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10:37 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Leases In La Villita Could Be Pulled To Revitalize Arts Village

Wendell Fuqua is an artist who works at the River Art Gallery one day a month.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

La Villita is a historic arts village in the heart of downtown San Antonio, across from Hemisfair Park. But the city wants to update the look and feel of La Villita with a plan that would totally overhaul the current village.

A recommendation by city staff includes asking tenants in La Villita, some who have been there for three decades or more, to reapply for a space within the village next year.

The conversation is very early, though, and artists like woodworker Wendell Fuqua keeps his schedule as usual.

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2014 Republican Lt. Gov. Runoff
10:33 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Dan Patrick Cancels Participation In Closed-Door Runoff Debate With Dewhurst

As promised, state Sen. Dan Patrick of Houston and incumbent Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, the two remaining Republican candidates in the runoff for lieutenant governor, planned to face off for a debate, but when the debate organizers declined to allow media access, Patrick declined to participate.

The debate was scheduled to take place at Houston’s famed River Oaks Country Club, and was to be put on by the business-conscious C Club of Houston.

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Community
10:11 am
Tue March 18, 2014

San Antonio Zoo Celebrates 100th Birthday With 90,000 Guests Over Spring Break

Zootennial carousel.
San Antonio Zoo

The San Antonio Zoo has hosted tens of thousands of visitors over spring break. One reason may be the newly-constructed Zootennial Plaza that has everyone talking. 

A hundred years ago, in 1914, San Antonio had a big hole in the ground where the zoo and Brackenridge Park are now located. San Antonio Zoo spokeswoman Debbie Vanskike said the area was a quarry, and the planners of the day were visionaries who were ahead of their time.

“They had a vision that include conservation, education and recreation,” Vanskike said.

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World Music at SXSW
9:58 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Uruguay's Daniel Drexler: "My Records Are My Diary"

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Daniel Drexler is Uruguayan artist whose fifth album, ‘Mar Abierto,’ is a hit in South America. He performed at this year’s South By Soutwest Music Festival as part of a showcase called the Sounds of Uruguay. Not only is he a musician, but he’s also a physician, specializing in the treatment of tinnitus.

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Border & Immigration
9:47 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Austin-Based Civil Rights Group Filing Suit Against Border Patrol In Immigrant Rape Case

A civil rights group in Austin says an incident involving a U.S. Border Patrol agent who raped three undocumented women near Mission is not unusual.

The case involves three women who were allegedly entering the country illegally when they were stopped by a U.S. Border Patrol agent just west of the town of Mission. The three women were then held against their will and raped -- the agent then attempted to kill them. Being faced with a full investigation, the agent later took his own life.

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SXSW 2014
9:34 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Third Person From SXSW Drunk Driving Accident Dies In Hospital

Erecting Ghost Bike Memorial at 9th Street and Red River in Austin
Ryan Poppe TPR News

Doctors at the University Medical Center at Brackenridge have added a third name to the list of deceased from the incident that killed two people Thursday, March 13, at SXSW.

Hospital officials say 26-year-old Sandy Le, who moved to Austin to attend college, died from a massive head injury.

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Law
8:58 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Defense Attorney Admits Bribing State District Judge

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A San Antonio attorney has pled guilty to charges of bribing a state district criminal court judge.

Criminal defense attorney Alberto Acevedo, Jr., pled guilty in federal court Monday to improperly influencing a Texas State Court Judge. According to reports, Acevedo was charged with bribing Judge Angus McGinty by giving him cash, paying for repairs on the judge’s personal vehicle, and arranging the sale of a vehicle belonging to the judge.

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Arts & Culture
4:15 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Theatre For Change Tells Real Stories From The Texas Foster System

Shannon Ivey.
Sandra Trevino

They’re a local theater group with a very different objective. It's called Theatre for Change, and I talked to the group’s founder, Shannon Ivey.

"Theatre for Change is a nonprofit that turns statistics into stories," she said.

I had Ivey explain exactly what that meant.

“One in 82 children are victims of child abuse, and we turn that one into a narrative,” she said.

Ivey said we’re overwhelmed by statistics in our news feeds and Facebook to the point that we become inured to the people behind those statistics.

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Bag Bans
2:17 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Texas Environmental Groups Take Issue With Lawmaker Request For AG Opinion On Bag Bans

An environmental group says a trade association fighting plastic bag bans in Texas is attempting to use legal and judicial activism to prevail where their previous lawsuit regarding the issue failed.

The Texas Campaign for the Environment saidno harm has come to businesses in cities with bag bans.

Late last week, state Rep. Dan Flynn, R-Canton, filed for an opinion from Texas attorney general's office on behalf of the Texas Retailer’s Association regarding the legality of city’s bans on plastic shopping bags.  

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Arts & Culture
2:07 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

New Gallery Will Feature Linda Pace's Private Collection

Linda Pace Foundation

A new contemporary art gallery will be opening next month, but it’s unlike most others in San Antonio.

“It will open on April 18 to the public," said Linda Pace Foundation Executive Director Maura Reilly, who detailed the new venue.

“It is a 2,000 sq. ft. space that previously functioned as the Linda Pace Foundation offices, and prior to that it functioned as Linda Pace’s studio," Reilly said.

Pace died in 2007, and had been an active artist herself. She was also an avid art collector, and the new gallery will over time feature her collection.

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