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Fronteras Desk
9:35 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Texas Board Of Education To Consider Mexican-American Studies

The Texas State Board of Education was expected to vote Friday on the requirement for Algebra II to graduate high school. But the board might also consider adding Mexican-American studies as a course option.

There are five million students in Texas and 51 percent are Hispanic, but there has never been an official Mexican-American studies course in Texas public schools.

Activist Tony Diaz wants to change that.

“Because they shouldn’t deny the history that Tejanos have made in shaping the state as well as the country," Diaz said.

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Fronteras Desk
3:41 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Texas University Assisting South & West Texas Immigrants With DACA Applications

A Texas university program aimed at informing and assisting young immigrants eligible to obtain a deferred action status is expanding its reach into South Texas.

An estimated 1.7 million undocumented young people in the United States are eligible for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), according to Pew Research.

Since late 2012 the DACA Project at the Center for Legal and Social Justice at St. Mary’s University has assisted 200 people in obtaining DACA status, which puts off removal or deportation proceedings.

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Arts & Culture
3:35 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Artist Foundation Of San Antonio Provides The Sparks For Local Artistic Fire

There’s often more good art than there is money to pay for it, which is why the Artist Foundation of San Antonio was created. But what do they do?

“We have awarded over $500,000 to over 92 San Antonio Artists," said founder Patricia Pratchett about what they’ve given away since forming in 2005. Can anyone apply?

“If you live in Bexar County, then you’re eligible" Prachett said.

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Fronteras Desk
1:55 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Costly Reforms To Prevent Racial Profiling By Joe Arpaio's Office

Opponents of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio briefly gathered in the lobby of the sheriff's office in early January in protest of his record.
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Fronteras: Long-awaited rail connection linking large Mexican ports in Sinaloa and Michoacan to Texas will break ground in 2015. Arizona’s Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office is under a court order to prevent racial profiling. By some measures, Mexico might have some of the fastest Internet speeds in Latin America, but for Tijuana's ambitious tech entrepreneurs and aspiring professional gamers, it's still painfully slow.

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Texas Matters
1:41 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Should Creationism Be Taught In Texas Schools? One Charter System Already Does

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Texas Matters: "Demand response" is helping alleviate drain on Texas power grids. All the Republican candidates for lieutenant governor say they support teaching creationism in Texas public schools and one charter system is defying a Supreme Court ruling by doing just that. Also on this show: Same-sex marriage in Texas? And the new Texas Almanac is out.

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KPAC Blog
11:55 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Ballet San Antonio Takes On Stravinsky Classic 'The Firebird'

Firebird dancers.
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A ballet classic is opening soon, and Ballet San Antonio is presenting it. If you don’t know the story behind Igor Stravinsky’s "The Firebird," Ballet San Antonio President and CEO Courtney Barker explains its premise, starting with Prince Ivan.

“He goes on a journey to seek and win the heart of a princess," she said. "On his journey he meets a glowing, magical bird that protects him through the journey. And we have monsters that come out, and those are played by ten of our male dancers.”

The firebird protects our pirouetting protagonist in his search for his princess.

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Election Campaigns
4:31 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Texas Democrat Group Release Undercover Video Of Rockwall County Clerk

A group connected to the Wendy Davis campaign has released undercover audio and video capturing the Rockwall County clerk allegedly violating state election laws.

Democratic strategy group the Lone Star Project released undercover phone conversations and video footage of Miller and her Chief Deputy Clerk Lea Carlson selling tickets for regional GOP Regan Day Fundraiser featuring the likely Republican nominee for Governor Greg Abbott.

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Fronteras Desk
2:53 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Labor Secretary: Immigration Reform Critical For Economic Recovery

Immigration reform, while not at the forefront of President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address, is believed by some members of the administration to take shape this year.

Labor Secretary Thomas Perez said he believes an altered migration system could shape the country’s labor force for the better.

Immigration reform got a hearty nod from Obama during his speech. The president went as far as to say it would shrink deficits by $1 trillion in the next two decades.

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Environment
2:40 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

After Years Of Contention, EPA Backs Down On Texas Clean Air Permitting

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Officials with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the Environmental Protection Agency have reached an agreement as it pertains to Texas’ clean air plan. The resolution allows major polluters like oil refineries some flexibility on clean air permits.

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Transportation
2:17 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

TxDOT Approves Creation Of High-Speed Rail Commission

The Texas Transportation Commission has given the green light to forming a high-speed rail commission to oversee a bullet train project between Fort Worth and Dallas. The Texas Department of Transportation agreed to take $15 million in federal funds in order to study the issue.

This week, commissioners set up a separate high-speed rail commission headed up by former transportation commissioner Bill Meadows.

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