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2014 Election
10:50 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Bexar County Military Voters To Test Email Balloting System

Certain active-duty military personnel will be allowed to email their ballots in for voting in the Bexar County elections in 2014.
Eileen Pace TPR

Bexar County has been selected by the state legislature to test a pilot program for email voting. For the first time next year, ballots will be sent and returned by email from 200-300 military members.

Voters eligible for the program will be able to cast ballots by email for the first time in the 2014 primary elections.

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Digital Library
9:14 am
Wed July 17, 2013

All-Digital Bibliotech Library Gets State Accreditation

Concept art for the inside of the now approved Bibliotech all-digital library.
Bexar County

The Bexar County Bibliotech all-digital library has passed another milestone on its way to a grand opening in September, receiving its official accreditation.

The accreditation from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission will allow the new library to operate for its first year.

"They’ve been a wonderful supporter for us, very enthusiastic," said Bibliotech Project Manager Laura Cole.

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KPAC Blog
11:44 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Camp KPAC: Day Two

Gabriela Barrera, one of last year's Camp KPAC students, performs.
Nathan Cone

As our Camp KPAC project continues, students got a first-hand look at recording techniques and fine musicianship today.  Jillian Kouzel of MacArthur High School writes:

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U.S. Army
5:51 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Army Looking For A Few Good Singers In Vocal Competition

2012 Operation Rising Star finalists at the Fort Sam Houston Theatre.
U.S. Army

Army Entertainment is launching the ninth season of "Operation Rising Star," a singing competition based on the "American Idol" format. The program is open to active duty military, National Guard and Reserve members and their adult family members.

The Army Installation Management Command is encouraging garrisons to collaborate with their food and beverage facilities, recreation programs, marketing teams and Better Opportunities for Single Servicemembers programs to get a program going for local contestants.

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Classical Spotlight
4:21 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Q Chamber Music Series Cues Up Woodwind Quintets

Members of Q
courtesy of the artist

The newest chamber music series, Q, continues this week with an all woodwind quintet program. Led by oboist Jennifer Berg, this weekend will mark the return of the formerly Boston based quintet, Q. "We struggled with the name, it was Quintuplets, Woodwind Fire (a pun on Earth, Wind and Fire), but we decided Q was best," says Berg.

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Abortion Legislation
3:05 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Abortion Rights Event At The State Capitol Draws Small Crowd

The flood of people that swarmed the capitol in the days after Sen. Wendy Davis' filibuster at the end of June had slowed to a trickle by Monday's event.
Trey Martinez Fischer Facebook

A rally that started at the capitol in Austin yesterday only drew a small number of people compared other abortion rights events around the state.

About 300 abortion rights supporters gathered at the capitol to speak out against last week’s passage of a strict abortion bill during a national day of action.  Demonstrators huddled under umbrellas and rain gear intently listened to keynote speaker Jim Hightower, the former agriculture commissioner, who had a few choice words for Gov. Rick Perry and other Republicans at the state capitol.

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2014 Election
1:48 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Davis Campaign Fund Tops $1 Million, But Still No Announcement About Her Plans

Sen. Wendy Davis at a Stand With Texas Women rally in San Antonio last week.
David Martin Davies TPR News

Fort Worth Sen. Wendy Davis' campaign fund is growing fast, leading many interested Democrats to believe she will make a run for the governor's office in 2014.

According to a campaign finance report issued by Davis' office, she has received nearly $1 million in donations, and that number is steadily growing.

Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa said the prospect of Davis making a run for the governorship continues to look promising.

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Northside RFID Pilot
12:49 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Embattled RFID Pilot Program Discontinued At Northside ISD

This December 2012 photo shows the ID that will no longer be used at the district. Students will return to standard ID cards.
Joey Palacios TPR

After a full year of testing a radio frequency identification project at two of its campuses, the Northside Independent School District has decided to discontinue its student locator pilot at John Jay High and Anson Jones Middle Schools.

Students at Jay and Jones will no longer have to wear the RFID badges that projected their location on campus to school administrators. The $270,000 project started last fall as a way to take student attendance.

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Special Session
11:02 am
Tue July 16, 2013

New Transportation Plan Would End Gas Tax Diversion

Chris Eudaily TPR News

The Texas House has given initial approval to a transportation funding plan that uses money from the gas tax rather than tapping the Rainy Day Fund.

As it stands today, and has since 1991, 20 cents of every gallon used to fill up your car has gone to the state's highway fund with the stipulation that five cents of it would go to fund education.

House Joint Resolution 2, authored by Rep. Joe Pickett, D-El Paso, would stop that diversion. Rep. Larry Phillips, R-Sherman, is the co-sponsor of the bill and explained the difference between the House bill and the Senate version.

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Public Library
9:50 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Library Board Considering Strengthened Internet Policies

City of San Antonio

The San Antonio Public Library could be tightening up its internet security measures to keep kids from seeing something they shouldn't online.

Currently, there are no filters installed on computers located at branch libraries or the central library downtown, according to the library’s community and public relations manager, Caitlin Cowart.

Instead, users must click an agreement before surfing the internet that outlines terms of use, said Cowart. Additionally, Cowart said staff members monitor users in the open spaces where computers are.

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