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NBA Finals
3:57 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

In Videos: A Year Of San Antonio Vs. Charles Barkley

Screen shot of Hey Chuck! Part II
Mayor's office

What would a Spurs playoff series be without former NBA star Charles Barkley, San Antonio's nemesis?

Barkley, who also happens to love Manu Ginóbili, the entire Spurs franchise and Mayor Julián Castro, is back as part of the NBA TV coverage team and he hasn't changed his tune, nor has he come up with any new jokes about San Antonio women.

Last year during the Western Conference Final against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Barkley and Castro traded (friendly) blows on air with the mayor inviting him for a sightseeing trip:

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Science & Technology
12:30 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Local Research Funding Could Be Threatened By Sequestration

UT Health Science Center

The effects of federal budget cuts known as sequestration have scientists and medical researchers worried that funding will start to be cut.

Research and medical discoveries depend on a plentiful supply of money, but if lawmakers in Washington, D.C. slash funding, research can’t be conducted.

That could mean a new generation of researchers won't have jobs according to Research!America President Mary Woolley, who said that will be detrimental to the country in the next 10 years.

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Texas Legislature
11:25 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Committee Passes Juvenile Maximum Sentence Bill To Comply With Supreme Court Ruling

The Bexar County Jail.
Eileen Pace TPR

On the surface, the bill by Sen. Joan Huffman, R-Houston, seems complex, but she said it essentially brings Texas in compliance with last year's Supreme Court ruling that found sentencing 17 year olds to a life sentence without parole was unconstitutional.

Since Texas treats 17 year olds as adults and allowed life without parole, that came in conflict with the Supreme Court ruling. This new law would mean that 17 year olds will face a mandatory maximum that is in line with 14 and 16 year olds.

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The Source - June 13, 2013
10:56 am
Thu June 13, 2013

The Source: Big Brother Or Big Deal | The Future Of The San Antonio Symphony

National Security Agency

In the first segment:

President Obama said the balance between liberty and security is a tricky. As the National Security Agency tries to defend its data collection practices in the wake of the Eric Snowden leak, the debate continues around the issue with little chance of abating anytime soon.  Julian Sanchez from the Cato Institute and Ron Sievert from Texas A&M University will make their cases.

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NBA Finals
10:30 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Spurs Stars Dedicate New Learning Center At Wheatley Middle School

Matt Bonner reads to children at the new learning center at Wheatley Middle School.
Ryan Loyd TPR

The Spurs are holding a one-game advantage in their showdown with the Miami Heat for the NBA Finals, and despite the pressure, the team took time Wednesday to dedicate a new learning center at Wheatley Middle School.

NBA Commissioner David Stern said this is the 811th NBA live, learn and play center of its kind. Teams who make the finals are given an NBA grant to give back to their communities.

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West, Texas Relief
5:19 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Governor "Stunned" About FEMA Denial Of Aide To West, Texas

Gov. Perry at a press conference addressing the explosion in West, Texas.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

Lawmakers at the state capitol are outraged by the decision of FEMA officials to deny the town of West continued federal assistance following the fertilizer plant explosion.

According to a report released by the Associated Press, the Federal Emergency Management Agency is refusing to provide West with the funds to help the town rebuild. In a letter from FEMA to state officials, the group has ruled that the plant explosion in West did not meet the criteria for a major disaster declaration.

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Community
3:56 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Residents Discuss Hemisfair Vision For "Front Porch" Of San Antonio

Hemisfair visioning team led by Bill Shown at the Institute of Texan Cultures
Eileen Pace

More than 200 local residents packed the Institute of Texan Cultures on Tuesday evening at a visioning meeting for the new Hemisfair. They were asked to enter their suggestions for features at the corner of Market Street and Alamo, near the Torch of Friendship.

Andres Andujar, CEO of Hemisfair Park Redevelopment Corporation, said that corner will be the large open space that becomes the front porch of San Antonio.

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Special Session
3:01 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Austin Democrat Talks Crossover Districts In Redistricting Debate

Court-ordered interim U.S. Congressional Districts for the 2012 election.
State of Texas District Viewer http://gis1.tlc.state.tx.us/

Following several out-of-town hearings on the subject of redistricting, the Senate committee is back in Austin hearing various plans for changing the state’s voting maps, which included a plan from Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, who said he borrowed his argument from Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.

"It concludes by saying -- in essence -- that while the Voting Rights Act may not require the creation of a crossover district, the purposeful dismantling of a crossover district would raise serious questions under the 14th and 15th Amendments of the Constitution," Watson said.

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Classical Spotlight
2:44 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Miami, San Antonio Opera Companies Bet On NBA Finals

Spurs fan and Opera Piccola San Antonio founder Mark Richter
Chris Eudaily TPR

On, Tuesday night after the San Antonio Spurs won Game 3 to go up 2-1 over the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals, Opera Piccola San Antonio's founder Mark Richter was happy.

"I hope we run the Heat out of town, and I hope we finish them here in San Antonio!"

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Classical Spotlight
2:23 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Concert Band Honors Stars & Stripes On Flag Day

Mark Rogers conducting the Heart of Texas Concert Band
Sudie Rogers

Friday night includes a celebration of Flag Day with the Heart of Texas Concert Band. "It's not as popular a holiday as St. Patrick's Day or even Columbus Day!", says music director and conductor Mark Rogers. "But we found lots of music appropriate for honoring the flag and wanted to do a concert."

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