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Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

Thousands of people came together Thursday night at Alamo Plaza to officially ring in Fiesta. San Antonio residents are ready to party with a purpose for eleven days.

Over the next week and a half you’ll be hearing the battle cry of “VIVA FIESTA!” almost everywhere in San Antonio. About 9,000 people attended Fiesta Fiesta in front of the Alamo to kick-off Fiesta 2015 with the ceremonial cutting of the ugly tie and cracking of the cascaron.

Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

  To work in the United States, immigrants who are here illegally often use false social security numbers or ones that belong to other people.  Then many file their income tax returns using a special number provided by the IRS.  Those immigrants can file their taxes without fear of deportation as the IRS doesn’t report their illegal status to homeland security.

Shelley Kofler / Texas Public Radio

Two candidates for San Antonio mayor are using social media to create a buzz with videos they say they’re going to put on TV.

Former state representative Mike Villarreal became the first in the race to buy TV time this week.  Former Bexar county commissioner Tommy Adkisson and former state senator Leticia Van de Putte say they’re next.

Buying television time is expensive. Campaign consultants say it costs in the range of $100,000 to buy a week’s worth of significant TV time on San Antonio’s network affiliates and cable.

courtesy San Antonio Symphony

The San Antonio Symphony's weekend slate is full, but as to the music they will be playing, it may be different than you’d expect. It's going to be a lot less Bach and a lot more salsa.

“The Fiesta Pops is a series of three performances this weekend.”

Associate Conductor Akiko Fujimoto explains it.

Ryan E. Poppe

After some heated debate and some changes, a bill that reforms how school districts can respond to children repeatedly missing class passed in the Texas Senate. 

At the start of the session during his State of Judiciary address, Texas Supreme Court Justice Nathan Hecht told lawmakers that reforming truancy laws was one of the most important issues facing them this session.  And the bill’s author, Houston Democratic Sen. John Whitmire tends to agree.

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