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Lackland Courts-Martial
6:20 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Recruiter Convicted On 29 Of 30 Counts Including Aggravated Sexual Assault

Eileen Pace TPR News

A military jury has found former Air Force recruiter Tech. Sgt. Jaime Rodriguez guilty of all but the most serious charge against him.

Rodriguez was found not guilty of the rape of a woman at his recruiting office near Houston, but still faces the possibility of spending years in prison.

Rodriguez faced his accusers again on Thursday, some of whom were high school students at the time of the offenses. Lt. Col. Mark Hoover with the Judge Advocate General Office said ten of the women testified about their interactions with the recruiter.

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Community
5:45 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Study Finds Less Access To Supermarkets In Latin And Low-Income Neighborhoods

UT Health Science Center

According to an aggregated study by the UT Health Science Center, people have a better chance of finding a fast food establishment than a supermarket in many Latin neighborhoods across the country.

Dr. Amelie Rivera is the director for health promotion research at the UT Health Science Center and said Latin and low income neighborhoods have about one third the number of supermarkets or grocery stores than others, but the more common bodegas, which are like a small market, are usually lacking in healthier options.

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Merry Christmas Bill
4:47 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

'Merry Christmas' Bill Will Allow Religious Holiday Observance In Public Schools

merrychristmasbill.com

It’s nearly the start of summer but a law about to come out of the Texas Legislature has a yuletide mission to provide protections to public schools who want to offer religious celebrations during the winter. 

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NBA Finals
3:57 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

In Videos: A Year Of San Antonio Vs. Charles Barkley

Screen shot of Hey Chuck! Part II
Mayor's office

What would a Spurs playoff series be without former NBA star Charles Barkley, San Antonio's nemesis?

Barkley, who also happens to love Manu Ginóbili, the entire Spurs franchise and Mayor Julián Castro, is back as part of the NBA TV coverage team and he hasn't changed his tune, nor has he come up with any new jokes about San Antonio women.

Last year during the Western Conference Final against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Barkley and Castro traded (friendly) blows on air with the mayor inviting him for a sightseeing trip:

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Science & Technology
12:30 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Local Research Funding Could Be Threatened By Sequestration

UT Health Science Center

The effects of federal budget cuts known as sequestration have scientists and medical researchers worried that funding will start to be cut.

Research and medical discoveries depend on a plentiful supply of money, but if lawmakers in Washington, D.C. slash funding, research can’t be conducted.

That could mean a new generation of researchers won't have jobs according to Research!America President Mary Woolley, who said that will be detrimental to the country in the next 10 years.

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Texas Legislature
11:25 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Committee Passes Juvenile Maximum Sentence Bill To Comply With Supreme Court Ruling

The Bexar County Jail.
Eileen Pace TPR

On the surface, the bill by Sen. Joan Huffman, R-Houston, seems complex, but she said it essentially brings Texas in compliance with last year's Supreme Court ruling that found sentencing 17 year olds to a life sentence without parole was unconstitutional.

Since Texas treats 17 year olds as adults and allowed life without parole, that came in conflict with the Supreme Court ruling. This new law would mean that 17 year olds will face a mandatory maximum that is in line with 14 and 16 year olds.

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The Source - June 13, 2013
10:56 am
Thu June 13, 2013

The Source: Big Brother Or Big Deal | The Future Of The San Antonio Symphony

National Security Agency

In the first segment:

President Obama said the balance between liberty and security is a tricky. As the National Security Agency tries to defend its data collection practices in the wake of the Eric Snowden leak, the debate continues around the issue with little chance of abating anytime soon.  Julian Sanchez from the Cato Institute and Ron Sievert from Texas A&M University will make their cases.

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NBA Finals
10:30 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Spurs Stars Dedicate New Learning Center At Wheatley Middle School

Matt Bonner reads to children at the new learning center at Wheatley Middle School.
Ryan Loyd TPR

The Spurs are holding a one-game advantage in their showdown with the Miami Heat for the NBA Finals, and despite the pressure, the team took time Wednesday to dedicate a new learning center at Wheatley Middle School.

NBA Commissioner David Stern said this is the 811th NBA live, learn and play center of its kind. Teams who make the finals are given an NBA grant to give back to their communities.

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West, Texas Relief
5:19 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Governor "Stunned" About FEMA Denial Of Aide To West, Texas

Gov. Perry at a press conference addressing the explosion in West, Texas.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

Lawmakers at the state capitol are outraged by the decision of FEMA officials to deny the town of West continued federal assistance following the fertilizer plant explosion.

According to a report released by the Associated Press, the Federal Emergency Management Agency is refusing to provide West with the funds to help the town rebuild. In a letter from FEMA to state officials, the group has ruled that the plant explosion in West did not meet the criteria for a major disaster declaration.

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Community
3:56 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Residents Discuss Hemisfair Vision For "Front Porch" Of San Antonio

Hemisfair visioning team led by Bill Shown at the Institute of Texan Cultures
Eileen Pace

More than 200 local residents packed the Institute of Texan Cultures on Tuesday evening at a visioning meeting for the new Hemisfair. They were asked to enter their suggestions for features at the corner of Market Street and Alamo, near the Torch of Friendship.

Andres Andujar, CEO of Hemisfair Park Redevelopment Corporation, said that corner will be the large open space that becomes the front porch of San Antonio.

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