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12:58 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

House Committee Checks In On West Explosion Investigation

House Committee on Homeland Security and Public Safety questions investigators.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

The House Committee on Homeland Security and Public Safety heard from the chief investigators of the explosion at the West fertilizer plant this morning at the state capitol.

Nim Kidd, chief of the Texas Division of Emergency Management, told lawmakers that the state uses an EPA law that places the responsibility for responding to emergency at the local level.

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Arts & Culture
11:51 am
Wed May 1, 2013

UTSA Professor Named 2014 Texas State Visual Artist 3-D

Ken Little has been named the 2014 Texas State Visual Artist 3-D
Cathy Cunningham-Little

UTSA Art Professor Ken Little of UTSA’s College of Liberal and Fine Arts has been selected to serve as the 2014 Texas State Visual Artist 3-D. 

Little is one of a handful of artists recognized by the Texas Commission on the Arts and will help contribute to a distinctive cultural identity that is Texas.

Little’s work has been featured in more than 250 group exhibitions, 45 solo exhibitions, and in public and private collections all around the United States.

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Local Business
10:24 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Valero's CST Brands Spinoff A Boost For Shareholders

Valero installs new signage to indicate spin-off of retail operation
Eileen Pace TPR

*The original post of this story misspelled CST Brands CEO Kim Bowers as Karen Bower. The correction is now reflected in the copy.

Valero is spinning off its retail operation under the new name CST Brands, Inc. for all of its 1,900 stores across the U.S. and Canada.

CST Brands CEO Karen Bower Kim Bowers said the new company comes to the market as a Fortune 220 Company, a good deal for the shareholders.

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Classical Spotlight
9:48 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Mastersingers Get Sendoff For Italy At Little Flower Basilica

Conductor John Silantien
John Clare / Texas Public Radio

“Bella Italia” will feature music to be performed by the San Antonio Mastersingers and the University of Texas at San Antonio Concert Choir in Italy, May 12–21. The program begins with Giovanni Palestrina’s "Ave Maria", "composed for St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican in Rome, where we've been invited to sing a Mass during this tour," says John Silantien, conductor of the groups.

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Classical Spotlight
9:15 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Children's Chorus Celebrates The Magic Within

Marguerite McCormick
Chris Eudaily/TPR

The Children's Chorus of San Antonio performs their annual Spring Song this Sunday at 3 p.m., with a theme "The Magic Within." 

Artistic Director and Founder Marguerite McCormick is excited for the program.

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Texas Legislature
9:11 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Bill To Register And Track Family Violence Offenders Passes House

Ryan Poppe TPR News

The Texas House has passed House Bill 21, which sets up a statewide database to track the location of repeat offenders that have been convicted of family violence.  

The bill, which is authored by Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer of San Antonio, sets up a registry of anyone convicted three times on charges of family violence and/or child abuse. 

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The Source - May 1, 2013
6:56 am
Wed May 1, 2013

The Source: Payday Lending's Big Influence At The Capitol

http://www.pewstates.org/research/data-visualizations/how-payday-loans-work-85899452693
pewstates.org

In the first segment:

It appears that regardless of what passes or doesn't pass in the legislature this month, the San Antonio city ordinance on payday lenders in San Antonio will remain.

According to Texans for Public Justice, an anti-corruption advocacy nonprofit, payday lenders had more than $3.7 million in donations to state lawmaker campaigns since 2010.  

The organization says the payday loan lobby is fueling a "tepid" set of reforms.  

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Higher Education
4:20 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

College Week Aims To Remove Barricades From Higher Learning

Mayor Julian Castro, SA2020 president Darryl Byrd, and Mark Vargas, chair of the Youth Commission, pose for a picture after the Destination College/College Week Kick-Off
GenTX San Antonio

The city is in the middle of a week-long list of events to motivate residents of all ages - from elementary to high school and beyond - to go to college.

On Monday, Mayor Julián Castro reminded people on the steps of City Hall about the city’s commitment to education.

"San Antonians set a bold goal," he said. "That goal was to make the biggest turnaround in educational achievement any big city has seen in a decade."

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Lackland Courts-Martial
3:35 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Female Boot Camp Instructor Sentenced at Lackland

Eileen Pace TPR

Update: (May 2, 3:20 p.m.) Allen was sentenced to three months confinement, reduction to the grade of E-3 (Airman First Class) and hard labor without confinement for 30 days.

Allen's is the 18th completed courts-martial in the ongoing Lackland sex scandal involving military training instructors.

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Texas Legislature
2:38 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Are Texas Public Schools Criminalizing Children By Ticketing Students For Misbehavior?

Flickr user TN Drum Guy cc

Two Senate lawmakers and the chief justice of the Texas Supreme Court are asking the state to look into the possible disparity of minority children being criminally ticketed for misbehaving in the classroom. 

"An estimated 300,000 misdemeanor tickets are issued in our state’s schools each year," said Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson. "We are criminalizing our children for non-violent offenses."

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