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3:56 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Following This Week's Performances, Choral Society Hits The Road For Euopean Shows

Credit San Antonio Choral Society / San Antonio Choral Society

The San Antonio Choral Society has a pair of performances this week.  I spoke to Jennifer Seighman, who is the group’s artistic director.

“We have two concerts this week. The first one is Tuesday at 7:30 at the Oblate School of Theology and then we’ll give a second performance on Sunday at 3 p.m. at Travis Park United Methodist Church,” Seighman said.

She said the selections they’ll be singing are specifically to highlight the human voice.

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The Source - May 12, 2014
2:02 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

The Source: Are You Your Doctor's First Concern?

Credit EdTech Stanford School of Medicine

Doctors are facing a marketplace that demands they think about many things before the patient. That's according to a new book by Dr. Jack Cochran, executive director of the Permanente Federation and author Charles Kenney called "The Doctor Crisis: How Physicians Can and Must Lead the Way to Better Health Care."

Cochran argues it has never been less fulfilling emotionally and professionally than today to be a doctor. This assumes a doctor was inspired to join the field to help people and not just to make money. 

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University of Texas
1:39 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

House Select Committee Votes To Impeach UT Regent Hall

Marsha Miller University of Texas

For the first time in Texas history, state lawmakers have voted to impeach a state official that was appointed by the governor.

On a vote of 7-1, the Texas House Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations voted to impeach UT Regent Wallace Hall. State Rep. Charles Perry, R-Lubbock, was the only vote against impeachment.

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Arts & Culture
12:51 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Vincent Valdez Artpace Exhibit Bears "Strangest Fruit"

Vincent Valdez, The Strangest Fruit, 2013
Credit Mark Menjivar

San Antonio artist Vincent Valdez has created an exhibition that, let’s face it, is a little disturbing. But then, maybe art, from time to time, should be.

It’s called "Strangest Fruit" and it’s at Artpace. It owes its concept from the Abel Meeropol poem "Strange Fruit," which was penned about seeing lynched black people hanging from trees in the South. Valdez said there's something perhaps even more unsettling than the subject for that poem.

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The Source - May 12, 2014
9:59 am
Mon May 12, 2014

The Source: School Safety Front And Center After Threats & Gun Finds

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Parents in San Antonio are worried about the safety of their children in public schools after a spate of false threats and real guns.

Last month an email threatened mass killings at an elementary school. The result was lots of absences, as parents kept kids home, and huge losses in revenues for schools, who are paid per attendance.

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City Ordinances
9:38 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Months After City's NDO Passes, Complaint Process Still Unclear

San Antono's non-discrimination ordinance enlivened supporters and opponents to voice their opinions.
Credit Ryan Loyd / TPR News

Eight months have passed since San Antonio city leaders approved a revision to the city's non-discrimination ordinance. The update included the addition of gender identity, sexual orientation and veteran status to the list of protected classes in the city.

But nearly a year later, residents still have no clear way of filing a complaint.

According to Deputy City Attorney Veronica Zertuche, currently there is no single place where people can go to make their complaint.

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Fronteras
9:27 am
Mon May 12, 2014

In Tijuana, These Sisters Rule The Boxing Ring

Kristin Wall www.kristinwalldesigns.com via Flickr

Fronteras: More high schools in Texas may start offering Mexican-American studies. Can you guess the political affiliation of a legislator just by looking at them? In Texas, it’s pretty simple. Experts say a new bi-national agreement just signed in San Antonio has the potential to solve a variety of issues. Boxing competes only with soccer as Tijuana’s most popular sport: We’ll hear about two sisters who are slugging their way into the spotlight.

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Charter Schools
4:49 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Side-By-Side Comparison Shows Charters Cost More And Have Lower Accountability Ratings

After looking into administrative pay and financial accountability, a comparison between Texas charter schools and public districts show an over 30 percent gap between the two groups as it pertains to student accountability ratings.

According to 2013 numbers taken from the Texas Education Agency’s website, 62 percent of charter schools were rated as meeting the standard, while 15 percent needed improvement. Not included that set of numbers was dropout recovery and residential treatment charters, which are rated by a different standard.

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KPAC Blog
3:26 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Freedom Brass & San Antonio Brass Are About To Make Big Music

Freedom Brass.
Elizabeth Castle

A brassy musical collaboration is about to take place. I spoke with two of their principals to find out what's going on. Master Sgt. Jeff Castle plays trumpet and is in charge of Freedom Brass.

"Freedom Brass is one of the chamber ensembles for the Band of the West," Castle said.

The Band of the West is a series of bands who make up the Air Force's musical wing. I also spoke to John Carroll, who plays trumpet in the San Antonio Symphony and is the executive director of the San Antonio Brass.

It is these two entities that have created a project together.

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2014 Governor's Race
2:51 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Abbott Education Plan Calls For Increasing Funding For Online Learning Resources

Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott at a San Antonio campaign stop.
Credit Joey Palacios / TPR News

Republican candidate for governor Greg Abbott has released the third plank in his campaign education platform. Abbott is calling to increase funding for the state's Virtual Schools Network and awarding schools with grants to increase online learning.

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