Wendy Rigby / Texas Public Radio

The Texas Department of State Health Services is expanding its recommendation for who needs to be tested for the Zika virus.

As the weather warms and mosquitoes are more plentiful, state health officials are casting a wider net to detect pregnant women who may be infected with the Zika virus.

Elizabeth Allen / University Health System

You've probably heard about the large numbers of people in South Texas who suffer from diabetes. But what does it mean if you are diagnosed as pre-diabetes?

TPR's Bioscience Medicine reporter Wendy Rigby interviewed Curtis Triplitt, Pharm.D., a researcher at the Texas Diabetes Institute on San Antonio's West Side. This is a transcript of that interview:

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Major traffic delays are anticipated this weekend as a portion of I-35 will be closed.


TxDOT crews will close all the main lanes between Rittiman Road and George Beach in both directions from 9p.m. Friday through 5 a.m. Monday.



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An amendment to the House version of the state budget won overwhelming support to ban the use of state funds on a private schools school choice program.  House members voted 103 to 44 in favor of the ban.

The budget covers general state spending on issues ranging from public education to how much money will go towards maintaining Texas roads.  Then there are amendments, some of which are meant to show where the House as a body stands on certain issues.


A panel of federal judges in San Antonio has set April 27 for the latest hearing on Texas’ Congressional redistricting maps.

In March, federal judges ruled that the boundaries for three congressional maps drawn by the Legislature in 2011 were meant to discriminate against Latino and African-American voters.  Those districts at issue include seats currently help by Rep. Lloyd Doggett who represents an area from Austin to San Antonio, and the district represented by Rep. Will Hurd.  It stretches from San Antonio southwest to the border.