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3:17 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Actors From The London Stage Provide A Taste Of Classic Theatre

L-R: Jude Akuwudike, Alinka Wright, Jan Shepherd, Jack Whitam, Richard Neale
Shakespeare at Notre Dame

The UTSA Arts Building Recital Hall isn’t London’s Globe Theater, but for the next few nights on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, it will definitely sound like it.

The Actors From the London Stage program brings UK actors from Shakespeare a the University of Notre Dame to tour American universities and impart to students their real-world experience. The group is at UTSA this week as part of the fall season where they will be performing "Othello."

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2014 Election
2:47 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Van De Putte Thinking About Personal Loss In Decision To Run For Lt. Gov.

Van De Putte got her share of national attention the night of Wendy Davis' abortion bill filibuster. Can she turn it into an election win in the race for the lieutenant governor's office.
Office of State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte

State Sen. Leticia Van De Putte of San Antonio is exploring a run in 2014 as the Democratic challenger in the lieutenant governor’s race, but she said there is still a lot to consider.

"We’ve really had so many family losses, so first and foremost my concerns are with my family," she said.

Van De Putte has seen her share of losses since the start of this summer -- first the death of baby grandson, then her father died in a car accident and recently her mother-in-law passed away.

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The Source - September 24, 2013
1:51 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

The Source: Government Shutdown | What The Child Brain Tells Us

Flickr user Adam Fagen (afagen) cc

In the first segment:

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a stopgap budget that removed "Obamacare"  funding last week. Now, lacking the votes in the Senate and under threat of presidential veto, the government moves slowly towards, by most accounts, a shutdown.

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Health Care
12:17 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Perry Rejects Medicaid Expansion (Again), But Still Wants Federal Block Grant Waiver

No other state that requested a waiver was granted the federal money.
rickperry.org

 Gov. Rick Perry has sent the final instructions to the state’s health commissioner ahead of a meeting with federal officials regarding the implementation of Medicaid expansion in Texas.

The letter sent this week to Texas Health and Human Services Commissioner Dr. Kyle Janeck begins by questioning the wisdom behind the Obama administration’s expansion of Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

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Arts & Culture
11:01 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Urban 15 Marches To Its Own Beat

Urban 15's Carnaval de los Muertos celebration 2012.
Steve Gilmore

Urban 15 is 100 dancers in bizarre, lit-from-within costumes marching and dancing at the insistent beat of dozens of drummers. Best known from their parade participation, Urban 15 is like nothing you’ve ever seen.

"We like to poke your imagination," says Music and Media Director George Cisneros, who also talked about what the dancers wear, and why it's significant.

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Texas Foster Care
10:27 am
Tue September 24, 2013

New Law Keeps Parents From Overmedicating Foster Children

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According to Texas Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), foster parents in Texas are 53 times more likely to overmedicate children in their care than parents with non-foster children, but a law passed during the last legislative session will stop the practice.

The law regulates how many psychotropic drugs children in foster care can be given in an attempt to make a difference on the high number of children given five or more medications at one time.

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Texas Drought
8:53 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Texas Ag Commissioner Pushes Water Conservation To Save Highland Lakes

March 30, 2013: Around many parts of Lake Buchanan, lost items like this old mooring rope can be found once again as much of the water has long since evaporated.
©Aaron Bates Photography. Twitter @AaronBatesPhoto

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples is strongly urging cities and all households, especially those in the Highland Lakes region, to adopt his “Texas Water Smart” program to conserve water and reduce the need for the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) to shut off the flow of water downstream.  

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Education & Employment
3:10 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Alamo Colleges & Workforce Solutions Launch Digital Career Center

A screen grab of the digital career center. Users can move around in a 3D enviroment.
www.myalamocareer.org

The Alamo Colleges have launched the first completely virtual career center in the state for people looking for a new job or educational path.

Taking a page from the realm of virtual reality and games like Second Life, those in and around Bexar County interested in another career can wander a digital replica of a career center.

“We’re using a 3D gaming environment to connect them to jobs, education, training, and employment opportunities,” said Eva Esquivel with Workforce Solutions Alamo.

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Arts & Culture
2:38 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

San Antonio Symphony To Kick Off Its Season

Akiko Fujimoto
Chris Eudaily TPR News

The San Antonio Symphony’s new season starts next week.  The symphony’s Associate Conductor Akiko Fujimoto tells us what to expect this fall.

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Criminal Justice
2:33 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Pre-Trial Program Will Dismiss Misdemeanors For Young Adults

Bexar County

A new diversion program in Bexar County will allow young adult offenders ages 17-21 a chance to correct one-time indiscretions that have gotten them into trouble.

District Attorney Susan Reed said the M.I.L.E.S. program -- Meaningful Intervention Leading to Enduring Success -- will protect young offenders from spending their lives paying for one mistake as they begin their military, college, or work careers.

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