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Mission Reach
6:22 am
Wed June 26, 2013

Large Section Of Mission Reach Re-Opened To public

Part of a trail washed out on the Mission Reach following the May flooding.
Paul Flahive TPR

On Monday the San Antonio River Authority re-opened a part of the Mission Reach trails damaged in last month’s floods.

The section opened runs from VFW Boulevard to Mission Road.

SARA had to close portions of the Mission Reach after large sections of soil washed out from under the trails, creating a dangerous situation for pedestrians and cyclists.

Gloria Rodriguez, who is in SARA’s Community Relations Department said some of those areas in the project have been repaired and are ready for exploring again.

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Military
10:54 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Four Military Working Dogs Honored for Service to Their Country

MWD Leo, ready to enter civilian life with Staff Sgt. Rachel Lopatesky
Eileen Pace

They served a total of 32 years of faithful service to their country, and Tuesday, they retired.

Four members of the Canine Security Forces were formally honored at a ceremony at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph.

The MWDs – or Military Working Dogs --  were awarded certificates of meritorious service. Commander of the 902d Security Forces Squadron, Major Gregory Bodenstein, says all the dogs are war heroes.

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Classical Spotlight
8:58 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

USAF Band Of The West Celebrates Independence Day

Airmen Ainsley Davis and Jennifer Daffinee at the TPR studios
John Clare / Texas Public Radio

This week starts local performances with Lackland Air Force Base's Band of the West, led by Captain Michael Hoerber. The concerts are free and open to the public, but tickets are recommended for early seating. (For the San Antonio concerts at Sea World, admission is required to the park, but the concert is free inside.)

The patriotic program includes music of all branches of the military, and span from the Revolutionary War to today. Ensembles include their Concert Band, Dimensions in Blue, Warhawk, and  soloists Ainsley Davis and Jennifer Daffinee.

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Education
5:10 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

SAISD Issues District-wide Pay Raises

San Antonio Independent School District

Teachers and staff members in the San Antonio Independent School district will receive a boost in their paychecks starting next semester.

Raises do not happen every year, but the SAISD wanted to introduce a more competitive pay scale to match up with its Bexar County counterparts.

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Government
5:05 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

DPS Begins Issuing Free Voter Certificates, Photo ID Or Not

Chris Eudaily TPR News

Now that the Texas Voter ID law is firmly in place, the Department of Public Safety will begin issuing Election Identification certificates to voters without a Texas identification card.

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Government
3:00 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Newly Elected Shirley Gonzales' Two New Big Jobs: Councilwoman and Mom

Shirley Gonzales announced at her runoff watch party that she and her husband are expecting a baby at the end of the year.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

The good news hasn’t stopped for newly-elected District 5 Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales.

During her runoff election night watch party at her west side campaign headquarters, Gonzales announced she is expecting a baby. By the end of the night, she’d won the election against her opponent, incumbent David Medina. The events mean two big jobs are ahead for Gonzales, who in her free time is also an Ironman competitor.

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Government
2:34 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Lawmakers Point Fingers At Abortion Bill Failure

Dan Patrick, 2010.
File photo.

Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst is speaking out against lawmakers in the Texas House he says failed to get an abortion bill back to the Senate outside the range of a filibuster. However, some senators say it’s the Republican leadership that is to blame. 

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Government
2:14 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

San Antonio City Council Pushes For Flood Solutions

FEMA denied San Antonio and surrounding areas flooding assistance. The City Council wants answers to common flooding problems.
Joey Palacios TPR

Following devastating floods that hit San Antonio over Memorial Day weekend, the City Council has reallocated $3.75 million for cleanup and repair projects.

Public Works Director Majed Al-Ghafry says the Federal Emergency Management Agency declined to assist San Antonio and surrounding areas cleanup and repair from the Memorial Day flood because the flooding didn't quite do enough damage. Guidelines require that damage totals $5.9 million or more locally for federal assistance to kick in.

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The Source - June 25, 2013
2:00 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

The Source: Rape in the Fields | Children in Jail

Maricruz Ladino is one of several women documented in the new Fronline Special
Andres Cediel

In the first segment:

Tonight PBS's "Frontline" presents a new special, "Rape in the Fields," describing the working conditions of immigrant women in our country's agricultural industry.  Legendary news producer Lowell Bergman joins us to talk about his investigation, and details the sometimes tragic circumstances these women find themselves in.

In the second segment:

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KPAC Blog
8:44 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Video: New Harp Release Focuses On American Composers

The latest from Yolanda Kondonassis
courtesy of the artist

Harpist Yolanda Kondonassis grew up in Oklahoma. She made her debut (at age 18!) with the New York Philharmonic and Zubin Mehta, and has since toured worldwide, with every major orchestra. On top of her busy schedule, Yolanda heads the harp department at the Cleveland Institute of Music and Oberlin College Conservatory, and has even written a children's book about conservation (see the related story below).

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