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Classical Spotlight
9:15 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Children's Chorus Celebrates The Magic Within

Marguerite McCormick
Chris Eudaily/TPR

The Children's Chorus of San Antonio performs their annual Spring Song this Sunday at 3 p.m., with a theme "The Magic Within." 

Artistic Director and Founder Marguerite McCormick is excited for the program.

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Texas Legislature
9:11 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Bill To Register And Track Family Violence Offenders Passes House

Ryan Poppe TPR News

The Texas House has passed House Bill 21, which sets up a statewide database to track the location of repeat offenders that have been convicted of family violence.  

The bill, which is authored by Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer of San Antonio, sets up a registry of anyone convicted three times on charges of family violence and/or child abuse. 

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The Source - May 1, 2013
6:56 am
Wed May 1, 2013

The Source: Payday Lending's Big Influence At The Capitol

http://www.pewstates.org/research/data-visualizations/how-payday-loans-work-85899452693
pewstates.org

In the first segment:

It appears that regardless of what passes or doesn't pass in the legislature this month, the San Antonio city ordinance on payday lenders in San Antonio will remain.

According to Texans for Public Justice, an anti-corruption advocacy nonprofit, payday lenders had more than $3.7 million in donations to state lawmaker campaigns since 2010.  

The organization says the payday loan lobby is fueling a "tepid" set of reforms.  

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Higher Education
4:20 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

College Week Aims To Remove Barricades From Higher Learning

Mayor Julian Castro, SA2020 president Darryl Byrd, and Mark Vargas, chair of the Youth Commission, pose for a picture after the Destination College/College Week Kick-Off
GenTX San Antonio

The city is in the middle of a week-long list of events to motivate residents of all ages - from elementary to high school and beyond - to go to college.

On Monday, Mayor Julián Castro reminded people on the steps of City Hall about the city’s commitment to education.

"San Antonians set a bold goal," he said. "That goal was to make the biggest turnaround in educational achievement any big city has seen in a decade."

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Lackland Courts-Martial
3:35 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Female Boot Camp Instructor Sentenced at Lackland

Eileen Pace TPR

Update: (May 2, 3:20 p.m.) Allen was sentenced to three months confinement, reduction to the grade of E-3 (Airman First Class) and hard labor without confinement for 30 days.

Allen's is the 18th completed courts-martial in the ongoing Lackland sex scandal involving military training instructors.

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Texas Legislature
2:38 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Are Texas Public Schools Criminalizing Children By Ticketing Students For Misbehavior?

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Two Senate lawmakers and the chief justice of the Texas Supreme Court are asking the state to look into the possible disparity of minority children being criminally ticketed for misbehaving in the classroom. 

"An estimated 300,000 misdemeanor tickets are issued in our state’s schools each year," said Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson. "We are criminalizing our children for non-violent offenses."

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Texas Legislature
1:12 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Texas Restaurant Industry Supports Bill To Ban Use Of Trans Fats

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Much like laws in the other states that ban restaurants and food eateries from using trans fats, Texas senators are now considering a similar measure in House Bill 1359.  

"The bill prohibits the use of any trans fats above .5 grams, and it doesn’t have any enforcement provisions in it, but it does allow the food inspection department to provide some grading on the restaurants using or not using trans fats," said Sen. Jose Rodriguez, D-El Paso, who authored the bill.

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Classical Spotlight
12:30 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

"Rite of Spring" Right On Target With Lux Musicae

John Godoy conducts Stravinsky
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There is a lot of attention being paid to Igor Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring." The ballet caused a riot at its premiere back in May 1913, and 100 years later is still gathering audiences. San Antonio audiences saw the Joffrey Ballet perform it on tour with pre-recorded music back in March.

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Texas Constitution
11:13 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Castro Seeking City Attorney Opinion Following Attorney General Ruling On Domestic Benefits

Mayor Julian Castro is asking the city attorney's office how San Antonio would be affected by the AG's ruling that domestic partner benefits are unconstitutional.
Ryan Loyd TPR

In response to a request by state Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has issued an opinion on domestic partner benefits.

Abbott said cities, school districts and other "political subdivisions" who allow benefits to domestic partners are in violation of the Texas Constitution.

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Texas Legislature
10:25 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Senate Passes Water Funding Bill, House Variation Is "Doorknob Dead"

Ryan Poppe TPR News

Lawmakers in the Texas Senate wasted no time passing a bill to fund the future of Texas’ water needs, passing Senate Bill 4 by unanimous vote within the stretch of just a few hours. 

Sen. Troy Fraser, R-Horseshoe Bay, authored the bill that sets up the structure of awarding 500 water projects over the next 50 years.  

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