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1:21 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

HemisFair Park Development Plan Outlines What Area Will Look Like

Lee Dunkelberg Texas Public Radio

Plan for the Hemisfair Park development call for several distinct "areas," including an amphitheater, a reception area, an interactive water feature called The Shallows, and The Zocalo, which will greet people at the entrance to the park at South Alamo and Market.

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Arts & Culture
1:08 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

"The Butler" Producer Speaks To St. Philip's Students

Will Haygood
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You may not know Wil Haygood by name, but you likely have heard of "The Butler," the Hollywood film about an African-American butler's decades of service at the White House, that's made over $100 million at the box office so far. Haygood, a reporter for the Washington Post and Associate Producer on the film, spoke to students at St. Philip's College today.

Despite his accomplishments at the Washington Post, the Boston Globe (as a Pulitzer Prize Finalist), and in Hollywood, Haygood’s demeanor is humble. But that doesn’t mean he's without passion.

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Developing
12:46 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

H-E-B's Updated Downtown Plan Still Leaves Residents with Questions

H-E-B and representatives of the city met Wednesday with Southtown citizens concerned about a deal to bring a grocery store downtown, at the cost of closing a street. The King William association and the anti-street closure group mainaccess.org are working to protect their neighborhood.

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Arts & Culture
10:14 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Briscoe Western Art Museum Opens Saturday

Briscoe Western Art Museum Lobby
Brandi Sutherland

Named after the late Governor Dolph Briscoe, the new Briscoe Western Art Museum opens Saturday. At a preview this week, Executive Director Steven Karr welcomed members of the press:

"I stand here with you in the historic lobby of the former Central Library of the city of San Antonio…now the Briscoe Western Art Museum.” 

That re-imagined former library is 58,000 square feet filled with 700 art and artifacts of the southwest of old, as well as contemporary art.

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Community
10:04 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Brackenridge Park Named State Antiquities Landmark

Historic bridges throughout the park are honored as part of the Brackenridge heritage in its new designation as a State Archaeological Landmark
Eileen Pace

San Antonio has landed another important cultural designation. Brackenridge Park is the first site to be named as a State Antiquities Landmark.

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Abortion In Texas
3:17 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Final Arguments Conclude In Texas Abortion Clinic Restriction Case

Sarah Wheat, Planned Parenthood Texas, and Janet Creps, attorney for the Center for Reproductive Rights..
Ryan Poppe

Attorneys in the federal case challenging sections of Texas’ new abortion clinic law have given their final arguments for why the new clinic restrictions are, or are not, constitutional. The rest is now up to Federal District Judge Lee Yeakel, who said he will provide his decision by the morning of Oct. 28.

Attorney Janet Creps, who represents the Center for Reproductive Rights in the filing, said this may only be the first step in what looks to be a long battle.

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Return Migration
2:21 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Local Group Studying Return Migration To Mexico

Screenshot of MATT.org

A local nonprofit is seeking to understand the process of return immigration, when immigrants in the U.S. return to Mexico.

From 2005 to 2010, 1.4 million Mexican migrants returned to Mexico -- only about 11 percent of those were deportees according to the Pew Research Center. Mexicans and Americans Thinking Together (MATT) is bi-national -- it has offices in San Antonio and Mexico -- and uses its program Yo Soy Mexico to assist migrants once they crossover.

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The Source - October 23, 2013
12:33 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

The Source: Ethical Ruses In Texas | How The NSA's Spying Has Impacted Diplomacy

Ryan Loyd TPR News

In the first segment:

The backlash from the non-discrimination ordinance continues to play out here in San Antonio. While anti-NDO advocates were unable to force a citywide vote for the policy -- failing to garner even half the required signatures -- recall efforts for the mayor and several council members who voted for the policy continue.  

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Texas Politics
11:59 am
Wed October 23, 2013

For Tea Party, Ted Cruz And His Father, Texas Couldn't Be More Red

Reverend Rafael Cruz speaks at the Floresville Community Center on Saturday, Oct. 19..
David Martin Davies TPR News

With a reverent tone, the people at the Floresville Community Center sang the patriotic hymn "America the Beautiful." It was a Saturday afternoon of singing patriotic songs and listening to a fire and brimstone political speech from Reverend Rafael Cruz, father of Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas.

"Outside of the Bible, the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence are the greatest documents ever written by man," Rev. Cruz said.

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Local Business
4:57 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

New Startup To Train Students For Tech Jobs In San Antonio

Codeup staff, from top left: CEO Michael Girdley, Chris Turner, Director of Curriculum & Lead Instructor, Jason Straugh, CTO, and Samantha Atkins, Director of Operations
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A new bundle of joy has arrived at San Antonio's Geekdom, "the place where startups are born."

Michael Girdley's baby is a company called Codeup, and he's hoping it will be San Antonio's answer to every tech company's long-burning problem of not having enough qualified people to hire.

"Codeup is a nine week boot camp, and the idea is we take people who are non-techies and we turn them into web programmers with a job guarantee," Girdley said.

"We have tons of great jobs down here," said Girdley emphatically.

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