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1:17 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

The Testing Reform Push In Texas Is Not Over Yet

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The last legislative session saw changes to high stakes standardized testing in Texas, but many public school advocates say the reforms didn’t go far enough.

Starting in the Fall of 2014 Texas students will only have to take five standardized tests, which is down from 15. House Bill 5 passed unanimously in both the state house and senate – and was signed into law by Gov. Rick Perry. There was, however, another testing bill that also passed, but this one got different treatment from the governor.

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The Source - September 19, 2013
1:13 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

The Source: Tom DeLay Off The Hook | San Antonio Clean Energy Friendly | Ebony And Ivy

In the first segment:

Tom DeLay won't be seeing the inside of a jail cell after having his 2010 conviction overturned by the Texas 3rd Court of Appeals this morning. In a 2-1 vote the Republican judges on the three-judge panel voted the evidence in the trial wasn't strong enough and reversed the judgment to an acquittal.

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Texas Politics
12:17 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

DeLay Conviction Overturned In Money Laundering Case

Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay of Texas.
U.S. Government File Photo

A Texas state panel of judges has overturned Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay’s 2010 conviction for money laundering.

The two judges voting to overturn the conviction reasoned that the $190,000 in question was in the form of checks and therefore not money, something many legal experts are calling a technicality. But DeLay's appellate attorney Brian Wice doesn't share that view.

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Arts & Culture
11:22 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Star Of "The Book Of Mormon" On Faith, Music

Mark Evans stars as Elder Price in "The Book of Mormon" at the Majestic.
Nathan Cone

The pedigree of “South Park” and “Avenue Q” is evident in the raucous, raunchy musical “The Book of Mormon,” which opened Tuesday night at the Majestic Theatre. Anyone who knows the former will know what to expect from “Mormon,” but what surprised many of the audience members I spoke to at intermission at Wednesday night’s performance was the sweetness and good heart behind the words, many not fit for radio broadcast.

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Community
10:36 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Castro Trumpets San Antonio's Push For Major League Soccer Franchise

Behind the goal at the San Antonio Scorpion's Toyota Field.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro is making his case for bringing a Major League Soccer franchise to the city, praising the San Antonio Scorpions for the team's contribution in starting a fan base that he said would support the team.

In a letter to MLS Commissioner Don Garber, Castro took the opportunity to brag about his city. Garber then wrote back and promised there would be ample discussion about the possibilities of an MLS franchise in San Antonio.

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Community
9:53 am
Thu September 19, 2013

This Is Only A Test: Mass-Casualty Drill Today At Port San Antonio

There will be a mass-casualty exercise at Port San Antonio today, similar to this one that was held at Edison High School in May but on a larger scale.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

Don't be alarmed if you see military and other emergency responders on the scene at Port San Antonio today, it is an annual mass-casualty exercise to test the readiness of local hospitals and emergency responders.

The Southwest Texas Regional Advisory Council (STRAC) is organizing the mock disaster drill involving complex injuries, transportation needs, treatment and tracking.

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Texas Politics
9:23 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Democrats Not Happy About Dewhurst Dig At Senate Committees

Screen shot from a David Dewhurst campaign video.
Dewhurst campaign video

During a panel with all four Republican candidates in the lieutenant governor's race at the Ronald Reagan Republican Women's Conference this week, current Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst defended his record of appointing Democrats to chair Senate committees.

"I’ve been reducing the number of Democrat chairs since I came in," Dewhurst said. "You know how many committees we have? 17. You know how many Democrat chairs we have? five. Okay? So, I’ve been reducing them and not one of them is one of the critical committees."

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TPR Events & Initiatives
8:56 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Backyard Basics Expo Has Broad Appeal

Master Gardeners exhibit
Carin Lamontagne Texas Public Radio

The attendees came for many reasons: Some are dedicated urban gardeners, some came prepared to learn to build their own rain barrels, and some, like Georgie McCandless, were just curious.

"I heard about it on the radio, and it sounded interesting," Georgie said, before admitting that she's a TPR listener who has not yet made the transition to member. "When I found out that TPR members got in for free, well, let's say I'm seriously considering joining." 

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Transportation Costs
4:26 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

TxDOT Wants Bigger Texas Cities To Take Control Of Roads

Blanco Road, seen here under construction, is one of the roads TxDOT is offering San Antonio in a "turnback" program. The state would give local control of the road, but the city would be responsible for future maintenance.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Many of the roads that take you to work, school, the grocery store and home are owned and maintained by the state, but the Texas Department of Transportation wants to transfer control of those roads to cities with more than 50,000 people.

Generally speaking, cities don't want that burden.

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KPAC Blog
4:13 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Copperleaf Quintet Ready For New Season

Ruth Moreland at TPR.
John Clare TPR Arts

Some of San Antonio's most able musicians play an instrument we all take for granted.

"I can't tell you how many people tell us how, that when they hear our a capella music, it is what they imagine Angels must sound like," said Copperleaf Quintet Artistic Director and singer Ruth Moreland.

Some of the group's new season, which begins September 29, will be performed primarily at the University of the Incarnate Word's Chapel of the Incarnate Word.

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