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11:47 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Brownsville ISD Lawyer Not Satisfied With TWIA Statement About Racist Emails

An attorney representing the Brownsville Independent School District in a lawsuit against the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association said he is appalled by the state agency’s reaction to a new set of 854 emails sent between TWIA employees and their private partners, some of which contain the same offensive and racist terms that were discovered in the latter part of 2013.

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2014 Election
10:59 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Republican Lieutenant Governor Primary Focused On Border Security

U.S. Border Patrol vehicles near the border fence.
David Martin Davies TPR News

On March 5, Texas voters will weigh in during a primary election for what many say is the most powerful job in state politics: Texas lieutenant governor.

Four well-known Republican candidates are vying for the nomination and a chance to face off against state Sen. Leticia Van De Putte, D-San Antonio.

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Arts & Culture
10:52 am
Tue January 14, 2014

New Film About The "Curious" George Washington Birthday Celebration In Laredo

"Las Marthas," an Independent Lens film.
Edwin Martinez

Local PBS station KLRN is putting on a screening that has an interesting twist.

"We are one of 95 communities around the United States that are holding film screenings throughout the year," said Marketing VP Katrina Kehoe. "They are Independent Lens films...(Independent Lens is a recurring PBS documentary series)…and we are encouraging the community to come out with us, screen these programs, before they broadcast on KLRN."

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San Marcos
10:26 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Texas State University Students Okay After Police Evacuation, Bomb Scare

Texas State University-San Marcos.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

About 300 students were allowed back into their dorm rooms shortly after 6:00 a.m. at Texas State University following a bomb hoax that forced an evacuation for about four hours.

Texas State officials say the incident began after midnight when a police officer spotted a person smoking in violation of the school's smoke-free campus policy. The officer found a potentially explosive device in the back of the individual's pickup truck, which officials said had an ignition mechanism attached.

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Science & Technology
5:15 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Local Researcher Makes Breakthrough In Concussion & Brain Injury Treatment

*Neurons are visible in red, astrocytes (caretaker cells) in green. The specimen on the right was placed in a solution with 2-methylthio-ADP, one of a class of compounds called purinergic receptor ligands. The specimen on the left was untreated.
UT Health Science Center

Dr. James Lechleiter, professor of cellular and structural biology at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio, has received a patent for a discovery that could be good news for injured soldiers, athletes and other trauma victims.

Lechleiter discovered that a class of compounds actually protects neurons in the brain after a traumatic brain injury.

The research on cell and animal models has shown that two compounds stimulate the brain’s caretaker cells, called astrocytes, to do their job.

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Local History
3:56 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Conservation Society Seminar For Teachers Covers Local/Alamo History

Historians say people often don't understand that the Alamo was present before downtown San Antonio built up around it.
Eileen Pace

The San Antonio Conservation Society is taking reservations for its annual seminar for school teachers to earn education credits. The class is open to teachers of all subjects in Bexar County and surrounding counties.

This year’s teacher education seminar is titled History - Hijinks & Haunts: The Treasures of Alamo Plaza.

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KPAC Blog
3:26 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Symphony And YOSA Team Up To Tackle Dvorak's 'Serenade For Strings'

Troy Peters directs YOSA.
Youth Orchestras of San Antonio

Many classical music organizations are participating in the city-wide Dvořák Festival, and the Youth Orchestras of San Antonio are doing so too. YOSA Music Director Troy Peters has the lowdown.

"We are working with the Children’s Chorus of San Antonio and also with musicians from the San Antonio Symphony" he explained. "So we’ll have a string orchestra of students and professionals playing together, playing the great Dvořák 'Serenade for Strings.' And then we’re also going to do a nice little set of choral music with the Children’s Chorus of San Antonio."

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Texas Legislature
2:50 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Rep. Scott Turner Challenging Joe Straus For Speaker In 2015

Ryan Poppe TPR News

Freshman state Rep. Scott Turner, a tea party-backed Republican from North Texas who used to play in the NFL, announced that he had filed with the state to be considered for speaker of house in 2015, but one political expert isn’t surprised by the challenge.

Professor Jim Henson with the University of Texas at Austin’s Texas Politics Project said this type of tea party challenge against current Speaker of the House Joe Strauss, R-San Antonio, has happened so often that it has become expected.

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Arts & Culture
2:08 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

City Arts Department Wants Your Input For The Future

Luminaria
ArtGives.org and David Frank

Much of the money for putting on arts events in San Antonio comes indirectly from those who visit the city. Many art events are created and managed though a city organization called the Department for Culture and Creative Development, who run the SA Hearts website.

The department plays the role of middle man between those tourist and tax dollars, and the art events we’ve come to value, like:

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The Source - January 13, 2014
11:37 am
Mon January 13, 2014

The Source: New Documentary On North Korea | Internet, Equity & Hi-Speed SA

Internet cafe.
Flickr user Jerod Tarbell cc

In the first segment:

In never-before-seen footage  on the streets of North Korea and in the secretive prison camps, a new Frontline documentary airing tomorrow night takes viewers inside the most clandestine country in the world. What is it like living under the volatile and mysterious Kim Jong-Un?

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