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Same-Sex Marriage
4:02 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Texas Same-Sex Marriage Challenge Takes Comfort In Attorney General Holder's Support

Chris Eudaily TPR News

The federal government is throwing its weight behind efforts to ensure same-sex couples have equal treatment under the law. The attorney who represents two couples who are challenging Texas’ ban on same-sex marriage in court this week said that declaration only helps their case.

Speaking at a human rights event, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder directed the Department of Justice to give same-sex couples full and equal recognition to the greatest extent under the law. 

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City Government
3:23 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Council Committees Weigh Privacy Issues With Police Body Cameras

Cameras are already mounted on patrol cars, but San Antonio is one of several cities currently exploring the possibility of officers wearing cameras as part of their uniform.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

The San Antonio City Council's Public Safety Committee had the chance Monday to hear more about the San Antonio Police Department proposal for police body cameras.

Police Chief William McManus appeared before Mayor Julián Castro and the Governance Committee in January and told them the body camera pilot program would last about nine months beginning in March. The cameras would cost $100,000 for the test period but city leaders are trying to work out a deal to loan the cameras for free.

But there are still big concerns about the technology. One of them is privacy.

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Education
2:15 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Davis Calls On Abbott To Settle School Finance Lawsuit

Likely Democratic gubernatorial nominee Wendy Davis speaks in front of Austin Community College's Rio Grande Campus on the Texas school finance lawsuit.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

State Sen. Wendy Davis, the likely Democratic nominee for governor, is calling on Attorney General Greg Abbott to come to the table and reach a settlement agreement in legal case challenging the constitutionality of the state’s school finance system.

As Travis County District Judge John Deitz weighs hundreds of pieces of evidence in the lawsuit, Davis called on Abbott, who is representing the state in the case and is Davis' likely Republican opponent in the governor's race, to make sure Texas school districts are adequately funded.

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The Source - February 10, 2014
1:55 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

The Source: Is Facial Recognition A Threat To Privacy? | Making It In San Antonio's Art World

Nametag promotional video shows functionality of app.
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Education
11:51 am
Mon February 10, 2014

School Finance Trial Wraps Up In Case Likely Headed To State Supreme Court

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Travis County District Judge John Dietz has finished hearing closing arguments in the Texas school finance lawsuit and now attorneys from both sides await a decision. Dietz is taking his time to formulate an opinion because the case will likely go to the Texas Supreme Court.

"I think the evidence was pretty compelling that restoring some of the money just didn’t fix all the problems," said Houston attorney David Thompson, who represents a large group of schools in the lawsuit.

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Arts & Culture
10:53 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Local Musicians Celebrate The Beatles' Influence On South Texas

Hector Saldana, The Krayolas.
Jack Morgan TPR Arts

The Beatles were all over television this last weekend in national TV commemorations of their US arrival. Locally, they were celebrated at the South Texas Popular Culture Center. Hundreds gathered to mark the occasion and listen to bands pay homage to the Fab Four. I went there to speak to a couple of notables involved in the effort. The music I've used in my story (hit "listen" above) was the Blue Note Ringos' version of "Strawberry Fields."

I spoke first to Express News Columnist and Krayolas front man Hector Saldaña.

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City Government
9:56 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Bernal Looking To Revitalize Neighborhoods Without Losing Long-Time Residents

Councilman Diego Bernal is working with Trinity Univ. professor, Dr. Christine Drennon, to figure out how San Antonio is growing.
Gonzalo Rodriguez Duable

In a city like San Antonio, the question has become: Is the city growing in a way that is pushing long-time residents out of neighborhoods as it transforms?

Seeing examples from across the country of growth that completely takes over a town and forces generations of families out of their homes due to wealthier people infiltrating areas, District 1 Councilman Diego Bernal thinks it's time to study how San Antonio grows.

It may not ever be a problem, he said, but he doesn't want to be caught off guard.

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Community
7:46 am
Sat February 8, 2014

Sinkin Eulogized As Passionate Champion For Civil Rights, The Environment

Bill Sinkin Facebook

More than 500 community members, state and local officials and civic leaders gathered at Temple Beth-El on Friday to pay their respects to the “Father of Hemisfair" and civil rights leader, Bill Sinkin, who died Monday, February 3 at the age of 100.

A little over ten years ago, Bill celebrated his 90th birthday at La Villita. At the celebration, all guests were asked to wear a bowtie--Sinkin's signature accessory--in his honor.

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Fronteras Desk
2:40 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

People In ACA 'Affordability Gap' Risk Future In Medical Debt

Percentage of persons under age 65 in families having problems paying medical bills in the past 12 months, by poverty status and 6-month interval: United States, January 2011–June 2012.
CDC/NCHS

Fronteras: The Affordable Care Act aims to increase access to healthcare, but for those in the so-called "affordability gap" insurance may still be out of reach. We speak to Politico about a program just launched to provide scholarships for undocumented student immigrants. Also, it was 150 years ago that Mexico was invaded by the French and ruled by Maximilian. It was a time of betrayals, brutality and war, but who was Maximilian?

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World Music
2:35 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Asgeir Trausti Breaks The "Silence" In English

One Little Indian Records

Last year at Austin’s South By Southwest Festival, a muscular, shy young man with a fairly pronounced sunburn arrived for an interview with me.

Asgeir Trausti had recently arrived from a howling storm in Iceland. He shared a video on his cell which confirmed the conditions-- all dark skies and driving snow. On that same day, Austin was experiencing a fairly typical spring day, with warm temperatures, clear blue skies and gorgeous sunshine. It all went to Asgeir’s head--and his face, and his arms,which were glowing pink!

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