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2014 Election
9:38 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Dewhurst Says If He Wins, It Will Be His Last Term In Office

David Dewhurst campaign

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst said at a Texas Tribune event that if he wins re-election he expects this will be his last term in any political office. He said he has unfinished business to accomplish before retiring from office.

Dewhurst said he’d like to continue to oversee how the state responds to Texas’ current economic boom.

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Movie Reviews
8:43 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Animals Behaving Badly In "The Nut Job"

"Surly" spends most of the movie looking like this.
Open Road Films

A movie stuffed with squirrels behaving badly, “The Nut Job” dilutes its kid-friendly message of working together to get things done by stuffing its cast full of fuzzy animals that are pretty mean to each other for nearly the entire length of the movie. Set in a vaguely 1940s-era urban landscape (the one thing I did enjoy), the movie opens on the denizens of a park worrying about having enough food for the winter.

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Arts & Culture
4:33 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

New UTSA Exhibit Highlights Black History And Civil Rights In America

Sanitation Workers Assembling for a Solidarity March, Memphis, March 28, 1968
Ernest C. Withers

A new exhibit opens January 22 at the UTSA main campus off Loop 1604. The exhibit is an extensive collection of race-related media, photographs, video and items from bygone eras. It’s called For All The World To See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights, and according to Associate Professor of Art History Scott Sherer, that title is significant.  

"The exhibit takes its title from the words of Mamie Till Bradley, who was the mother of Emmett Till," Sherer said.

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2014 Election
3:54 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Strategist Says Van De Putte Fundraising Is On A "Good Pace"

Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor Leticia Van De Putte in the TPR studios shortly after the filibuster of the controversial abortion bill this summer that launched Wendy Davis to fame.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

 Leticia Van De Putte’s campaign for lieutenant governor has announced they were able to raise $290,000 in the two months following her announcement.

While that number is much lower than the Republican candidates in the race, Democratic strategist Jason Stanford said it is still a good amount to raise within a two month period.

"Usually the money you raise in your first month is your easy money, from here on out it's going to get harder, but it’s a good pace to set," Stanford said.

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Bexar County
3:18 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Bexar Courthouse Enters Next Phase Of Restoration

South view of the courthouse. The Gondek addition is the modern structure on the left and abuts the original courthouse.
Eileen Pace

Demolition of the modern-day annex to the 19th century Bexar County Courthouse is proceeding with the removal of the modern-day Gondek addition in the coming weeks. 

The restoration of the Romanesque Revival-style courthouse will run about $30 million including the demolition of the annex and restoration of the exterior, along with interior improvements.

The current part of the project will tear down the 20th century Gondek addition, which was installed in two phases -- in 1962 and 1972. 

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Local History
2:27 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

San Antonio Missions World Heritage Site Bid Moves Forward Despite Congress

Mission San Jose.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

Missing from the $1.1 trillion federal spending bill that passed Congress on Wednesday was payment to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) for dues that could have paved the way for San Antonio’s Franciscan Missions to gain World Heritage Site status.

But that doesn’t automatically mean the missions will be passed over.

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KPAC Blog
1:22 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Violinist Mark Wood Comes To San Antonio For School Shows

Mark Wood
Bob Gruen

There are two concerts this weekend that are sure to pack some surprises for those attending. You may know Mark Wood as the guy who decided violins just had too stuffy an image, and who created music like this.

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Border & Immigration
1:11 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Study Compiles Data On Why Immigrants Leave The United States

An in-depth study into why immigrants are leaving the United States and returning to Mexico is being released by a binational nonprofit based in San Antonio.

The study finds the majority are returning home by their own choice.

The study called End of an Era, which was done by Mexicans and Americans Thinking Together (MATT), interviewed 600 people in the Mexican state of Jalisco last fall. The requirements: They had to have been in the U.S. at least one year and back in Mexico for three months.

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Bexar County
1:07 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Bexar Commissioner Calls For Increased Funding For Veteran Services

Precinct 4 Commissioner Tommy Adkisson calls for extended funding for veterans services in Bexar County.
Eileen Pace TPR News

Bexar County Commissioner Tommy Adkisson is calling for increased local spending for veteran programs and services.

According to a chart prepared by Adkisson based on an Austin-American Statesman survey, Bexar County lags far behind other Texas counties in funding its veteran services, despite the county’s strong active military presence.

"You can see we’re next to dead last on percent of veterans in spending per vet," Adkisson said. "And also the percent that is coming out of our general fund here in Bexar County."

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2014 Governor's Race
11:24 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Highlighting Access To Higher Education, Davis Rolls Out Part Two Of Education Platform

Flickr user biologycorner (Shannan Muskopf) cc

Wendy Davis, the likely Democratic candidate for governor in 2014, has rolled out the second part of her education platform, providing three ways Texas high school students could gain a greater access to higher education.

Davis' platform says that one of the best ways to get students into college, graduate, and to reduce their out-of-pocket expenses is to allow them to obtain college credit while in high school.

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