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9:28 am
Tue December 16, 2014

With Public Support, Texas Lawmaker Proposes Bill That Decriminalizes Marijuana Possession

El Paso Democratic Rep. Joe Moody and civil rights and marijuana advocates at the State Capitol
Credit Ryan E. Poppe

A member of the Texas House is using a 2013 study on how Texans view marijuana prohibition as the basis for a proposal to decriminalize the possession of the drug, used for both recreational and medicinal purposes, and drop criminal penalties associated with being caught with it.

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Law
4:13 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

First Ever Nativity Scene Goes Up In State Capitol, With Little Fuss

Children Choir Singing In Front Of Nativity Scene On Display At The State Capitol
Credit Ryan E. Poppe

A Catholic-supported group has been able to raise enough private funds to have a Nativity scene on display inside the Texas State Capitol, the week before Christmas. And the Texas Nativity Scene Project, the group that put this together, said the presence of the manger scene in the Capitol building is a win for those trying to keep the “Christ in Christmas.”

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Arts & Culture
4:11 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

King William To Ring In The Season With Brassy Concert

San Antonio Brass at Villa Finale
Orlando Cortinas

It’s a combination of a fascinating setting and a unique concert. That fascinating setting is called Villa Finale.

“Villa Finale is the only National Historic Trust Site in Texas.”

Meet Villa Finale’s Sylvia Gonzalez.

“It’s located in the King William National Historic District, and was the last home of Walter Nold Mathis, who is credited with being the catalyst for revitalization of the King William Historic neighborhood.”

You’ve got a really interesting concert coming along on Thursday; tell us about that.

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Arts & Culture
4:01 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Tobin Takes YOSApalooza To The River Walk

Troy Peters
Jack Morgan

The Youth Orchestras of San Antonio have an interesting performance scheduled for Sunday, and it’s got a heck of a name.

“YOSAPalooza is a concert with more than 400 musicians.”

Troy Peters is YOSA’s Music Director.

“All of the different levels of the YOSA experience, share in one concert at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts.”

I also spoke to YOSA member Victoria Acuna.

“I play violin. I’m in the YOSA Philharmonic; I’m in my third year.”

When you think back on those three years with YOSA — do you have a favorite experience?

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The Source - December 15, 2014
1:43 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

The Source: One In Five Cars On Nation's Roads Recalled This Year

Credit Chris Eudaily / TPR News

This year more than 52 million cars were recalled. This means that one in five cars being driven today have had a recall. Toyota, Chrysler, General Motors--and the list goes on--have helped smash the record for recalled vehicles in a year.

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Arts & Culture
8:28 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Hill Country Youth Orchestras Setting The Tone In Kerrville

Hill Country Youth Orchestras
Matt Evans

They're about to make some great holiday music, but it’s a group of decidedly younger musicians than most. They’re the Hill Country Youth Orchestras and their Executive Director is Matt Evans.

“We have about a 142 kids this year. And the coolest thing about all that is that all the kids attend and participate free of any registration cost.”

Evans said the nonprofit raises all costs through grants and community donors.

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Government
5:13 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Bexar County Sends 'Do No Harm' Legislative Agenda To Lawmakers

Bexar County Commissioners want to make sure that all of the military installations in San Antonio, like JBSA-Lackland, receive ongoing infrastructure and community support.
Credit Eileen Pace / TPR News

  Bexar County Commissioners have finalized the county’s wish list for the next legislative session.

More than half of next year's Legislative Agenda falls into the category of “do no harm.”

Those items - almost 20 items on the list - involve policy positions on issues that are already in place, but on which commissioners want to take a stand in case any bills arise that would affect the status quo.

Commissioner Kevin Wolff said they want to ensure continued support for the military, which makes a $13 billion impact on the local economy every year.

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Fronteras
4:12 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Mexico’s Soda Tax; Dual-Language In N. Texas; Where The Immigrant Children Went

A patient waits to see a doctor at a clinic in Tijuana, Nov. 7, 2014.
Katie Schoolov

On Fronteras:

-- While recent studies have shown that the brain is not an immutable object and can learn and relearn skills post a critical childhood window, there is no doubt that a conducive environment and starting young profoundly impacts a person’s ability to learn, think and process information. This includes language. Educators in Grand Prairie in North Texas talk about the district’s growing dual language program.

-- There’s been plenty of talk of trying to regulate sodas and other sugary drinks to combat obesity. Mexico has already been taxing sugary drinks for almost a year now, and the tax seems to be producing positive results.

-- We now have a better idea of where the Central American minors who came to the U.S. alone earlier this year in droves, ended up. Pew Research Center gives us an update.

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Environment
12:58 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Post-BP Plans For Gulf Coast Restoration

Credit Chris Eudaily / TPR News

It’s been over 4 years since the Deepwater Horizon explosion and BP oil spill. The underwater gusher pumped crude into the Gulf of Mexico for 87 days and is considered the worst maritime oil disaster in history. The US Government estimated the total discharge at 5 million barrels. But that number is uncertain and there are some reports that the well site continues to leak oil into the Gulf.

In November 2012, BP and the Department of Justice reached a settlement and in part agreed to a record-setting $4 and a half billion dollars in fines and other payments.

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Texas
12:46 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Growing Income Inequality In Texas

Credit Aaaarrrrgggghhhh! / http://tinyurl.com/lc42a4h

Texas is certainly the Lone Star State – but it appears to be composed of two different states. One for the wealthy and the other for the impoverished and these states are growing ever further apart.

The income gap in Texas has never been bigger. The incomes of the richest 5 percent of households were 14.3 times greater than those of the poorest 20 percent. – That’s according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

And a new study shows that the rich are getting richer and the poor have a shrinking chance of working their way out of poverty.

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