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Fronteras Desk
12:34 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Political Asylum Requests From Mexicans Have Tripled Since 2009

Carlos Gutierrez says his feet were hacked off when he refused to pay criminals a monthly extortion demand. He is cycling in Texas to highlight his appeal for political asylum. He has been granted a work permit pending that appeal.
Lorne Matalon Fronteras

Fronteras: More Mexicans are trying to escape intimidation and/or violence by petitioning the U.S. for political asylum. Human trafficking is a growing problem in the Southwestern United States. Authorities in Juárez are finalizing their investigation into the cause of a deadly explosion at a candy factory last month. The McDonald Observatory in West Texas is now home to the historic Otto Struve telescope.

Mexican Political Asylum Requests Up

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Arts & Culture
11:46 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Jump-Start Returns To Experimental Roots At New Beacon Hill Space

Jump-Start Performance Co.

Jump-Start Performance Company's lease in the Blue Star complex has run out and now they are moving to a new location in Beacon Hill at 710 Fredericksburg Road.

The new address is in the heart of the old uptown area, already known for other artists who create there.

"It’s also the studios for Stephan Gaeth, he has the Uptown Studios," said Erik Bosse, the marketing director for the Jump-Start Performance Co.

Jump-Start is known for its non-traditional take on creating theater.

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Veteran Employment
9:15 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Local Veterans Find More Than 100 Companies Eager To Hire At Job Fair

Eileen Pace TPR News

Hundreds of veterans and military members turned out for a big job fair at the Live Oak Civic Center Thursday. 

A packed parking lot sent applicants to find spots in the grassy areas around the Live Oak Civic Center, where dozens of companies competed to get first shot at the best veteran candidates.

Master Sgt. Terry Ceasor will leave the Army in two years and is looking for a position where he can use skills he has gained as a recruiter.  

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Arts & Culture
3:53 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Spare Parts Fills A Local Educational Need For Art Supplies

Mary Elizabeth Cantu (center) and volunteers.
Chris Castillo

When the legislature chopped $5 billion out of the school budgets in 2011, it had an unexpected result here in San Antonio. An organization was created called Spare Parts.

"It was pretty painful, the cuts in education," said Mary Elizabeth Cantu, founder of Spare Parts.

So her organization tried to provide some of what the budget no longer did, art supplies.

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Violence In Schools
3:41 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

15-Year-Old Canyon High School Student Dies Following Assault In Hallway

Canyon High School in New Braunfels.
Billy Hathorn via Wikipedia Commons cc

New Braunfels Police say the death of a Canyon High School student is the result of an assault, and not a fight.

Police were dispatched to the Comal ISD high school at 9:27 a.m. Tuesday. When they arrived, Cpt. John McDonald said officers found faculty and staff tending to the victim, identified as 15-year-old Logan Davidson.

McDonald said the suspect, another 15-year-old student, waited for Davidson outside their classroom after their first class of the day.

McDonald said the suspect used his fist to punch Davidson in the head twice, which rendered him unconscious.

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Health Research
3:11 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Van De Putte Raising Funds For SIDS Research With 5K In Memory Of Grandson

Leticia Van De Putte holds a picture of her grandson Rex, who died unexpectedly from SIDS this year.
Eileen Pace TPR News

State Sen. Leticia Van De Putte has announced a newly-created 5K run in honor of her grandson, Rex Neal Van De Putte, who died this year from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

The first 5K Walk/Run for Rex this Saturday morning will benefit SIDS research.

Rex was six months old when he died May 7 and Van De Putte said crib death takes the life of a baby in Bexar County every two and a half weeks.

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The Source - November 14, 2013
2:08 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

The Source: Bexar County Schools 'Go Public' | Texas Juvenile Justice & Mental Health

Bexar County school superintendents at a press conference launching "Go Public" campaign.
David Martin Davies TPR News

In the first segment:

A new public image campaign launched last week by Bexar County schools is aimed at making you aware of how great public schools are doing in the face of dramatic hardships. The "Go Public" campaign asks people to look at the multiple roles public schools have been asked to take on and to tell their stories supporting them.

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2014 Election
1:59 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Van De Putte Will Announce Her Intentions For 2014 Elections Next Week

With Wendy Davis having already declared for the top office in the state, speculation has continued over Van De Putte's possible run for lieutenant governor.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

According to sources inside state Sen. Leticia Van De Putte's campaign, her formal kickoff ceremony and announcement for what she plans to do in the 2014 election will be Friday, Nov. 23.

Since the end of the summer,Van De Putte has continued to mention that she was considering a run for lieutenant governor and had begun an exploratory campaign. Van DePutte said family has been a major consideration in what comes next, as over the past year her family has suffered the loss of three loved ones.

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World Festivals
12:19 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

In Thailand, A Feast Fit For A King Goes To The Monkeys

Crab-eating Macaques in Lopburi, Thailand (behind Sarn Phra Karn shrine)
Christian Rebernik Wikimedia Commons

Once a year, and only in Thailand, the four legged and agile inhabitants of Lopburi, the Macaques monkeys, are treated as honored guests at the Monkey Buffet Festival. Normally, the locals regard these simian creatures with disdain because of their atrocious behavior. Monkey hordes hang out on roof tops and telegraph wires, and their hygiene leaves much to be desired. Passer bys are often the recipients of undesired droppings.

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Veteran Employment
11:40 am
Thu November 14, 2013

U.S. Chamber Of Commerce Honors USAA For Hiring Veterans

USAA

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has bestowed an award on San Antonio-based insurance giant USAA and several other local companies for their strength in hiring veterans. 

The third annual Hiring Our Heroes Lee Anderson Veteran and Military Spouse Employment Award recognizes the global insurance company for its proven dedication to recruiting and helping to transition veterans and exiting military service members.

The award also honors the company for hiring spouses of military members.

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