Texas Republicans propose a bill to drug test welfare recipients - should we drug test politicians as well? Laws legalizing the possession and use of marijuana passed in Colorado and Washington, is this the beginning of a new era in American drug policy? Mexico has a new president and many are hoping this will mark the beginning of a real solution to the war against the drug cartels. Finally, we just can't let this week go without continuing the discussion on Texas secession.
Tonight, the U.S. Poet Laureate is the featured speaker at UTSA’s Creative Writing Series; Natasha Trethewey is expected to read from her Pulitzer Prize-winning poetry collection.
Trethewey was serving as the poet laureate for the State of Mississippi when she was selected as the 19th poet laureate of the United States in June. Her first poems, titled, “Domestic Work,” won the inaugural 1995 Cave Canem poetry prize. Her third collection, "Native Guard,” was awarded the 2007 Pulitzer Prize.
Vincent Valdez has been called one of San Antonio’s great young artists. He was , at 24, the youngest artist to have a solo exhibition at the McNay Art Museum. On The Newsmaker Hour, we walk through his newest exhibit, America’s Finest. We also talk to two filmmakers, Angela and Mark Walley of Walley Films, as they discuss their work documenting San Antonio artists. They recently completed their short documentary on Valdez’ work. Finally we will hear Valdez in lecture, walking an audience at the McNay through his career.
City staff members are busy putting together the program that will offer full day pre-kindergarten to thousands of four year olds next year.
The building selections are underway that will serve as the model education centers, the finances are being worked out, and perhaps the most important task is assembling the board that will oversee the program.
At Thursday’s city council meeting, Mayor Julián Castro said San Antonio is doing something it has never done before.
“War is a very indiscriminate villain," said General Hal Hornburg, US Air Force Retired, going on to say that in battlefields of the past, these men and women would not have survived the severe wounds that they come home with today.
"And rather than give them a pat on the back," said Hornburg, "we try to give them mobility, which results in freedom and allows them to return to society as productive as they can possibly be."
Marguerite McCormick leads the Children's Chorus of San Antonio
It's an evening of seasonal music by candlelight presented by the "elite choirs": the Chamber Choir and Youth Chorale. This year CCSA brightens Laurel Heights United Methodist Church with their music!
"This is always a very special concert because we can do more with programming, we can feature more groups within the choruses because these youngsters are the elite, the advanced groups," says Marguerite.
Friday night sees four new works by Darian Thomas at the Radius Center in San Antonio.
It will include "Rant" - for solo viola with Jill Van Gee; "St. Anthony's Trio" - For string trio with Thomas, Darryl Tolliver, and Luke Bonecutter; "Juli-o" - For solo cello and rapper, featuring Luke Bonecutter and Derwin Mello Pokell Bios; and "The British Quartet."
The story of how U.S. military veterans who are deported after committing crimes are living across the border. And a conversation with internationally-renowned author and San Antonio Poet Laureate Carmen Tafolla about her new art and poetry book, "Rebozos."
San Antonio Water System customers could be facing a rate increase of nearly 10 percent in 2013. An aging infrastructure is one reason, but another is pressure from the Environmental Protection Agency.
SAWS spokesperson Anne Hayden said each year the EPA targets cities to reduce sewage overflows. San Antonio treats more than 250 million gallons of sewage each day. Hayden said 99.9 percent of that sewage never escapes the system, but the EPA wants even better numbers for compliance with the Clean Water Act.