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9:14 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Tea Party Launches Offensive To Impeach Board Of Education Member

Thomas Ratliff, who represents District 9 on the Texas State Board Of Education.
State of Texas

State Board of Education member Thomas Ratliff, who is a Republican, has backed the use of online lesson plan provider CSCOPE from the beginning, but the groups making the push to impeach are not using that as their reason to oust him.

"They allege that because I represent Microsoft as a paid lobbyist at the Texas Legislature that that somehow disqualifies me or gives me a conflict of interest on the State Board of Education," Ratliff said.

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San Antonio Symphony on KPAC
10:35 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Mozart, Ravel Highlights Of Symphony Broadcast

Laion

This week's San Antonio Symphony broadcast features quintessentially American music by Aaron Copland, as well as the American influence on the French composer Maurice Ravel. Mozart's final symphony rounds out the program.

Aaron Copland's "Rodeo" helped put the composer on the map; its rustic rhythms were a hit in 1942, and later held up as the epitome of Americana when used in a popular ad campaign, "Beef: It's What's For Dinner."

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TPR Cinema
10:06 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

"Shane" Comes Back, On Blu-ray

Credit WHV Home Entertainment

“A man has to be what he is,” Shane (Alan Ladd) tells young Joey (Brandon De Wilde) at the close of George Stevens’ Oscar-winning Western. “[He] can’t break the mold.” 

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The Source - August 15, 2013
12:23 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

The Source: Working For A PTSD Cure | Budget Cuts And The Library

Central Library downtown.
City of San Antonio

In the first segment:

Last year in the U.S. military there were more deaths from suicide than there were combat deaths. The sobering statistic came out despite the influx of money and coverage of depression and post-traumatic stress disorder amongst veterans for the past few years.  

Over the weekend the White House and the Department of Defense announced a significant investment in research for PTSD and the University of Texas Health Science Center will be leading a large part of the effort.  

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Banking
9:13 am
Wed August 14, 2013

Merger Announced Between Cullen-Frost And Oil-Rich West Texas Bank

Flickr user Hilton Lieberum cc

One of San Antonio’s oldest banking companies has struck a profitable agreement with one of the largest oil banks in the country.

Cullen-Frost Bankers, Inc., has agreed to pay $220 million in stock and cash in the merger with Odessa-based WNB Bancshares, Inc. Both companies expect benefits to accrue from the deal.

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The Source - August 13, 2013
5:49 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

The Source: The Gangs of San Antonio Past | Autism In The Classroom

"The Bounds" San Antonio's Red Light District

In the first segment:

"I've not heard you mention the turf because that is what it was about, the Turf," said our caller named Joe who described himself as of the era of the Ghost Town Gang and others that were the topic of our discussion.  From the Olmos pharmacy to the far southside there were small-time gangs all across the San Antonio of the 50s and 60s.  Now in their 70s these old men recount, some with bravado, the histories of their neighborhoods and gangs to Mike Tapia, associate professor of Criminology at UTSA.  Tapia is conducting interviews, compiling for future generations the history of the barrios.  

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World Environment
3:52 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Engineers Without Borders Organize San Antonio Professional Chapter

Engineers Without Borders

Engineers without Borders chapters exist to provide communities around the world with solutions that improve the lives of its residents. They provide support by designing improvements from solar power for neighborhood centers to water supplies for hospitals.

Local engineers are gathering to create the first local chapter of Engineers Without Borders. The first project for the Alamo Professional Chapter will be a potable water supply for Papachacra, Bolivia, a community of about 2,000 people with no good water supply. 

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Texas Education
12:26 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Dewhurst Voices Support In Llano Suit Against Using CSCOPE Lesson Plans

Current Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst is facing several challengers in the Republican primary next year.
Dewhurst campaign video

Burnet County Judge Dan Mills has ordered a temporary restraining order to stop the use of CSCOPE, an online curriculum provider, in Llano ISD until a further ruling.

Leticia McCasland and Trevor Dupuy, both former Llano ISD School Board candidates who made ending the CSCOPE lesson plans part of their campaigns, filed a lawsuit to end the use of the curriculum provider in Llano ISD.

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst praised the judge's order and called a press conference to highlight the temporary dismantling of the controversial online lesson plans.

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Gun Violence In Schools
11:24 am
Tue August 13, 2013

Already A Major Snag In School Marshal Program

The Protection of Texas Children Act passed this legislative session requires the program be established by Jan. 1, 2014.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

The Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education (TCLEOSE) is creating the Texas School Marshal Program that passed during the past legislative session, but there is an issue with where the marshals will get their training.

The law takes effect in Sept. for the start of the school year, but TCLEOSE has until Jan. 1, 2014, to finalize the curriculum and find a series of locations willing to teach the course.

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Education & Technology
9:25 am
Tue August 13, 2013

Highlands Freshmen Begin Pathway To High-Tech Jobs

A screenshot of the first lession in CodeHS
CodeHS

Starting this year, all freshmen at San Antonio ISD's Highlands High School will learn how to code computer systems, the first program of its kind in Texas.

The web-based program that Highland is using is called CodeHS, but anyone can sign up to learn to code from home for a monthly access fee. Outside of the basic curriculum, the 400 incoming freshmen at Highlands will be required to take a course to learn the basics of coding.

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