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4:13 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Symphony Of The Hills Performs "America's Favorite Music" In New Pops Concert

The Symphony of the Hills will soon be playing a pops concert in Kerrville. 

"The title of this concert is America’s Favorite Music," said Conductor and Artistic Director Jay Dunnahoo, and he’s not kidding. The Symphony of the Hills’ January 11 concert at the Cailloux Theater runs the gamut of American music.

As Dunnahoo explained, the concert starts out with this one:

"'The Colonel Bogey March,' which is the music from the 'Bridge over the River Kwai,'" he said.

You may remember it as the popular song where the tune is kept by whistling.

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Government
3:59 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Texas Architects Now Required To Be Fingerprinted Under New Law

Ryan Poppe TPR News

A new law that took effect Jan. 1 adds architects to the number of professionals in Texas that are required to be fingerprinted when renewing or applying for their license.

That information will be stored with the Department of Public Safety and Federal Bureau of Investigation's criminal background database.

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Government
3:30 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Thanks To New Law, You Will Be Paying More For Mixed Drinks In Texas

Flickr user Joel Olives cc

Starting Jan. 1, 2014, the state will lower how much they charge bars and restaurants with the Texas Mixed Beverage Tax, which decreased from 14 percent down to 7 percent, but those purchasing a mixed drink will face a new surcharge of 8.25 percent, the same tax that is charged for the sale of beer and wine.

Austin businessman Bob Woody, who owns a restaurant, five brewpubs and a bar, said the new law will greatly benefit lounges and restaurants because the bill directly shows the new surcharge, but it may be problematic for high-volume bars.

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Bexar County
3:08 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

More Than $5 Million, The Largest Delinquent Tax Debt In Bexar County, Finally Paid

Bexar County

Bexar County Tax Assessor-Collector Albert Uresti has announced a multi-million dollar delinquent tax collection.

Taxing jurisdictions in Bexar County, including Northside ISD and the City of San Antonio, will be getting their share of more than $5 million after The Dominion Park Apartments on Fredericksburg Road paid its delinquent tax bill.

Uresti said the multi-family housing complex owed that amount in back taxes after its efforts failed to gain an exemption as a community housing development organization (CHDO) over a period of five years, from 2008 to 2012.

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Community
2:52 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Leticia Ozuna Still Working Toward Citywide Broadband Goal

Ozuna began work on a major broadband network to link medical and learning institutions so they could share large data files for education and research purposes.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

A "New York Times" article on the state of broadband internet access in the United States in part focuses on San Antonio and the work of former councilwoman Leticia Ozuna.

Ozuna lost her bid for City Council District 3 in May, but she is not giving up on the work she did to kickstart a mega broadband effort here.

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Beacon Hill
2:31 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Gallery Remains Closed As Neighborhood, Owners Make Their Case In Zoning Debate

Art gallery and design firm French & Michigan is closed until it can be properly zoned.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

The intersection of French Place and Michigan Avenue is more than a location in the inner-city neighborhood of Beacon Hill, it also happens to be the namesake of an art gallery that's been embroiled in controversy over the zoning of the building.

The words "Casa de Tarjetas" (House of Cards) are written in red cursive outside the historic square,  paying homage to the building's former owner, local urban infill expert Jonathan Card.

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Arts & Culture
1:30 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

San Antonio Book Festival Puts Call Out To Young Writers

San Antonio Book Festival
Katy Flato

The San Antonio Public Library Foundation has issued a call to young writers in association with the San Antonio Book Festival.

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The Source - January 2, 2014
12:16 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

The Source: Reverse Mortgages Explained | Self-Help Science And Skepticism

In the first segment:

A recent study by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) found that 25 times more money is spent advertising financial products then on educating people on what these products are. Anyone who is up watching TV past 9 p.m. knows this is especially true of reverse mortgages.

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Military
11:24 am
Thu January 2, 2014

No BRAC In 2014, But Local Leaders Prepare For Possibility Of Future Closures

Members of the San Antonio Military Transformation Taskforce meet in 2013.
Eileen Pace TPR News

Although San Antonio was treated kindly in the recently-signed budget bill, local officials are starting now to prepare for possible base closures later this decade.

Mark Frye serves on the City of San Antonio Military Transformation Taskforce, a group that advocates for the local military at the national level. He said the budget bill just signed into law after Christmas only protects bases through the next budget year.

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Community
10:13 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Your Last Chance To Enjoy The "Old" H-E-B Science Treehouse At The Witte

The Witte Museum

If you’re looking for one last hurrah before going back to school, the Witte Museum is offering a final chance to enjoy the "old" H-E-B Science Treehouse before it closes temporarily on Jan. 5 for a complete remodel.

The popular treehouse for kids is being brought up to state-of-the-art standards and will become the newly-branded H-E-B Body Adventure opening on May 24, 2014. This change will align the treehouse exhibit with the city’s new health initiatives.

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