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Cowboy Breakfast
2:56 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Tacos Everywhere At San Antonio Rodeo's Cowboy Breakfast

Kelly Diggs of St. Philip's College (left) and Gina Renobato prepare some of the 10,000 sausages that will feed the thousands of people attending
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

Thousands of people crowded the parking lot of Cowboys Dancehall this morning for the 35th annual Cowboy Breakfast in what has become a San Antonio Rodeo tradition. Although people show up for the free food, one local college benefits from the remaining sponsorship money

Roughly 35,000 people turned out for this year’s breakfast, and the unseasonably warm 60 degree weather and overcast skies only helped attendance.

Taking in the music, Brenda Duarte was waiting in line for food and said this is her third year attending with family.

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Arts & Culture
2:54 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

It's Not All About the Notes: What the Arts Teach Our Children

The arts teach on many different levels
Credit Katherine Frey/The Washington Post

The arts promote skills essential to academic and life success.

Bravo to Lisa Phillips, author, blog journalist, arts and leadership educator, speaker and business owner for this reminder that arts education in our  schools does much more than simply teach crafts, music and acting. There's also problem solving, creativity, confidence, and so much more that kids take away from these studies. 

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KPAC blog: The Piano
2:31 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

San Antonio International Piano Competition A Lesson In Contrast

Ihang Lin
San Antonio Inter. Piano Competition

Contrast really means something to those of us who enjoy classical music. The carefully constructed essence of music is the growth and movement between the various emotional plateaus of the composition. This is where the listener derives enjoyment, knowing that Beethoven, Stravinsky or Leonard Bernstein is in the driver's seat and that while we perhaps have a frame of reference for the adventure, we still don't completely know how the journey will proceed or end.

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Texas Matters
1:42 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Texas' Political Future: Medicaid, Business & Democrats

Dr. Bob Deuell, a state senator from Greenville, opposes the expansion of Medicaid availability
Shelley Kofler KERA-Dallas

Texas Matters: Governor Perry continues to say he will not expand Medicaid in Texas with federal funds as several Republican governors now say they will. A new study looks at the reality of job creators. A Beaumont attorney files a class-action lawsuit against pornography sites that host "revenge porn"; explicit photos and videos of women posted by ex-boyfriends and ex-husbands. Finally, what will it take to turn Texas Democrat blue?

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KPAC blog: Metropolitan Opera
12:27 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Puccini Gets Real In 'La Rondine' [With Video]

Kristine Opolais in 'La Rondine'
Metropolitan Opera

There are essentially two views of Puccini. To his admirers he is one of the most beloved, most lyrical and at times moving composers of the modern period -- and successful beyond anyone’s wildest imaginings.

Detractors, however, have a different view. For all the dramatic (or melodramatic) force of his music and his undeniable lyric gift, finally he is enthralled by the mob. His lucrative populism is almost an embarrassment, and the joke he once told about his talent: "God touched me, but with his little finger," is perhaps, a truer saying than his fans care to admit.

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Vocational Training
9:43 am
Fri January 25, 2013

$3 Million Training Facility Boosts Vocational Education In San Antonio

The newest Cats are sophisticated GPS-equipped machines that require specialized training to operate.
Eileen Pace TPR News

Holt Cat opened the new training facility on Thursday as part of the company’s two-pronged approach to develop more skilled workers for high-tech industries.

San Antonio has a share of specialized vocational schools that feed into local industries, such as the cooperative program between the Alamo Colleges and the aerospace industry, but some say that overall, a college-oriented culture has pushed vocational training in public schools aside.

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Scorpions Soccer
8:34 am
Fri January 25, 2013

San Antonio Scorpions' Toyota Field Nears Completion

The seats and risers are up on what will be come Toyota Field. The first match in the stadium will be April 13th.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

In just under three months the San Antonio Scorpions will have a new home, and to signal the nearing of completion, a topping out ceremony was held for what will become Toyota Field.

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Community
7:30 am
Fri January 25, 2013

Reinvestment Zones Expand To Include More Areas Of Town

W. Southcross between Quintana Road and Dwight Middle School is now included in the city's reinvestment policy program.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

The City of San Antonio’s Inner City Reinvestment/Infill Policy for several years has focused on reinvesting in neighborhoods, businesses and properties, particularly in urban areas that have gone untouched for decades.

But now the program is expanding, and District 5 Councilman David Medina couldn’t be more excited.

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School Security
4:24 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Video Surveillance Approved For Northside ISD Elementary Schools

Northside ISD

The Northside ISD School Board has voted to implement the last phase of a ten year project installing cameras in all of its schools. The district's elementary schools will now be placed under the monitor of digital cameras.

Northside's middle and high schools already have security cameras installed; those were approved in 2004 and 2007 through bond packages. The 2010 bond package called for $20 million to add them to elementary schools.

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Higher Education
3:04 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

More Students Will Get Scholarships This Fall At Alamo Colleges

San Antonio Colleges

Randolph Brooks Federal Credit Union presented $150,000 to the Alamo Colleges Foundation for an endowed scholarship to be named after its former president and CEO Randy M. Smith, who now serves as an advisor to the credit union’s board.

The Alamo Colleges Foundation provides scholarships and additional funding for district programs.

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