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3:34 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

The State Of Texas Health

Exercising at San Antonio's Siclovia event.
Texas Public Radio

This Week On Texas Matters:

Texans like hearing about how wonderful and exceptional our state is, but a recent ranking of states based on health has the Lone Star State in a less than mediocre position. Texas was ranked 36th in the nation, down from 35th a year ago.

In particular, the study showed Texans still have a higher rate of physical inactivity, obesity, and diabetes than the national average.  Texas was also rated down because of its high rate of people without health insurance and a 12% decline in the past year in children's immunizations. 

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Deportations
2:21 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Downtown Protesters Call For An End To Deportation

Protesters line up on the sidewalk on Cesar Chavez.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

As part of a national day of action, a small group of protesters in San Antonio on Thursday joined others across the nation in calling for the end of deportations, following a request from several members of Congress.

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Education
1:54 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

YOSA Más Program Changing More Students' Lives Through Music

YOSA Más Students
Stephanie Kocher

Having your children in band or orchestra can be expensive proposition, but as it turns out, not always. Youth Orchestras of San Antonio has a decades-long history in the Alamo City, but YOSA Más is still new, having been officially established in January, 2013. The word más in the title has a double meaning. Besides "more" YOSA Más also stands for YOSA, Music After School.

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Holidays
1:33 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Have Yourself A Midday Noel Downtown

First Presbyterian Church Choir
Lindsay Blackmon

We’ve told you about many local holiday celebrations, but  here's one with a decidedly different angle.
First Presbyterian Church Minister of Music Tom Dooling tells me about the curiously titled Midday Noels--Titled that because they happen at 12:10 in the afternoon.

"It’s just a great break in the middle of the day for folks who work downtown to come and enjoy a brief concert— only about 30 or 40 minutes in length, [then] you can enjoy some lunch options, to get just a little bit of a Christmas break," Dooling explains.

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Fronteras
9:05 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Declining Fertility In America Worries Economists, Could Immigration Reform Offer A Solution?

The majority of respondents, 89 percent, said they had experienced “a little” to “a great deal” of discrimination.
Tom Wong UC San Diego

A survey of Latinos in San Diego County finds that many face discrimination. Fewer Americans are choosing to have children. Some experts say this could have disastrous effects for the country's economic future. We speak to an International Bank of Commerce official who says America will need to import more workers to fill job shortages. When photographer Wes Naman invited friends to pose for a series of what was meant to be goofy portraits, neither he nor his models had any idea the images would end up reaching millions of people across the globe. More on why this Albuquerque artist's photos of distorted faces went viral.

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Texas
4:40 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Texas Investigating Racist Emails In Valley Insurance Case

An attorney representing the Brownsville Independent School District in a lawsuit against the state has uncovered a string of racist emails between leading state officials, and officials at the Texas Department of Insurance say they are investigating the complainant.

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Arts & Culture
2:18 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Doug Sahm The Subject Of Forthcoming Documentary

Rolling Stone Magazine

Every now and then history lets someone really important fall through the cracks. At one time San Antonio had a major mover in popular music. Writer and historian Joe Nick Patoski says Doug Sahm is a great example.

"He was a child prodigy, he was playing on KMAC radio at the age of six in San Antonio. He appeared on the Louisiana Hayride, he recorded for Sarge Records in the early fifties."

Sahm was known for the 1960s group Sir Douglas Quintet, and later, of the Texas Tornados. Sahm’s a whole lot bigger a deal than San Antonio realizes.

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Community
12:32 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Poinsettia Day, December 12

André Karwath Wikimedia Commons

Today is Poinsettia Day, officially declared so by an Act of Congress in 2002. The popular Christmas plant is estimated to pump $250 million into the U.S. economy each year. 

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The Source - December 12, 2013
12:14 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

The Source: Immigrant Entrepreneurship | The Music of Doug Sahm Remembered

Doug Sahm and son Shawn pose for photos that would be his Rolling Stone Cover.
Credit Rolling Stone Magazine

In the first segment:

As immigration reform languishes in the House of Representatives, we take a look at immigrant entrepreneurs in America, a group that has historically acted as a catalyst for growth in the U.S. economy.

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Holidays
10:41 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Holiday Saxophones Still Blowing After 30 Years

Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center

It’s one of San Antonio’s oddest, and really, most interesting holiday traditions--as many as twenty saxophonists on stage at the Guadalupe Theater, blowing away on a Christmas carol.

The number of saxophonists varies a bit from year to hear, but as to how many players will show up this year Holiday Saxophones founder and legendary local bassist George Prado says “Maybe twenty-five or more saxophonists, and they will play with a rhythm section.”  

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