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5:33 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Komodo Dragon, Two Other Reptiles Perish in San Antonio Zoo Fire

The reptile exhibit at the San Antonio Zoo will be closed for at least eight months
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

The San Antonio Zoo has lost at least three reptiles,  including a Komodo Dragon, in a fire this morning.

The fire in the zoo’s reptile house broke out at 6 a.m. According to zoo officials, a short circuit in what’s called a hog mat, which keeps the animals warm, is likely the cause. The small blaze took the fire department only 50 gallons of water to put out. However, three animals died due to smoke inhalation, including an 8-foot female Komodo dragon, a small snake and one other reptile.

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Arts & Culture
3:57 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

San Antonio Artists: Your City Wants You

Ballroom Luminoso (recent public art installation)
City of San Antonio

San Antonio needs a few good artists. As the city's Public Art Manager Jimmy Leflore explains, “We’re looking for artists of different backgrounds, not just one particular type.”

There are several different kinds of public art projects they’re seeking artists for.

“We’ll have two new libraries," Leflore continues, "we have a series of parks that are going to be improved. We’re looking at probably eight to ten artists that will be selected in the coming year. There are over 20 projects that we’re looking to do as part of the 2012 bond package.”

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Community
3:31 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Seven Adult Learning Centers To Close As City Negotiates Future Of Four

A notice on the door of the Columbia Heights Learning Center advises students that the center will be closing.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

The final days for San Antonio’s Adult Education Learning Centers are looming. The seven centers fell victim in the last city budget scrubbing, but the loss of the centers comes at a time when a new state law changes the way many people use community outreach programs to learn English, or pick-up computer skills.

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2014 Election Campaign
3:22 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

3 Of 4 Republican Candidates For Lt. Governor Want Creationism Taught In Public Schools

State Sen. Dan Patrick
File photo.

This November, the State Board of Education closed the door on whether to water down the Theory of Evolution in 2014’s science textbooks, despite creationists’ efforts.   Recently appearing in their first televised debate, three of the four Republican candidates running for Lieutenant Governor re-opened that door stating they would help pass laws to allow Creationism to be taught in public schools.  Houston State Senator Dan Patrick was one of those

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Government
2:45 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

UT Regent Wallace Hall Declines to Speak with Lawmakers

Marsha Miller University of Texas

UPDATE, 12/16/13: For months, Texas House lawmakers have heard from attorneys for the U.T system and the Board of Regents regarding accusations that Regent Wallace Hall overstepped his authority as a state-appointed official by requesting thousands of documents in what some have deemed a “witch hunt” to terminate UT at Austin President Bill Powers.  Hall is also accused of distributing students sensitive and private information.  In early December Hall and his attorney agreed to have the embattled Regent testify before the House’s Select Committee on the Transparency of Gov

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Arts & Culture
1:32 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

The Story Behind That New Downtown Painting

Mark Menjivar

You may have seen it pop up recently downtown, and wondered what it's all about. A painting, nearly 100 feet wide, and almost 30 feet tall, on West Commerce street by Main Plaza, in an environment where it really stands out.  It's  quite unlike the environs, quite new, quite large, and quite red.

Maura Reilly, Director of the Linda Pace Foundation, describes it as "...an abstract design. So it’s an interesting addition to the Historic Main Plaza."

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The Source - December 16, 2013
10:34 pm
Sun December 15, 2013

The Source: Evolving Opinions On End Of Life In America | Informing The News

Flikr User: alex@faraway

In the first segment: 

A recent poll from the Pew research center focused on the how Americans think about end-of-life medical treatments. Should doctors always try and keep patients alive? Or should people be allowed to die in certain circumstances? 

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Classical Music
11:31 am
Sun December 15, 2013

Mexican Classical Music: From The Known To The Unknown

La Orquesta Filarmonica de la UNAM, one of 5 full time professional orchestras in the greater Mexico City area.
Dirección General de Música, UNAM Wikimedia Commons

If there's one thing to be learned about classical music from Latin America, it's that there's much more there than one might imagine, especially if we only know of that proverbial tip of the iceberg, the scant amount of Latin American music which has trickled into American, European and Asian concert halls. When I first began producing my weekly radio program, “Itinerarios,” I began casting the net further and further into Latin America, hoping to keep new materials flowing in as fuel for the show.

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Hour of Code
4:17 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Roosevelt Students Embark on Coding Program

Roosevelt students sit in the Molly Pruitt Library taking their first hour of coding
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

Students at Roosevelt High School, on San Antonio's northeast side, are joining a growing number students learning how to code computer programs with help from their neighbors, Rackspace. The campus and six other NEISD schools are participating in the Hour of Code.

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Texas
3:34 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

The State Of Texas Health

Exercising at San Antonio's Siclovia event.
Texas Public Radio

This Week On Texas Matters:

Texans like hearing about how wonderful and exceptional our state is, but a recent ranking of states based on health has the Lone Star State in a less than mediocre position. Texas was ranked 36th in the nation, down from 35th a year ago.

In particular, the study showed Texans still have a higher rate of physical inactivity, obesity, and diabetes than the national average.  Texas was also rated down because of its high rate of people without health insurance and a 12% decline in the past year in children's immunizations. 

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