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Texas School Safety
3:18 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Texas School Districts Failing To Comply With Required Safety Audits

Texas School Safety Center

[Update: Thursday, Dec. 20] The Texas School Safety Center, located at Texas State University in San Marcos, now says there are only 29 schools not in compliance with the safety audits.

This is down from the 78 total districts who did not meet the Texas Education Code safety requirement -- 38 that did not report, and 40 that were not fully compliant. The center said that slow paperwork is to blame for those schools that are now cleared.

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Community Giving
12:48 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

$1 Million Donation Will Provide Financial Planning Classes

SAMMinistries says a million dollars donated by a local philanthropist this week will help the center provide financial planning classes to more people who are on the "cliff" of homelessness.

Harvey Najim, who wrote the personal check, said people come in need of assistance, but are not looking for a hand-out.

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Health System Research
11:35 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Patient Navigators Helping Speed Breast Cancer Diagnosis In Latinas

UT Health Science Center

It’s not uncommon for Latinas who have an abnormal mammogram test to not follow up and get the medical treatment they need, but a little extra support from helpers called “patient navigators” can make the difference.

Facing a possible diagnosis of breast cancer can be tough for anyone to process, but for whatever reason, Hispanic women need a little extra help to get them back to the doctor.

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City Council
10:02 am
Mon December 17, 2012

City Council Developing Diversity Action Plan For Contracts

The City of San Antonio has been working on a diversity action plan when concerns arose at previous city council meetings that leaders were not selecting enough African-American or other minority firms for contracting jobs.

The jobs are for upgrades to streets, sidewalks, and other public infrastructure that voters approved in the 2012-2017 city bond program; 140 projects worth $596 million. Members of the community stepped forward to ask why minority candidates seemed to have been passed over, and Mayor Julián Castro has requested an action plan.

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City Ordinances
9:16 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Boarding Home Tragedy Strengthens City Code

City of San Antonio

City leaders began working on updating city code following the Aug. 15 fire that claimed the lives of four men at a boarding home located at 309 W. Norwood Ct.

On Thursday, city council members approved the ordinance that establishes a yearly boarding home registration and inspection program for the safety of residents.

Often times residents in boarding homes are elderly or disabled. City leaders believe new regulations will increase their quality of life and survivability in worst-case scenarios.

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KPAC Blog: Itinerarios
8:45 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Interpreting Frida Kahlo (Through Music)

Frida Kahlo self-portrait 1944.
imaginarymuseum.net

Mention Frida Kahlo and we immediately think of the painter and the wide range of self portraits she produced during her troubled -- and at times anguished -- life. A recent recording by the Dublin Drag Orchestra with vocalist Clara Sanabras brings to light another side of Kahlo: occasional poet and writer. "La Vida Callada," ("The Unspoken Life") is included on the recently issued "¡Viva Frida!" from the Heresy record label. This track stands out for its balance of contrast and similarity to what the Dublin Drag Orchestra (DDO) has come to champion - early music.

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Arts & Culture
6:30 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Holidays Are Special At The Playhouse With 'Annie' & 'The Christmas Diaries'

"Annie" rehearsals at The Playhouse
Eileen Pace

It’s fitting that The Playhouse is showing Annie, which is set in a 1930s orphanage. Times were tough during those years in San Antonio, and Board Chair Lee Cusenbary said that theater was very important to San Antonians in the 1930s.

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Pre-K 4 SA Implementation
5:18 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Pre-K 4 SA Board of Directors Appointed, Sales Tax Ordinance Finalized

Mayor Castro celebrates the passing of the Pre-K 4 SA initiative on election night with his family.
Eileen Pace Texas Public Radio

The first steps are in motion that will take Mayor Julián Castro’s early education initiative from the ballot box to the classroom.

On Thursday city council officially appointed the new Pre-K 4 SA Board of Directors. They also voted to hire a recruiting firm to look for the top positions within the initiative, and they adopted the ordinance to implement the sales tax increase.

Appointees to the board include:

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Community
5:03 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Even When Talking To Kids About Death, Be Open And Honest

St. John’s Lutheran Church. The day school held a prayer service for children at the school and the community today.
St. Johns Lutheran Church

The tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut is especially difficult to deal with because the majority of the deaths were children, but a local family ministry director says that honesty is still the best policy.

Katie Rode said parents may find themselves talking with their children about the shooting spree. Her advice is to be as open and honest as possible, and not worry about avoiding the word 'death.'

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Community Health
4:05 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Demographic Study Shows Latinos Live Longer, In Poor Health Sooner

Dr. Rogelio Saenz, dean of UTSA College of Public Policy, presents a demographic study at The Future of Latino Health Conference
Eileen Pace Texas Public Radio

Latinos may have unique hurdles in getting affordable health care without the Obamacare plan in their future.

Dr. Rogelio Saenz, UTSA’s Dean of Public Policy, said Latinos have the highest levels of non-insurance in the country, and in Texas; they also have the biggest hurdles to climb.

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