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Russians Want To Monitor Texas Election -- Secretary Of State Says No Way

The Russian consulate general in Houston has asked if its delegation can monitor polling places during the Nov. 8th election in Texas. The state's Secretary of State Carlos Cascos not only denied the Russians' request but said if it happened they would be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
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Texas State Rep. Laura Thompson has been released on bond after turning herself into San Antonio police Thursday.

Lisa Jackson, a spokesperson for  Thompson's re-election campaign ,says Thompson received an anonymous tip that she was going to be arrested for an outstanding warrant on a  family violence charge from 2012 .  

Jackson says Rep. Thompson was unaware that a warrant existed and she questions why the issue emerged right before the election.

Members of the local community are asked to join in a summit this weekend to help determine policy objectives and legislative priorities for the state’s Latino communities.

Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

The Bexar County Sheriff's Office is breaking ground on its second of two new sheriff's substations.  These are the first two permanent sub-stations in the county’s history.

Using ceremonial shovels Sheriff Susan Pamerleau and Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff turn the first dirt of this substation.  It’s next door to the Dominguez State Jail outside of Loop 1604 and Highway 90 on the Southwest Side.

Property owners in the San Antonio Independent School District have been attending community meetings, learning how two issues on the November ballot would affect educational opportunities and their property taxes. 

Celebrating Winnie The Pooh's 90th Birthday

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Ninety years ago this month, A.A. Milne published his first story about Winnie the Pooh, the much loved children’s book character.

Here & Now celebrates this anniversary by revisiting host Robin Young’s conversation with Lindsay Mattick, who wrote about the bear who inspired Milne in the book, “Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear.”

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The Russian consulate general in Houston has asked if its delegation can monitor polling places during the Nov. 8th election in Texas.  The state's Secretary of State Carlos Cascos not only denied the Russians' request but said if it happened they would be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

Whoever wins this presidential election will have a lot of big decisions to make within their first year in office. One of those decisions is what to do about states, like Texas, that haven’t expanded Medicaid to more low income people under the Affordable Care Act.

Wooing Latino Voters On The Border In The Year Of Trump

Oct 21, 2016

Arizona's Santa Cruz County on the Mexican border is what Republican operative Sergio Arellano jokingly calls "Democrat heaven." Only 16 percent of voters are registered as Republicans. More than 80 percent of the population is Latino.

Arellano has been trying to lure more of these voters to the GOP, but this campaign season has been tricky.

"What we encounter on the grass-roots is, 'Republicans are racist. Republicans and Trump want to deport everybody, want to build the wall,'" said Arellano.

Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman could be brought to face trial in the U.S. by early next year, after a federal judge in Mexico City refused to stop his extradition process. El Chapo is now down to his last appeals.

When Rosley Espinoza's daughter was very young, in preschool, she started acting differently. She seemed distracted and would get in trouble at school.

"Lack of interest, teachers' notes coming home with behavior notes," Espinoza says, speaking in Spanish.

She says she asked school officials to evaluate her daughter, Citlali, for special education, but they didn't.


Dare To Listen: 3 Wise Guys & A Gal

Listening Across Our Differences

7 Stories, 7 Dollars

November 1 at the Josephine Theatre!

See Andrea Bocelli in Concert

Join us for a trip to Austin on Dec. 8 to see and hear the famed tenor!

Arts & Culture

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From arts to roots music to a yoga/cardio workout--there's a huge variety of weekend events for you. To start out, let's head to Bandera.

"It's our third annual Jailhouse Art Show, Rebecca Norton says. She says the jailhouse was designed in the 1880s by one of Texas's great architects, Alfred Giles. Along with fine local arts at this show, you can see arts left by...lesser talents.

Caroline Bitten

The San Antonio Chamber Music Society opens their 74th season on Sunday, October 22 with the Danish String Quartet, returning to Texas, but visiting San Antonio for the very first time with a program that balances darkness and light.

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A local arts organization is bringing a world renown young pianist to San Antonio. They're called Musical Bridges Around the World, and they literally are trying to change that world.

"Yes, we are! Artists are idealists, right?" Anya Grokhovski laughed. She founded the organization 19 years ago.

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An upcoming festival provides a tasty at a place you might never have been.  It's one of the few places you can go where you'll see the Lebanese and U.S. flags flying side by side.

At the end of the month Father Charles Khachan, the pastor of St. George Maronite Church, and his parishioners are putting on their annual Lebanese Food Festival.

"It's a show of culture, through food, music, dance, Lebanese wine and Lebanese beer," Khachan says.

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