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Fronteras Desk
11:47 am
Fri December 27, 2013

Border Agents Can Search Your Computer, But Is There A Limit To What They Can Look At?

Chris Eudaily TPR News

Fronteras: In the New Year, Mexico will begin to implement a sweeping tax reform, but northern border communities are protesting the change. U.S. border inspectors have the right to look through your computer when you come into the U.S., but just how closely can they look into your files? Cookie-cutter housing developments for low-income workers are now a feature of many cities in Mexico, but the model isn’t working out. American tax dollars are helping change lives in Mexican border cities by putting people to work in the formal economy.

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Arts & Culture
11:33 am
Fri December 27, 2013

Moscow Ballet Presents 'The Nutcracker' For A Local Cause

Olga Kifyak as Masha, alongside Viktor Shcherbakov as her Nutcracker Prince.
Moscow Ballet

If you’ve been meaning to, but haven't quite got around to seeing "The Nutcracker" this year, you’ve got one more chance at the Majestic Theatre. The Moscow Ballet returns to San Antonio to perform the ballet on Monday night.

"It’s more than my job, it’s my life," said the ballet’s Natalie Miroshnyk, who is also the audition director that chose the San Antonio children who perform parts with the Moscow Ballet in the production.

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Public School Funding
3:42 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

School Districts And State Heading Back To Court In January Over School Finance

The "Save Texas Schools" rally at the state capitol during the 2011 legislative session.
Flickr user Phil Ostroff cc

Hundreds of school districts from across the state will head back to court on Jan. 21 to once again examine the Texas legislature’s formula for funding education. Attorneys are arguing that new money and reduced student testing did little to improve the way Texas finances the public school system.

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Affordable Care Act In Texas
2:55 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

Texas Immigrant Community Still Leery Of ACA Health Care Sign Up

Some immigrant families are worried that information in their ACA application may be used by immigration and customs officials.
U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

An immigrant-rights group says fear of deportation is the largest reason why one-third of Texas’ immigrant population are not signing up for health care as part of the Affordable Care Act.

People who are in the United States illegally can't participate in the subsidized healthcare program as part of the ACA, but many of them have family members who are eligible. 

Alvaro Huerta is with the National Immigration Law Center and says Texas has one of the largest of uninsured Latino populations in the country.

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Education
11:02 am
Thu December 26, 2013

Number Of First-Year Teachers In Texas Down While Student Enrollment Swells

The TEA is hoping the number of first-year teachers will increase to meet the demand of the 60,000-70,000 new students each year.
Texas Education Agency

Education experts and state agencies are citing a number of reasons for the lack of first-year educators in the state. In the last four years, the number of new teachers in Texas has seen a sharp decline.

According to a new report, Texas had fewer than 15,000 first-year teachers hired last year, which is down from the 25,000 in 2008. So why the decline? Debbie Ratcliffe with the Texas Education Agency said there are a number of reasons for the drop.

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South San ISD
5:02 pm
Tue December 24, 2013

South San Board Appoints Interim Superintendent; Accuses Predecessor Of Illegal Raises

Interim Superintendent Abelardo Saavedra (right) takes his seat near the board shortly after being selected.
Joey Palacios TPR News

The South San Independent School District has chosen its fifth superintendent in six years. During the selection it was made known that the previous superintendent may have gifted raises without approval.

The South San Board selected former Houston ISD Superintendent Abelardo Saavedra to lead the district while a permanent replacement is selected. Mourette Hodge, the district’s recent interim superintendent, stepped down last week without giving reason after being on the job for six months.

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Arts & Culture
2:35 pm
Tue December 24, 2013

Visitors Say River Walk Lives Up To Holiday Expectations

Perez family, who are visiting from Dallas.
Jack Morgan TPR Arts

San Antonio’s largest single piece of art has many fans, both local, and international. It's the San Antonio River, downtown. A pan flute fills the air with South American magic at the River Center Mall lagoon, where the barges circle and head out on their circumnavigation of the river's big horseshoe bend. 

I went down the other night to see what people thought about how the city dresses up its River Walk for the Holiday Season.

"My name is Justin Self, and I’ve been having fun just walking around and seeing all the pretty lights."

"Where are you from?" I asked.

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Home Video
12:10 am
Tue December 24, 2013

"City Lights" Shines On Blu-ray

The Tramp woos a blind flower girl in "City Lights."
Courtesy of the Criterion Collection.

At one time in America, “The Little Tramp” was one of the most recognized characters in the world. Among classic movie characters, I think Dorothy from “The Wizard of Oz” has since surpassed him, but I’ve been doing my part to introduce my own kids (now 8 and 6) to the joys of silent cinema, and Charlie Chaplin is their favorite star from that era.

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Holiday Giving
3:27 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

Food Bank Gives Christmas Trees Along With Holiday Meals

Ryan Loyd TPR News

Toni picks up her supply of food for the week, but this time she's picking up something extra -- a Christmas tree. She and many more existing clients of the Baptist Temple got the chance to pick out a tree to go along with their holiday meal.

"Some mac and cheese there, there's some rice, and each one of them is different, but we try to make sure that there's some vegetables, some protein," said George Zayas Bazan, the pastor at Baptist Temple. Zayas Bazan said the San Antonio Food Bank distributes food in bulk twice a month -- 16,000 pounds worth.

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Arts & Culture
2:52 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

Cameo Theatre Presents Irving Berlin's "White Christmas"

White Christmas Cast
James Teninty

No one is predicting a white Christmas for San Antonio, no one except Cameo Theatre, a local theater troupe that is putting on a production based on the 1954 musical starring Danny Kaye and Bing Crosby.

Cameo manager Jim Zaccariah talks about their production of "White Christmas."

"It’s got a large cast of 25 people. A large ensemble cast," said Zacchariah, who said the group has more or less followed the movie plot, but with a few twists.

“They’ve added more Irving Berlin songs, so if you’re an Irving Berlin fan, this is the musical for you,” he said.

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