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Violence In Schools
3:46 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Certification Begins For First Class Of Texas School Marshal Trainers

State Rep. Jason Villalba, R-Dallas, speaking to school marshal instructors at the training facility.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

The first class of school marshal trainers gathered to begin their own training Monday at the Texas Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training Center in Maxwell, Texas, which is located northeast of San Marcos.

The group will then be in charge of training school marshals in schools throughout the state -- for schools that choose to participate in the program.

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The Source - March 24, 2014
1:01 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

The Source: The Epidemic Of Child Abuse In Bexar County

Childsafe's Cardboard Kids campaign hopes is raising awareness of Bexar County's abused and neglected children.
Childsafe

Last year in Bexar County 5,846 kids were abused or neglected. We have the second highest rates of abuse in the state. Houston's Harris County ranks first, but Bexar only has 83 fewer total incidents with a child population half that of Harris.

In addition, kids in Bexar County are more often abused even after Child Protective Services gets involved.

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The Source - March 24, 2014
1:00 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

The Source: Tuberculosis, The Second Largest Disease Killer In World

Greg Zaragoza for Texas Public Radio

Tuberculosis (TB) is not commonly thought of in Texas or the US., but it killed 1.3 million people in the world last year and ranks second only to HIV/AIDS in death by a single infectious disease.

The TB death rate declined 45 percent from 1990 to 2012, according to the World Health Organization, but in later years that decline has slowed. A single cough can infect and drug-resistant strains have been found in every country on the planet.

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KPAC Blog
12:10 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Local Player In The Pit For 'Wicked' At The Majestic

Peter Rubins.
Courtesy photo

You may have seen "Wicked" at the Majestic recently, but did you know that several of the orchestra members are San Antonians? Peter Rubins is one of them and plays French horn with the San Antonio Symphony, but this month he’s one of nine local players also playing with the orchestra for their production of "Wicked."

"There are a lot of moving parts in a production of this size," Rubins said.

I asked him if "Wicked" was particularly challenging music.

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Animal Welfare
9:54 am
Mon March 24, 2014

ADL In Dire Need Of New Foster Homes For Sudden Increase In Abandoned Puppies And Kittens

Eileen Pace TPR News

An increasing number of abandoned newborn kittens have been reported across the city, and the Animal Defense League is putting out a call for fosters to help take care of them.

ADL spokesman Hugo Vital said the younger kittens have strained resources at the no-kill shelter. 

"Like in the case of three kittens that were just surrendered to us, they will require feeding every two to three hours,"Vital said. "It's almost like having a newborn baby in your home. They're going to require a lot more attention on a regular basis."

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KPAC Blog
9:14 am
Mon March 24, 2014

"Fantasia" Video Game Mixes Bruno Mars And Mussorgsky

Credit Harmonix/Disney

Here at KPAC, we’re excited about discovering new music, and we’ve found that video games, like cartoons and movies before them, are a great way to introduce kids to classical music. Disney is taking the lead this year with a new game for Xbox based on their classic animated film “Fantasia,” called “Fantasia: Music Evolved.” In the game, players "enter the magical realm of Fantasia, selected by the legendary sorcerer Yen Sid, to hone their musical and magical prowess as his new apprentice."

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HearSA
5:22 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

San Antonio Politics: Recent History And The Future

San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro and former Mayor Henry Cisneros in conversation with Dr. Henry Flores (center).
Eileen Pace

 On Tuesday, March 18, San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro and former Mayor Henry Cisneros met on the campus of St. Mary's University for a public discussion about “San Antonio Politics: Recent History and the Future.”  In the above audio, the duo explores recent progress that now annually puts the city near the top of the Milken Institute’s Best-Performing Cities rankings. They also analyze how San Antonio might benefit from current improvement efforts. The conversation is moderated by Henry Flores, Ph.D., St.

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South San ISD
4:06 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

South San ISD Names Fifth Superintendent In Three Years

South San Board President Helen Madla signs the contract for newly hired superintendent Abelardo Saavedra (center)
Joey Palacios TPR News

The South San Independent School District has a new superintendent after a fierce discussion last night where two board members voted against the measure over salary. Abelardo Saavedra is the fifth person to take charge of the district in three years.

In a 4-2 vote, South San’s Board of Trustees hired former Houston ISD Superintendent Abelardo Saavedra. The opposition to the salary came from board members Rose Marie Martinez and Joseph Savage.

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Fronteras
1:43 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Energy Boom, Light Pollution Threaten Astronomy In West Texas

A glow over the northern horizon at McDonald Observatory near Ft. Davis,Texas. The light is generated by round-the-clock oil and gas operations in the Permian Basin.
Bill Wren

Fronteras: The energy boom in Texas and New Mexico is inadvertently compromising the jet-black night skies that astronomers need to do their research. After several decades in the doldrums, the Mexican film industry is seeing some light on the horizon. There’s been a rise of federal immigration crimes -- we speak to an expert from Pew Research about what’s driving that growth. Farmers and ranchers from across the nation are calling for action on immigration reform and the Texas Farm Bureau is asking Congress to “get ‘er done” to help farmers compete.

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Equal Pay Laws
1:33 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Dewhurst Says He Would Let Equal Pay Bill Go To Senate Vote

Dewhurst campaign video

Incumbent Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst has said he would allow another equal pay law to go before lawmakers for a vote, but a political expert says those comments may hurt Dewhurst during the May runoff election.

Following his speech in Arlington to a group of Republican women, Dewhurst, who as lieutenant governor allowed an equal pay for women bill to make it to the Senate floor for a vote, told WFAA-TV that if he won this year's election he would once again move the bill through the process.

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