Thursday, November 19, 2015

Refusing asylum Syrian refugees is not who we are

State Sen. Charles Perry, a Lubbock Republican, asked Attorney General Ken Paxton if Gov. Greg Abbott has the authority to keep legal Syrian refugees out of Texas.

“Earlier this year ISIS released a list of potential future targets, (with) seven Texas cities explicitly mentioned: Abilene, New Braunfels, San Antonio, Wylie, Fort Hood, Bedford and Killeen,” Perry wrote.

“With this knowledge, it is even more important for our state to know what actions are available to protect Texans against potential threats by those looking to seek refuge in our country and our state,” he said.

That list got my attention.

Makeover scheduled for Broadway

In the past few years, hundreds of millions of dollars have been poured into developments along Broadway between downtown and Hildebrand in San Antonio. They include the The Pearl, with its new Emma Hotel and hundreds of new apartment units, the new children’s DoSeum and major expansions and renovations at the Witte Museum and San Antonio Botanical Garden.

The only thing that doesn’t look different is the street itself. But Broadway is getting ready to change. Hear from the key players.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Court defines shipping a toe to funeral home as health care

The Texas Supreme Court this morning heard arguments on the burning question raised in last week’s Last Word: Under Texas law, is cutting up a dead body, otherwise known as an autopsy, medical care?

In other words, once you are dead, are you still receiving medical care?

The world awaits the high court’s decision with bated breath.

Meanwhile, this week we have a follow-up story addressing a related question: Is shipping a dead body to a funeral home part of medical care?

Let me introduce you to the Case of the Misplaced Toe.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Are we a sanctuary city? Should we be?

The San Antonio police chief and the Bexar County Sheriff say nobody in our community needs to fear being arrested simply for being here without papers. But if you are arrested for a crime and you’re here illegally — well then it’s a different story. Is San Antonio a “sanctuary city”? Should it be? Hear from the sheriff and a city councilman in the thick of the issue.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Hospital says it provided medical care for dead man

In the wake of Halloween and, in these parts, the equally important Day of the Dead, let’s ponder a question now before the Texas Supreme Court: Is an autopsy part of health care?

It is, believe it or not, a multi-million dollar question.

The issue is raised in a case out of the Houston area involving allegations of fraud and cover-up.

And, in a decidedly unpoetic way, a stolen heart.