THE WEEKEND: Dr. Lyndon Mansfield

Seasonal allergies affect many of us in worse ways than others. But FOOD allergies can turn deadly. Next time on THE WEEKEND, Dr. Lyndon Mansfield, allergist and Director of Western Sky Medical Research, joins us to explain why food allergies appear to be on the rise, and about important research that could diminish the chances that young children will ever develop a food allergy.
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  Rae Sikora has been a spokesperson for animals, the environment, and human rights for over 30 years.  She is co-founder and co-director of Plant Peace Daily http://www.plantpeacedaily.org/, and she joins us to tell us why the small compassionate choices we make, such as choosing to eat a vegan diet, make a big difference in the long run for the animals and for the planet.  She also talks about the astounding intelligence demonstrated by animals we normally wouldn't think of as "smart."

Sikora will be the guest speaker at the Vegetarian Society of El Paso's Spring Dinner on May 28 at the Country Inn & Suites, 900 Sunland Park Dr.  Reserve your seats at 915-877-3030, or at http://www.vsep.org.

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  The latest in animal rights and vegetarian/vegan news:

The Animal Legal Defense Fund and the Center for Biological Diversity are pressuring the US Food & Drug Administration to crack down on factory farm meat producers who label their meat "natural," despite the fact that many of their animals live in confinement cages or pens and are injected with growth hormones.  Read more here:  http://aldf.org/press-room/press-releases/the-animal-legal-defense-fund-and-center-for-biological-diversity-ask-fda-to-protect-consumers-from-misleading-labels-on-natural-foods/

The Humane Society of the United States continues to push Sea World to release their captive orcas to sea side sanctuaries.  Sea World recently announced the end of its orca captive breeding programs.  Read more here:  http://www.humanesociety.org/news/magazines/2016/05-06/big-changes-at-seaworld.html?credit=web_id93480558

Aired May 22, 2016

  Brad Udall is the Senior Water and Climate Research Scientist at the Colorado Water Institute at the University of Texas at El Paso.  Agriculture makes up 80% of all water use in the Western United States.  How can we make water use more efficient for big agriculture and for the regular consumer?  Udall also talks about why Western states have vastly different water rights laws on the books.

Aired May 22, 2016

  Kate Schatz is a writer, educator, and feminist, and she joins us on this program to tell us about "Rad American Women A-Z," an alphabet book for children and for everyone.  Women of color and lesser-known revolutionary scientists, musicians, and activists are highlighted in the book, including Rachel Carson, Odetta, and Angela Davis.   http://radamericanwomen.com/

Aired May 22, 2016

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Dr. Henry Heimlich didn't hesitate. When a fellow diner started choking, the 96-year-old was ready to perform the maneuver that he invented.

This year's Atlantic hurricane season is expected to be "near-normal," the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says. The season runs from June 1 through Nov. 30.

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has pardoned thousands of inmates to make room in the country's overcrowded, cash-strapped prisons.

The move is "set to decongest national prisons and promote better living conditions," the state-run Herald reports. But as Reuters notes, this also comes as "prisons struggle to feed inmates due to lack of funding from the government."

ISIS is making gains near Syria's border with Turkey, seizing a string of villages and trapping tens of thousands of civilians, according to Doctors Without Borders and a Syrian monitoring group.

The offensive has forced Doctors Without Borders to evacuate a major hospital outside the strategically located town of Azaz.

Forty-one employees of the Secret Service have been disciplined for improperly accessing data about Rep. Jason Chaffetz, the secretary of Homeland Security said Thursday.

Secretary Jeh Johnson says the employee responsible for leaking that private information to the press has already resigned from the Secret Service.

The incident in question happened last year — one of a series of scandals that embarrassed the Secret Service, the agency charged with protecting the president, among other duties.

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California wasn't supposed to be close. In early polling, Hillary Clinton had a commanding lead, but that lead has all but vanished. A new survey from the Public Policy Institute of California has Clinton in a virtual tie with Bernie Sanders among Democratic primary likely voters — 46 percent support Clinton while 44 percent support Sanders.

We have reached the point in this campaign season where late-night talk show hosts negotiate presidential debates.

Why do you look so surprised? When you think about it, it kind of makes perfect sense.

Over the last two nights, Jimmy Kimmel, host of ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live!, has seemingly been brokering a presidential debate between presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who is still in the running against likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

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"Everyone's favorite parlor game right now in D.C. is who will be the vice presidential pick," Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chairwoman Linda Sanchez, D-Calif., said at a briefing with reporters.

Every four years, the guessing game around the "veepstakes" reaches fever pitch right around now, when the nominating conventions are just weeks away. Democratic lawmakers are rich in opinions on whom Hillary Clinton should tap as her running mate.

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A handful of companies are offering parental benefits that go way beyond just paid leave, to include things like surrogacy reimbursement, egg freezing or breast milk shipping for traveling mothers.

As competition for talent heats up, companies see it as a relatively cheap way to recruit, retain and motivate their employee base.

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As if an $81-million-dollar bank heist wasn't spectacular enough, it now appears that the crime may mark the first time one country has used malicious code to steal money from another country.

Verizon and two labor unions representing some 40,000 workers have reached a tentative agreement to end a strike that has lasted more than six weeks.

Labor Secretary Thomas Perez announced the deal today in a statement, saying, "The parties have reached an agreement in principle on a four-year contract, resolving the open issues in the ongoing labor dispute between Verizon's workers, unions, and management."

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By the time his first memoir, Fresh Off The Boat, came out in 2013, Eddie Huang was really hitting his stride. His New York restaurant, Baohaus — which serves gua bao, or Taiwanese hamburgers — was doing really well. His TV show, Huang's World, was taking him all over the world.

So, this is happening: Some white supremacists have anointed Taylor Swift an "Aryan goddess," claiming that she secretly espouses far-right beliefs and is waiting for Donald Trump's ascension to the presidency to make her true views known.

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A 16-year-old girl has reportedly been raped by at least 30 men in Rio de Janeiro. Last weekend's incident gained attention after a video began circulating online.

"The clip showed an undressed, unconscious woman lying on a bare mattress," Latin America News Dispatch reports. "She was being filmed by two men, both fully dressed, who took turns manhandling and mocking her."

The family of Kate Steinle, the 32-year-old woman who was killed in San Francisco last year allegedly by a man in the U.S. illegally, has filed a federal wrongful death lawsuit against the city and two federal agencies, blaming them for her death.

The lawsuit was filed just before the anniversary of Steinle's death. The killing reignited an angry debate over so-called sanctuary city policies, which limit local law enforcement cooperation with federal immigration authorities.

The Kansas Supreme Court has rejected lawmakers' attempt to fix the state's education-funding problem. The court has said that schools will have to close if the Legislature does not correct inequity in the system by the end of June.

After reviewing the lawmakers' changes, the justices concluded, "Disparities among the districts remain inequitable and unconstitutional."

Researchers are developing a system to teach robots how to feel pain.

The would-be Bernie Sanders vs. Donald Trump throwdown will only live on in the minds of comedy writers.

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