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10:29 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Abbott And Davis React To Hidden Video Recording Of Battleground Texas

Likely Republican nominee for governor in 2014 Greg Abbott.
Courtesy photo

After a videotape showing Battleground Texas workers -- who are helping campaign for Democratic candidate for governor Wendy Davis -- mocking Republican candidate for governor Greg Abbott for being disabled, Davis is again finding herself on the defensive.

State Sen. Davis is disavowing those remarks and the campaign workers who made them.

Conservative operative James O’Keefe is known for his heavily-edited hidden video recordings catching progressives like ACORN workers saying embarrassing things.

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Texas Politics
9:37 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Wendy Davis Responds To Charges She Embellished Life Story

Wendy Davis in a campaign ad highlighting her life story.
Wendy Davis for Governor

State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, is fighting back against allegations that she embellished her life story. The likely democratic nominee for Texas governor says she didn’t stretch the truth for political gain.

Part of Davis’s appeal to Texas voters has been her compelling back story -- of being once a teenaged single mother, living in a trailer park and through hard work and a Harvard law degree rising to political prominence.

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Election Campaigns
9:14 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Video Released Of Battleground Texas Workers Mocking Greg Abbott's Disability

Ryan Poppe/David Martin Davies TPR News

A YouTube video that has gone viral shows Battleground Texas organizers making fun of Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott’s disability.

The video was released by the nonprofit group Project Veritas, whose mission according to it’s founder is to go undercover and investigate public figures because of neglect from the mainstream media. 

The Project Veritas team secretly filmed Battleground Texas organizers at a Wendy Davis Gubernatorial watch party.

Clip from the undercover video:

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Community
7:58 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Updated: San Antonio-Area Closures Today

With freezing rain falling overnight, schools and highway interchanges are closed.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

Update (10:15): Our Lady of the Lake University is now cancelling all classes today.

Original Post: While highway interchanges are closed along with school districts across San Antonio, the Cowboy Breakfast is still on today.

City employees are still to report to work on time but Bexar County employees should come in at 10 a.m. USAA is telling their employees to report to work at 11 a.m.

All non-mission essential Joint Base San Antonio personnel are to report at 10 a.m.

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Arts & Culture
10:08 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Thao Nguyen On Her Time Off And On The Road

Nick Walker

Thao Nguyen began playing guitar at the age of 12.  She practiced songs in her mothers Laundromat.  She started bands in high school, a high school dedicated to science and technology.  In college she played weekend shows, while earning a double major in women’s studies and psychology.  

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Arts & Culture
5:19 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

The Ten Tenors Bring Their Australian Swagger To Boerne

The Ten Tenors.
Dylan Evans Photography

They’ve got a distinctive sound and maybe it’s because there are ten of them. Or maybe it’s that they’re Australian.  

"We’re just about to start our brand new show, which is the Ten Tenors on Broadway," said the group's Touring Musical Director Paul Gelsumini.. He describes what they do.

"Ten Aussie guys having fun onstage, you know, we are notorious for a few dance moves every now and then," Gelsumini said.

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Arts & Culture
2:43 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Filmmaker Deadline Looms For San Antonio Film Festival

Adam Rocha courtesy photo.

A film festival is one of those metrics by which city’s art scene is measured and the San Antonio Film Festival has been growing slowly for the last 20 years.

"What we do is screen films. They’re San Antonio filmmakers and they’re also filmmakers from around the world," said festival Executive Director Adam Rocha.

"And this is for seven fantastic days running July 28 through August 3," he said.

The film fest is still quite far off, but he is gathering films and filmmakers need to know they have a couple of deadlines to meet.

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Early Education
1:42 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Mayor Castro Shares Lessons Learned On Pre-K 4 SA At U.S. Conference Of Mayors

Pre-K 4 SA Southside learning center.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

The 82nd winter meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors is underway in Washington, D.C. San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro traveled to the gathering after being asked to speak about early childhood education and how San Antonio implemented the Pre-K 4 SA initiative.

Castro spoke during the Childhood Obesity Prevention Awards Luncheon.

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The Source - Janurary 23, 2014
11:11 am
Thu January 23, 2014

The Source: Signing Away Your Right To Trial | Privacy Board Calls For End Of NSA Surveillance

National Security Agency

In the first segment:

Signing up for a credit card or car loan can mean signing away your right to a civil trial if you get taken advantage of. Forced arbitration clauses are being lambasted by consumer rights groups and we will talk to two groups about their opposition to what the industry argues are efficient tools for resolving disputes.

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Texas Public Schools
10:35 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Release Of End-Of-Course Exam Results Turn Up Heat In School Finance Trial

Texas Education Agency

According to the Texas Education Agency, nearly a quarter of all high school juniors have fell short of end-of-course graduation requirements -- those numbers were what attorneys led with on day two of the Texas school finance trial.

According to the TEA, over 309,000 students met the necessary requirements and passed a set of end-of-course exams in order to graduate in 2015, which works out to about 76 percent of all Texas high school juniors.

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