3:56 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Can Payday Lenders Use The Courts To Collect?

Payday loan companies in Texas are illegally using law enforcement and criminal courts to collect their debts — according to a nonprofit called Texas Appleseed. The group filed a complaint this week with state regulators over the practice. 


“No person shall ever be imprisoned for debt,” according to Section 18 of the Texas Bill of Rights in the state constitution. Ann Baddour, Director, Fair Financial Services Project at Texas Appleseed said that’s not what’s happening.


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Arts & Culture
3:42 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Texas To New Delhi, Via Iceland

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Bill Fitzgibbons

A new exhibition is opening next month in a national gallery that will feature Texas artists. It’s where that national gallery is that makes this story so fascinating. We spoke to San Antonio artist Bill Fitzgibbons to get the story.

“The National Academy of Art is going to be showing the exhibition called ‘Texas!’  And it opens on Jan. 24.”

And this is in New Delhi, India?

“It’s in New Delhi.”

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1:31 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Immigrants Need Compassion, Not Detention, Says Archbishop

Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller spoke against detention facilities for immigrants in south Texas, saying they deserve compassion, not jail.

The Archdiocese of San Antonio is taking a stand against the detention of women and children fleeing violence in Central America. On Thursday, Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller said that he was troubled by the opening and expansion of detention centers in Karnes City and Dilley.

Garcia-Siller said he was urging the government to ensure protections for those who had come to the U.S. to escape unthinkable situations in their homeland. He took his concerns outside the San Fernando Cathedral.

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1:21 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Fronteras: San Diego Stressed Over Marijuana, Chinese Students Home In Texas, & Some Southern Spice

Nearly 132,000 pounds of marijuana were seized in the San Diego area during 2014.

On Fronteras:

- Law enforcement personnel in San Diego County say the marijuana business is putting children in danger. But marijuana advocates say officers are being alarmist.

-What is it like for international students who leave everything behind in search of a good education in the U.S.? We hear from Chinese students who are new to Texas.

- The Border Patrol is looking for a few good women, and has completed its first recruitment drive directed at women.

-Fronteras commentator Yvette Benavides talks about her favorite Mexican-American foods this time of year. Warning: This story could cause severe cravings!

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The Source - December 19, 2014
10:43 am
Fri December 19, 2014

The Source: AACOG Get's New Leadership

Credit Alamo Area Council of Governments

The Alamo Area Council of Governments (AACOG) has hired a new executive director and their choice, Diane Rath, will have a lot of work ahead of her. 

AACOG has had a rough year. It had its wrist slapped by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality this year. TCEQ accused AACOG of releasing oil and gas pollution data into the community before TCEQ allowed. TCEQ eliminated 25 percent of AACOG's budget shortly thereafter.

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Arts & Culture
7:26 am
Fri December 19, 2014

San Antonio Museum of Art: Picasso Like You've Never Seen Him

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Copyright 2014 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York

You expect to see Picassos in an art museum, but I found 14 of them at the San Antonio Museum of Art, quite un-like what you’d expect.

“Some of Picasso’s most iconic paintings translated into a totally different media; the historic technique of tapestries.”

That’s SAMA’s Chief Curator, William Keyes Rudolph. With Picasso’s permission, in the 1950s, New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller commissioned these tapestries to be woven.

"Rockefeller was a great lover of modern art, particularly Picasso.”

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Holiday Programming
12:50 am
Fri December 19, 2014

The Carols Of Alfred Burt On KPAC

Burt Family Christmas card

Oh my! The tears still flow, tears of joy tinged with sadness, as I prepare for yet another broadcast of "The Carols of Alfred Burt: A Legacy of Love." I first produced this program in 1997, prompted by my good friend Bill Ginn, who had been familiar with the 15 contemporary carols by Alfred Burt for a number of years. Bill had arranged several of these precious carols for both brass and woodwind quintets that I played with. "Tell me more about this music," I asked of Bill.

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Arts & Culture
3:46 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

"Mujeres Mercado" Women's Market, A New Event Created From Tradition

Valerie Fernandez, performer
Monica Velasquez

If you’ve not done with all your holiday shopping, here’s a suggestion that might wrap up your shopping, and give you a fun night out at the same time. Drop by the Mujeres Mercado — that’s ‘Women’s Market’ in Spanish. Here's the Mujeres Mercado co-founder, Christina Martinez.

“We have about close to 200 women in our network right now that are all handmade artisans, traditional healers, performers. And we just create events.”

It’s commerce, food, music, entertainment, all in one place?

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The Source - December 18, 2014
1:37 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

The Source: Climate Change And Business In Texas

Credit Eileen Pace / TPR News

UPDATE:  This segment was canceled due to unforeseen scheduling conflicts.

A new study find that Texas may be looking at losing $20 billion worth of its best real estate. Former San Antonio Mayor and Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Henry Cisneros, argued in a recent op-ed that the future will be bleak for Texas' economy if we don't start dealing with climate change. 

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12:41 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Will Texas' Education Commissioner Stay On?

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Public education will top the list of priorities for Governor-elect Greg Abbott, currently the Texas attorney general, in the coming legislative session. But Wednesday, on TPR’s “The Source,” Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams said it was unclear if he would remain in his current post.


“I serve at the pleasure of the governor — and my term expires at noon, Jan. 20, and it will be the decision of the governor-elect on whether I stay or not. And we’ll allow him to make his decision,” said Williams.


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