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12:51 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Vincent Valdez Artpace Exhibit Bears "Strangest Fruit"

Vincent Valdez, The Strangest Fruit, 2013
Credit Mark Menjivar

San Antonio artist Vincent Valdez has created an exhibition that, let’s face it, is a little disturbing. But then, maybe art, from time to time, should be.

It’s called "Strangest Fruit" and it’s at Artpace. It owes its concept from the Abel Meeropol poem "Strange Fruit," which was penned about seeing lynched black people hanging from trees in the South. Valdez said there's something perhaps even more unsettling than the subject for that poem.

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The Source - May 12, 2014
9:59 am
Mon May 12, 2014

The Source: School Safety Front And Center After Threats & Gun Finds

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Parents in San Antonio are worried about the safety of their children in public schools after a spate of false threats and real guns.

Last month an email threatened mass killings at an elementary school. The result was lots of absences, as parents kept kids home, and huge losses in revenues for schools, who are paid per attendance.

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City Ordinances
9:38 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Months After City's NDO Passes, Complaint Process Still Unclear

San Antono's non-discrimination ordinance enlivened supporters and opponents to voice their opinions.
Credit Ryan Loyd / TPR News

Eight months have passed since San Antonio city leaders approved a revision to the city's non-discrimination ordinance. The update included the addition of gender identity, sexual orientation and veteran status to the list of protected classes in the city.

But nearly a year later, residents still have no clear way of filing a complaint.

According to Deputy City Attorney Veronica Zertuche, currently there is no single place where people can go to make their complaint.

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Fronteras
9:27 am
Mon May 12, 2014

In Tijuana, These Sisters Rule The Boxing Ring

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Fronteras: More high schools in Texas may start offering Mexican-American studies. Can you guess the political affiliation of a legislator just by looking at them? In Texas, it’s pretty simple. Experts say a new bi-national agreement just signed in San Antonio has the potential to solve a variety of issues. Boxing competes only with soccer as Tijuana’s most popular sport: We’ll hear about two sisters who are slugging their way into the spotlight.

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Charter Schools
4:49 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Side-By-Side Comparison Shows Charters Cost More And Have Lower Accountability Ratings

After looking into administrative pay and financial accountability, a comparison between Texas charter schools and public districts show an over 30 percent gap between the two groups as it pertains to student accountability ratings.

According to 2013 numbers taken from the Texas Education Agency’s website, 62 percent of charter schools were rated as meeting the standard, while 15 percent needed improvement. Not included that set of numbers was dropout recovery and residential treatment charters, which are rated by a different standard.

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KPAC Blog
3:26 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Freedom Brass & San Antonio Brass Are About To Make Big Music

Freedom Brass.
Elizabeth Castle

A brassy musical collaboration is about to take place. I spoke with two of their principals to find out what's going on. Master Sgt. Jeff Castle plays trumpet and is in charge of Freedom Brass.

"Freedom Brass is one of the chamber ensembles for the Band of the West," Castle said.

The Band of the West is a series of bands who make up the Air Force's musical wing. I also spoke to John Carroll, who plays trumpet in the San Antonio Symphony and is the executive director of the San Antonio Brass.

It is these two entities that have created a project together.

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2014 Governor's Race
2:51 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Abbott Education Plan Calls For Increasing Funding For Online Learning Resources

Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott at a San Antonio campaign stop.
Credit Joey Palacios / TPR News

Republican candidate for governor Greg Abbott has released the third plank in his campaign education platform. Abbott is calling to increase funding for the state's Virtual Schools Network and awarding schools with grants to increase online learning.

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Texas Matters
1:38 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Stories About Motherhood & Family From A San Antonio Writer's Group

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Texas Matters: On this Mother’s Day weekend we honor our life givers, our moms. But that mother-offspring relationship is frequently complicated and always intense. We hear five true stories about mothers and mothering written by a San Antonio group of women writers called The Next Chapter.

As these women write and share their stories, discovering the beauty and power of their own words, we encourage you, other women and men, to find your voices and write your own story. There’s no greater heirloom to leave to the next generation.

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KPAC Blog
10:41 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Weekend San Antonio Chamber Choir Performances Mark A Big Change

San Antonio Chamber Choir.
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They’re called the San Antonio Chamber Choir, and they're about to go through a major change. But first, Founding Artistic Director Scott MacPherson describes the choir this way.

“ A professional choir of 24 to 32 singers here in San Antonio. We’re in our ninth season. It’s made up of singers from the greater San Antonio and Austin area,” MacPherson said.

As to what's happening, MacPherson said they have not one, but two performances this weekend.

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Health Studies
10:25 am
Fri May 9, 2014

UTHSC Studies Childhood Obesity Among Latinos

As diabetes and obesity remain at epidemic levels for the Latino community, a study at the UT Health Science Center-San Antonio aims to keep Hispanic children from becoming another member of the statistic pool. 

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