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2:22 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

The "True Story" Of Santa Claus, From The San Antonio Choral Society

Jennifer Seighman
San Antonio Choral Society San Antonio Choral Society

This Sunday, the San Antonio Choral Society performs a concert at Our Lady of Atonement Catholic Church that aims to tell "the true story of Santa Claus," according to the group's Artistic Director, Jennifer Seighman. 

"It really begins with Nicolas," Seighman continues. “Some of the miracles associated with him, some of the legends, are what evolved into the story that we know of Santa Claus.”

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The Source - December 11, 2013
11:54 am
Wed December 11, 2013

The Source: Calls For NSA Reforms Go Corporate | Veterans Heal Through Comedy In New Documentary

National Security Agency

In the first segment:

On Monday, the largest tech companies in the world, including Apple, Microsoft, and Facebook, began a campaign to influence lawmakers to curb the government's power to snoop.  On their new website, they lay out five principles they would like to see in the reforms from transparency and oversight to codified limitations to compel service providers to provide user data.

Most people hope to be anonymous on the Internet, according to a recent Pew poll:

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Government
11:48 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Texas State Judge Switches Sides To Democratic Party

On the final day of the state deadline to file for next year’s election, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Larry Meyers filed his paperwork to run against Texas Supreme Court Justice Jeff Brown--as a Democrat. 

The Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa opined, "[Meyers] was very frustrated with the Republican Party’s emphasis on this right-wing social agenda and their constant catering to the right-wing extremists of the Republican Party that controlled the primaries.” 

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Gun Rights
10:55 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Gun Regulation Groups Give Texas Lawmakers An “F”

Flickr user David Trawin (trawin) cc

Texas gets a failing grade when it comes to passing gun legislation aimed at preventing violence, according a new study by two gun regulation groups.

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Environment
9:20 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Post-BP Oil Spill Restoration Projects Proposed For Texas Gulf Coast

Diver near an artificial reef.
Texas Parks & Wildlife

Restoration plans have been laid out for the Gulf Coast in Texas following the BP oil spill in 2010 that spewed more than 200 million gallons of crude into the Gulf. The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees have proposed five projects in Texas totaling $18.4 million dollars from BP, and officials are looking for public comment.

The projects do not directly address the spill damage but offer other amenities that would bring both ecological and economic benefits to the Gulf.

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Arts & Culture
4:11 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

SAY Si Presents Holiday Rock 'N' Roll Musical Inspired By "It's A Wonderful Life"

Frankie and Elisabeth.
: Courtesy Say Sí staff

SAY Sí, nonprofit after-school program that helps kids realize their creative dreams through various arts, begins their holiday production this weekend.

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World Festivals
3:14 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

The 47 Ronin Remembered

Graves of the 47 Ronin.
Wikimedia Commons

Each week on World Music, we not only hear great sounds and songs from around the world, but I share a little news about the many interesting festivals that are taking place this week as well. Read on to learn about an one of Japan's most celebrated stories, "pole dancing" in Guatemala, and a controversial practice in India.

GISHI-SAI: The 47 Ronin

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Arts & Culture
11:55 am
Tue December 10, 2013

This Christmas, San Antonio Kids Get To 'Swim With The Elves'

City of San Antonio Natatorium
Jody Castro

Swim With The Elves is a holiday event for San Antonio kids that is like no other.

"We’re inviting kids to come out and join us. It’s on Saturday, December 14, from noon to 2 p.m." said Hank Salinas, the assistant parks and recreation manger. "Children 12 and under are invited but 10 and under must be accompanied by adults."

If you’re wondering whether or not you can work in another costly Christmas event, good news from Hank.

"It is a free event, and we’d like the families to come out, the parents to come out and enjoy themselves too,"  Salinas said.

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Texas Education
11:12 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Student Test Performance May Be Part Of New Texas Teacher Evaluations

Education Commissioner Michael Williams is considering student performance on standardized tests as part of teacher evaluations.
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Texas Commissioner of Education Michael Williams has been meeting one-on-one with school superintendents, hoping to design a template for teacher evaluations.

As part of an agreement Williams reached with the U.S. Department of Education in order to opt out of the federal No Child Left Behind program, Williams must design a solution for how schools evaluate teachers by May 2014.

"I am talking to superintendents and I am pleased, quite frankly, for teachers to be evaluated and to some degree, student growth be a part of that evaluation," Williams said.

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KPAC Blog
10:33 am
Tue December 10, 2013

San Antonio Chamber Choir To Perform Holiday Concert At San Fernando

San Fernando Cathedral downtown.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

There is much to sing about in the way of holiday performances in San Antonio this weekend. Scott MacPherson, the conductor and artistic director of the San Antonio Chamber Choir, details what they’re doing in their Holiday concerts.

"We are very lucky to be performing for the first time at San Fernando Cathedral," MacPherson said. "Our holiday concert is called Time for the Season! We have an invited guest choir from Judson High School under the direction of Kay Sherrill. It’s really wonderful to pair up our professional choir with a local high school group."

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