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"I Have A Dream" Speech
3:09 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Castros Join National Celebration Of Martin Luther King's 'Dream' Speech

Joaquín Castro (left) is increasingly a leading voice in both statewide and national issues.
David Martin Davies TPR News

As the nation celebrates the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I have a Dream" speech, American Latino’s are also reflecting on their struggle for civil rights and how King’s dream is still alive for them. 

As part of the day-long celebration on the national mall in Washington D.C., San Antonio Congressman Joaquín Castro will be taking the stage along with other civil rights leaders and President Obama.

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Texas Public Schools
2:12 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Education Commissioner Issues Reminder About CSCOPE Use

TEA Commissioner Michael Williams.
Christopher C. Leonard cc

Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams has sent Texas school districts a legal advisory letter reminding them that they must hold public meetings in order to adopt any curriculum provider, including online lesson plan provider CSCOPE.

Williams said his letter is not meant to discourage use of CSCOPE, only to point out the law under SB 1474, which requires a public meeting about a district's choice in curriculum.

Williams said this step creates local control and transparency.

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Back To School
1:13 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

West ISD Faculty & Students Lean On Each Other In New School Year

Schools in West, Texas are getting ready to welcome students back.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

Teachers and administrators at West ISD are nervously optimistic about this week’s start of a new school year four months after a massive fertilizer plant explosion leveled much of the town and left West ISD a hollow shell.

The new school may only be a series of portable buildings, but the faculty are proud to be back.

Dr. Jan Hungate is one of the chief administrators for West ISD and said sections of town are still unrecognizable, partially because of the blast, and partially because of new growth.

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West, Texas
12:06 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

State Agencies Provide Update On Texas Fertilizer Plant Safety

Committee hearing on the West explosion investigation at the beginning of May.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

State officials are reporting back to a group of House lawmakers about what Texas is doing to keep communities similar to West, Texas safe from another fertilizer plant explosion.

State Fire Marshal Chris Connealy said his office has been conducting fire inspections of these types of facilities:

"We’ve done 62 inspections, thus far only five have said 'no,'" he said. "We still have about 140 to 153 facilities that we will finish up in October and then we will have this map created by November."

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Anti-Discrimination Ordinance
11:16 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Petitioners Hit The Streets To Oust Bernal

Cynthia Serna talks to a resident in District 1.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Opponents of the city council's anti-discrimination ordinance are trying to get the author of the ordinance, District 1 Councilman Diego Bernal, out of office.

Volunteers like Cynthia Serna and other members of the Bexar County Conservative Coalition are going door to door to collect signatures -- they need 6,000 to recall the councilman.

In their view, Bernal violated his oath of office when he proposed an update to the city's non-discrimination ordinance by not preserving, protecting and defending the Constitution.

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The Cost Of Living
10:14 am
Tue August 27, 2013

How Much Do Families Need To Get By In San Antonio?

A Bloomberg article in February says that Americans in 2013 spend only 11.2 percent of their income on food. See link at bottom of this page.
Trista Eudaily

There is "barely getting by" and there is "living comfortably," but when you look at the numbers side by side, you see the wide gulf that separates the two and the possibilities that space represents.

At the bottom is the federal poverty threshold, which is $23,550 this year for a family of four. This number is based on a food cost standard set in 1962, coincidentally the same year the first Wal-Mart store opened in Rogers, Arkansas.

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Business
4:05 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Missouri Radio Station Pulls Gov. Perry's Business Ad

Texas Economic Development Division within the Office of the Governor

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is applauding a St. Louis radio station's decision to pull an advertisement from Texas Gov. Rick Perry that is part of his "Texas Wide Open for Business" campaign.

Unlike Perry’s ads in California and New York, many say the Missouri ad is more politically driven.

Said Perry in the ad:

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Pre-K 4 SA First Day
2:09 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

An Exciting First Day Of Pre-K For Students, Parents & Mayor

Ryan Loyd TPR News

Not everyone gets a personal greeting from San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro on the first day of school, and not everyone gets to speak to him as personally as this.

Pete Aleman got to shake Castro's hand and thank him for the opportunity for his twin sons to attend Pre-K 4 SA.

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The Source - August 26, 2013
12:40 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

The Source: Voter Suppression In Texas?

Chris Eudaily TPR News

The Department of Justice has joined forces with the Mexican American Legal Defense Fund in the fight against the GOP-drawn voting maps. It has also announced that it will challenge the state's voter ID law in a separate case.

We speak with University of the Incarnate Word Professor Gary Keith, who wrote the book "Rotten Boroughs, Political Thickets, and Legislative Donnybrooks: Redistricting in Texas," about the fight to redistrict in Texas.

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Science & Technology
11:55 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Link Between Food Restriction And Drug Abuse In Brain's Pleasure Center

UT Health Science Center

San Antonio scientists say dopamine, a type of neurotransmitter that acts as the brain's pleasure center, is likely the reason that some people turn to the use of cocaine and other illicit stimulants.

Dr. Michael Beckstead, an assistant professor in the School of Medicine at San Antonio’s UT Health Science Center, is the senior author of a study targeting the dopamine neurons in the brain that are involved in reward.

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