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3:54 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Strategist Says Van De Putte Fundraising Is On A "Good Pace"

Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor Leticia Van De Putte in the TPR studios shortly after the filibuster of the controversial abortion bill this summer that launched Wendy Davis to fame.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

 Leticia Van De Putte’s campaign for lieutenant governor has announced they were able to raise $290,000 in the two months following her announcement.

While that number is much lower than the Republican candidates in the race, Democratic strategist Jason Stanford said it is still a good amount to raise within a two month period.

"Usually the money you raise in your first month is your easy money, from here on out it's going to get harder, but it’s a good pace to set," Stanford said.

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Bexar County
3:18 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Bexar Courthouse Enters Next Phase Of Restoration

South view of the courthouse. The Gondek addition is the modern structure on the left and abuts the original courthouse.
Eileen Pace

Demolition of the modern-day annex to the 19th century Bexar County Courthouse is proceeding with the removal of the modern-day Gondek addition in the coming weeks. 

The restoration of the Romanesque Revival-style courthouse will run about $30 million including the demolition of the annex and restoration of the exterior, along with interior improvements.

The current part of the project will tear down the 20th century Gondek addition, which was installed in two phases -- in 1962 and 1972. 

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Local History
2:27 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

San Antonio Missions World Heritage Site Bid Moves Forward Despite Congress

Mission San Jose.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

Missing from the $1.1 trillion federal spending bill that passed Congress on Wednesday was payment to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) for dues that could have paved the way for San Antonio’s Franciscan Missions to gain World Heritage Site status.

But that doesn’t automatically mean the missions will be passed over.

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KPAC Blog
1:22 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Violinist Mark Wood Comes To San Antonio For School Shows

Mark Wood
Bob Gruen

There are two concerts this weekend that are sure to pack some surprises for those attending. You may know Mark Wood as the guy who decided violins just had too stuffy an image, and who created music like this.

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Border & Immigration
1:11 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Study Compiles Data On Why Immigrants Leave The United States

An in-depth study into why immigrants are leaving the United States and returning to Mexico is being released by a binational nonprofit based in San Antonio.

The study finds the majority are returning home by their own choice.

The study called End of an Era, which was done by Mexicans and Americans Thinking Together (MATT), interviewed 600 people in the Mexican state of Jalisco last fall. The requirements: They had to have been in the U.S. at least one year and back in Mexico for three months.

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Bexar County
1:07 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Bexar Commissioner Calls For Increased Funding For Veteran Services

Precinct 4 Commissioner Tommy Adkisson calls for extended funding for veterans services in Bexar County.
Eileen Pace TPR News

Bexar County Commissioner Tommy Adkisson is calling for increased local spending for veteran programs and services.

According to a chart prepared by Adkisson based on an Austin-American Statesman survey, Bexar County lags far behind other Texas counties in funding its veteran services, despite the county’s strong active military presence.

"You can see we’re next to dead last on percent of veterans in spending per vet," Adkisson said. "And also the percent that is coming out of our general fund here in Bexar County."

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2014 Governor's Race
11:24 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Highlighting Access To Higher Education, Davis Rolls Out Part Two Of Education Platform

Flickr user biologycorner (Shannan Muskopf) cc

Wendy Davis, the likely Democratic candidate for governor in 2014, has rolled out the second part of her education platform, providing three ways Texas high school students could gain a greater access to higher education.

Davis' platform says that one of the best ways to get students into college, graduate, and to reduce their out-of-pocket expenses is to allow them to obtain college credit while in high school.

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The Source - January 16, 2014
10:48 am
Thu January 16, 2014

The Source: Brain Death - Science, Ethics & Emotion

EdTech Stanford School of Medicine

Marlise Munoz was a 33-year-old paramedic from Fort Worth who was 14 weeks pregnant when a pulmonary embolism left her brain dead in November of last year. Jahi McMath was a 13-year-old Oakland teenager when complications from a tonsillectomy left her brain dead in December. It is at this point that the similarities diverge.

McMath's family is battling the hospital to keep the girl on life support, with a respirator and being fed intravenously. Doctors have been vilified in the case as unfeeling as they try to convince the family there is no chance of recovery.

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Same-Sex Marriage
9:55 am
Thu January 16, 2014

What The Ruling In Oklahoma Same-Sex Marriage Case May Mean For Texas

Attorney Neal Lane has filed an injunction on the state's ban on same-sex marriage and will be heard in federal court on Feb. 12.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

On tuesday a federal judge in Oklahoma ruled that the state's ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. Now an attorney representing one of three lawsuits filed in Texas challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage is looking at a that ruling to show how the Texas case may render the same result.

San Antonio attorney Neel Lane has filed an injunction on the Texas law and his case will be heard on Feb. 12 by Federal District Judge Orlando Garcia.

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Music Reviews
10:46 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

The Music You Never Heard From "Breakfast At Tiffany's"

Credit Intrada Records

A staple of easy listening radio throughout the latter half of the 20th century, Henry Mancini’s gifted songwriting abilities often overshadowed the films he scored. Despite winning an Oscar for his score for “Breakfast At Tiffany’s” (in addition to another Oscar he shared with Johnny Mercer for “Moon River” from the same film), the complete score for the picture has gone largely unheard on compact disc until now.

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