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Fronteras Desk
2:01 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

More On Disney's 'Dia De Los Muertos' Debacle

Valeria Pearson, left, and Jessica Perry took a couple of hours to pain their faces like sugar skulls for Dia de los Muertos. The celebration in Las Vegas takes place at the Winchester Cultural Center.
Veronica Zaragovia Fronteras

Fronteras: Disney reacts to public outcry by withdrawing its effort to trademark ‘Dia De Los Muertos.’ Also on the show: It is widely reported that the nation has 11 million people living here without authorization, we take a closer look at that number. Young people in the Mormon Church are called to serve a 2-year mission, but what happens if you're sent on a mission, and you have no immigration papers? The changing face of Native American health programs under the federal healthcare overhaul. 

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SA Arts & Culture
11:23 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Video: San Antonio Symphony Pop-Up Concert At Rackspace

Eileen Pace TPR

It was somewhat of a cacophony at Rackspace on Tuesday, as members of the San Antonio Symphony set up for a surprise pop-up concert – right in the middle of the food truck courtyard.

New San Antonio Symphony President and CEO Jack Downey said the symphony owes a debt of gratitude to Graham Weston and the other Rackers, who came out to show their support.

"Graham has made a six-figure pledge to the symphony and he wants other corporations and people to do the same thing and help the symphony, and help our community by doing so," Downey said.

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The Source - May 9, 2013
10:25 am
Thu May 9, 2013

The Source: Election Round-Up And VIA Streetcars

San Antonio City Hall
Ryan Loyd TPR News

In the first segment:

With several competitive races this election cycle, the city council may see a change in composition next session.

Join Gilbert Garcia from the San Antonio Express-News, Callie Enlow, editor of the the San Antonio Current, and Texas Public Radio's Ryan Loyd as they parse the data and the candidates.

In the second segment:

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Pre-K 4 SA Implementation
9:35 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Local Transportation Service Wins Contract For Pre-K 4 SA

Pre-K 4 SA is expected to transport at least 50 percent of the students enrolled in the program, according to Deputy City Manager Peter Zanoni.
Ryan Loyd TPR

The Pre-K 4 SA board of directors has chosen its transportation service to take students to and from the model education centers.

Four firms competed for the contract to provide transportation services for San Antonio's Pre-K 4 SA program.

Two of them were national companies - Durham Transportation, and First Student, Inc. One was a small, family-owned Texas company - All Aboard Transportation, based in Tom Bean. The final one hails from San Antonio - Star Shuttle.

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KPAC Blog: Metropolitan Opera
2:23 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Wagner's Anniversary And The End Of The World In 'Gotterdammerung'

Siegfried is dead!
Ken Howard Metropolitan Opera

The 2012-13 opera season has come and almost gone. For whatever wonders summer may hold, the Met Opera season of broadcasts closes this weekend with the living end, Richard Wagner's "Götterdämmerung."

In a staggering marathon of recapitulations, developments, plot changes and reversals, and a grand procession of leitmotivs that ignite a conflagration that ends the opera, the gods and the world are reborn in the cleansing fires of the overflowing Rhine.

But how does it all happen?

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Medicaid Expansion
1:35 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Update: Designer Of GOP Medicaid Expansion Plan Says Bill Is Dead

In mid-April both Texas Democrats (pictured) and Texas Republicans outlined plans to get federal dollars for Medicaid expansion.
Ryan Poppe TPR

Update: (May 9, 6:45 a.m.) A group of House Democrats are outraged that the Zerwas "Texas Solution" to Medicaid will not be scheduled for a debate or vote.

Donna Howard, D-Austin, said both sides of the House are calling the move to kill the bill highly suspicious.

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Texas Legislature
10:55 am
Wed May 8, 2013

House Follows Governor’s Marching Orders To Pass Small Business Tax Cuts

Ryan Poppe TPR News

The House passed House Bill 500, which would extend tax incentives to small businesses by using revenue usually reserved to fund schools.

Rep. Harvey Hilderbran, R-Kerrville, who authored the bill, said the state will replace the money for public education in the senate’s version of the budget bill.

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Affordable Care Act
2:15 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Another Try At Beating Obamacare From Texas Lawmakers & Small Business Owners

Ryan Poppe TPR

The group filing the federal lawsuit against U.S.Secretary of Health and Human Services Katheleen Sebelius and U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Jacob Lew is headed by Houston Dr. Steven F. Hotze and the Braidwood Management Group, who both say small businesses will find ways around the provisions listed in the Affordable Care Act.

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Texas Legislature
12:49 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Testing Bill Asks Students To Choose Career Path In 9th Grade

The Save Texas Schools rally on March 12, 2011.
Flickr user Phil Ostroff cc

Before eventually passing the measure, the Senate made radical changes to assessment testing and developed a new model for high school education and school accountability ratings.

The bill originated in the Texas House, but found its clarity in the Senate. 

Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, the bill’s co-author, said this bill does more than reduce the number of high-stakes exams required to graduate from 15 to five.

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Classical Spotlight
12:02 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

St. Luke's Episcopal Choir Premieres Phillips Canticles

St. Luke's Choir
courtesy of the artist

The Choir of St. Luke's Episcopal Church will present their last "Choral Evensong" this season Sunday afternoon at 4:30pm. The concert will feature the world premiere of the St. Luke's Canticles by Craig Phillips. It was commissioned by the parish and the Friends of Music for the Parish Choir for this concert, and later tour of the United Kingdom. Dr. Phillips will be present for the premiere, and more choral works of Phillips will be presented in the Service as well.

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