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The Source - February 5, 2014
2:07 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

The Source: Getting Pollution On The Record | Craft Brewing Explodes

Environmental Protection Agency

In the first segment:

A loophole is letting hundreds of oil and gas companies emit a combined 8.5 million tons of toxic chemicals every year in America and they don’t have to tell the public anything about it.

A new report by the Environmental Integrity Project has highlighted industry in Texas as being THE biggest polluter of the eight states they investigated, noting nearly 100 individual facilities releasing 10,000 pounds of toxic chemicals each year.

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Arts & Culture
1:57 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Crickets Come Alive With Modern Art Orchestra At Artpace

Mungo Thomson, Crickets for Solo and Ensemble, 2014
Mark Menjivar, courtesy Artpace San Antonio

(Author's note: I suggest you listen to this story -- hit "listen" above)

Artpace has opened a new exhibit and I was able to go down and walk through it. It's happening primarily in the Hudson showroom, and it's really an exercise in auditory imagination. As you walk in you think you're hearing crickets, but as you round the corner to see the video, you realize you're hearing something else entirely.

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City Government
12:36 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

City Council Set To Hear From SAPD-SAFD Benefits Task Force

Ryan Loyd TPR News

In two weeks the San Antonio City Council will receive a briefing on the results of the Healthcare and Retirement Benefits Task Force, known as the Legacy Task Force.

The committee studied how the city can modify the current system in place for uniformed safety personnel. While all sides see a resolution in sight, it depends on who you ask as to the route that will get them there.

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Fronteras Desk
4:18 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Scholarship Program Launches For DREAMers

A national scholarship program that is targeting undocumented immigrant students called "dreamers" is being launched Tuesday. Twelve American universities are taking part, but the number is expected to quickly grow.

With Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), DREAMers were able to stay in the United States and attend college, but many don’t have the means to pay the high cost of tuition.

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Bexar County
4:02 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Domestic Partner Benefits Approved For Bexar County Employees

Commissioner Kevin Wolff talks to the press after the decision to pass the benefits provision.
Joey Palacios TPR News

Bexar County Commissioners have unanimously passed a provision that would allow county employee benefits to be extended to domestic partners.

The county is calling it a “Plus One Qualifying Adult” benefits package. It’s essentially the same as domestic partnership benefits only under a different name. The provision will allow county employees to list one other adult they are financially interdependent with on their health, vision, dental, and life insurance plans.

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KPAC Blog
3:52 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Dvorak Festival Winds Down With Iconic 'New World Symphony'

Sebastian Lang-Lessing
KLRN

The last weekend of the San Antonio Symphony's Dvořák Festival is coming, but to begin we look back at last weekend’s "Rusalka."

“I was really proud and really happy with the result, and I think our understanding of Dvořák really changed with this piece," said symphony Music Director Lang-Lessing. "We really learned about Dvořák.”

Headlining this weekend are Dvořák’s Fifth and Ninth Symphonies, but as Lang-Lessing explained, before playing them the symphony tackles a contemporary piece by American Jennifer Higdon.  

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2014 Election
3:30 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Abbott Campaign Outraises Davis By Over Three Times In January

Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott.
Courtesy photo

Likely Republican nominee Greg Abbott’s ability to raise money continues to dominate the 2014 race for governor. Abbott’s campaign raised over three times the amount of money Wendy Davis’ campaign was able to collect  in January.

In the last three months of 2013, Democratic candidate Davis’ campaign had taken in more money than Abbott during the last three months of the year. That celebration was short-lived as Abbott’s campaign showed they were able to raise more than $3 million dollars in January -- Davis’ campaign raised just under $1 million.

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Community
2:43 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Poverty Simulation Forces Students To Make Tough Decisions On Day-To-Day Things

64 students participated in the poverty simulator event at the UTHSC School of Nursing.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Each semester since last summer, the University of Texas Health Science Center has been giving students an extra dose of the real world. Rather than relying on books and tests to educate nursing and medical students, professors thought a “day in the life” of someone living in poverty might help them relate to patients better.

The exercise is what they call a "poverty simulator" and attempts to portray real situations of people on restricted incomes.

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Texas Public Schools
2:02 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

SBOE Postpones Decision On Mexican-American Studies Class

Last week the Texas State Board of Education discussed the possibility of offering a statewide Mexican-American studies class as part of the statewide curriculum, a decision the board has postponed until this spring.

Of the five million students in Texas schools, 51 percent are Hispanic, leaving some to wonder why efforts of Tejanos that have shaped history, culture and the arts are not a part of curriculum.

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2014 Election
1:23 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Abbott Vows To Keep Up Pressure On Davis In Undercover Audio

Campaigning between the two likely gubernatorial nominees has heated up over the past month.
Ryan Poppe/David Martin Davies TPR News

A Democratic strategy group supporting the Wendy Davis campaign has introduced new undercover audio of Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott promising to continue attacking Davis through social media.

The Lone Star Project infiltrated an Abbott fundraiser in Wimberley on Jan. 21 and recorded his comments to the crowd of supporters.

While Abbott doesn’t say much, he does indicate the type of campaign he will run against his likely opponent after the March primaries, state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth.

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