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Bexar County
5:11 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

For The First Time In 50 Years, See The Original Bexar County Courthouse

Master plan rendering showing the sides and end of the courthouse that will be revealed once the Gondek addition comes down.
Bexar County

The Bexar County Courthouse is getting a $12-million facelift as portions of the historic structure that have been hidden for decades will finally be revealed in about a year.

The first section of what is known as the "Gondek addition" was built onto the 1896 Romanesque Revival structure in 1963, and a second phase was added 

  in 1970. The squared-off, windowless multi-story tower was a low-cost solution to a growing problem of overcrowding.

Bexar County spokeswoman Laura Jesse says the plan was never for the mid-century modern structure to be a permanent solution.

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Texas Politics
4:50 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Abbott Supporters Critical Of Wendy Davis' "Pro-Life" Statement

Wendy Davis at Rackspace during a recent stop in San Antonio.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

A pro-life group supporting Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott for governor has formed a "pro-life truth team" following remarks by Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis.

Last week Davis was at an event at the University of Texas at Brownsville, where she told reporters that she was pro-life, speaking about the life and well-being of women and children.

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KPAC Blog
3:21 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

YOSA Serves Up An Electric Surprise With Guest Tracy Silverman

YOSA teams up with Tracy Silverman in this November 19 show.
Youth Orchestras of San Antonio

The Youth Orchestras of San Antonio welcome guest musician Tracy Silverman for their next concert.
Silverman’s violin has six strings -- two more than most -- and those added strings make a huge difference in his sound.

When he joins forces with YOSA on Tuesday, November 19, at the Lila Cockrell Theater, they are planning on throwing the audience some curves.

"It’s set up as sort of a flash mob, where the orchestra appears out of the audience itself," Silverman said.

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2014 Governor's Race
1:03 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Abbott And Davis Talk Veteran Issues At Tarrant County Stops

Both Abbott and Davis were on the campaign trail on Veteran's Day, talking about how they would make a difference in the lives of military veterans in Texas.
Ryan Poppe/David Martin Davies TPR News

With military veterans at the front of everyone's mind this time of year, the frontrunners in the 2014 race for governor both say they would do more to better the lives of Texas veterans.

State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth and Attorney General Greg Abbott spent Veteran’s Day in Tarrant County, Davis joining the Fort Worth Veterans Day parade and Abbott at a Tarrant County Tea Party rally.

Davis served on the Senate Veteran Affairs and Military Installations committee for the past six years and said she’s made veterans a focus of her campaign:

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The Source - November 12, 2013
12:03 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

The Source: SAY Si Shines In New Report | New JFK Documentary

Image courtesy of Say Sí

In the first segment:

After school arts programs build a variety of socio-emotional areas in a child's life, but often times these programs don't extend to the poor.

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Arts & Culture
9:36 am
Tue November 12, 2013

"The Taming Of The Shrew" Classic Theatre's Last Performance At Blue Star

Bianca, Baptista and Kate
Dwayne Green

They’re called The Classic Theatre, and the name of the five-year-old San Antonio theater company isn’t by accident.

"We concentrate on classic dramatic literature, and that means is we usually do old classics and one modern classic a year," said Co-Artistic Director Diane Malone. "I’m just doing pure Shakespeare and the audiences are loving it."

Why is something written hundreds of years ago -- like Shakespeare -- still relevant today?

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Texas Veterans
4:57 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Geekdom Seminars Show Veterans The Reality Of Entrepreneurship

At one of the Geekdom veteran's entrepeneurship seminars.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

As people across the country honor military veterans for their service, San Antonio's Geekdom is providing many of them a path to entrepreneurship.

From the history of San Antonio's technology leadership to a seminar asking the question, "Can military professionals make great entrepreneurs?" members of the military past and present are learning the options they have when it comes to business opportunities in the civilian world.

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Arts & Culture
4:51 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Friends Remember Rick Hunter, The "San Antonio Jack Kerouac Of Photography"

Rick Hunter Facebook photo.

San Antonio recently lost a highly visible artist. Rick Hunter was probably San Antonio's most known photographer when he died last week of pneumonia.

Facebook may seem an odd place to take the measure of a man, but if you go to Rick Hunter’s Facebook page, the tributes number into the hundreds.

"Rick Hunter was a colleague of mine at the San Antonio Express News," said Hector Saldaña. "I think of a very encouraging person, I think of a guy that loved people, it was evident in his photographs."

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The Source - November 11, 2013
1:13 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

The Source: Opposing Gun Groups Square Off, One Armed | "Wilson" By A. Scott Berg

Open Carry Texas members protesting at the Alamo earlier this year.
Paul Flahive / TPR

In the first segment:

The private meeting of a gun safety advocacy group at a suburban Arlington eatery became tense this weekend when members of Open Carry Texas showed up to protest, according to Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

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Texas Public Libraries
12:12 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Texas State Libraries Face $10 Million Federal Funding Cut

Central Library downtown.
City of San Antonio

Last week the Institute of Museum and Libraries Services announced that Texas public libraries could be without about about $10 million in federal grants, nearly 70 percent of the money they receive from the federal government.

The state is looking at a loss in federal money because of funding cuts that happened during the 2011 legislative session. With those cuts, the state is not able to pay a federal match program that is a part of the federal grant.

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