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9:07 am
Mon September 16, 2013

How To Keep Tuition & Fees From Climbing On Your Child's Academic Future

Texas State University-San Marcos.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

The state’s prepaid college tuition program known as the Texas Tuition Promise Fund began its open enrollment this month.

This is the sixth year for the fund that gives parents the opportunity to lock in tomorrow's college tuition costs at Texas public colleges and universities at today's prices.

Families can purchase one of three types of  prepaid "tuition units" that are later applied toward undergraduate tuition and fees. Prices are based on 2013-14 academic year costs for the state’s public colleges.

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Hemisfair Park
4:44 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

New Budget More Than Doubles Money For Hemisfair Park Redevelopment

The Civic Park area on this map will revitalised into the 'door step' of Hemisfair Park.
Hemisfair PARC

As ideas continue to be generated for the redevelopment of Hemisfair Park, city council has approved additional funding to the agency planning the future of the previous World’s Fair site. The corporation is also seeking public input on what the park should look like.

In it’s 2014 budget city council has approved $1.15 million to the Hemisfair Park Area Redevelopment Corporation. Omar Gonzalez, Hemisfair’s planning and operations director, said that’s more than double what the organization has received before.

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Arts & Culture
4:41 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

A New Season For Camerata San Antonio

Matthew Diekman Camerata San Antonio

Camerata San Antonio begins its next season by taking the show on the road. The popular local Chamber Music ensemble made up of San Antonio Symphony players has been dazzling south Texas audiences for the last decade.

Ken Freudigman, who plays cello in the group, dropped by to talk about their coming programs, starting in Boerne and Kerrville.

"We have music from Benjamin Britten, Béla Bartók, we’re doing some music of Dvořák, Hugo Wolf, music of Brahms and Mendelssohn, all throughout the entire year," he said.

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Texas Public Schools
4:09 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

State Board Of Education Hears Public Comment On CSCOPE Lessons

State Board of Education public comment hearing.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

Both sides of the CSCOPE argument spent hours testifying before a State Board of Education Committee on the social studies component of the online lesson plans.

Friday's meeting was to provide CSCOPE schools public input before a 170 member review committee begins looking at the online curriculum and makes necessary edits.

Once an edited version of the lesson plans is complete, CSCOPE will then be renamed the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skill Resource System.

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Community
3:16 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Delegate Agencies Deal With City Budget Cuts

For Child Abuse Awareness month in April, 6,205 pinwheels for each child in Bexar County who suffered abuse in 2012. Twenty of them were white, representing those who died.
Childsafe

With more than 70 delegate agencies, the city council each year funds the organizations to help them accomplish their missions, but this time the council had to make cuts to meet its objective of balancing the budget. 

San Antonio budget director Maria Villagomez said the agencies, with the exception of Haven for Hope, took a five percent cut.

It's not enough for District 10 Councilman Carlton Soules, who has said every non-essential service should be eliminated.

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Texas Matters
3:01 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Affordable Care Act Insurance Marketplaces Get Set To Open

Community meeting for Affordable Care Act information on the West Side of San Antonio, a low-income area of the city.
David Martin Davies TPR News

Texas Matters: As we quickly approach the opening of the online marketplaces tied to the Affordable Care Act on Oct. 1, community organizations are promoting enrollment while those opposed to the law continue their fight against it. Also: Will there be political fallout in the state for not expanding Medicaid under the ACA? And why Texas has become the "Wild West" for electronic cigarettes.

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City Utilities
2:09 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

CPS Energy To Make Case For 4.75 Percent Rate Increase

CPS Energy

Nearly one week after the city council adopted its 2014 budget, members will begin hearing from leaders at CPS Energy about a possible rate hike.

CPS last raised rates in 2010 and passed up an opportunity to raise rates last year because the utility said it found efficiencies within the organization and delayed certain infrastructure projects.

This time, CPS Energy will ask for a 4.75 percent rate increase, which would equal a $5.19 hike to the average CPS Energy bill.

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Texas Public Schools
12:59 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

State Judge Moves School Finance Trial Forward Despite Some Doubts

The Save Texas Schools rally on March 12, 2011, the year state legislators cut large chunks of funding to education.
Eileen Pace TPR News

A Travis County District Judge has decided to move forward with the state’s school finance trial despite some wavering about re-opening the case.

Earlier this month Travis County District Judge John Dietz revisited an order to re-open the case, which takes a look at if the state is adequately funding public school districts.

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Fronteras Desk
12:25 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

The Obstacles Of Getting Non-English Speakers Signed Up For Health Care

Volunteers with Enroll America's outreach campaign knock on doors in Phoenix.
Jude Joffe-Block

Fronteras: The federal government is poised to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on new border security technology -- how the contracting process has changed and how some contractors are already seeing dollar signs. The challenges of getting the word out on signing up for health care to non-English speakers across the Southwest. Also, a look at Nevada's new push to improve education for its English language learners.

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Transportation
12:08 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Fredericksburg/Medical Drive Project Finally Ready To Break Ground

Design for the Fredericksburg Road/Medical Drive interchange.
TxDOT

The Texas Department of Transportation project near the Medical Center that was put on hold for over a year will begin turning dirt this month. The grade separation project for Fredericksburg Road is moving forward without its previous bankrupt contractor.

The $14 million project to turn Medical drive into an underpass below Frederickburg road was supposed to start in late 2011, but needed some utility readjustment.  

TxDOT spokesman Josh Donat said the all clear wasn’t given until August 2012, but by then, Ballenger, the contractor, was running into problems.

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