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Texas Matters
10:46 am
Fri October 5, 2012

Why Does Texas Have Such a Low Voter Turnout?

Fred Lewis, the Director of Texans Together, says the real challenge is getting people involved more often on a local level, so they can see concrete results from participating. University of Texas at San Antonio political science professor Walter Wilson says poorly distributed congressional districts contribute to poor Latino voter turnout. Saul Elbein's article, “No Shows: why so few Texans bother to vote” also explores the reasons why so many people don't even try to get to the polls.

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Hays Street Bridge
9:37 am
Fri October 5, 2012

Hays Street Bridge Restoration Group Demands Public Vote for Land Use

Graciela Sanchez of the Esparanza Peace and Justice Center and Hays Street Bridge Restoration Group protests the use of the land as an area to be developed.
Eileen Pace Texas Public Radio

Members of the Hays Street Bridge Restoration Group lined the steps of San Antonio City Hall Monday to demand a public vote on the use of the vacant land adjacent to the historic bridge. The group wants a park in the open space, not a brewery. 

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Government
11:02 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Politicit Makes Elections Predictions Based on Social Media Chatter

No one has a crystal ball to predict the upcoming election results, but one man says he's close.

A year ago, Josh Light says he introduced his web site, Politicit, which gives candidates an "it" score based on social media chatter and main stream media reports.

"You take all this data based on what people are doing and saying on the internet, we put it through a machine learning algorithm, and then it gives us a score we call an "it" score, and it correlates with election results," he said.

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Symphony Contract
5:00 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

San Antonio Symphony and Musicians Reach Contract Agreement

Guest conductor Roman Teber leads the symphony in its first rehearsal of the 2012-2013 Season. The first show of the season is this Friday, Oct. 5.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

The San Antonio Symphony was one of many across the country to be in contract negotiations and is now one of the few to finally come to an agreement. Symphony Board Chair Dennert Ware said the collective bargaining agreement will extend the length of the performance season.
 
"We're slowly increasing the weeks from 27 to 29; we think that's a positive step," Ware said. "We made some very modest increases in salary."

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San Antonio Police Department
4:39 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

SAPD Ride-Along Offers New Perspective of Community in San Antonio

Dozens of officers and firefighters responded to a scene on Frio City Rd. for a call of a man atop a freight train.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Nearly 2,300 police officers patrol the streets of San Antonio, and Councilman Rey Saldaña said the issues are about the same as other cities of a similar size, but here in the Alamo City, the policing is different.

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U.S. Congressional Race
4:30 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

The Race for Texas' New Congressional District 35

Central Texas Congressional Districts via the Texas Legislative Council's District Viewer. District 35 is the orange area stretching up IH-35.
State of Texas District Viewer

As Republican candidate Susan Narvaiz points out, both of the top candidates in the newly created Congressional District 35 race are newcomers being that District 35 is newly created; although Congressman Lloyd Doggett, who currently represents Texas' 25th District, has been in the political arena for quite some time.

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UIW Expansion
4:07 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

UIW and Mahncke Park Residents At Odds Over Proposed Parking Lot

Some residents along Perry Court display signs in their yards opposing the parking lot on their street.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

A piece of land that sits along Perry Court between North New Braunfels and Broadway has been sitting vacant for about eight years.

It doesn't have the curb appeal that many other homes in the Mahncke Park neighborhood have, with overgrown grass and untrimmed trees in the front of the lot, but according to resident Scott Day, that doesn't mean the property is lost on the neighborhood. He said the he does not want the University of the Incarnate Word, who owns the property, to develop a parking lot for university staff members.

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Fronteras Desk
12:25 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Long Border Waits, Natural Healing and a Candid Conversation with Sandra Cisneros

An indigenous Tarahumara woman sells herbal medicines from a sidewalk in the downtown marketplace of Ciudad Juarez.
Photo by Mónica Ortiz Uribe

A look at how infrastructure along the U.S.- Mexico border is struggling to catch up with trade. A group in El Paso is making plans for a new school where students can be trained in alternative healing methods. Also, Texas Public Radio’s David Martin Davies speaks with writer Sandra Cisneros about her new book and her plans to move from San Antonio, Texas.

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hearSA
8:41 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Vincent Valdez at the McNay Art Museum

Vincent Valdez

Artist Vincent Valdez discusses the motivations, processes, and stories behind works of art in his solo exhibition.

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Higher Education
5:20 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

UTSA President delivers 2012 State of the University Address

University of Texas at San Antonio

UTSA president Ricardo Romo re-capped the school's progress toward Tier One status in his state of the university address Wednesday.

Dr. Romo outlined some of the new initiatives to help incoming students - such as the new Graduation Rate Improvement Plan, or 'GRIP.'  GRIP will proactively work with 250 high-school students in San Antonio to make sure they are prepared for college-level courses, with the goal of helping them avoid remedial classes when they get to college.

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