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12:06 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Drastic Pay Difference Per Student Between Charter & Public School Superintendents

SBOE member Thomas Ratliff.
Credit State of Texas

New numbers released by Texas State Board of Education Vice Chairman Thomas Ratliff shows superintendents at Texas charter schools are paid more than their public school counterparts.   

Ratliff has been sifting through the annual financial reports for public schools and charter schools, which are put out by the Texas Education Agency.  

"From what I’ve seen there are a lot superintendents from some very small charter schools making a whole lot of money, especially if you compare them to their public school or their ISD counterparts,” Ratliff said.

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Beirut Series
5:47 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Beirut: Rediscovering Arts & Culture After A 15-Year Civil War

Beirut's Corniche Looking East
Jack Morgan

I got an unexpected international adventure not long ago. Here's how it went down. You may remember Kelli Arena from her decades at CNN as a correspondent who traveled the world. She now lives in Huntsville, Texas, and works at Sam Houston State University.

“Two years ago we launched the Global Center for Journalism and Democracy,” she explained.

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District 9 Special Election
2:34 pm
Sun May 4, 2014

Weston Martinez Sticks To Conservative Values Message In Race For District 9

Weston Martinez is running his third campaign for San Antonio City Council.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

The outspoken and conservative Weston Martinez wants San Antonio to enjoy its traditional values, he said during an interview about his candidacy for city council.

Martinez is aiming to capture the District 9 council seat that was vacated by Elisa Chan last year. She ran an ill-fated race for Texas Senate, losing to incumbent Donna Campbell, R-New Braunfels.

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Reach Higher Initiative
6:35 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

First Lady Michelle Obama Launches 'Reach Higher' Initiative at SA2020 College Signing Day

First Lady Michelle Obama speaks at SA2020's College Signing Day
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

First Lady Michelle Obama visited the University of Texas at San Antonio today as part of SA2020’s  College Signing Day. She announced The White House is launching its own education initiative called Reach Higher.

The Convocation Center at UTSA was filled with more than 2000 high school students on the verge of graduation. Each separated by the universities they planned to attend.

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Affordable Care Act
4:40 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

In Last Month Of ACA Signup, Texas Insurance Enrollment Surges

Screenshot from Healthcare.gov earlier in the year.
Credit U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

A majority of states procrastinated when it came to signing up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act and new numbers show Texas was in the top five in the number of people signing up at the last minute.  

Texas had the third highest number people in the nation that signed up for an insurance plan in the last month of the ACA’s enrollment period. According to federal officials, the total number of Texans signing up for insurance through the federal marketplace was just under 800,000. 

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Fronteras
3:12 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Amid College Week, Experts Say Higher Educational Attainment Still Low In Bexar County

First Lady Michelle Obama speaking at The University of Texas at San Antonio Friday for College Week.
Joey Palacios TPR News

Fronteras: About two months ago the world’s most wanted drug trafficker, Sinaloa Cartel leader "El Chapo" Guzmán, was captured in a joint operation and Mexico won’t even consider sending Guzmán to face charges in the U.S. It's been about a year since a formal border crossing linking Big Bend National Park and the tiny Mexican village of Boquillas del Carmen was re-opened. The economy there had been suffering but now that tourist dollars have started flowing south again hopes are high in the tourist town. Also, this is College Week in San Antonio.

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Texas Matters
3:02 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Texas Enrollment Solid In 2014 Affordable Care Act Signup

Healthcare.gov
U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Texas Matters: Even with state leadership that staunchly opposed the Affordable Care Act and did what they could to hold it up, Texas numbers look good. Also on this show: Texas loses against the EPA, implications of botched Oklahoma execution.

Texas third in number of ACA plans enrolled in

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Texas Energy Capacity
1:18 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

ERCOT Report Shows Rolling Blackouts Not A Threat Anytime Soon

ERCOT region.
Credit Texas Office of Public Utility Counsel

A report released by the Energy Reliability Council of Texas shows the state is not in any danger of rolling blackouts anytime in the near future.  

ERCOT released three assessment reports looking at whether the state has enough energy reserves to meet the peak demand during the summer and fall of 2014 and then a long-term review of peak customer demand.

Warren Lasher, ERCOT’s director of system planning, said a set of new projects will help Texas meet its energy demand.

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KPAC Blog
10:46 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Children's Chorus Celebrates 30 Years Of Song, And Big Changes

Credit CCSA

There are some big changes happening at the Children’s Chorus of San Antonio. We'll get to that in a moment, but first, I talked to Artistic Director Marguerite McCormick about this Sunday’s event at Concordia Lutheran Church.

“Sunday’s performance is a big celebration. This is our 30th anniversary season and we have lots of wonderful choirs that are going to be singing in the concert as always," she said. "But we also have some wonderful alumni that are going to be in the audience and are going to come up and sing.”

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2014 Republican Lt. Gov. Runoff
10:29 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Everything On The Line For Tonight's Dewhurst-Patrick Republican Runoff Debate

One political expert says that tonight's debate is a must win for Dewhurst if he is hoping to make it on the November ballot.
Credit David Dewhurst campaign

Following two weeks of negative campaign ads in the Republican lieutenant governor runoff, Dan Patrick and David Dewhurst will face off in a runoff election debate tonight in Houston. One political pundit said Dewhurst will need a blowout win at the debate if he is to gain in traction in the race.

Just when some had believed incumbent Dewhurst’s campaign had gone flat, he emerged with a set of attacks, alleging that Patrick changed his name to avoid the Internal Revenue Service.

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