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First Suspected Local Zika Case of 2017 Turns Up In South Texas

The first documented locally-acquired case of Zika in the continental U.S this year has been detected in Hidalgo County, at the southern tip of Texas.

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The tragic heat deaths of 10 people being illegally transported from Laredo to San Antonio prompted compassion and political gamesmanship from Texas politicos.

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Inside the State Capitol lawmakers are debating and voting on the transgender bathroom bill, while outside the building local school and law enforcement officials condemn the legislation.  

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The Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday rescinded subpoenas for two key witnesses in the Russia imbroglio, including President Trump's former campaign chairman, as part of agreements in which they'd agree to talk with the committee behind closed doors.

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Ten people died in sweltering heat in a semi-trailer that was found early Sunday in a Walmart parking lot on the South side of San Antonio.

Michael Cirlos, III

A new art exhibit opened recently downtown at Centro De Artes. It's called Icons and Symbols of the Borderlands.

"Diana Molina from El Paso has curated this exhibit.  They (the pieces exhibited) are specific to the Texas Mexico Border."

Debbie Racca-Sittre runs the city's Department of Arts and and Culture and she says these 109 pieces from 25 artists all grew out of the their experiences in the Borderlands.

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Surgeons have several options when it comes to rebuilding breasts after surgery related to breast cancer. But for replacing nipples, women have fewer choices.

A startup biotechnology company in San Antonio is working to develop a better way to rebuild nipples after cancer surgery. Two young scientists saw a niche and decided to try and fill it.

Voter approval of the City's 2017 bond proposal earmarked funding for public art projects within each of the six propositions. Combined with 1 percent of San Antonio's capital improvement program and other ongoing initiatives, these resources could bring new life to local parks, plazas, streetscapes and facilities.

Ryan Poppe

From private school vouchers to property tax reforms, now that the Texas Senate has cleared its requirement of passing a bill that licenses the existence of some state agencies, the game is on to pass the other priorities Gov. Greg Abbott outlined ahead of this summer’s special session.  

From Texas Standard:

Those watching the proceedings at the Texas Capitol this weekend may have noticed a tale of two chambers: the senate working at a frenzied pace, while the house moves much more slowly.

Ross Ramsey, executive editor and co-founder of the Texas Tribune says that normally, it’s the House where legislation moves at a quicker clip. That norm started to change a few years ago, he says, and it flipped dramatically during this year’s regular legislative session.

From Texas Standard:

Texas law prohibits members of the Legislature from accepting campaign contributions during a regular session. The restriction came about after poultry magnate Lonnie Pilgrim handed out $10,000 checks on the Senate floor in 1989 – just two days before a vote on a workers' compensation bill that Pilgrim had an interest in.

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A music festival at the University of the Incarnate Word kicks off this weekend and the four-day two weekend event has plenty of variety. 

Michael Cirlos, III

A new art exhibit opened recently downtown at Centro De Artes. It's called Icons and Symbols of the Borderlands.

"Diana Molina from El Paso has curated this exhibit.  They (the pieces exhibited) are specific to the Texas Mexico Border."

Debbie Racca-Sittre runs the city's Department of Arts and and Culture and she says these 109 pieces from 25 artists all grew out of the their experiences in the Borderlands.

Artist Diana Kersey built five towering circular ceramic pieces for VIA's Art in Transit Program at the bustling Five Points area, on Fredericksburg and N. Flores just Northwest of downtown.

The Organ As Orchestra

Jul 23, 2017
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How do you take Tchaikovsky's “1812 Overture,” one of the biggest pieces of classical music ever written, and boil it down to one instrument? If that instrument is the organ, you’re a leg up, according to Tom Dooling, music director at First Presbyterian Church in downtown San Antonio.

“Because it’s such a tonally diverse instrument, you can replicate [the orchestra] in the organ,” Dooling says.

Pointing in the direction of organist Dr. Jae Ha, he adds, “the Tchaikovsky is one of many others he’s done, including the Beethoven 5.”

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