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10:11 am
Thu December 13, 2012

Pfizer Investigation Ends In $43 Million Settlement; $3.9 Million To Texas

The state attorney general’s office has announced a settlement in a 5-year, 33-state fraud investigation of the Pfizer drug company. The pharmaceutical company will pay almost $43 million to the 33 states for its unlawful marketing of two antibiotic drugs and claiming that its brand name drug was superior to a generic equivalent.

Texas will receive $3.9 million in the settlement.

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Holiday Surprise
9:19 am
Thu December 13, 2012

Clydesdales Bring Christmas Cheer To Wounded Warriors

Clydesdales at the Warrior and Family Support Center .
Eileen Pace Texas Public Radio

Some local members of the military got a treat at the Warrior and Family Support Center Wednesday when Budweiser brought in its famous Clydesdale horse team to visit with the soldiers and their families.

These horses meet millions of people each year, and a gentle disposition is a key characteristic.

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Rock & Roll Marathon 2013
8:10 am
Thu December 13, 2012

2013 Rock 'N' Roll Marathon Moved to December

Competitor Group

The San Antonio Rock 'n' Roll Marathon will become a "Jingle Bell Rock" running event – the mega footrace is moving to December.

The Rock 'n' Roll Marathon has been running the streets of San Antonio for the last five years, and four of those years have been considered too hot and humid for runners stomping out the 26.2 miles.

Dan Cruz is the spokesman for Competitor Group, the organization that organizes the Rock & Roll Marathon Series, and said the next race is going to be December 8.

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Homelessness
6:54 am
Thu December 13, 2012

A Place To Live For Low Income Families & Haven For Hope Grads

The front of Terraces at Haven for Hope.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

The Terraces at Haven for Hope on San Marcos St. have 140 apartment units and was originally designed to be a place for haven graduates to obtain affordable housing. 

"What we find in our work is that people come through the transformational campus, they’re ready to take the next step -- which is really housing -- but there really isn’t a lot of housing present in the community," said Mark Carmona,  interim CEO of Haven for Hope. "That was always kind of the vision: How can we being to create this?"

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Schools and the Arts
3:36 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Performing Arts Inspire Murals Around Tobin Center Construction

Students from the SAISD's Young Women Leadership Academy sing in front of the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts before the mural unveiling.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

The walls surrounding the Tobin Center construction site are now adorned with paintings created by SAISD students to serve as a tribute to the vision of the performing arts center as construction continues.

Omar Leos, the district’s visual and theater arts coordinator, said 280 students helped design 36 4 ft. by 4 ft. panels that now line the construction zone

"Instead of having just a regular fence blocking the construction site, there’ll be public art displayed by students of San Antonio ISD," Leos said.

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Education Achievement
2:26 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Local School Districts Vs. The World

Screen shot of the interactive graphic. Once you get to the report card page click on the "Begin your search" button in the upper left to start.
George W. Bush Presidential Center.

The Global Report Card compares school district performance in the United States to international students from other developed countries around the world. The tool also allows you to see demographic information that helps tell a more complete story of each district.

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Transportation
1:26 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Vía Board Votes To Raise Regular Bus Fares

New services like Vía Prímo are part of the reason that the board voted to increase fares.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

The Vía Metropolitan Transit Board voted to increase regular fares on Tuesday night, but it doesn’t mean customers will immediately see increased costs.

A local governmental approval committee consisting of Bexar County Commissioners, members of the San Antonio City Council and members of the suburban council of mayors will still need to give the green light before fares go into effect on Feb. 1.

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Classical Spotlight
12:59 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

San Antonio Native 'Bears' His Creative Soul In New Release

Composer Robert Xavier Rodriguez.
Robert Xavier Rodriguez

Robert Xavier Rodriguez combines cello music on new recording

The latest release of Robert Xavier Rodriguez on Albany Records spans several years, and includes all the cello and piano works, plus a work for solo cello.

"It's wonderful to have quality recordings out, you can show what a piece is supposed to sound like. It is, of course, always great to  have live performances, but I hope recordings will help generate more live performances of my music," says Rodriguez.

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Flood Control
11:47 am
Wed December 12, 2012

Seeling Channel Widening To Relieve Woodlawn And Jefferson Flooding

Runners cross the Josephine-Tobin Bridge into Woodlawn Lake Park. This bridge will be reconstructed for pedestrians only once the project is completed.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

The city is starting a three-year project along Woodlawn Lake Park to address flooding and create safer routes for pedestrians and cyclists.

The Woodlawn and Jefferson Neighborhoods are especially prone to flooding, and the potential for a repeat of flood events like 1998 and 2002 have residents like Henrietta Lagrange concerned.

"I live right in front, so I have mega-pictures," Lagrange said in reference to previous flooding. "I’m there, sometimes, sleepless nights trying to see how high the water is going to get."

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Classical Spotlight
9:49 am
Wed December 12, 2012

Heart Of Texas Concert Band Mixes Winds And Voices For Holiday Concert

HOTCB playing holiday selections
Don Hessenflow

Mark Rogers leads band and choruses this Sunday

When the Heart of Texas Concert Band (HOTCB) performs this weekend, they will add an element for the very first time in the ensemble's history: a choir. Band and choir works are more rare than orchestral accompaniment, but Mark Rogers has done some searching and arranging.

"Nancy Oehlert approached me about collaborating with the Encore Youth Chorus, and I thought it was a natural fit, and immediately thought of the holidays," says conductor Mark Rogers. 

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