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Kelly cancer study — Bill proposed to close State Schools — and eBay no-bids

Liver cancer study: The San Antonio Metropolitan Health Department recently finished a door-to-door health survey of residents in North Kelly Gardens to investigate elevated rates of liver cancer around the former Kelly Air Force Base. Metro Health officials told members of the Kelly Restoration Advisory Board on April 19 that they would conduct additional surveys in other neighborhoods adjacent to the base.

The data is from the Texas Cancer Registry and the Birth Defects Registry. And although the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry has yet to directly correlate these rates to contamination at the base and in the neighborhood, the data suggests a possible link.

Not out of the woods: Although a consultant's study issued last month to the Texas Legislature concluded that no state schools or hospitals should be consolidated or closed, on March 23 State Senator Steve Ogden authored a bill that would make it easier to do just that.

Currently the legislature must approve any consolidations or closures of facilities for those with mental retardation or mental illness; SB 1610 would transfer that authority to the Texas Health and Human Services Commissioner. If the bill becomes law, public policy affecting thousands of residents, their families, caregivers, and state employees would be the decision not of 181 lawmakers, but one bureaucrat.

OK, we're suckers: Generally, we avoid public-relations gimmicks, but we couldn't resist City Council candidate Joey Hernandez' attempt to sell his opponents, District 10 incumbent Chip Haass and Steven Schauer, on eBay. After a week, no one had made an offer, even though bidding started at $1 and Hernandez had offered to deliver the candidates to the winning bidder's door.

Don't forget to vote: Early Voting continues through Tuesday, May 3. You can cast your ballot at any polling site, including the new location in the Main Building at UTSA's 1604 Campus. On Election Day, May 7, you must vote in your precinct. For a list of polling places and precincts, go to

Lisa Sorg

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