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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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Texas Education
11:01 am
Fri August 9, 2013

How Are Texas Schools Performing? New Accountability Ratings Tell Us

TEA Commissioner Michael Williams.
Christopher C. Leonard cc

The state has released this year’s school accountability ratings under the agency’s new rating system, which show 84 percent of all individual campuses and charter schools "met standard."

The new school accountability system, which was passed by the Texas Legislature during the regular session earlier this year, was designed to make it easier for parents to understand how each school district and individual campuses measured up.

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Politics
4:34 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Gov. Perry Reiterates Obamacare Stance As Sebelius Visits SA

rickperry.org

Gov. Rick Perry welcomed Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius to Texas today by issuing a statement saying he will fight the Affordable Care Act from being implemented in the state.

"With due respect, the secretary and our president are missing the point: It’s not that Americans don’t understand Obamacare, it’s that we understand it all too well."

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Texas Politics
3:45 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Texas Democratic Party Counting On Young Democrats In Next Election

Joaquín Castro, here supporting his brother Julián at the Democratic National Convention last year, will take the stage as the keynote speaker at this week's National Young Democrats Convention.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa said he hopes this week’s National Young Democrats Convention in the Alamo City will continue momentum for the party. 

Hinojosa is looking to carry over nationwide support for Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, a possible gubernatorial candidate in 2014.

"They identify with her," Hinojosa said. "They identify with her story of being a teenage mom who put herself through college and eventually made it into Harvard Law School and then the Texas Legislature."

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