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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

Credit Flickr user Adam Fagen (afagen) / cc

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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The Source - October 14, 2014
8:41 am
Tue October 14, 2014

The Source: Voter ID Out, But Not Settled

Credit Chris Eudaily / TPR News

Laws in Texas and Wisconsin that required a photo I.D. to vote were discarded last week. In Wisconsin, the law was blocked by the U.S. Supreme Court. In Texas, a federal court judge in Corpus Christi threw the law out. 

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Border & Immigration
4:20 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Songs Of Protest And Symbols Of Hope, As Protestors Rally At Under-Fire Detention Center

Picketers place paper handcuffs on the sign in front of the Karnes City Residential Center to signify that the facility is a jail.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Ringing protest chants and flashy signs greeted security at the Karnes County Residential Center Saturday, southeast of San Antonio, where 60 people gathered in solidarity with immigrant women and children housed inside; immigrants who made it across the U.S. border after fleeing violence in Central America.

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