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Equal Pay
12:31 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Groups React To Gender Pay Difference In Express-News Salary Report On AG Office

Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott is taking criticism for gender pay grades in the Texas attorney general's office.
Courtesy photo

Democratic women’s groups are weighing in on a new report showing women working in Attorney General Greg Abbott's office are paid less than their male counterparts. The numbers come on the heals of a major battle between Abbott and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis over equal pay laws.

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Criminal Justice
12:14 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Texas’ Highest Criminal Court Hears First Case Using New "Junk Science" Law

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals heard oral arguments this week in a case of a man convicted of murdering a toddler. The attorneys for Neal Robbins used a new law that allows for a new trial if the forensic science used to convict them is discredited and out-of-date.

Robbins was convicted of killing a 17 month old in Houston in 1999 and in 2007 the medical examiner changed her opinion. Since then the Texas Legislature passed a new law that allows someone convicted to petition for a new trial if the forensic science methods used to in their case is suddenly discredited. 

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Arts & Culture
11:58 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Siclovia Takes Social Approach To Promoting March 30th Southside Event

Colorful Síclovía bikes.
esd & Associates

It’s the event that closes down streets and invites San Antonians to come out and play, but there's change in the air. Previous Síclovía events have been held on Broadway, but this year they are moving to the Southside.

"The new route will be starting along St. Mary’s near Cesar Chavez, and then stretching down to Mission Concepción," said YMCA’s Director of Marketing Laura Waldrum. "The event is going to take place on Sunday, March 30.”

If you’re new to San Antonio, Waldrum described Síclovía this way:

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The Source - March 20, 2014
11:35 am
Thu March 20, 2014

The Source: The Breakdown Employing Youth

Brookings Institution

The last decade was a disaster in terms of American employment. The people that have suffered the most though are a group of people not often considered -- the nation's youth. Basic job skills, employment socialization and other skills are all having to be learned later in life because the ability for a young adult to get a job has fallen off a cliff.

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Arts & Culture
10:28 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Carmen Tafolla Reflects Ahead Of Her Final Performance As Poet Laureate

Carmen Tafolla in the TPR studios.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

Carmen Tafolla, San Antonio’s first poet laureate, is nearing the end of her time in the position, and as I found from talking to her, there’s no rest for the weary.

“Right now I’m still working away, scripting on a fantastic performance piece that is actually the last of the poet laureate signature series, and it’s March 29,” Tafolla said.

She will be joined onstage at the event by several other San Antonio poets and musicians.

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Texas Public Schools
4:36 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Next Week, Lawmakers Will Take Up New HB 5 Curriculum Standards

Ryan Poppe TPR News

In the coming week, lawmakers will begin examining curriculum standards set by the Texas State Board of Education under House Bill 5, a law passed in 2013 that provides more flexibility and pathways for student growth, and there is an effort to add more rigorous courses in math and science.

From its very conception, higher education officials and some within the business community have taken issue with HB 5 because it dropped student requirements for taking courses like Algebra II.

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Courts
4:23 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Texas Highest Criminal Court Will Take Up Political Corruption Case Involving Tom DeLay

Former U.S. House Minority Leader Tom Delay.
U.S. Government File Photo

The highest criminal court in the State of Texas has agreed to take up the political corruption case against former U.S. House Minority Leader Tom Delay. The decision comes after Delay was acquitted by a lower appellate court in September 2013.

The case against Delay, known to many as "The Hammer," has been making its way through the courts for the last 12 years. Delay was convicted in 2010 of money laundering for trying to influence Texas’ elections by funneling corporate money to various candidates.

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The Source - March 19, 2014
4:18 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

The Source: "Redeployment" Hailed As Work Of Great War Fiction

11 years ago today we invaded Iraq. Operation Enduring Freedom launched on bad intelligence and sold to the US would disillusion the country. This disillusion along with Moral crisis, and the startling return to civilian life are all fair game in the stories found in "Redeployment" by Phil Klay. The former Marine public affairs officer opens a window into the world of Iraq warriors in the fight and after. 

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The Source - March 19, 2014
1:23 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

The Source: Bad Science Law Goes To Court

Flickr user SalFalko cc

  A law allowing those convicted of a crime with bad science sees its greatest challenge in the courtroom. Today the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals hears arguments in the case of Neal Robbins, who was convicted in 1999 of murdering a 17-month-old child. 
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KPAC Blog
1:00 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Copperleaf Celebrates Religious And Secular Singing With Two Performances

Copperleaf Quintet’s Ruth Moreland at the TPR studios.
Jack Morgan TPR Arts

You’ve probably heard of San Antonio’s Copperleaf Quintet. Their soaring, pulled-from-a-different-era vocals have been heard locally in churches, museums and performance halls for the past four years. Now they have a pair of performances coming up.

“This upcoming concert this Sunday is actually part of the Music for St. Marks Series, which, that series is in its 22nd year," said Copperleaf Quintet’s Executive Director Ruth Moreland.

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