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Primary Runoff
10:46 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Six Races on Today's Primary Runoff Ballot

It's Primary Runoff day in Texas.
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Originally published on Tue May 27, 2014 8:58 am

It's been 12 weeks since the March primaries. And with so much time, and in some cases so much money on hand, some of the six races on the ballot have turned pretty nasty.

At the top of the list is the headline-grabbing Republican Lieutenant Governor's race between incumbent David Dewhurst and State Senator Dan Patrick.

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Healthcare
10:46 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Cost of Hepatitis Drug Raises Questions About Access

Solvadi, a costly but effective new hepatitis C treatment.
Gilead Sciences

Originally published on Mon May 26, 2014 1:42 pm

A new treatment for hepatitis C is considered a breakthrough for people with the liver disease. But the high cost of the drug — about $1,000 a pill — has complicated efforts to get the medication to Texans who receive government-subsidized health care.

The state’s prison system and the taxpayer-funded Medicaid program, which covers poor children and people with disabilities, are trying to determine who qualifies for the drug, which is 80 to 90 percent effective but can cost $84,000 for a 12-week regimen.

In Texas, where roughly 300,000 people have chronic hepatitis C and many more may carry the virus, the treatment has raised ethical questions about who gets the drug.

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Healthcare
9:50 am
Tue May 27, 2014

States Consider Using Medicaid To Pay College Health Plan Premiums

Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., says having Medicaid pay for some students' coverage through the school health plan will give those students better options.
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Some students headed to college this fall will get top-drawer health coverage at little or no cost.

How? Medicaid, it turns out, will pay the premium for the student health plan.

Proponents say students who are eligible for Medicaid, the health insurance program for low-income people, get access to a wider network of doctors and hospitals by getting coverage through the college health plans. These broad networks can be an important consideration for students who travel for internships, international study or who return to homes far from school during the summer.

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Local News
1:00 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Central Texas Leadership Series: Maggie McCarthy

Maggie McCarthy in studio with Joe Riley taping the Central Texas Leadership Series May 21, 2014

Maggie McCarthy, Executive Director of the Central Texas Veterans Research Foundation joins Joe Riley in this episode of the Central Texas Leadership Series. 

Central Texas Leadership Series with guest Maggie McCarthy.

Memorial Day
11:11 am
Fri May 23, 2014

'Someone Had To Do It': Airman Gives Fallen Soldiers A Final Salute

MaCherie Dunbar (right), with her girlfriend, Barb Maglaqui, an active duty Air National Guard medic. Dunbar, who is currently enrolled at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, hopes to retire from the Air Force this year.
StoryCorps

Originally published on Fri May 30, 2014 4:54 pm

StoryCorps' Military Voices Initiative records stories from members of the U.S. military who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

During her back-to-back deployments to Iraq for the U.S. Air Force, then-Senior Airman MaCherie Dunbar volunteered to do "patriot detail" — a ceremony for soldiers, airmen, Marines or sailors killed in action.

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