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Texas Legislature
12:49 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Testing Bill Asks Students To Choose Career Path In 9th Grade

The Save Texas Schools rally on March 12, 2011.
Flickr user Phil Ostroff cc

Before eventually passing the measure, the Senate made radical changes to assessment testing and developed a new model for high school education and school accountability ratings.

The bill originated in the Texas House, but found its clarity in the Senate. 

Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, the bill’s co-author, said this bill does more than reduce the number of high-stakes exams required to graduate from 15 to five.

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Classical Spotlight
12:02 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

St. Luke's Episcopal Choir Premieres Phillips Canticles

St. Luke's Choir
courtesy of the artist

The Choir of St. Luke's Episcopal Church will present their last "Choral Evensong" this season Sunday afternoon at 4:30pm. The concert will feature the world premiere of the St. Luke's Canticles by Craig Phillips. It was commissioned by the parish and the Friends of Music for the Parish Choir for this concert, and later tour of the United Kingdom. Dr. Phillips will be present for the premiere, and more choral works of Phillips will be presented in the Service as well.

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Community Health
11:44 am
Tue May 7, 2013

¡Por Vida! Adds 22nd Restaurant To Healthy-Eating List

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius came to San Antonio to launch Por Vida in 2010
Eileen Pace TPR

¡Por Vida! the City of San Antonio's healthy menu initiative, welcomes another member restaurant to the healthy-eating program.

The initiative was launched in the Fall of 2010 with just a handful of restaurants and today the program has grown to a list of 22 establishments with over 500 meal choices to choose from.

Kasey Pape, a registered dietician at Metropolitan Health District, said Mediterranean restaurant Papouli’s became the newest member after requesting the certification this week.

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The Source - May 7, 2013
9:43 am
Tue May 7, 2013

The Source: Texas Cyber Security and The Future of the Alamo

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In the first segment:

South Carolina is still dealing with the ramifications of a month-long cyber incursion at their Department of Revenue last fall that saw millions of of citizens' banking information, social security numbers and other vital information stolen, costing the state $20 million so far.

Texas also has security holes.  In a report to the state Department of Information Resources, the state's Cybersecurity, Education, and Economic Development Council presented a number of recommendations to improve the state's cyber infrastructure.

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Texas Legislature
8:45 am
Tue May 7, 2013

How An Ex-Con Can Carry An Assault Rifle And Claim Self-Defense

Flickr user jonmallard cc

Under certain circumstances, people convicted of felony offenses can currently use self-defense as the justification for shooting someone, but that could soon change.

A bill authored by Sen. Bob Deuell, R-Greenville, would prohibit convicted felons from being able use such a defense in court.

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Education
7:22 am
Tue May 7, 2013

UTSA President Increases Top-Tier Campaign Goal

UTSA President Ricardo Romo announces an increase of the university's capital campaign
UTSA

UTSA on Monday announced it is raising the goal for the university’s capital campaign.

UTSA launched its Top-Tier Campaign a year ago with a goal of raising $120 million. To date, the campaign has provided funding for 35 new scholarships, 26 new endowed faculty positions, and nine new research centers.

The campaign hit its target last month, or in about one-third the time the school had allotted.

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BP Oil Spill
3:47 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

BP To Pay Texas $18 Million From Deepwater Horizon Disaster

National Wildlife Federation (NWFblogs on Flickr) cc

Texas is included in five of 28 restoration projects across the Gulf of Mexico under a conditional agreement between BP and Natural Resource Damage Assessment trustees.

Texas Parks and Wildlife spokesman Tom Harvey said although the Texas coast was less visibly impacted by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Texas wildlife was affected.

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The Source - May 6, 2013
2:46 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

The Source: Peter Sagal, The Constitution And Getting Older

Peter Sagal

In the first segment:

Peter Sagal rides a motorcycle for freedom...sort of.  Sagal, host of "Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me," has a new project that has him sporting a red, white and blue motorcycle and digging into the Constitution.

From scholars and school teachers to the average Joe, Sagal is interested in finding out why the constitution still matters, how it works and how it doesn't work.  

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KPAC Blog
12:03 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Slatkin On Recording, Revitalization, And Rachmaninoff

Conductor Leonard Slatkin
Steve J. Sherman

This week the Detroit Symphony Orchestra performs two different programs at Carnegie Hall. Leonard Slatkin, their music director, is happy to be part of the Spring For Music festival. "More than any composer I can think of, you span not only his musical growth, but literally the coming of age of American music with these four [Ives] symphonies."

KPAC will air Detroit's Spring For Music concerts on Saturday & Sunday, May 18th and 19th at 7pm on KPAC & KTXI.

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Texas Legislature
11:22 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Even With Bi-Partisan Support, Needle Exchange Bill Dies On House Floor

Ryan Poppe TPR News

After several legislative strategies, a bill that would set up the first Texas needle exchange dies on the House floor.

There were multiple attempts to revive the bill, which was authored by Rep. Ruth Jones McClendon, D-San Antonio, and would've set up a pilot needle exchange program for IV drug users.

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