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World Festivals
8:51 am
Mon August 19, 2013

World Celebrations: Hungry Ghost Festival

Offerings for the Hungry Ghost Festival.
Mezanurrahman Wikimedia Commons

Worshipping the Ancestors is common around the world, but what about when they come seeking you? That’s the scenario at The Hungry Ghost Festival in China.

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Community History
5:18 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Commemorating The Battle Of Medina's Bicentennial Aug. 17-18

Wikipedia Commons user Piastu cc

This weekend marks the 200th anniversary of the Battle Of Medina, often referred to by historians as the bloodiest battle in Texas history.

Historians are planning a two-day ceremony commemorating the Aug. 18, 1813 battle between the Royal Spanish Army and the Republican Army of the North.

About 3,200 men -- including Spaniards, Tejanos, Native Americans, and men from the U.S. -- fought 20 miles south of San Antonio for ownership of Texas.

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Texas Matters
1:26 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Johnny Football Bigger Than The State Of Texas Itself

The cover of the September issue of Texas Monthly features Kerrville-native and Texas A&M football star Johnny Manziel.
Texas Monthly

Texas Matters: The embattled Texas school finance system continues to discriminate against districts in poorer areas. Right now the Johnny Manziel autograph controversy is one of the biggest storylines in sports, and Texas Monthly explores his role as an American anti-hero. Also on this episode: Texas contract workers have little protection from injury and wage theft, but the Workers Defense Project is trying to change that. Sunday is the 200th anniversary of the "tremendous slaughter" that was the Battle of Medina.

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Fronteras Desk
11:42 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Immigrant Families With Mixed Legal Status In Limbo

Cynthia Alba, 19, is working legally in the United States for the first time after receiving deferred action last year. She said the possibility that immigration reform will stall once again, and her deferred action work permit will expire, terrifies her.
Heath Haussamen

Fronteras: Excessive alcohol consumption cost United States taxpayers more than $220 billion in 2006. Several hundred people living on the banks of the Tijuana river canal were evicted. What are they planning to do now? Immigrant families in the U.S. with mixed status wonder about the fate of immigration reform now that Congress is in recess. One of Mexico’s most isolated indigenous groups is fighting logging in old-growth forests. Also, hear how a civil rights giant is now a comic book hero.

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City Government
10:32 am
Fri August 16, 2013

235 People Speak At Marathon City Council Meeting For Anti-Discrimination Ordinance

San Antonio City Hall
Ryan Loyd TPR News

About 300 people gathered outside San Antonio City Council chambers Wednesday evening for a protest and prayer vigil demonstrating their opposition to the city’s proposed anti-discrimination ordinance.

The ordinance would consolidate existing policies for race, gender, age and disability, and would add language to prohibit discrimination against sexual orientation, gender identity and veteran status. The ordinance covers employment practices for the City of San Antonio and those of city contractors.

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Community Health
9:28 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Media Exposure & Spending Power Make Latino Children Top Target In Junk Food Ads

Health experts say food and beverage marketers are aiming their advertising at Latino children, and too much of that advertising is trying to get kids to buy junk food.

Advertisers are doing little to dispute the fact that they are marketing to Latino kids. They justify the strategy with numbers that show the market segment is growing in population size, media exposure and spending power.

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World Music
4:33 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Zaz Dazzles On "Recto Verso"

I don’t know where I heard about Zaz, but I’m so happy that I did.

This French chanteuse is incredible. Her voice is powerful and exuberant, and she obviously enjoys belting out a variety of songs on her latest release, “Recto Verso.”

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Texas Education
3:21 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

What CSCOPE Ban Means For Teachers And School Districts

Texas Education Service Center Curriculum Collaborative (TESCCC)

On Friday a Burnet County judge will decide if Llano ISD can continue to use the CSCOPE lesson plans for the start of this school year.

The decision could have an effect on what happens in school districts across the state as educators and districts struggle with how to meet state standards for education without a curriculum framework that was tailored to meet those marks.

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The Source - August 15, 2013
2:41 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

The Source: Mental Health | Treating Prostate Cancer | Foster Care

"To The End Of June" by Cris Beam.

In the first segment:

The Texas Tribune, an online news website covering all things Texas politics, has organized a Mental Health Symposium here in San Antonio with the University of Texas San Antonio. Evan Smith, CEO of the Texas Tribune, joins us to talk about why.

In the second segment:

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2014 Election
1:26 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Tea Party's Burton Enters Race For Wendy Davis Senate Seat

Konni Burton, a Republican candidate for state Senate District 10.
Konni Burton YouTube channel

Konni Burton, a Republican from Fort Worth who is active in politics and is on the Tea Party Caucus Advisory Committee, has announced she is running for the state Senate seat currently occupied by Wendy Davis.

Earlier this month Davis announced she would either run in the governor’s race or run for re-election in the 2014 election.

In an online video released Wednesday, Burton took aim at Davis' stance on abortion:

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