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4:18 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Straw Poll At Texas GOP Convention Pits Perry Against Cruz In GOP Presidential Run

Credit Republican Party of Texas

The Republican Party of Texas chairman and a political expert predict that U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz will win the convention's presidential straw poll being conducted this week in Fort Worth.

Perry spoke today at the 2014 Republican State Convention, which was streamed online via the Texas Tribune.

"We need to set the stage for 2016, when we will win the White House and we will rebuild the American dream,” Perry said to the crowd.

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Arts & Culture
2:53 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Gemini Ink's 'Paletas y Poesia' Celebrates South Side At Mission Drive-In

There’s a special celebration on the South Side on Saturday.

“It’s really a way to present the newly-renovated Mission Drive-In," said Gemini Ink’s Ben Tremillo.

The iconic, re-imagined and refurbished Mission Drive-In is hosting an event called Paletas y Poesía — popsicles and poetry.

“It’s a free event, so we’re going to have free paletas, and of course poetry," said Tremillo. "We’re going to have some community poets that are reading out there. And then the San Antonio Poet Laureate Laurie Ann Guerrero is going to be reading as well."

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Fort Hood Article 32 Hearing
12:13 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Article 32 Hearing Wraps In Case Of Fort Hood Sgt. Accused Of Running Prostitution Ring

Fort Hood headquarters and main flag pole.
Credit U.S. Army - Fort Hood

An Article 32 hearing, the military version of a grand jury, has completed its investigation of a Fort Hood staff sergeant accused of running an on-base prostitution ring with female soldiers.

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The Source - June 5, 2014
10:51 am
Thu June 5, 2014

The Source: The Impact Of The "Right To Be Forgotten"

Credit Flickr user: Jerod Tarbell / cc

The European Union has compelled U.S. companies to allow their citizens to delete links to information, including public records, from showing up on their search engines. Google lost a case in May that cemented the EU's data protection policy that leaders call the 'right to be forgotten.'

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KPAC Blog
10:34 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Does Your Child Have What It Takes To Play With YOSA?

Youth Orchestras of San Antonio
John Clare

Youth Orchestras of San Antonio (YOSA) want to be on your radar this weekend, and here's why: They're
looking for a few good boys and girls.

“We’re going to be hearing auditions for next year’s orchestras at YOSA," said Troy Peters, YOSA’s music director.

“We expect that by the end of auditions that we will have heard from almost 500 young musicians," he said.

The auditions are distinctly not like "American Idol."

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School Discipline
10:24 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Two Laws Lead To Significant Drop In Student Ticketing At Texas Schools

Credit Flickr user Bill Selak / cc

Two new laws aimed at reducing the number of tickets students receive for things like disrupting class seem to be having a profound effect at Texas public schools. The Texas Tribune reports that in one year the number of misdemeanor tickets issued to students dropped by 71 percent.

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The Source - June 5, 2014
10:00 am
Thu June 5, 2014

The Source: State-Supported Living Centers On The Chopping Block

San Antonio State Supported Living Center.
David Martin Davies TPR News

Last month a bi-partisan panel of state legislators recommended that nearly half of Texas' state-supported living centers (SSLC) be closed.

The institutions are meant as locked-down homes for the mentally disabled who need 24 hour care or, in some cases, have broken the law. But the facilities themselves have been accused of breaking the law; from neglect and improper care to assault.

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State Health & Human Services
8:09 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Death Of Sean Yates Raises Questions Of Neglect At Texas State-Supported Living Centers

Ashley Yates holding up a photo of her older brother Sean Yates who died after running away from the Corpus Christi State Supported Living Center.
David Martin Davies TPR News

Texas state-supported living centers are under a tremendous amount of pressure and scrutiny as state leaders consider where they will fit in the state’s future. And as questions are raised about the substandard quality of medical care that the residents receive at the centers, a recent tragedy in Corpus Christi exposes the issue of neglect.

To hear Ashley Yates talk about her brother Sean – he certainly sounded like one of a kind.

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Pre-K 4 SA
3:59 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

First Pre-K 4 SA Students Graduate From Program

71 of the South Side Education center's 309 students received completion certificates Wednesday.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

The first graduating class from the city's Pre-K 4 SA program have officially been promoted.

Wednesday morning about 71 students from the South Side Education Center received certificates of completion. The rest of the center's 309 students each received certificates at their own ceremonies over the past week. The city reports that there are 333 students at the North Education center who also graduated.

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Texas Energy Capacity
3:45 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

It's Not The Biggest, But Coal Is A Large Piece Of Texas Energy Production

Find this graphic and more at: http://www.ercot.com/content/news/presentations/2014/ERCOT_Quick_Facts_052014.pdf
Credit ERCOT

The largest type of energy source in the state comes from natural gas, but business leaders, state officials and electric companies are still concerned about the proposed rules from the Environmental Protection Agency.

According to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), natural gas has the highest percentage of electric power capacity in Texas in 2014.

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