Open Carry Texas confirm they will have a large number of members carrying their long rifles and gunpowder pistols openly during the Texas GOP convention this week in Fort Worth. But the announcement falls on the heels of criticism from the National Rifle Association about some of the group’s tactics.

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Environment
3:38 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

EPA Wants Texas To Cut Carbon Emissions By Nearly 40% Under New Rules

Credit EPA

Newly proposed Environmental Protection Agency rules for existing coal-fired power plants have several state and federal officials up in arms over the possible economic impact for Texas businesses.

This year the EPA plans to implement rules on existing coal-fired power plants, which will have three years to fix and update their facilities or face hefty fines.

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Medical Research
11:52 am
Mon June 2, 2014

International Conference Explores Aging, One Animal's Unique Heart Health

Could the naked mole rat reveal a path to healthier hearts for humans?
Credit Singapore Zoo

 

Scientists from around the world have come to San Antonio to share the latest research on aging.

The Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies in San Antonio is hosting the American Aging Association’s 43rd Annual meeting through Monday, with more than 150 scientists expected to attend. Researchers are reporting on topics from the effects of oxidative stress on aging to how fish oil supplements affect bone quality.

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Science Education
9:22 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Johnson High School Debuts Virtual Dissection Program With PETA Grant

Students will be able to use this browser-based program to dissect frogs, squid, starfish, pigs, and cats.
Joey Palacios TPR News

Lady Bird Johnson High School in North East ISD is embracing a new program to take dissection out of the classroom and move it onto computers.

This program is called Froguts and next fall it will be in every biology classroom at Johnson High School.

Like many schools these days, Johnson currently uses fetal pigs for dissection, at a cost of $4,000 dollars per year. Jenine Bertolotti, the dean of the science department at Johnson, said the cost was 80 percent of her budget.

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Community
9:08 am
Mon June 2, 2014

"Alice" From 'The Brady Bunch,' Actress Ann B. Davis, Dies In San Antonio

Popular Emmy-winning actress Ann B. Davis, known for her role as “Alice” on TV’s "The Brady Bunch," died Sunday at University Hospital after suffering a fall in her home near San Antonio. 

Well-known for her role as the Brady family housekeeper in the 1970s, Davis left acting in the late 70s and became a fixture in Bishop William Frey’s Episcopal ministry in Denver, Colorado. When the bishop transferred to a church in Texas, Davis moved with the bishop’s family and they settled in the Leon Springs area 18 years ago.

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