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4:49 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Five Years Later, Texas State-Supported Living Centers Are Not Meeting Standards

Resident at the San Antonio State Supported Living Center.
David Martin Davies TPR News

Five years ago the state of Texas settled a lawsuit with the Department of Justice over the way the state housed and treated some of the state’s most vulnerable citizens.

The DOJ unearthed conditions at Texas state-supported living centers where mentally disabled residents were found to be neglected, beaten, sexually assaulted and even killed by staff members.

Some are calling for the centers to be finally shut down, but others say that despite their flaws, the centers are needed.

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The Source - June 3, 2014
4:38 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

The Source: Payday Lenders See Big Payday Despite City Efforts

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There are more payday loan shops than Starbucks in Texas, with 200 right here in San Antonio. 

A new study by the Center for Public Policy Priorities showed that payday lenders in Texas made more last year than ever despite giving out fewer loans.

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Arts & Culture
3:36 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Texas Folklife Festival: The Texas Melting Pot Condensed

Dancers.
Texas Folklife Festival

The Texas Folklife Festival is coming this weekend and for those of you who have never been, festival Director Jo Ann Andera describes it like this: "It’s a coming together of communities to celebrate food, music and dance."

Forty of the cultures that make up Texas converge this weekend on the Institute of Texan Cultures to strut their cultural stuff. A big emphasis, as Andera notes, is food.

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Community
3:28 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Grace Garcia, Well Known For Her Work With Democratic Party, Killed In Traffic Accident

Grace Garcia.
Credit Annie's List

Grace Garcia, the executive director for the Texas Democratic women’s group Annie’s List, died in a car accident near Waxahachie on Monday.

Some say the San Antonio native is responsible for Bill Clinton’s presidential career and she is more recently credited with convincing state Sen. Leticia Van De Putte to run for lieutenant governor.

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Community
2:15 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Councilman Nirenberg Seeking Policies To Expedite Private Sector Broadband

Dist. 8 Councilman Ron Nirenberg is seeking recommendations from city staff members on a policy to expedite private sector broadband access in San Antonio.
Credit Ron Nirenberg for City Council District 8 Facebook Page

The federal government is flexing its muscles to expand broadband access across the country. Locally, city council members are busy working on policies to expedite the broadband options in San Antonio.

Google Fiber and AT&T are two of the private sector options that may put San Antonio on the broadband map to connect residents to super fast internet speeds.

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School Finance
2:04 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Abbott Asks School Finance Judge To Recuse Himself From Case

The Save Texas Schools rally at the state capitol in 2011, the year that $5.4 billion was cut from education.
Credit Eileen Pace / TPR News

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has asked the Travis County judge overseeing the lawsuit against the state’s school finance system to recuse himself from the case. The problem stems from a series of emails between the judge and attorneys representing the school districts.

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The Source - June 3, 2014
10:32 am
Tue June 3, 2014

The Source: For-Profit Colleges Targeting Homeless And Vulnerable Youth

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For-profit colleges have been targeting, and at times exploiting, the most vulnerable students in order to make money. That is the allegation being lobbied by countless organizations.

One such organization is Covenant House International, a nonprofit advocacy and suite of services for homeless youth operating in 21 cities across the U.S. and Latin America.

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Gun Rights
5:02 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Texas Group Plans To Open Carry Long Rifles At Texas GOP Convention, Faces Criticism From NRA

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Officials with Open Carry Texas confirm they will have a large number of members carrying their long rifles and gunpowder pistols openly during the Texas GOP convention this week in Fort Worth. But the announcement falls on the heels of criticism from the National Rifle Association about some of the group’s tactics.

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Environment
3:38 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

EPA Wants Texas To Cut Carbon Emissions By Nearly 40% Under New Rules

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Newly proposed Environmental Protection Agency rules for existing coal-fired power plants have several state and federal officials up in arms over the possible economic impact for Texas businesses.

This year the EPA plans to implement rules on existing coal-fired power plants, which will have three years to fix and update their facilities or face hefty fines.

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Arts & Culture
2:33 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

UTSA Marching Band Takes Unprecedented French Trip For D-Day Commemoration

UTSA's Spirit of San Antonio marching band.
Kris Rodriguez

The 70th anniversary of D-Day (June 6) is fast approaching and UTSA’s marching band, the Spirit of San Antonio, will be heading to France for ceremonies there.

"The UTSA Spirit of San Antonio was given the honor and privilege of being the premiere ensemble of Sainte-Mère-Église," explained Ron Ellis, director of bands at UTSA.

Sainte-Mère-Église was one of the first towns liberated by the Allies in the D-Day invasion. The city will be the focus of many D-Day commemorations.

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