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Texas Public Schools
11:19 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Texas 8th Graders May Have To Take Two End-Of-Course Math Tests This Year

Federal education officials have denied a state waiver that would have eliminated the need to test eighth grade students' math skills more than once -- the denial is related to provisions in House Bill 5 that reduced the overall number of end-of-course exams.

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Fronteras
11:06 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Despite Water Crisis, Some Arizona Farmers Are Exporting Crops

Some of Yuma County's alfalfa will go to feedlots and dairies in the region. Others will be shipped overseas to China, where the demand for hay has grown.
Laurel Morales Fronteras

Fronteras: As California struggles with its water crisis and the rest of the southwest deals with drought, some criticize Arizona farmers for exporting some of their crops overseas. In the final part of our series "Pipe Dreams" we look at the controversy of indirectly exporting water overseas. A new lawsuit in Arizona federal court is trying to block new state abortion restrictions from taking effect on April 1. What's at stake in that state's latest legal fight over abortion? Also, crowded college classrooms have some U.S. students heading south of the border for their higher education.

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Leon Valley
9:37 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Leon Valley's First Major Facilities Expansion In 40 Years Is Nearly Complete

Leon Valley City Hall will gain about a third more space once a new fire station is built that will allow the police department to move out of the main administration building.
Leon Valley

Residential growth and new business development are quietly moving forward in an area where it might be least expected. The City of Leon Valley is marking the progress with its first major facilities expansion in 40 years.

Nestled in the near-Northwest area of San Antonio, Leon Valley is pretty much land-locked on all sides.

“I would say we are about 90 percent built out." City Manager Manny Longoria said.

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Arts & Culture
4:40 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

A Unique Art Exhibit For The Blind At Mercury Project Gallery

A recently-blinded war vet experiencing The Color of Blind exhibit.
Katherine Brown

Imagine an art exhibition where what the art looks like isn’t that important.

"The Color of Blind is an interactive art show for the visually impaired," said Trina Bacon, the founder and curator of The Color of Blind.

“It’s a touch show where you can go and actually touch all the art pieces," she said. "The way the blind see is through touch.”

It's an odd concept to grasp, but once you make that leap -- realizing that the eyes aren’t playing a role -- it gives the concept of an art show a whole new meaning.

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2014 Governor's Race
3:17 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Davis Presents Innovation & Technology Component Of Education Platform At SXSWedu

Wendy Davis says her education policy will contain a greater use of technology even amongst poorer school districts -- the Democratic nominee for governor was one of the keynote speakers at this week’s South by Southwest Education conference.

In a packed room at SXSWedu in Austin, Davis provided a sneak peak at another component to her education platform: Innovation and technology.

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Abortion In Texas
2:43 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Rio Grande Valley Loses Only Remaining Abortion Clinic

The last remaining abortion clinic in the Rio Grande Valley closed its doors this week as a result of House Bill 2, the abortion clinic restriction law passed by the legislature during 2013’s special session.

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Arts & Culture
2:15 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Second Saturday Art And Wine In Boerne Looks To Woo You

Second Saturday Art & Wine, Boerne.
Courtesy Johny Rosa

Boerne will be hopping with art over the weekend for Second Saturday Art and Wine.

“Second Saturday is a show we put on every month, so it happens twelve times a year," said Johny Rosa , who owns Texas Treasures Fine Art Gallery, a Second Saturday participant.

“We have market days down in the square in Boerne. It goes from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.. And then from 4 p.m.-8 p.m. is the gallery tour,” Rosa said.

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Transportation
1:18 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

VIA Seeking Streetcar Funding From Federal Transit Administration

VIA Metropolitan Transit

VIA Transit is preparing grants to secure federal funding for its proposed streetcar project. Now that the Federal Transit Administration has given its stamp of approval to the streetcar plan, several federal funding sources have become available to help it along.

After hundreds of committee meetings, four public meetings, and an array of route configurations, VIA finalized its streetcar plan, allowing it to move forward with requests for grant applications.

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The Source - March 6, 2014
12:38 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

The Source: Is San Antonio Missing Out On The Live Music Business?

Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff is hopeful that Mission County Park will attract more mid-sized touring artists and festivals to San Antonio.
Bexar County

San Antonio is missing out on the live music industry, according to local promoters. With SWSX in Austin about to begin, live music options sometimes seem to pale in San Antonio. The missing mid-sized venues, contract provisions that don't allow performers in nearby cities to make the trip south, and the lack of a strong urban core are all reasons cited by those familiar with the situation.

With the Tobin Center opening, the Aztec Theatre already open, and the Mission County park being completed, will that change? 

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The Source - March 6, 2014
12:36 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

The Source: Monarch Migration Under Threat

Monarch on Swamp Milkweed on the Llano River
Monika Maeckle Texas Butterfly Ranch

  Every year a generation of monarchs reach the forests of Mexico's Michoacan region. The 2,800-mile journey south from the U.S. takes four generations of monarchs in a single year. Millions of the butterflies turn the forest orange as they wait out the winter for six to eight months.  

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