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2014 Election
3:22 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Van De Putte Considering Run For Statewide Offices

State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte in the TPR studio shortly after the Wendy Davis filibuster this summer.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

According to Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa, state Sen. Leticia Van De Putte of San Antonio has been extremely busy this summer.

Hinojosa said the Texas Democratic Party and other groups have approached Van DePutte about a run for lieutenant governor, or even running against George P. Bush for land commissioner. Hinojosa said Van DePutte has been gathering information on a run since August and wants to see numbers that give her a chance to win before she announces what she will do. 

Hinojosa said she has an advantage in the race for land commissioner:

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2014 Election
2:49 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Texas Dems Continue To Wait As Wendy Davis Gets Set To Make A Decision

Democratx watch and wait for Wend Davis to make an announcement about the 2014 election.
Senator Wendy R. Davis Facebook

State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, is expected to make an announcement soon about her political future, and should she run for governor, it could be a heated 2014 election campaign.

Advisors to the Davis campaign are indicating that an announcement could come this week. 

The Lone Star Project’s Matt Angle, a political strategist close to the Davis campaign, said this will be one of the nastiest races Texas has ever seen:

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The Source - September 16, 2013
2:14 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

The Source: Latino Americans | Updates From Downtown

In the first segment:

"Latino Americans" is a new six-part documentary starting on PBS tomorrow night, locally you can tune to KLRN to catch it. The series covers 500 years of history with over 100 interviews.  

We talk with producer John J. Valadez about his work on the project. From William Valasquez to Hector Garcia, Texas plays a big role in the program.

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State Board Of Education
11:34 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Review Panelist Says Cargill Is Interfering In Textbook Process

Flickr user Corey Seeman (cseeman) cc

The review process for next year's State Board of Education-approved biology textbooks has already hit several bumps along the way with controversial comments by reviewers about evolution and climate change, but now there are allegations about improper conduct by SBOE Chairwoman Barbara Cargill.

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Higher Education
9:07 am
Mon September 16, 2013

How To Keep Tuition & Fees From Climbing On Your Child's Academic Future

Texas State University-San Marcos.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

The state’s prepaid college tuition program known as the Texas Tuition Promise Fund began its open enrollment this month.

This is the sixth year for the fund that gives parents the opportunity to lock in tomorrow's college tuition costs at Texas public colleges and universities at today's prices.

Families can purchase one of three types of  prepaid "tuition units" that are later applied toward undergraduate tuition and fees. Prices are based on 2013-14 academic year costs for the state’s public colleges.

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Hemisfair Park
4:44 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

New Budget More Than Doubles Money For Hemisfair Park Redevelopment

The Civic Park area on this map will revitalised into the 'door step' of Hemisfair Park.
Hemisfair PARC

As ideas continue to be generated for the redevelopment of Hemisfair Park, city council has approved additional funding to the agency planning the future of the previous World’s Fair site. The corporation is also seeking public input on what the park should look like.

In it’s 2014 budget city council has approved $1.15 million to the Hemisfair Park Area Redevelopment Corporation. Omar Gonzalez, Hemisfair’s planning and operations director, said that’s more than double what the organization has received before.

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Arts & Culture
4:41 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

A New Season For Camerata San Antonio

Matthew Diekman Camerata San Antonio

Camerata San Antonio begins its next season by taking the show on the road. The popular local Chamber Music ensemble made up of San Antonio Symphony players has been dazzling south Texas audiences for the last decade.

Ken Freudigman, who plays cello in the group, dropped by to talk about their coming programs, starting in Boerne and Kerrville.

"We have music from Benjamin Britten, Béla Bartók, we’re doing some music of Dvořák, Hugo Wolf, music of Brahms and Mendelssohn, all throughout the entire year," he said.

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Texas Public Schools
4:09 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

State Board Of Education Hears Public Comment On CSCOPE Lessons

State Board of Education public comment hearing.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

Both sides of the CSCOPE argument spent hours testifying before a State Board of Education Committee on the social studies component of the online lesson plans.

Friday's meeting was to provide CSCOPE schools public input before a 170 member review committee begins looking at the online curriculum and makes necessary edits.

Once an edited version of the lesson plans is complete, CSCOPE will then be renamed the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skill Resource System.

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Community
3:16 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Delegate Agencies Deal With City Budget Cuts

For Child Abuse Awareness month in April, 6,205 pinwheels for each child in Bexar County who suffered abuse in 2012. Twenty of them were white, representing those who died.
Childsafe

With more than 70 delegate agencies, the city council each year funds the organizations to help them accomplish their missions, but this time the council had to make cuts to meet its objective of balancing the budget. 

San Antonio budget director Maria Villagomez said the agencies, with the exception of Haven for Hope, took a five percent cut.

It's not enough for District 10 Councilman Carlton Soules, who has said every non-essential service should be eliminated.

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Texas Matters
3:01 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Affordable Care Act Insurance Marketplaces Get Set To Open

Community meeting for Affordable Care Act information on the West Side of San Antonio, a low-income area of the city.
David Martin Davies TPR News

Texas Matters: As we quickly approach the opening of the online marketplaces tied to the Affordable Care Act on Oct. 1, community organizations are promoting enrollment while those opposed to the law continue their fight against it. Also: Will there be political fallout in the state for not expanding Medicaid under the ACA? And why Texas has become the "Wild West" for electronic cigarettes.

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