Arts & Culture
9:39 am
Tue September 9, 2014

San Pedro Creek's Extreme Makeover, Part 1

Future Look of San Pedro Creek

The San Antonio River Authority is executing another massive project based on one of the city’s waterways.

Coming on the heels of its now five-year-old Museum Reach, and its nearly finished Mission Reach transformations of the San Antonio River, the San Antonio River Authority will soon exercise that authority over another of the city’s smaller waterways.  

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Higher Education
4:09 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

State Lawmakers Look To Get Foster Kids Better Support For Higher Education

Credit Ryan Poppe / TPR News

State lawmakers are looking at possible legislation in 2015 that would increase the number of foster care youth enrolled in college using a free tuition waiver. 

In 2013, high school graduation rates for foster care children were less than 65% and many of them age-out of the college tuition waiver provided by the state of Texas.

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The Source - September 8, 2014
2:22 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

The Source: Threat To Public Safety? Giving To Panhandlers May Soon Get You Ticketed

Credit Robert Baker "kennethkonica" / cc

Last week San Antonio Police Chief William McManus pitched city council an ordinance rewrite that would allow police to ticket people who give to panhandlers on San Antonio streets.

Support in council is divided on the proposal; some see it as a freedom of speech issue, while others note high complaints about panhandlers from constituents. 

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Arts & Culture
2:00 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Blue Star Exhibit Asks: Does Hair Make The Woman?

Jennifer Ling Datchuk.
Jack Morgan TPR Arts

Blue Star has opened yet another new exhibit. It's called "Dark and Lovely," and it has an interesting premise.

"Dark and Lovely explores issues of identity by exploring hair, and how those tiny, delicate strands have the power to identify us to the world," said Jennifer Ling Datchuk, the artist behind the exhibit. And to her, hair is a really big deal.

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TPR Events & Initiatives
1:19 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Enjoy Fredericksburg's Museums, October 16

The Admiral Nimitz Foundation. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 via Wikimedia Commons - icensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 via Wikimedia Commons

On Thursday, October 16, TPR members can enjoy complimentary admission to three of Fredericksburg's historic museums from 2 to 5 p.m., followed by a special cocktail reception at the National Museum of the Pacific War. Fredericksburg has long been known for its shopping, dining, and recreational lodging -- but there's plenty of history in the city as well. Take the opportunity to learn more at the following sites: 

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City Government
12:24 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Tightened Panhandling Proposal May Not Get Enough Support To Move Forward

Credit City of San Antonio

The debate is heating up over San Antonio Police Chief William McManus' proposal to tighten the city's panhandling ordinance.

The issue, which was presented to the council's public safety committee in early September, will again be heard by the same committee in October. But it's not being received well by some sitting members of the committee.

District 9 Councilman Joe Krier believes that the ordinance may be at odds with freedom of speech and that people can express their right to give a buck to someone if they want.

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11:23 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Check Out Progress At The Do Seum, San Antonio's New Children's Museum

Cosmo Guido holds up recycled glass rocks that will be used in landscaping around The Do Seum.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

A few lucky families in San Antonio got the chance of a lifetime this weekend to preview the new children's museum debuting next summer. It'll be called The Do Seum because it will be focused on kids who will be doing things to learn.

As parents showed up with their kids in tow, Senior Marketing Manager Cristina Noriega extended a heart-felt welcome.

"Thank you so much for coming," she told the crowd.

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10:31 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Boating And Water Safety Added To Driver's Education Program

Still from Beautiful But Gone video: Dana Gage, whose son died from a diving accident, urges viewers to wear a lifejacket.
Credit Texas Parks and Wildlife

The Texas Education Agency has approved a parks and wildlife water safety program to educate young adults and teens who spend time boating, fishing, and swimming in Texas waterways.

The newest video centers around testimonials of parents that have lost their children in water-recreation accidents.

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The Source - September 8, 2014
10:30 am
Mon September 8, 2014

The Source: Group Seeks To Change Historic Designation Process

Credit David Martin Davies / Texas Public Radio

  The battle to change the city's ordinance dealing with neighborhood historic designation, and the process for attaining it, continues.

A very motivated group of homeowners in the Mahncke Park neighborhood, upset about the ongoing attempt to make their neighborhood "historic," has been calling  city councilors, emailing media outlets, filing open records requests, and trying to change it to a "more democratic" method. They say they aren't being listened to.

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8:50 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Texas Lawmakers Reconsider Driver ID Program For Non-Residents

Credit Wikipedia Commons

Members of the Texas House are taking another look at implementing a driver ID program for those who may be in the country illegally.

The Texas House State Affairs Committee is reviewing whether or not a driver ID program is needed. During the 2013 legislative session, state Rep. Byron Cook, R-Corsicana, authored legislation that addressed a 2011 law requiring proof of legal residency when applying for a driver’s license. 

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