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10:47 am
Tue May 27, 2014

President Obama Nominates San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro for Cabinet Post

San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro at The Texas Tribune Festival on Sept. 22, 2012.
Spencer Selvidge

Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 7:35 pm

Before a packed crowd in the White House’s state dining room, President Obama on Friday nominated San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro to become the newest — and youngest — member of his cabinet, as the secretary of housing and urban development.

“I am nominating another all-star who’s done a fantastic job in San Antonio over the last five years,” the president said between jokes about the “good-looking” mayor who had proved to be a “pretty good speaker.”

Pending Senate confirmation, Castro will replace Shaun Donovan, whom the president has tapped as the new director for the Office of Management and Budget.KUT's Ben Philpott explains the politics behind Castro's move to Washington.

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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.
flickr.com/whiteafrican

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.
Alex/Flickr

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.

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