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9:21 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Congress Passes Military Budget Bill, Amendment Addresses Sexual Assault

Congressman Joaquín Castro has taken an active role in the House Armed Services Committee.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

An amendment to the budget bill requires a report on the fixes recommended by Air Force commanders who investigated sexual assault in their branch of the military last year.

As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, San Antonio Congressman Joaquín Castro asked for a General Accountability Office (GAO) report on the 45 initiatives recommended by last year’s command-directed investigation.

Castro told the House before the vote that it is critical to ensure those measures would have a real effect on the problem.

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Summer Break
5:33 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

SAISD Launches Book Mobile To Help Encourage Summer Reading

David Cortez picks a book out of one of the boxes
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

Elementary students on the near Eastside are getting access to free books during summer vacation thanks to a roaming book mobile.

In the lobby of Herff Elementary -- a dual-language school -- sit 1,500 books in different boxes marked by grade level and language. Principal Tracy Smith is trying an experiment to get these books in the hands children in the neighborhood over the summer.

"This is the maiden voyage – maiden voyage of the Herff Book Mobile," Smith said.

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World Music
4:25 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

World Celebrations: A Tantric Festival

Inti Raymi (Festival of the Sun) at Plaza de Armas, Cusco, 2005
Cyntia Motta Wikimedia Commons

Each week on World Music (Saturday nights from 8-10 on KSTX 89.1 FM), I take a look at celebrations happening around the world. This week, we'll hear about celebrations of the sun and fertility. 

AMBUBACHI MELA

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Downtown Development
4:07 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Take A Look At The First Drawings Of The New Convention Center

Rendering shows the north portion of the new convention center on Market Street.
Populous

The San Antonio City Council got their first look at the designs for the new expanded Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center this week.

At the council session, Michael Sawaya, director of Convention and Sports Facilities, said almost immediately after taking the podium that San Antonio has outgrown the current setup.

He said it’s important that San Antonio remain competitive for conventions going forward.

"It’s about sustainability, about quality and about convenience for the customer, about being a one-stop shop destination," he said.

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Program Changes
3:32 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

KSTX Program Changes Coming July 1

On June 27, KSTX bids farewell to NPR’s long-running program “Talk of the Nation,” hosted by Neal Conan. NPR made the decision to discontinue production of the show to focus on a newsmagazine-style program for the midday, something many affiliate stations across the country said they wanted from NPR.

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Bexar County Jail
2:59 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

New Bexar County Jail Administrator Makes His Introduction

New Bexar County Jail Administrator Raul Banasco with Sheriff Susan Pamerleau.
Eileen Pace TPR

Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau finally introduced new jail administrator Raul Banasco today, who said one of his first goals is to get jail staffing up to 100 percent and to make the command staff more visible.

"I am not an individual that micromanages, but it's important that the staff sees a presence and they feel comfortable enough with you to share some concerns," Banasco said. 

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Texas Matters
2:39 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Texas Takes Notice As Supreme Court Closes Out Session

U.S. Supreme Court.
Flickr user Adam Fagen (afagen) cc

Texas Matters: The United States Supreme Court is wrapping up its session and decisions continue to come down. A ruling has been made in a Texas-Oklahoma water dispute, and a decision is expended soon on a case involving the Voting Rights Act, which could have major implications in Texas. Also on this show: An inside look at Texas Monthly's Best and Worst Legislators 2013 list, and a look at how Mexico's drug war killings are effecting both sides of the border.

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Fronteras Desk
10:55 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Trade Delays At The Border Cost U.S. Billions

Trucker Alejandro Rivera fills out paperwork after delivering a load from a factory in Ciudad Juárez to a warehouse in El Paso.
Monica Ortiz Uribe Fronteras

Fronteras: Homicides have spiked recently in Tijuana. Texas law enforcement officials say cartel activity is spreading to large cities. We look at how wait times at the border affect bi-national trade. Also on this show: The first of a two part series on the U.S.-born children of deported immigrants and the challenge to reunited them with their parents.

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Bexar County
9:08 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Three Truckloads Of Government Property Found At County Employee Home

Bexar County

A warrant has been issued for a former Bexar County employee who allegedly stole truckloads of county property to sell on Craigslist.

The former employee was caught after the buyer of a laptop reportedly found documents from the Bexar County Fire Marshall’s office on the computer’s memory.

Bexar County District Attorney Susan Reed’s office issued a statement late Thursday that said the buyer turned in the computer to the police department, who handed the investigation over to the county.

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Lackland Courts-Martial
6:20 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Recruiter Convicted On 29 Of 30 Counts Including Aggravated Sexual Assault

Eileen Pace TPR News

A military jury has found former Air Force recruiter Tech. Sgt. Jaime Rodriguez guilty of all but the most serious charge against him.

Rodriguez was found not guilty of the rape of a woman at his recruiting office near Houston, but still faces the possibility of spending years in prison.

Rodriguez faced his accusers again on Thursday, some of whom were high school students at the time of the offenses. Lt. Col. Mark Hoover with the Judge Advocate General Office said ten of the women testified about their interactions with the recruiter.

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