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9:06 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Art Installation Connecting Southside Neighborhoods

Overlapping shadows cast an intricate pattern over the underpass.
Frank Gonzales COSA photographer

Underneath heavily-traveled Interstate 35 at Theo and Malone, in an unexpected place for art, six spherical chandeliers bathe the ground, concrete columns and underside of the bridge with rich, vibrant color and transform an otherwise industrial thoroughfare into an enjoyable space for pedestrians and drivers.

Ballroom Luminoso is the first public art project to be completed under the new bond program approved by voters in 2012.

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Texas Legislature
5:14 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Bill To Prohibit Enforcement Of Federal Gun Laws Dies In Senate

Flickr user David Trawin (trawin) cc

House Bill 928 would criminalize any police officer enforcing a new federal gun law in the state of Texas, and it immediately struck tensions between Sen. Craig Estes, R-Wichita Falls, and Sen. Rodney Ellis, D-Houston.

"I could be for this if you take an amendment I’m going to offer to your bill," said Ellis. "I’m going to offer an amendment to close the 'gun show loophole.'"

"The criminal background checks at gun shows would doom this wonderful bill that we are trying to do right here," replied Estes.

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Education
5:05 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

In Pictures: Edison Students Mobilize Emergency Response For Mass Casualty Drill

As the exercise begins, medical students rush to administer first aid to victims in the field.
Chris Eudaily TPR

Nearly 300 Edison High School students got hands-on experience with triage and search-and-rescue on Monday morning. A simulated school bus "explosion" was part of a four-hour training exercise at the Public Safety Magnet school. The students played the role of first responders.

It's a scenario that no one wants to see happen: An I.E.D. explodes on an SAISD school bus, injuring several dozen students--followed by a second blast a few minutes later.

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City Government
4:01 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Bernal Gets Support, Backlash On Anti-Discrimination Expansion Proposal

District 1's Diego Bernal says the city is lagging on anti-discrimination policies and has proposed an expansion to include such groups as the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community.
Gonzalo Rodriguez Duable

The San Antonio City Council could soon take up an anti-discrimination ordinance to include additional groups.

District 1 Councilman Diego Bernal proposed a policy that would also be consolidated with other anti-discrimination regulations that he said are scattered about in a constellation of codes and ordinances.

City staffers are researching how to go about consolidating the policies. The council’s governance committee will meet Tuesday and decide whether to advance the issue to the full city council.

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Business & Education
3:26 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Wounded Veteran Turns Injury into Innovation

Iraq War veteran Gary Walters shows the small the cooling device attached to his prosthesis
Eileen Pace TPR

A UTSA engineering and business student team has received the $100,000 prize in the Student Technology Venture Competition for its work on a device to help amputees.

The team developed a cooling device for prosthetics – and a way to market the product.

Before Gary Walters graduated with a Bachelors in Engineering Monday, he and his teammates had already started a company to market the device he designed for his engineering team’s Capstone project. 

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Education
1:54 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Political Pressure Too Much For CSCOPE, Cancels Services In Texas

Texas Education Service Center Curriculum Collaborative (TESCCC)

After heated political pressure that included proposed legislation this session, the group running the online lesson provider CSCOPE has canceled their services with the state. 

According to the Texas Education Service Center Curriculum Collaborative, 877 Texas school districts use the online lesson plan known as CSCOPE. 

Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, said there have been problems with the content provided in the CSCOPE lesson plans since their introduction:

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Texas Legislature
12:44 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Both Sides Compromise To Pass State Budget Bill

Wikipedia Commons

After several late-nights of heated discussions, a joint committee of senators and representatives unanimously approved a $100 billion state budget. 

For the last week Republicans and Democrats have gone back and forth arguing about what should be left in the state’s budget and what should be left out.  

The biggest factor was how much Republicans would be willing to give up to restore funding for public education.

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The Source - May 20, 2013
12:09 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

The Source: Teen Pregnancy, Joske's & Genetic Counseling

City of San Antonio

In the first segment:

Texas ranks third in teen pregnancy nationwide and first in teen moms with multiple children. Even with the drop in teen pregnancy that the city has seen, what else can be done to empower teenage girls and address this life-changing issue?

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9:14 am
Mon May 20, 2013

San Antonio Spurs, "A Model Of Consistency"

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The rest of the country is beginning to know what we've known all along in San Antonio. As one of TPR's listeners wrote to us, "the Spurs are only boring if you don't like good basketball."
The San Antonio Spurs are the best team you don't pay any attention to. Known for efficient defense, rebounds, and a little slower pace, they're the team people keep expecting to go away, but they never do.
Texas Legislature
4:18 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Water Resolution Passes Despite Republican Concerns, Democrat Protests

Ryan Poppe TPR News

A House budget committee passed Senate Joint Resolution 1 to fund state-related water plans. The measure sets up an empty fund that the state can use to fund water projects over the next 50 years, and now heads to the House floor for a vote.

While many of the committee confidently voted for the resolution, others had reservations.

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