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2:43 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Poverty Simulation Forces Students To Make Tough Decisions On Day-To-Day Things

64 students participated in the poverty simulator event at the UTHSC School of Nursing.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Each semester since last summer, the University of Texas Health Science Center has been giving students an extra dose of the real world. Rather than relying on books and tests to educate nursing and medical students, professors thought a “day in the life” of someone living in poverty might help them relate to patients better.

The exercise is what they call a "poverty simulator" and attempts to portray real situations of people on restricted incomes.

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Texas Public Schools
2:02 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

SBOE Postpones Decision On Mexican-American Studies Class

Last week the Texas State Board of Education discussed the possibility of offering a statewide Mexican-American studies class as part of the statewide curriculum, a decision the board has postponed until this spring.

Of the five million students in Texas schools, 51 percent are Hispanic, leaving some to wonder why efforts of Tejanos that have shaped history, culture and the arts are not a part of curriculum.

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2014 Election
1:23 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Abbott Vows To Keep Up Pressure On Davis In Undercover Audio

Campaigning between the two likely gubernatorial nominees has heated up over the past month.
Ryan Poppe/David Martin Davies TPR News

A Democratic strategy group supporting the Wendy Davis campaign has introduced new undercover audio of Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott promising to continue attacking Davis through social media.

The Lone Star Project infiltrated an Abbott fundraiser in Wimberley on Jan. 21 and recorded his comments to the crowd of supporters.

While Abbott doesn’t say much, he does indicate the type of campaign he will run against his likely opponent after the March primaries, state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth.

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The Source - February 4, 2014
12:51 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

The Source: A Looming Budget Battle | The Legacy Of Bill Sinkin

City of San Antonio

In the first segment:

A budget and contract battle looms as the city task force in charge of evaluating future finances takes a hard look at the pension and health benefits of city fire and police forces. The task force finished its work yesterday and is scheduled to be presented to council on February 19.

The terms of these benefits, which are far more generous than other municipal workers, were agreed to more than 20 years ago.

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Arts & Culture
12:38 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

SAMA's New Exhibit: Thomas Sully's 19th Century Selfies, Andrew Jackson And More

Major Thomas Biddle
courtesy San Antonio Museum of Art

The San Antonio Museum of Art opens a new exhibition on Saturday and I was lucky enough to get a preview. Workmen were still hanging and lighting the paintings as I sat down with the new Curator of American Art William Keyse Rudolph.

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Community
9:38 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Bill Sinkin, Father Of Hemisfair, A Life Well Lived

Bill Sinkin (left) oversees Hemisfair construction.
Zintgraff collection

San Antonio is mourning the loss of one of its brightest stars. An assistant said Bill Sinkin passed away peacefully Monday evening, to the tunes of The Beatles' “Here Comes the Sun,” surrounded by family and friends. 

His many friends say Sinkin’s spirit will live on in them and in his widespread contributions to San Antonio.

In a couple of spots along W. W. White Road on the city’s East Side, tall Crapemyrtle trees stand strong in the grassy easements at both of Bill Sinkin’s former bank buildings.

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Community
9:23 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Oldest Operating H-E-B Coming Down For Larger, Modern Supermarket

H-E-B's oldest store still in operation opened to enthusiastic crowds in 1945. Historians say buildings over 50 years of age must go through a review process before they can be torn down.
H-E-B

H-E-B plans to tear down its oldest continuously operating store to make way for a 21st century, high-tech supermarket. The nearly 70-year-old store on Nogalitos Street just north of Hwy. 90 was called “the store of tomorrow” when it opened to crowds and fanfare in 1945.

H-E-B spokeswoman Dya Campos said the mid-century grocery store employed all the latest innovations and advantages of the day. But the new supermarket will occupy two levels of retail space, with escalators to carry customers and their shopping carts up and down and to a parking area below.

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Arts & Culture
9:16 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Local High School Girls Win Book Festival Writing Prize

Lee HS Principal Rick Canales; SA Public Library Foundation President Tracey Bennett; NESA 9th grader and winner Rhyanne Saul with her family; and Texas Cavaliers Publicity Chairman Clint Hennessey
Robert Shaw

There’s something amazingly optimistic about seeing young people attaining goals. Yesterday I saw a pair doing just that. The San Antonio Book Festival had asked local high school students to write an essay with the theme: A river runs through it.

I went along as winners were informed.

"Oh, I won?" said Jessica Redmon, the 11th grade winner, shocked to see a TV camera, her grandmother and a dozen people invade her classroom. Jessica wrote about the summer her sister and she experienced, but she started the project by doing this.

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Texas Public Schools
1:40 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

SBOE Member Says New Textbook Review Rules Were In The Works For Months

The Texas State Board of Education has revamped how they select people to review school textbooks prior to their adoption. Some on the board were critical of how panelists were selected during the adoption of this year’s science textbook.

During the last round of book reviews it was revealed that some of those selected to review textbooks did not have a background in biology and were supporting teaching creationism, attempting to skew how books explained the Theory of Evolution. 

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Arts & Culture
12:26 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Grammy-Winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet Coming Sunday To UTSA

Promo image.

Guitar fans and music lovers, there’s a program this Sunday you’ll want to know about. On Sunday, February 9, the UTSA Recital Hall hosts the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet.

The Quartet has been together for 33 years and have accumulated multiple awards, including a Grammy. The music they play runs the gamut from bluegrass to Bach to jazz, according to UTSA Music Professor and guitarist, Matt Dunne.

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