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1:02 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Updated: "San Antonio 4" Granted Bail, Will Be Released Today

Anna Vasquez is hugged by family and supporters after the ruling that she and three others would be granted bail.

Update (1 p.m.): Judge Mary Roman granted bail to Elizabeth Ramirez, Anna Vasquez, Cassie Rivera, and Kristie Mayhugh  after the ‘San Antonio 4’ have spent as long as 15 years in prison for a crime that they claim never occurred.

The 3 women still incarcerated were not in the 175th district court today, and all the paperwork for the case was signed outside of public view.  The Defense’s Mike Ware made the announcement that proved anticlimax for a packed court room that normally Is sparsely filled. 

The 4 were accused by Elizabeth Ramirez’s nieces of sexually assaulting them nearly two decades ago now, a claim one of the girls would recant as an adult, saying she had been forced to lie by her father.

The District Attorney’s Office agreed that key forensic testimony and evidence was flawed and did not dispute the outcome of today’s hearing on those grounds, but the actual innocence of the women the state still disputes. Friday, Bexar County District Attorney, Susan Reed stated if the Court of Criminal Appeals rules the 4 can have a new trial, she will not proceed with it, effectively freeing the women for good. 

Anna Vasquez, the only one of the convicted to be present today, was paroled a year ago under what Ware calls draconian parole stipulations.

These stipulations will raised as a result of the this hearing.

The case now is sent to the Court Criminal of Criminal Appeals in Austin.  It has no date set nor deadline currently.  

Original Post (11/15): Bexar County District Attorney Susan Reed has stated she will not seek a new trial for the San Antonio 4 if the Court of Criminal Appeals says it is warranted. 

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Arts & Culture
12:31 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

World War II Portraits Get A Color Makeover At Boerne Library Exhibit

Artist Chris Demarest
Jack Morgan TPR Arts

Your local library may have revolving displays of period museum collections or perhaps paintings hanging on the walls of their public gallery, but they probably don’t have this.

Chris Demarest is the painter who created about 30 paintings of World War II servicemen and women that are on display at the Patrick Heath Public Library in Boerne. You may still be asking: what’s so different about that?

"I bring my easel wherever I go, so I work in public" Demarest explained.

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Bexar County
11:57 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Soccer Complex Completes Bexar County Sports Facility Improvement Program

Bexar County

Bexar County officials joined those from the Southside Independent School District to officially open the Mission City Soccer Complex, which completes the county’s Community Venues Program.

The county wanted to bring quality youth sports facilities to parts of town where there were none, or where the facilities had lost their luster or declined from a lack of maintenance or funding for improvements.

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Arts & Culture
3:00 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Religion And Science Mix In New Southwest School Of Art Exhibit

Southwest School of Art

Artist Chris Sauter wants you to question the notions of religion and science, and how they interact -- or don't interact.

"If you’re a religious person you can’t really believe in science and if you’re a scientific person you can’t really believe in religion," he said. "I think that’s a fallacy."

So Sauter creates art to get you to think about how they have a certain overlap. Soon, he will have four themed exhibitions in four separate locations.

"The Southwest School exhibition is the first," he said. "It opens on November 21."

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Texas Matters
2:39 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Van De Putte Addition Could Be What Texas Democrats Need For 2014 Challenge

State Sen. Leticia Van De Putte, D-San Antonio.
Office of State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte

Texas Matters: Still no official word from the San Antonio state senator, but Leticia Van De Putte has announced that she will make an official announcement next week. Would her addition to the Texas Democratic ticket make the party a serious challenger in 2014? Also on this show: Did race, or clever advertising, decide the winner in a Houston election? A Texas silver mine closes down on the border, causing big headaches for the area.

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Community Health
1:51 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Metro Health Making Health Care Push By Bringing ACA Navigators To West Side

U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District will bring several Affordable Care Act navigators together Saturday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. for a mass effort to help residents apply for health care coverage.

"Enroll Fest" is designed to bring resources to San Antonio and Bexar County residents who need to get signed up for health care plans.

Metro Health is partnering with Blue Cross Blue Shield and several community organizations at The Neighborhood Place on the city’s West Side -- The Neighborhood Place is located at 3014 Rivas.

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Fronteras Desk
12:34 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Political Asylum Requests From Mexicans Have Tripled Since 2009

Carlos Gutierrez says his feet were hacked off when he refused to pay criminals a monthly extortion demand. He is cycling in Texas to highlight his appeal for political asylum. He has been granted a work permit pending that appeal.
Lorne Matalon Fronteras

Fronteras: More Mexicans are trying to escape intimidation and/or violence by petitioning the U.S. for political asylum. Human trafficking is a growing problem in the Southwestern United States. Authorities in Juárez are finalizing their investigation into the cause of a deadly explosion at a candy factory last month. The McDonald Observatory in West Texas is now home to the historic Otto Struve telescope.

Mexican Political Asylum Requests Up

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Arts & Culture
11:46 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Jump-Start Returns To Experimental Roots At New Beacon Hill Space

Jump-Start Performance Co.

Jump-Start Performance Company's lease in the Blue Star complex has run out and now they are moving to a new location in Beacon Hill at 710 Fredericksburg Road.

The new address is in the heart of the old uptown area, already known for other artists who create there.

"It’s also the studios for Stephan Gaeth, he has the Uptown Studios," said Erik Bosse, the marketing director for the Jump-Start Performance Co.

Jump-Start is known for its non-traditional take on creating theater.

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Veteran Employment
9:15 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Local Veterans Find More Than 100 Companies Eager To Hire At Job Fair

Eileen Pace TPR News

Hundreds of veterans and military members turned out for a big job fair at the Live Oak Civic Center Thursday. 

A packed parking lot sent applicants to find spots in the grassy areas around the Live Oak Civic Center, where dozens of companies competed to get first shot at the best veteran candidates.

Master Sgt. Terry Ceasor will leave the Army in two years and is looking for a position where he can use skills he has gained as a recruiter.  

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Arts & Culture
3:53 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Spare Parts Fills A Local Educational Need For Art Supplies

Mary Elizabeth Cantu (center) and volunteers.
Chris Castillo

When the legislature chopped $5 billion out of the school budgets in 2011, it had an unexpected result here in San Antonio. An organization was created called Spare Parts.

"It was pretty painful, the cuts in education," said Mary Elizabeth Cantu, founder of Spare Parts.

So her organization tried to provide some of what the budget no longer did, art supplies.

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