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World Environment
3:52 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Engineers Without Borders Organize San Antonio Professional Chapter

Engineers Without Borders

Engineers without Borders chapters exist to provide communities around the world with solutions that improve the lives of its residents. They provide support by designing improvements from solar power for neighborhood centers to water supplies for hospitals.

Local engineers are gathering to create the first local chapter of Engineers Without Borders. The first project for the Alamo Professional Chapter will be a potable water supply for Papachacra, Bolivia, a community of about 2,000 people with no good water supply. 

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Texas Education
12:26 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Dewhurst Voices Support In Llano Suit Against Using CSCOPE Lesson Plans

Current Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst is facing several challengers in the Republican primary next year.
Dewhurst campaign video

Burnet County Judge Dan Mills has ordered a temporary restraining order to stop the use of CSCOPE, an online curriculum provider, in Llano ISD until a further ruling.

Leticia McCasland and Trevor Dupuy, both former Llano ISD School Board candidates who made ending the CSCOPE lesson plans part of their campaigns, filed a lawsuit to end the use of the curriculum provider in Llano ISD.

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst praised the judge's order and called a press conference to highlight the temporary dismantling of the controversial online lesson plans.

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Gun Violence In Schools
11:24 am
Tue August 13, 2013

Already A Major Snag In School Marshal Program

The Protection of Texas Children Act passed this legislative session requires the program be established by Jan. 1, 2014.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

The Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education (TCLEOSE) is creating the Texas School Marshal Program that passed during the past legislative session, but there is an issue with where the marshals will get their training.

The law takes effect in Sept. for the start of the school year, but TCLEOSE has until Jan. 1, 2014, to finalize the curriculum and find a series of locations willing to teach the course.

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Education & Technology
9:25 am
Tue August 13, 2013

Highlands Freshmen Begin Pathway To High-Tech Jobs

A screenshot of the first lession in CodeHS
CodeHS

Starting this year, all freshmen at San Antonio ISD's Highlands High School will learn how to code computer systems, the first program of its kind in Texas.

The web-based program that Highland is using is called CodeHS, but anyone can sign up to learn to code from home for a monthly access fee. Outside of the basic curriculum, the 400 incoming freshmen at Highlands will be required to take a course to learn the basics of coding.

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Veteran Healthcare
5:11 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

DOD Awards UT Health Science Center $45 Million For Global PTSD Study

UT Health Science Center

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio has been chosen by the Department of Defense and the Veterans Administration to lead post traumatic stress disorder studies of military members and veterans.

The STRONG STAR Consortium to Alleviate PTSD (CAP) grant was announced by the White House along with DOD and VA officials over the weekend. It is a unified, worldwide effort to defeat combat-related PTSD.

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2016 Election
3:34 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

'Oops' Moments Continue To Stack Up For Gov. Perry

Gov. Perry, here at a stop in San Antonio this year, has continued to stumble over his words in public appearances and with the press.
Eileen Pace TPR News

Speaking before the RedState Bloggers Convention in New Orleans, La., Gov. Rick Perry had another public slip-up when he compared other states to Texas’ conservative values.

Perry: "There are many other states that embrace those conservative values -- the approach that we’ve taken over the years. I'm in one today -- in Florida. You look at South Carolina, you look at Florida."

Woman in the audience: " We’re in Louisiana!" 

Perry: "I know and I said that."

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State Board Of Education
12:51 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Evolution May Be Questioned In New Texas Textbooks

Screen shot from the documentary "The Revisionaries," a film about the State Board of Education's textbook approval process. View the trailer at: http://youtu.be/qoeMm0Tm95M.
Director Scott Thurman

A political nonprofit has filed a petition with the state alleging that creationists on the State Board of Education are planning to adopt textbooks that discount the theory of evolution.

Creationists believe that everything on Earth and in the universe was created by a supreme being.

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2014 Election
10:05 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Decision On Davis' Gubernatorial Run In Next Few Weeks

Sen. Wendy Davis has been on a roll since her filibuster at the end of June, but what does that mean for her political future?
Senator Wendy R. Davis Facebook

Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, said she will announce by Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 2, whether or not she is running for governor in 2014.

Many in the Democratic Party at both the state and national level have been holding their breath, wondering if the champion of an abortion filibuster would run for higher office.

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Oil & Gas Industry
2:31 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Texas Oil Production Breaking Records

The Eagle Ford Shale region in South Texas.
UTSA

Texas is continuing to produce big numbers in crude oil and natural gas production. The Eagle Ford Shale and West Texas Permian Basin are out producing the high expectations of industry experts.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration released new U.S. crude oil production data for the month of May and Texas, the country's number one oil-producing state, continues to produce energy at a pace that experts are marveling at.

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Fair Pay Bill
12:17 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Updated: People Across Nation Joining Boycott Of Macy's And Kroger Over Anti-Fair Pay Stance

rickperry.org

Update: So far over 5,000 people have signed the online petition as back-to-school shopping hits full stride with the state's tax-free shopping weekend, which starts today.

"It’s not a good weekend to have this kind of press, but it’s not ever a good time for them to have this type of press because it's not a good time to take this kind of position on an issue," said Ed Espinoza of Progress Texas.

Macy's has released a statement defending its support of Perry's veto and their own company structure:

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