The Source - October 7, 2013
12:01 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

The Source: Preventing Drop Outs

"Skipping Up," a film by Jim Mendiola that was shot in San Antonio, follows a class of students at Mark Twain Middle School.
Jim Mendiola

In the first segment:

Texas, according to the Texas Education Agency, has seen a remarkable improvement in the number of students completing their high school education, from 9.4 percent dropping out in 2009 to 6.3 percent in 2012.

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10:33 am
Mon October 7, 2013

SOLI Chamber Ensemble Tackles Old And New Works

The SOLI Chamber Ensemble.
Courtesy of the artist

San Antonio’s SOLI Chamber Ensemble is about to begin its new season and violinist Ertan Torgul said their selections will include what he calls "classics of today" -- selections of such quality that time will eventually render them classics.

"We’re always very innovative," he said. "We do a lot of multimedia and we do a lot of mixed ensemble things, and brand new pieces of course. Every season features at least four or five brand new works."

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2014 Governor's Race
10:20 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Mobilizing Latino Vote Could Be Tough For Davis Campaign

Chris Eudaily TPR News

In order for Wendy Davis to win the governor's office in 2014, one of the keys for her campaign will be mobilizing the Latino vote, which could be hard to do.

SMU Political Science Professor Mathew Wilson said one of the biggest challenges for Davis in the race for governor is that the 2014 election is not a presidential election year, meaning turnout will be low in a group of voters with an already low turnout at the ballot box.

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Local Business
9:17 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Holt Cat Announces Largest Expansion In 80-Year History

Eileen Pace TPR News

One of San Antonio’s oldest companies, Holt Cat’s main shop was built in 1957 and was due for a replacement. Howard Hicks, vice president of public affairs, said the new $11 million facility will make work more comfortable for its employees, 17 percent of whom are veterans.

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City Government
4:30 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

What Will Chan's Absence Mean For City Council? Not A Whole Lot

Councilwoman Elisa Chan listens during a council B session. The North Side representative is expected to file for the Texas Senate in November.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

As soon as District 9 Councilwoman Elisa Chan officially files for the state Senate District 25 race, she will leave the San Antonio City Council.

In late September, Chan's campaign spokesperson Craig Murphy announced the councilwoman would be challenging tea party-backed state Sen. Donna Campbell, R-New Braunfels.

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Community Health
3:22 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Healthcare Workers Learn How To Better Reach Their Communities

More than 200 local health care workers attend the 9th Annual San antonio Health Literacy Conference.
Eileen Pace TPR News

More than 200 health care professionals attended the the 9th Annual Health Literacy Conference in San Antonio Friday, where Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff said the community benefits as a whole if clients in all demographics better understand how to take care of their health.

Conference chair Jennifer Cook said much of the issue is about feedback, but with implementation of the Affordable Care Act, everyone benefits if health care workers make sure the underserved understand what’s available to them.

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World Music
2:50 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

World Celebrations: An Indian Flower Festival In San Antonio

Randhirreddy Wikimedia Commons

Each week on World Music, we not only hear great sounds from around the world, but I share a little news about the many interesting festivals that are taking place this week as well. This week, hear about a flower festival celebrated in India--and right here in San Antonio, as well!


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Texas Voter Registration
2:40 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Federal Court Overturns Ruling On 2011 Voter Registration Law

Chris Eudaily TPR News

One year ago a Galveston judge ruled the 2011 law that places additional requirements and bans on Texans running voter registration drives was too restrictive and therefore unconstitutional. That ruling has now been overturned by the US 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.

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Texas Matters
2:24 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

In Texas, A Battle For Governor, In D.C., A Battle Over Health Care

While one political battle rages on in Washington, D.C., another is warming up in Texas with the race for governor.
Flickr user Adam Fagen (afagen) cc

Texas Matters: The players are now set for the Texas governors race in 2014, and the players seem to be digging even deeper trenches in Washington, D.C. Who will be victorious in these battles of political wit (and values)? Also on this show: Gun rights advocates are holding an (armed) rally at the Alamo this weekend, and a high school senior in Amarillo shocks her entire school in the name of journalism.

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Texas Legislature
1:13 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Democrats Forming Senate Strategy With Davis Vacating Seat

Democrats will need to win as many vacant Senate seats as they can to keep Republicans from pushing through legislation if the two-thirds rule is thrown out.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

In order to maintain a balance of power in the Texas Senate, Democrats are planning to recover the seat that will be vacated by Wendy Davis as she leaves it to run for governor.

State Sen. Royce West, D-Dallas, has confidence his party will be able to fill that seat or possibly one of the other five vacant Republican seats in the Texas Senate.

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