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2:43 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

New West Side Bus Shelters Are Works Of Art

West Side bus shelter
Jack Morgan TPR Arts

Bus shelters may seem like a mundane place for art. But as I found out, not if you’re in San Antonio.
They are bright red, green, orange, purple and pink. And there's a reason for that.

“This is seen as a gateway to this cultural corridor, this district,” said San Antonio Public Art Manager Jimmy LeFlore.

“These different bus stops are a point of departure and a point of entry, and now, with the artists designs, which we’re dedicating today, it really celebrates the arts in this area,” LeFlore said.

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Fronteras
2:20 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Journalists On Rio Grande Expedition Now Trekking Through Texas

Colin McDonald walks along the riverbed of the Rio Grande on his way to the Texas state line.
Erich Schlegel

Fronteras: Tino Duran, publisher of San Antonio bilingual newspaper La Prensa, just went public with his Alzheimer’s diagnosis. Duran’s daughter Nina joins us on Fronteras to talk about her father and the family’s journey with Alzheimer’s. Imagine traveling the entire Rio Grande, just you, a canoe and some paddles. A couple of journalists are doing just that. We check in on the progress of the Disappearing Rio Grande Expedition.

Expedition Tracking the Disappearing Rio Grande

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Bexar County
1:13 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Veterans Court Grant Runs Out, Asks Bexar County For Permanent Funding

Judge Wayne Christian congratulates a veteran who completed the program in the Bexar Co. Veterans Treatment Court. District Attorney Susan Reed, Bexar Co. Sheriff Susan Pamerleau, and Bexar Co. Clerk Gerry Rickhoff came in support of the program's graduates.
Credit Veterans Treatment Court, San Antonio

    

The Bexar County Veterans Treatment Court is reaching the end of its grant funding and its judge is calling on the county to fund the court's ongoing operation.

The court processes hundreds of veterans – many of whom have been awarded the Purple Heart or Bronze Star. It has been operating out of County Court 6 for the last four years, working with veterans accused of misdemeanor crimes to get them out of the offending cycle and help them back into productive lives. 

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Pre-K in Texas
12:59 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

TEA Seeking Federal Grant To Expand Pre-K In Texas

The city of San Antonio's Pre-K 4 SA program, an all-day pre-K, graduated its first class in June of this year.
Credit Ryan Loyd / TPR News

The Texas education commissioner has informed federal officials the state intends to seek a $30 million grant that would expand pre-kindergarten opportunities. That would include increasing enrollment for non-English speaking students and possible all-day pre-K.

While the two gubernatorial candidates debate how pre-K should be run, Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams wants to make sure Texas has the financial resources for increasing pre-K opportunities.  

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2014 Governor's Race
4:39 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Abbott Campaign Files Ethics Complaint Over Wendy Davis Book Tour

Democratic nominee for governor, Fort Worth State Sen. Wendy Davis at book signing in Austin
Credit Ryan E. Poppe

Wendy Davis' Republican gubernatorial opponent Greg Abbott has gone from asking for a general inquiry regarding Davis' book sales and promotional activity to launching a formal complaint with the Texas Ethics Commission.

The Abbott campaign filed the formal complaint during the first stop of Davis’ book signing tour in Austin.

In a statement, the Abbott campaign’s Matt Hirsch writes:

"Sen. Davis' book promotion has gone from ethically questionable to outright unlawful,"  

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The Source - September 11, 2014
4:39 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

The Source: Rewriting History In Texas

Credit Flickr user Corey Seeman (cseeman) / cc

Textbooks coming up for approval before the Texas State Board of Education next week are having their facts questioned.

Assertions that free-markets have benefited all cultures over all times as well as the importance of religion in the foundation of American law are just two of the many concerning and some argue misleading facts found in a review of this year's crop of high-school social studies textbooks. 

Guests:

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Arts & Culture
3:33 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Tejano Ranch Life Comes To The Big City At The Institute Of Texan Cultures

Curandero.
courtesy Institute of Texan Cultures

It’s a slowly disappearing lifestyle in Texas, but this Sunday it’ll be all on display. The Institute for Texan Cultures is featuring one of those cultures: Tejano Ranching.

"There’s a whole culture and way of life around ranching," said the ITC's Brandon Aniol. "A lot of the folks we’re going to have on Sunday are active ranchers and vaqueros in their everyday life. "

Vaqueros is the Spanish word for cowboys.

"And we’re bringing their lifeways into the museum here for folks to look at," said Aniol.

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The Source - September 11, 2014
11:39 am
Thu September 11, 2014

The Source: How To Get Foster Youth Through College

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Credit Flickr User: wonderlane / cc

Nationwide, while 70% of foster youth say they want to go to college only 3% ever graduate from a post-secondary school.  

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Arts & Culture
11:24 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Part 4: San Pedro Creek Completion

Townlake Area today

We’ve been looking at the San Pedro Creek Project from north to south, and now we’re down to its last section, called Campo Abajo, or the Lower Field. This stretch goes from Guadalupe Street to South Alamo.

"There’s already economic development happening," said San Antonio River Authority’s Suzanne Scott about the area. "The new Kipp Academy is going to be located in this stretch and we’ve already been in conversations with them about having educational opportunities for the kids."

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Movie Reviews
10:30 am
Thu September 11, 2014

A Barkeep With A Past, In Slow-Burning Thriller "The Drop"

James Gandolfini and Tom Hardy are bar owners that have a lot to be worried about in "The Drop."
Credit Fox Searchlight

The shadowy, tough-as-nails characters of Boston author Dennis Lahane are transferred to Brooklyn (for no apparent reason) in “The Drop,” a new film by the Academy Award-nominated director Michaël R. Roskam. Tom Hardy stars as Bob Saginowski, a bartender who may or may not have a wicked past. He’s so detached and unemotional, he keeps you guessing throughout the film. It’s actually a wonder that any of the supporting characters can manage to have a conversation with him. 

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