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Ryan E. Poppe / Texas Public Radio

House Speaker Joe Straus is defending the preliminary state budget his chamber has released even though it calls for spending more money than the Texas Comptroller has said will be available.   The House’s draft budget is also bigger than the Texas Senate’s. 

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The 2017 Texas Legislative session is underway. State legislators meet every other year for 140 days in a frenzy of debating (sometimes arguing), deal-making, stand-taking, bill-killing and, occasionally, law-making.

We want to know what you want to know about the Legislature: how it works, why it works the way it does and what you want lawmakers to do.
 

Wendy Rigby / Texas Public Radio

Hospitals in San Antonio were flooded with patients from accidents and violence last night, leading to an urgent call today for blood donations.

The South Texas Blood & Tissue Center says all six donor rooms are open today.

Without more blood available cancer and surgery patients may have to push back their scheduled procedures.

Blood donations across the country are at a 30-year low. January is National Blood Donor Month.

Wendy Rigby / Texas Public Radio

There is a growing understanding among medical researchers that it’s not just fat putting people at risk for health problems. It’s where the body stores that fat. Some San Antonio scientists have pinpointed seven genes that influence the storage of fat. What they’re learning may lead to new therapies for targeted weight loss.

Hundreds gathered in and around San Antonio’s San Fernando Cathedral Tuesday to mourn and honor former Archbishop Patricio “Patrick” Fernandez Flores. 

Hundreds gathered in and around San Antonio’s San Fernando Cathedral Tuesday to mourn and honor former Archbishop Patricio “Patrick” Fernandez Flores.

Flores served as Archbishop in the San Antonio Archdiocese from 1979 to 2004. Current Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller delivered the homily at Flores’ funeral mass.

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