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2:32 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

'America's Got Talent' Showcases City And Local Production Talent

Crowds line the Riverwalk to see Howie Mandell on the first barge of America's Got Talent mini river parade, piloted by Elizabeth Taylor of Rio San Antonio Cruises
Drew Mayer-Oakes San Antonio Film Commission

NBC’s "America’s Got Talent" wrapped up a week’s stay in San Antonio on Friday for the taping of the popular TV show, and the city's contributions to the show are being hailed as a success.

The show auditioned 100 competitors from all over the country, not just San Antonio.

Drew Mayer-Oakes with the San Antonio Film Commission said the show brought dozens of its own producers and staffers, but hired some local talent as well.

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City Council Elections
2:30 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Nirenberg Suggests To District 8 Constituents He's Ready For The Job

Ron Nirenberg speaks to people at the Hunters Creek meet and greet
Ron Nirenberg for City Council District 8 Facebook Page

With a month and a half to go until the city elections, candidates are defining themselves in different ways. For District 8 candidate Ron Nirenberg, the associate general manager of jazz station KRTU, that means attacking the issues head on.

"At the end of the day, this council race should be about how can we help our community, and how can we do the right thing. It doesn't have to be after the election," said Nirenberg.

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Border & Immigration
1:33 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Lamar Smith Has His Own Litmus Test For Immigration Reform

Rep. Lamar Smith could be a deciding vote if immigration reform is to pass.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

As different political voices in Washington D.C. lay out their views for what immigration reform should look like, San Antonio Congressman Lamar Smith described his litmus test for viable immigration reform. 

Smith is seen an influential vote needed for immigration reform to pass the House and said there are three elements that must be included in any proposal.

"First of all we need to secure both our border and our interior," he said.

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World Music At SXSW
12:43 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Kao=S Mixes Traditional & Modern Japan To Make Music & Visual Art

Kao=S busks on Rainey Street on Saturday night, giving passers by something different from the contemporary sounds pouring out of the bars.
Chris Eudaily TPR

Tokyo-based Kao=S (pronounced 'kaus' - like house) mixes modern acoustic rock guitar riffs with the tsugaru syamisen - a traditional Japanese string  instrument - accompanied by the shakuhachi (Japanese bamboo flute) and Japanese sword performance.

The band is made up of Kaori (vocal/sword performance), Shuji (guitar/vocal), Jack (tsugaru syamisen and Daisuke (shakuhachi).

"Me and Jack played together in a different [group] and I met Shuji [when] I went to Shuji's live show and I talked to him [and said], 'Let's play together,'" Kaori said.

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World Music At SXSW
10:02 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Japan's Shugo Tokumaru Is In Control And 'In Focus'

Shugo said Tokyo audiences have been noticably resistance to his musical charms.
Chris Eudaily TPR

For his latest album, "In Focus?," Shugo Tokumaru maintained complete control over the creative process and played all the instruments on the recorded disk. In order to perform live, however, he needed some help, and had his band to back him up.

While the band delivered the songs with energy, complete with the subtle textural nuances that give Shugo's songs a little something special, he was visibly focused on the other two musicians during their performance the afternoon of March 14.

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Career Education
9:52 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Doctors Visiting Area Schools To Dispel Myths, Encourage Medical Field

Radiologist Darlene Metter, M.D., (second from right) of UT Medicine San Antonio, shows a photo of an X-ray to fifth-graders at a local elementary school on National Doctors’ Day 2011.
UT Health Science Center

Tomorrow, 25 schools across San Antonio will have special visitors to talk about the medical field. Dr. Pam Otto is one of the visiting doctors and said she has talked to students in the past who have plenty of questions about what it takes to become a physician.

"You know, 'How long are you in school?’ and, 'What does all that take? What kind of grades do you have to have?' The cost always comes up. For the women, a lot of times – even though half the medical school class is women now – the young ladies often ask, 'Can I still have a family?'" Otto said.

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SXSW Film Festival
1:02 am
Tue March 26, 2013

SXSW 2013 Review: "The Other Shore"

Courtesy Photo

Diana Nyad is an athlete obsessed, but what's so unusual about that? Athletes are supposed to be obsessed. But to say Diana Nyad is a woman obsessed, now that's what makes her story so compelling, even worthy of a movie. And that movie was recently given several special screenings at SXSW.

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VIA Modern Streetcar
4:31 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

VIA Streetcar Meeting On Holy Thursday Could Affect Attendance

VIA Metropolitan Transit

VIA’s modern streetcar project will receive another public input meeting, this time concerning alternate routes.

But the flyer doesn’t make clear that routes are the alternatives that will be discussed.

The digital flyer sent by VIA says, "Modern Streetcar: Come hear and provide comments on detailed alternatives and their characteristics."

George Rodriguez, president for South Texas Alliance for Progress, a conservative group, said VIA appears to be involved in a game of wordplay.

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City Council Elections
3:06 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Bernal, Unopposed, Celebrates First Term & Focuses On The Future

Councilman Diego Bernal speaks to supporters at Chris Madrid's on March 23, 2012.
Gonzalo Rodriguez Duable

He is the only council member unopposed, and instead of holding a re-election effort, District 1 Councilman Diego Bernal held a thank you celebration.

"A lot of our success is the product of us working hand-in-hand with neighbors, and so it's a chance for me to thank them for working with us," he said Saturday.

Bernal hosted a community party at popular burger spot Chris Madrid's, and offered people the chance to get their t-shirts screen printed with his logo, which was created by local artist Cruz Ortiz.

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San Antonio's Missions
2:09 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Archbishop Re-dedicates San Juan; Old Spanish Missions Receive Governor's Award

Rededication ceremony for Mission San Juan Capistrano March 23, 2013
Eileen Pace TPR

The Old Spanish Missions were honored with the Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation at Saturday’s rededication ceremony for Mission San Juan Capistrano.

Attendees at the dinner commemorating the restoration of San Juan got a look at the details that made the project outstanding, like the hand-worked altar and architectural pieces, an exterior surface restored to its original look, and the re-interment of Native American remains found in the repair of the building’s foundation.

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