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10:16 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Wounded Warriors Find New Normal Through Valor Games in San Antonio

Wounded warriors compete in wheelchair basketball at 2013 Valor Games
Credit San Antonio Sports

On a mid-afternoon at Mission Concepción Sports Park, about 50 wounded warriors gathered in the gymnasium to compete in an air rifle competition that is part of this year's Valor Games.

Some traveled hundreds of miles to get to this year’s Valor Games, like Edward Afanador, who lives in New Jersey.

“The camaraderie here is just incredible. It’s a great time. There are guys here that we met at the VA Wheelchair Games last August in Philadelphia. You get a chance to really bond and make lifetime friendships," Afandaor said.

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The Source - October
8:46 am
Wed October 15, 2014

The Source: What Is And Isn't Coming To The Supreme Court, And Why It Matters

Credit Flickr user Adam Fagen (afagen) / cc

Yesterday, the implementation of two Texas laws reversed course. Voter ID, which requires Texas voters to present photo ID at the polls, was granted a stay by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and therefore will be in effect when early voting starts next week. Additionally, key provisions of Texas' restrictive abortion law will not go into effect, pending further court action, which nearly doubles the number of clinics allowed to perform abortions in the state.

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Arts & Culture
7:35 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Azul Barrientos: Music Flows Through Her

Azul Barrientos
Courtesy ZaaZaa Productions

Texas Public Radio’s Jack Morgan explores a beautiful story, of family, folklore and a fascinating legacy

The Esperanza Peace and Justice Center features an interesting performer this weekend. It’s Azul Barrientos. Barrientos has a haunting, evocative voice. A voice that seems steeped in culture.

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Voter ID Law
8:06 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Appeals Court Brings Back Texas Voter ID Law

Credit David Martin Davies / TPR News

Bringing a temporary halt to the swinging fortunes of the state of Texas’ controversial voter ID law, a three-judge panel at the U.S. 5th Circuit Court on Tuesday decided to reinstate it for the moment, staying an injunction on the law last week by a district court judge.

Ruling that the change in state election law happened just three weeks from the November election, the panel said it was too late to make changes before this election cycle. 

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Abortion In Texas
7:42 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Supreme Court Halts Enforcement Of Texas Abortion Law Provision

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The Supreme Court has rejected the United States Fifth Circuit Court decision allowing the state of Texas to begin enforcing ambulatory-surgical center requirements for clinics performing abortions. The Supreme Court ruled that the state could not begin enforcing the law without further appeal.  

A group of clinics and abortion rights groups sued the state saying the law would shut down all but seven clinics, which they say would force south and west Texas women to drive hundreds of miles to be treated.

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Arts & Culture
4:23 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Alamo Basement Wants To Give Artistic Power Back To The People

Alamo Basement
courtesy John Medina

A new group with a curious name is looking to shake things up a bit on San Antonio’s Art Scene. That curious name is Alamo Basement, and if that phrase rings a bell, it’s not by accident. Think of that San Antonio scene in Pee-wee Herman’s first movie “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure.” The late, great Jan Hooks exclaimed to a befuddled Pee-wee, “There’s no basement at the Alamo!”  (hit "Listen" above to hear that scene)

“Yeah, y’ know, it’s kind of a clever name. I’ve always been a fan of ‘Pee-wee’s Big Adventure’.”

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Community
3:26 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Should The Oakland Raiders Move To The Alamodome?

Credit Nathan Cone

The San Antonio Chamber of Commerce is asking its members to weigh in with their feelings about having an NFL team in the Alamo City.  

The City hopes an online survey will help stakeholders gauge interest in the potential relocation of the Oakland Raiders.

Ten-thousand survey invitations went out over the weekend to members listed in the Chamber’s database and another 50,000 reportedly went to people who have attended events at the Alamodome.

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Alamo Colleges
1:59 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Major Woes: Students At Alamo Colleges Raise Their Voices Against Degree Changes

Some of the students from this week's protest. Many placed black tape over their mouths to symbolize the lack of student input.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

Students at Palo Alto College are protesting the changes at the Alamo Colleges, which effectively removed declared majors from most degrees and transcripts. They tell Texas Public Radio they were not given the opportunity to either voice their concerns, or ample time to react

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Education
9:09 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Legislative Committee Examines Efforts To Streamline Math And Writing Standards

A senate committee is examining the State Board of Education’s efforts to streamline math and writing standards, amid new data showing Texas students SAT scores are at an all-time low, but some lawmakers remain leery about what will be taken out and whether Texas is really doing enough to prepare students for college.

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The Source - October 14, 2014
8:57 am
Tue October 14, 2014

The Source: Latino America

Very soon Texas will be a state where the largest ethnic group is Latinos. California made the switch early this year. The two most populous states, with the most electoral college votes, are poised to remake the political landscape.

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