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3:59 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Guadalupe's CineFestival Features The Best In Latino Independent Films

CineFestival 2014 in action at the Guadalupe Theater.
Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center

CineFestival is based out of the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center and began last week, running through Saturday.

"It’s been going for 36 years, so it’s the longest and original Latino film festival" said CineFestival Director Jim Mendiola. "First, it’s the only place in town you’ll see the latest and best independent Latino films and narratives and documentaries in one place. And it’s actually a place where you can actually meet the filmmakers because pretty much every major film that we show we bring the filmmakers in, so there’s a Q&A session afterwards."

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2014 Governor's Race
3:40 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Abbott's Lead Over Davis Grows To 11 Points In New Poll

Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott at a campaign event.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

The University of Texas at Austin/Texas Tribune poll showed Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis was down by 5 points in October, but this month’s poll shows a wider 11-point margin between her and Republican frontrunner Greg Abbott.

Professor Jim Henson with the University of Texas at Austin’s Texas Politics Project said there is something else to note.

"We’re seeing a bit of shrinkage in the undecided numbers in the state level general election numbers," Henson said.

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KPAC Blog
2:03 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

World Music Symposium Features Eastern European Flair

Ruth Moreland.
John Clare TPR Arts

There’s a unique training opportunity coming up for singers in San Antonio.

“I’m not sure there’s ever been a world music symposium in San Antonio before, so Benissimo Music is collaborating with Trinity University and we’re going to put on this wonderful two-day event" said Benissimo Music's Ruth Moreland.

Moreland said there will be master classes and they are bringing in Balkan music specialist Eva Salina Primack.

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Education
1:30 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

CPS Energy Grant Helps Jefferson Students Study Renewable Energy

Junior Chris Harrison (left) demonstrates how the model ethanol plant creates the usable fuel.
Joey Palacios TPR News

Thanks to a grant from CPS Energy, students at Jefferson High School are using state-of-the-art equipment to study renewable energy before their senior year. The program is part of the school’s architecture & environmental studies magnet.

In Blu Odam’s advanced energy and environmental technology class, his six students have been studying how to generate renewable energy.

“Wind energy, solar energy, biofuels which includes bio-diesel and ethanol, and hydro energy which includes damns and water falls,” Odam explained.

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Literacy
12:49 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Texas Interactive: How Literate Is Your City?

Image created using data from the 2013 America's Most Literate Cities study: bit.ly/1k5Y6d8
Chris Eudaily TPR News

"The man who doesn't read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them" -- Mark Twain.

Dr. John Miller, the author of the America's Most Literate Cities study, which ranked 77 of the nation's largest cities by six groupings of criteria, said that Twain quote perfectly encapsulates his attitude toward literacy.

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TPR Events & Initiatives
12:14 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

TPR Presents: A Wine Pairing

Flickr user Uncalno

Join TPR in the Texas Hill Country for a special TPR Presents event, "A Wine Pairing," featuring a screening of the Oscar-winning movie “Sideways” and a special wine tasting from our friends at Kerrville Hills Winery. The event takes place on Saturday, March 15 at the Fredericksburg Theater Company. The tasting and social hour begins at 4:00, and will be accompanied by light appetizers.

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Community
11:26 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Stabbing Victim Given Peace Award For Efforts To Change Parole Violation Policy

Author Karin Richmond speaks to St. Mary's Criminal Justice students at the President's Peace Commission event Wednesday, Feb. 19.
St. Mary's University

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice has changed the method for notifying victims of violent crime if their attacker has violated parole.

Karin Richmond is a former lobbyist, both in Austin and in Washington, D.C.. In 1983, while in her hotel room in Austin, Richmond was brutally stabbed more than a dozen times, her nose cut off, and blinded by her attacker, an employee of the hotel.

“He was imprisoned for a sentence of 90 years which came to 30 years and now he’s been released on parole with a GPS monitoring bracelet," Richmond said. 

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Teachers
9:46 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Education Commissioner Says More Districts Showing Interest In Teacher Eval.

Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams.
Christopher C. Leonard cc

Michael Williams, the Texas education commissioner, said some of the biggest school districts in the state are showing interest in a new state-initiated teacher evaluation program but teacher’s unions fear the pilot program will involve high-stakes test scores.

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The Source - February 24, 2014
9:25 am
Mon February 24, 2014

The Source: U.S. Supreme Court Hears Texas v. The EPA

Houston power plant as seen from Lynchburg ferry at the end of Battleground Road.
Louise Vest (Flikr.com User: OneEighteen)

A major climate change initiative by the Obama administration has been challenged. The White House, in an re-interpretation of the Clean Air Act, enacted stricter regulations for greenhouse gases, and stated it would begin permitting polluters. 

Today the Supreme Court hears arguments in Texas v. EPA. Texas' permitting system for air polluters predates the EPA and the state believes it has done and can do a better job of the permitting.

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The Source - February 24, 2014
9:24 am
Mon February 24, 2014

The Source: Massive, Intelligent & Free: MOOCs And Education

edX is one MOOC provider along with Coursera.

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) being offered for free by the nation's best universities were going to change everything about education. The most prestigious institutions in America threw open their doors to the masses. Millions of people poured in, taking everything from computer science to "The Greatest Unsolved Mysteries of the Universe." 

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