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2:32 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Las Casas Scholarship Competitors Performing For A Share Of $100,000 This Sunday

Contestant and Las Casas Board Members.
Jeffrey Truitt

It’s not "American Idol," but there’s a fierce competition going on Sunday night.  It’s a talent competition limited to regional high school students.  

"This year we started off with 140 applicants," said Kevin Parman, the president of the Las Casas board, the organization putting on the competition.

“And those applications came in from 54 different schools," he said. "That’s very exciting, to see that there’s not just one concentration in the city that’s participating in this.”

I asked how many students made the final cut.

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Texas Matters
2:17 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Border Trust & The Democratic Primary Runoff For U.S. Senate

Early voting for the 2014 primary runoff starts Monday, May 19.
Credit David Martin Davies / TPR News

Texas Matters: How much information should DPS and border patrol share with landowners along the Texas-Mexico border? The primary runoff for U.S. Senate in the Democratic Party is between two candidates with little statewide name recognition: One is a party establishment outsider who wants to impeach the president and the other is an entrepreneur who is originally from Lebanon.

Border surge intelligence debate

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TPR Events & Initiatives
11:39 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Member Reception At Fredericksburg Roots Music Concert

Credit courtesy photo

TPR members are invited to enjoy a special reception in the Hill Country on Saturday, May 31 before the Pioneer Museum's Roots Music concert series kickoff. The show that night opens with Mark Powell and Lariat, and features headlining act Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis, whose new album, "Our Year," will be released May 27.

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South Side
10:11 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Mission Trail Mobile Home Park Residents To Be Forced Out For New Development

Mission Trail Mobile Home Park (A) is located just off the Mission Reach on the South Side.
Credit Google Maps

In spite of their emotional pleas, residents of the Mission Trail Mobile Home Park will be forced to move to make room for a $75 million development. Many people who spoke struck a chord with several council members and the mayor Thursday.

When it came time for the vote, Mayor Julián Castro reversed course from his usual push for progress. He said he could not support a zoning request to make the Mission Trail Mobile Home Park, located on the Mission Reach of the San Antonio River, a mixed-use development for shops and apartments.

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University of Texas
5:13 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

UT Board Of Regents Asks Wallace Hall To Resign

Marsha Miller University of Texas

The chairman of the University of Texas Board of Regents, along with a majority of members, asked Regent Wallace Hall to resign from his position today.

The House Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations voted 7-1 this week for impeachment, but the Legislature urged the UT Board of Regents to handle the matter by asking Hall to resign.

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Texas Public Schools
3:47 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Teachers Detail How Alternative Methods Have Helped Their Students

Beyond the reduction of standardized testing under House Bill 5, the House Committee on Public Education is also looking at using more of an innovative approach to teaching.

This week lawmakers heard details about how project-based learning and "flipped" classrooms have revolutionized the way students learn. A "flipped" classroom is when students are assigned a lecture video to watch at home so that class time can be dedicated to projects and activities based on that lesson.  

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Arts & Culture
3:29 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

"Dead Man's Cell Phone" Tells A Strange Tale At The Playhouse

"Dead Man's Cell Phone."
Sandra Trevino

Opening at The Playhouse is a new production in which the open itself might seem a bit familiar: A woman in a restaurant -- and maybe this has happened to you -- someone’s phone keeps ringing and ringing.

“And she politely asks him to turn it off or answer it," said Andy Thornton, the director of "Dean Man's Cell Phone." But the guy in the restaurant doesn’t do it.

“So eventually she walks over to him and picks up his phone and she answers it,” Thornton said.

But, he said, there’s one big problem:

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Texas Public Schools
11:51 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Teachers Express Concern With New TEA Evaluation Pilot Program

Credit Ryan Poppe / TPR News

State teachers gave House leaders their take on the new job assessment pilot program designed by the Texas Education Agency. Teachers criticized the use of student test scores to measure job performance, calling the formula “black magic” with no type of scientific evidence.

As part an agreement with the U.S. Department of Education, the TEA designed a program for teacher evaluation in order to opt out of the federal No Child Left Behind program. The proposed plan gives student end-of-course exams a 20 percent weight, which is a minimum set by federal education officials.

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KPAC Blog
11:01 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Rare Indian Classical Music Performance Slated For San Antonio

There’s a music event heading our way on Friday that’s unlike what we normally hear in San Antonio: The alluring sound of music from India.

“A raga is the melodic form of an Indian classical music," said Rick Henderson, who is putting this concert together and also plays.

"I’m a sarode player; that’s a 25-stringed, fretless lute from North India, in the same family as sitar," he said.

There’s a whole family of classical music native to India, and as Henderson explained, one of its most accomplished violinists is coming to San Antonio.  

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San Antonio Schools
10:13 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Districts Trying To Keep State Funds For Mass Absences Caused By Fiesta Week Threat

Days after the Fiesta week threat that caused mass absences in districts across the city, a student at Madison High School was discovered to have brought three guns on campus. Parents lined up to pick up their children after the lockdown was lifted.
Joey Palacios TPR News

School districts financially impacted by the mass student absence following a city wide school violence threat have the option to appeal the state’s withholding of funds.

Every time an individual student is absent, the school district he or she attends loses potential money from the Texas Education Agency.

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