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4:06 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Red Cross Invites Community To Send Holiday Cards To Service Members

Maj. Gen. Jimmie Keenan joins fellow officers in signing holiday cards for the troops overseas
Eileen Pace TPR News

The San Antonio Chapter of the American Red Cross has joined hands with Joint Base San Antonio to kick off this year’s Holiday Mail for Heroes campaign.

The two-week drive invites local military personnel and civilians to take a minute to write their name or thoughts on a Christmas card for an active-duty service member or veteran.

Brig. Gen. Robert LaBrutta, commander of the 502nd Air Base Wing and Joint Base San Antonio, praised the Red Cross for the project and for keeping military members connected

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Texas Water
3:46 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

LCRA Could Stop The Flow Of Water To Rice Farmers For A Third Straight Year

Lakes all over Texas, like Medina Lake, have suffered in the drought. This photo taken on Jan. 31, 2013.
Flickr user jwhippy cc

The Lower Colorado River Authority may soon be requesting permission from the state to stop the flow of irrigation water headed downstream to Texas rice farmers from the Highland Lakes.

A statement released by the LCRA detailed the staff recommendation.

Ronald Gertson with the group the Colorado Water Issues Committee, which represents the interest of Texas rice farmers, said for the last two years rice farmers have been cut off by the LCRA.

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World Music
3:24 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

World Celebrations: Devils And Horns!

Diablada dancer, 2009.
Bjaglin Wikimedia Commons

Each week on World Music, we not only hear great sounds from around the world, but I share a little news about the many interesting festivals that are taking place this week as well. This week, hear about horns and devils that don't necessarily go together...

FESTA DEL CORNUTO

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Abortion In Texas
3:21 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Following Abortion Ruling, South Texas Abortion Clinic Waits For What Comes Next

Attorneys exit the district court building after final arguments in what is the first legal challenge of Texas' new abortion law. Judges in the U.S. 5th Circuit Court overturned the initial ruling.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

A South Texas women’s health clinic is holding its breath for what comes next following the ruling by the U.S. 5th Circuit Court’s on Texas' new abortion law, House Bill 2.

The court's decision allowed Texas' new abortion law to take effect and now the clinics affected by the new restriction are unsure about the next step.

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Arts & Culture
1:53 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Meatopia At The Pearl, Where Meat Dreams Are Made Real

meatopia.org

The smells of all kinds of meat will be wafting through the Pearl complex this Sunday with an unusual event called Meatopia. Meatopia is centered around a huge variety of meats all being cooked for attendees by those who do it best. Chef John Tesar out of Dallas is here to cook, and he’s not alone.

"Thirty-two chefs preparing all different cuts of meat. I am preparing bison," Tesar said.

Bison? What makes Bison worth sinking your teeth into?

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Texas Matters
1:33 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Pro-Life Camp Celebrates Appeals Court Ruling On Texas Abortion Restrictions

Pro-life supporters protest outside of the Stand With Texas Women rally in San Antonio this summer.
David Martin Davies TPR News

Texas Matters: Pro-life supporters are pleased with 5th Circuit Court ruling to put HB 2 restrictions into law -- doctors at clinics providing abortions must now have admitting privileges at local hospitals within 30 miles. Also on this show: The Permian Basin is the nation's largest oil production center, Brownsville hopes to make something good from "poorest city" label, and Juárez tries to move beyond its violent past.

5th Circuit Court reverses ruling on admitting privileges

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Fronteras Desk
11:37 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Children Of Immigrants Living "In The Shadows Of The Slaughterhouse"

At the primary school in rural Noel, Mo., teachers and staff function as educators about as often as they do de facto social workers.
Abbie Fentress Swanson Harvest Public Media

Fronteras: How the Clark County School District, one of the nation's biggest school districts in Nevada, is scrambling to make space for students. The growth of meat packing plants in the rural Midwest has created an unforeseen challenge -- children in need of food, housing and education. The series "In the Shadows of the Slaughterhouse" looks into the lives of immigrant families in the meat-packing industry.

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City Government
11:11 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Meet the 9 Applicants (So Far) For San Antonio City Council District 9

Art Downey chairs the city's Ethics Review Board. He is one of the interested candidates to fill the vacant District 9 seat until a special election is held next May.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Nine candidates from a wide range of backgrounds have applied to to fill Elisa Chan's District 9 seat for six months until the position can be voted on in May 2014.

Chan vacated the seat in order to run for Texas Senate District 25, where she will face incumbent Donna Campbell, who won in the November 2012 general election.

Here are the nine applicants so far:

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Education For Immigrants
10:49 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Congressman Castro Asks Abbott To Explain His Position On Texas DREAM Act

Joaquín Castro, here supporting his brother Julián at the 2012 Democratic National Convention, is putting pressure on Greg Abbott to explain his stance on the state's DREAM Act, a hot topic among conservatives in Texas.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Congressman Joaquín Castro, along with a handful of state lawmakers, are pressing Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott on his plans for the Texas DREAM Act.

DREAM stands for: Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors. The Texas DREAM Act would allow students without documentation to pay in-state tuition.  

At the start of Abbott's campaign for governor, he was asked if he supported the Texas DREAM Act.  Abbott dodged the question at the time but later released a statement saying that he felt the law was structurally flawed and needed to be reformed.

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Flood Control
9:28 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Huebner Creek Project Good News For 100 Homes Currently In Flood Plain

Huebner Creek.
www.bexarfloodcontrol.org

A major flood control project kicks off on the city’s Northwest Side this week.

Work is set to begin on the $15 million Huebner Creek – Segment 2 Flood Control Project that will ultimately take nearly 100 homes out of the flood plain.

Bexar County Flood Control Program Director Bobby Mengden said the City of San Antonio contributed $1 million for a 1.25 mile hike-and-bike trail along the creek.

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