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The Source - December 31, 2013
1:23 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

The Source: Bexar County Mental Health | Calls For South San ISD Investigation

South San ISD Superintendent Dr. Abelardo Saavadra was chosen shortly after the second resignation in two years
Joey Palacios TPR News

In the first segment:

One in four adults have a diagnosable mental disorder according to the National Institutes for Mental Health, which is almost 60 million Americans. For the first time, Bexar County created a mental health department, which has a $300,000 budget. The department intends to plug the holes and coordinate the resources here in Bexar County.

We talk with their first director, Gilbert Gonzales, about what is coming for the county and what they feel they can do with this first step.

In the second segment:

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Aviation
12:45 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

FAA Selects Texas A&M Corpus Christi As One Of Six Drone Testing Sites In U.S.

U.S. Border Patrol drone in Corpus Christi.
Hernán Rozemberg

As the federal government prepares for commercial use of unmanned aircraft, it has chosen six sites in the U.S. for drone safety testing.

Each of the six sites chosen will test different aspects of drones and drone use. Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi plans to develop safety systems for the unmanned aircraft. 

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KPAC Blog
11:22 am
Tue December 31, 2013

San Antonio Symphony's New Year Begins With Dvorak Festival

Sebastian Lang-Lessing conducts the San Antonio Symphony.
San Antonio Symphony

The San Antonio Symphony greets the New Year with the Dvořák Festival, which features a wide range of performances and guest artists. It all starts on Friday, January 10 and runs through February 9.

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2014 Election
10:48 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Davis Hopes For Boost From Nationwide Gubernatorial Push By Democrats

Wendy Davis in Rackspace at a San Antonio campaign stop.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Republicans have been accused of waging a "war on women," but numbers tell a different story: Republicans have elected four seated women governors in recent years, while Democrats have elected one. 

Democratic leaders backed by national women’s groups are trying to turn that around with the election of six high-profile gubernatorial candidates in 2014, one of those being state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth. 

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World Festivals
2:43 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

The Black And White Carnival

Preparing for the big parade, 2008.
eandres Wikimedia Commons

The largest and most impressive festival in southern Colombia begins on January 2, and lasts almost a week. Dating back to antiquity, the “Black and White Carnival” has adapted and expanded over the centuries. Initially, the local indigenous population, the agrarian Quillacingas, would dance and sing at the end of the harvest to appease and honor the pagan gods.

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The Source - December 30, 2013
12:58 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

The Source: When Mexicans Could Play Ball

When the San Antonio Sidney-Lanier "Voks" won the 1939 city championship basketball game, the arena erupted in violence.

How could a West Side team of Mexican-American kids from the other side of the tracks beat the dominant King William-adjacent Brackenridge Eagles? The event was too much for one Brackenridge fan to take, and he attacked one of the teenage "Voks" players. A full-scale riot broke out as "Voks" fans responded in kind.

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Government
12:51 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Congressman Castro Calls On Lawmakers To Reinstate Unemployment Benefits

Congressman Joaquín Castro at a town hall meeting earlier this year.
Eileen Pace TPR News

One of the first things U.S. Congressman Joaquín Castro is hoping to accomplish for 2014 is to reinstate the country’s extended unemployment benefits that expired this past weekend.

Democrats on Capitol Hill are vowing to fight to reinstate those benefits for the 1.3 million Americans still struggling to find work. Castro told NBC's "Meet The Press" that Congress needs to make this a priority as a first order of business in 2014.

"In Texas alone we’ve got 66,000 people who lost their benefits, 235,000 people in all who will lose their benefits midway in 2014," Castro said.

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Community
12:13 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Alamo Bowl Teams Set Aside Differences To Help San Antonio Food Bank

Longhorns and Ducks worked side by side volunteering their time at the San Antonio Food Bank Sunday.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Before they meet head to head on the football field, this weekend fans from both teams of the Valero Alamo Bowl joined together for a common purpose.

Families, fans, band members and cheerleaders from the University of Texas and the University of Oregon crowded the halls of the San Antonio Food Bank to make a difference.

Their fight songs were not directed at each other, but rather toward a common fight against hunger.

The president of the University of Oregon Michael Gottfredson said food banks are important community assets that tackle big problems.

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City Government
3:14 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

McAuliffe 8th Graders Take Action To Get Sidewalks For Their School

McAuliffe Middle School is located on the frontage road of Loop 410 near Old Pearsall Road. Students petitioned the city for sidewalks in front of the school to make it safer for families to access the campus.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

If you want something, just ask, and eighth graders at Christa McAuliffe Middle School in the Southwest ISD are learning that lesson first hand this holiday season.

They decided to write letters to their city councilman, Rey Saldaña, to ask for sidewalks in front of their school. McAuliffe is located on the frontage road of Loop 410 near Old Pearsall Road, and does not have sidewalks to let parents and students access the campus safely.

"They're all really good," said Saldaña as he flipped through the letters inside the city hall chambers.

He then read them aloud:

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Arts & Culture
3:02 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

River Walk Christmas Lights Excite Visitors And Locals For The Holidays

Christmas lights along the Museum Reach.
San Antonio River Authority

It is said that New Yorkers don’t go see the Statue of Liberty -- they just take it for granted. With that as premise, I took you to the River Walk in a recent report so that others could remind you how wonderful the River Walk is. Those to whom I spoke expressed too much enthusiasm for only one report, so here's a follow up.

"I’m Catherine Perez, we just recently moved to the San Antonio area from Florida."

I asked Catherine what she thought of the River Walk in its holiday finery.

"I love it! It’s busy, it’s pretty," she said.

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