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6:54 am
Thu February 6, 2014

SA Schools Open, Ice Closes Some Roads

Crystal Chavez

San Antonio is under a winter weather advisory until 11 a.m. for a mix of ice, sleet and snow.

There are several accidents on the roadways this morning. Loop 1604 at I-10 in NW SA is closed due to several minor crashes (TXDOT did not specify in what direction).

School Delays:

All Comal ISD campuses will start two hours later than normal today. New Braunfels ISD is also on a two-hour delayed start.

Arts & Culture
4:42 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

New Tile Mural Continues Long River Walk Tradition

Susan Dunis & Sienna Dunis Ginn
Jack Morgan TPR Arts

That water tank behind the Arneson River Theater stage marks San Antonio’s oldest pump station. Just to the west of it is the brand new Briscoe Museum. The area between them is the beautiful McNutt Courtyard.

As an entrance to the River Walk, it’s a prime place to carry on a San Antonio art tradition — a painted tile mural.

"It’s completely in the W.P.A. tradition," said tile expert and author Susan Toomey Frost talking about the Works Progress Administration tile murals installed as part of the old River Walk. She cites a long tradition.

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City Government
2:08 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Medina Focuses On Emergency Funding During Trip to D.C.

City Councilman Cris Medina says he's in Washington, D.C. to fight for emergency funding that the city lost in 2013.
City of San Antonio

San Antonio city leaders are in Washington, D.C. this week to fight for federal funding for the city.

The delegation heads to our nation's Capitol each year to speak with lawmakers on getting money people pay in taxes to come back to San Antonio.

District 7 Councilman Cris Medina sent a letter to his constituents to let them know what he's fighting for in particular: Emergency and natural disaster funding.

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The Source - February 5, 2014
2:07 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

The Source: Getting Pollution On The Record | Craft Brewing Explodes

Environmental Protection Agency

In the first segment:

A loophole is letting hundreds of oil and gas companies emit a combined 8.5 million tons of toxic chemicals every year in America and they don’t have to tell the public anything about it.

A new report by the Environmental Integrity Project has highlighted industry in Texas as being THE biggest polluter of the eight states they investigated, noting nearly 100 individual facilities releasing 10,000 pounds of toxic chemicals each year.

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Arts & Culture
1:57 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Crickets Come Alive With Modern Art Orchestra At Artpace

Mungo Thomson, Crickets for Solo and Ensemble, 2014
Mark Menjivar, courtesy Artpace San Antonio

(Author's note: I suggest you listen to this story -- hit "listen" above)

Artpace has opened a new exhibit and I was able to go down and walk through it. It's happening primarily in the Hudson showroom, and it's really an exercise in auditory imagination. As you walk in you think you're hearing crickets, but as you round the corner to see the video, you realize you're hearing something else entirely.

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City Government
12:36 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

City Council Set To Hear From SAPD-SAFD Benefits Task Force

Ryan Loyd TPR News

In two weeks the San Antonio City Council will receive a briefing on the results of the Healthcare and Retirement Benefits Task Force, known as the Legacy Task Force.

The committee studied how the city can modify the current system in place for uniformed safety personnel. While all sides see a resolution in sight, it depends on who you ask as to the route that will get them there.

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Fronteras Desk
4:18 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Scholarship Program Launches For DREAMers

A national scholarship program that is targeting undocumented immigrant students called "dreamers" is being launched Tuesday. Twelve American universities are taking part, but the number is expected to quickly grow.

With Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), DREAMers were able to stay in the United States and attend college, but many don’t have the means to pay the high cost of tuition.

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Bexar County
4:02 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Domestic Partner Benefits Approved For Bexar County Employees

Commissioner Kevin Wolff talks to the press after the decision to pass the benefits provision.
Joey Palacios TPR News

Bexar County Commissioners have unanimously passed a provision that would allow county employee benefits to be extended to domestic partners.

The county is calling it a “Plus One Qualifying Adult” benefits package. It’s essentially the same as domestic partnership benefits only under a different name. The provision will allow county employees to list one other adult they are financially interdependent with on their health, vision, dental, and life insurance plans.

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KPAC Blog
3:52 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Dvorak Festival Winds Down With Iconic 'New World Symphony'

Sebastian Lang-Lessing
KLRN

The last weekend of the San Antonio Symphony's Dvořák Festival is coming, but to begin we look back at last weekend’s "Rusalka."

“I was really proud and really happy with the result, and I think our understanding of Dvořák really changed with this piece," said symphony Music Director Lang-Lessing. "We really learned about Dvořák.”

Headlining this weekend are Dvořák’s Fifth and Ninth Symphonies, but as Lang-Lessing explained, before playing them the symphony tackles a contemporary piece by American Jennifer Higdon.  

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2014 Election
3:30 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Abbott Campaign Outraises Davis By Over Three Times In January

Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott.
Courtesy photo

Likely Republican nominee Greg Abbott’s ability to raise money continues to dominate the 2014 race for governor. Abbott’s campaign raised over three times the amount of money Wendy Davis’ campaign was able to collect  in January.

In the last three months of 2013, Democratic candidate Davis’ campaign had taken in more money than Abbott during the last three months of the year. That celebration was short-lived as Abbott’s campaign showed they were able to raise more than $3 million dollars in January -- Davis’ campaign raised just under $1 million.

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