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City Government
3:36 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Chan Cites First Amendment In Response To Critisicm About Homophobic Comments

District 9 Councilwoman Elisa Chan.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

District 9 Councilwoman Elisa Chan is coming under fire from gay rights organizations for making comments against homosexuals in an audio recording given to the San Antonio Express-News.

Chan's office provided the following statement to KENS5 TV:

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Food
3:32 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Every Taco Tells A Story

A woman orders from the Datapoint Taqueria food truck in San Antonio.
David Martin Davies

 

Consider the taco. A corn or flour tortilla filled with something tasty. It’s a simple concept, but the possibilities are infinite. 

As Americans have taken to the taco, this culinary import has been adopted, adapted and transformed north of the border.

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The Source - August 19, 2013
2:32 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

The Source: Social Mobility In America | The Ethics Of Secret Recordings In Media

Bureau of Labor Statistics

In the first segment:

The American Dream holds that hard work and determination pay off, but is that still true? Does the "land of opportunity" still exist in America? Turns out it depends on a lot of  things, not the least is where you live.

The Equality of Opportunity Project  at Harvard shows us that cities like Salt Lake City have social mobility comparable to the best developed countries, whereas Milwaukee and Atlanta have the mobility rates less than any developed country.

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2014 Election
2:19 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Abbott Says His "Thanks" Wasn't Endorsing "Offensive Language"

Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott at a campaign stop last month in McAllen, Texas.
David Martin Davies TPR News

In the online aftermath of a tweet calling state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, a "Retard Barbie" and an "idiot," a group advocating for Texas women in politics said they have had an outpouring of support.

The tweet was sent on Saturday by Denton Attorney Jeff Rutledge as a comment on the 2014 governor's race, which is currently without a commitment from Davis, and earned a "thanks" from Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott:

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Honey Bees!
1:13 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Can A Change In EPA Labeling Help Honey Bee Populations Recover?

Flickr user TexasEagle cc

The Environmental Protection Agency is requiring new labels on certain pesticides that may harm bees and other pollinators, just one effort in an ongoing multi-layered campaign to strengthen the bee population.

In May the U.S. Department of Agriculture released a report  showing scientific consensus that there are a complex set of stressors associated with the decline in honey bee populations, including loss of habitat, parasites and disease, genetics, poor nutrition and pesticide exposure.

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Community Health
12:02 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

ACA "Navigator" Grants Will Help Migrant Workers In South Texas

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was in San Antonio at the beginning of Aug. to explain and promote the Affordable Care Act. Sebelius is flanked by Joaquín (left) and Julián Castro
David Martin Davies TPR News

Of the $10.8 million given to Texas groups by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for the Affordable Care Act's "navigator" program, the Texas chapter of Migrant Health Promotion received over $580,000.

The group will be promoting healthcare solutions to the hundreds of thousands of migrant workers in South Texas.

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TPR Events & Initiatives
11:37 am
Mon August 19, 2013

TPR Honored With Seven 2013 Lone Star Awards

Eileen Pace received a First Place award for Best Talk Show at the annual Lone Star Awards event on August 2.
Nathan Cone

Texas Public Radio this month was honored with seven Lone Star Awards for broadcast and online journalism.  The Lone Star Awards is a statewide competition that recognizes outstanding achievements in journalism and mass communication, and is organized by the Houston Press Club.

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Texas Education
11:10 am
Mon August 19, 2013

CSCOPE Lives On In Llano Court Case

Texas Education Service Center Curriculum Collaborative (TESCCC)

On Friday Burnet County Judge Allan Garratt ruled that the case brought against Llano ISD for its use of the online CSCOPE lesson plans had no merit under current state law.

Garratt questioned whether the case against Llano ISD and its superintendent Casey Callahan had any merit because it did not prove injury based on the use of CSCOPE lesson plans.

Attorneys for Llano schools argued that this type of lawsuit must go through state court and must be argued by the attorney general and involve the education commissioner.

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World Festivals
8:51 am
Mon August 19, 2013

World Celebrations: Hungry Ghost Festival

Offerings for the Hungry Ghost Festival.
Mezanurrahman Wikimedia Commons

Worshipping the Ancestors is common around the world, but what about when they come seeking you? That’s the scenario at The Hungry Ghost Festival in China.

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Community History
5:18 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Commemorating The Battle Of Medina's Bicentennial Aug. 17-18

Wikipedia Commons user Piastu cc

This weekend marks the 200th anniversary of the Battle Of Medina, often referred to by historians as the bloodiest battle in Texas history.

Historians are planning a two-day ceremony commemorating the Aug. 18, 1813 battle between the Royal Spanish Army and the Republican Army of the North.

About 3,200 men -- including Spaniards, Tejanos, Native Americans, and men from the U.S. -- fought 20 miles south of San Antonio for ownership of Texas.

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