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4:02 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Cornyn And Doggett Embody Opposing Views Of Immigration Reform

Undocumented immigrants are rounded up at a car wash in Maricopa Couty, Ariz.
Jose Munoz

On the heels of President Obama’s statements on immigration and a plan from the Gang of Eight bi-partisan Senate committee, two national lawmakers from Texas are offering their input on what immigration should look like over the coming years.

This week the president introduced his plans for what could become comprehensive immigration reform, which include:

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Fitness
2:58 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Rock & Roll Marathon Moved Back to November... (subject to change)

The Rock and Roll marathon shuts down major roadways when the over 21,000 runners take over San Antonio
David Martin Davies TPR

The organizers of the San Antonio Rock and Roll Marathon had thought they fixed their hot weather issues when they moved the race date from November to December.

Now they are racing to return date back to November after a contract dispute with the Dallas Marathon which would have been run on the same date. This is the second time the footrace organizers have moved the date of the popular running event.

The Rock and Roll Marathon has been running the streets of San Antonio for the last five years and has been transformational for the city’s get-fit efforts.

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Texas Education
1:29 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Skipping Education Funding, Perry Supports More Charter Schools

Gov. Rick Perry photo from his website
rickperry.org

Governor Rick Perry addressed the State Board of Education on Friday, urging the education leaders to expand technical classes and charter schools.

During his State-of-the-State address earlier in the week, Perry trumpeted evidence of improvements in public education and did so again when speaking to the State Board of Education.

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Texas Matters
12:08 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Following State-of-the-State, What Are Gov. Perry's Next Steps?

Rick Perry gets ready to take the podium for his 2013 State-of-the-State address where he outlined his goals for the legislative session.
Texas Tribune

Texas Matters: Gov. Rick Perry uses the State-of-the-State address to propose giving tax breaks, but should the state use the extra money to restore education funding instead? A new poll shows that a majority of Texans disapprove of the job he is doing and 62 percent think he should not run for re-election. Since he is a primary torch-bearer for the conservatives in the state, what will he do next?

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KPAC Blog
11:31 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Scarlatti, Medtner & Schumann Appear At International Piano Competition

Flying Fingers - Domenico Scarlatti
Wikipedia

We continue working our way through the preliminary rounds of last years contest. This Sunday, the music of Italian Domenico Scarlatti, a man who won a harpsichord "play-off" against G.F. Handel, and was so impressed by Handel's abilities that he always crossed himself when mentioning the composers name.

Scarlatti left Rome and moved to the courts of Spain and Portugal where he taught Queen Barbara to play harpsichord. Our "concert" starts with three of Scarlatti's sonatas.

Carrying Scarlatti's style

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Texas
10:04 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Poll Shows Castro Is Not As Popular Across The State

Mayor Castro has become a voice for Latino issues in the national media, and now gears up for another term as mayor of San Antonio.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro is frequently mentioned as a possible Democratic candidate for governor or other statewide elected office, but a new poll shows that Texas voters still aren’t ready to vote for Castro. 

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Education Technology
9:36 am
Fri February 1, 2013

SAISD Testing Tablets To Increase Student Performance

Marina Garcia works on a biology lab with a classmate using a Kindle tablet
Ryan Loyd TPR

San Antonio Independent School District is testing out technology to increase student performance.

This semester, 22 students at Fox Tech high school will do their reading, check assignments and conduct lab experiments using a Kindle tablet.

Senior Marina Garcia is one of the students taking part in the pilot program in one of the school’s advanced placement biology classes.

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Community
8:05 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Walmart Groundbreaking Signals Another Reason South Side Is Still Alive

Ground breaking for the new Walmart on the city's South Side
Ryan Loyd TPR

City leaders, area chamber presidents and Walmart officials officially broke ground at the site of a new store to be built on the city’s south side. The 180,000 foot store will be located at I-35 and Palo Alto Road, where Palo Alto meets Patron Street.

Daniel Morales with Walmart said opening stores in communities often sparks economic growth.

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Military Benefits
6:46 am
Fri February 1, 2013

New Bill Extends Benefits For Spouses Of Military Members Killed In Action

The state capitol has been busy in the new legislative session.
Flickr user TN Drum Guy cc

State Senator Leticia Van de Putte has introduced a bill to extend homeowner tax exemptions to spouses of military members killed in action.

If it is approved and becomes a law, it would be considered a constitutional amendment for voters to decide.

In 2009, legislation was passed allowing veterans who are fully disabled to get a property tax exemption. In 2011, legislation was passed allowing that exemption to be passed on to surviving spouses if that veteran passed away.

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Lackland Courts-Martial
5:45 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Acquitted Air Force Instructor Gets Bad Conduct Discharge

The headquarters to the 37th Training Wing at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland where the base's legal offices and courtroom are housed.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

On Wednesday, Staff Sgt. Donald Davis was found not guilty of abusive sexual contact with a trainee, but after submitting its acquittal, the military jury learned that Davis pled guilty to having an unprofessional sexual relationship with a technical trainee prior to the start of the court-martial.

On Thursday the jury deliberated for about two hours before returning with a three-pronged sentence: A reduction in rank to E-3, three months’ hard labor and a bad conduct discharge. He could have received a prison sentence instead of the discharge.

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