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4:00 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Urban-15's International Media Festival

A film festival with a twist will hit the big screen soon here in San Antonio, and Urban 15 puts it on.

“The Josiah Media Festival is a film festival exclusively for young people 21 and under,” said Jonathan Anderson, the festival’s project manager.

“It mainly receives submissions that are from the states, but we are getting an increasing number of international entries each year," he said. "We received more international submissions this year alone than all of the previous years combined, and this is the eighth year that we are doing this festival."

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Texas Business
3:24 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

California State Lawmaker In Texas To Convince Tesla Cali Is Best Fit For "Gigafactory"

Much like Gov. Rick Perry’s many trips to California to convince companies to relocate their business to Texas, a California state lawmakers is doing the same here, asking the electric car manufacturer Tesla to build its "gigafactory" in California rather than in Reno or San Antonio.

California state Sen. Ted Gaines, R-Roseville, said he’s not deterred by expert predictions that the electric car company will either build its gigafactory in Reno, Nevada or in San Antonio.  

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Community
3:00 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Cafe Commerce Opens Its Doors To Local Businesses, Entrepreneurs

Credit Café Commerce via Facebook

A one-stop shop for people with business ideas is now open. The program, called Café Commerce, mirrors the college resource center, Café College.

At the kickoff event Monday at the Central Library downtown, where Café Commerce is headquartered, Mayor Julián Castro held up a book to illustrate how San Antonio grew up.

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Arts & Culture
2:24 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Carver Exhibit Highlights African American Women's Perspective

Final Hour, by Yvette Watson
Aissatou Sidime-Blanton

An exhibit is set to open soon at the Carver Cultural Center.  It opens on Independence Day and features a wide variety of works.

“It is a selection of works by African American women from around the country, but with a focus on Texas women," said Aissatou Sidime-Blanton, who is curating the exhibit.

“In fact, there are nine Texas women, including two from San Antonio,” she said.

As to what the works are about, Sidime-Blanton said the theme is a fairly loose one.

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2014 Governor's Race
12:08 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Abbott Campaign Spends $10 Million For Fall Homestretch Advertising Push

The Abbott campaign is gearing up for what Cal Jillson is calling "the most heated advertising campaign we’ve seen in our lifetime."
Credit David Martin Davies / TPR News

Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott’s campaign confirmed they have spent $10 million to secure prime advertising spots in the last month of the general election.

Political expert Cal Jillson, a political science professor at Southern Methodist University, said an early buy-in can mean locking in lower rates and the campaign’s ability to reserve the best ad placement. 

Jillson said the timing of this news, which comes the same time of the Texas Democratic Party convention, is also a "shot across the bow."

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Border & Immigration
10:54 am
Mon June 30, 2014

While Poverty & Gangs Push, Opportunity Draws Honduran Children To The U.S.

A passerby reads the day's bloody headlines in Tegucigalpa, the capital of Honduras.
Credit David Martin Davies / TPR News

President Obama is requesting that Congress authorize $2 billion and special powers to deal with the surge of unaccompanied minor immigrants.

In record numbers the children are coming from Central America, crossing the Rio Grande and overwhelming the U.S. system after being apprehended at the Texas border. Most are coming from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, but Honduras is the leading source country.

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The Source - June 30, 2014
9:51 am
Mon June 30, 2014

The Source: Whistleblower Law May Help Intelligence Workers

Electronic Frontier Foundation / http://bit.ly/1vnUxje cc

Last week the House of Representatives passed a new law that would restore whistleblower protections to those working in U.S. government intelligence.

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City Government
9:21 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Villarreal Makes It Official: He Is Leaving Legislature To Run For San Antonio Mayor

State Rep. Mike Villarreal isn't waiting for Mayor Julián Castro to be approved by the full U.S. Senate before organizing his mayoral campaign.
Credit Eileen Pace / TPR News

Soon after word began to circulate about San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro’s appointment to President Barack Obama's cabinet, state Rep. Mike Villarreal, D-San Antonio, began announcing his intentions to run for mayor.

Villarreal has now made it official with a fundraising email to his past supporters, telling them he is stepping down from the Legislature to organize a campaign to be the next mayor of San Antonio.

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The Source: June 30, 2014
4:25 am
Mon June 30, 2014

The Source: Are We Overusing SWAT Teams?

Credit ACLU

A grandfather who died on the floor of his own home, the result of a misfire, a mother who was shot while holding her infant son, a new study from the American Civil Liberties Union highlights tragedies that have happened when Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) teams are used for incidents once thought of as outside of their scope.

The study identifies a high percentage of times when the use of SWAT teams was superflous -- 62% were for drug searches in a 2011 and 2012. 

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Arts & Culture
4:11 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Balcones Heights Jazz Festival Starts July 11 At Wonderland Mall

Steve Oliver.
Kaye Runner

The Balcones Heights Jazz Festival will soon kick off.

“The Balcones Heights Jazz Festival runs this year for four consecutive Friday nights: July 11, 18, 25, and August 1," said Balcones Heights Director of Community Initiatives Lorenzo Nastasi.

“The venue is really remarkable -- at Wonderland of the Americas around that wonderful reflecting pool, the amphitheater setting, the grassy hillside.”  

And then there’s the music. It's all Jazz, but jazz features a lot of iterations.

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