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SA2020
3:40 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Progress And Setback In First SA2020 Report Card

San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro signs his name on the "education" board to show his commitment for that area included in SA2020's larger plan.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

The first report card for San Antonio's goal-setting and transformation program, known as SA2020, has been released and city leaders will be pleased that many areas are making progress, but there is still work to be done.

The report ranked progress on each line item with one of five marks:

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Texas Education
2:57 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

83rd Legislature Made Strides In Education Funding, But Were They Enough?

Save Texas Schools rally in March 2011 outside the state capitol.
Eileen Pace TPR News

Both parties in the school finance battle have been called back to court to review what has happened in the legislative session, which could lead to an official decision.

Travis County District Judge John Dietz made an initial ruling that  the way Texas funds public schools was unconstitutional, but did not make that ruling official, instead waiting to see what happened during the legislative session.

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The Source - June 4, 2013
1:49 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

The Source: Veteran Unemployment | Midnight In Mexico

From "Employing America's Veterans: Perspectives from Business"

In the first segment:

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate among veterans is much higher than that of their civilian counterparts. The rate fell below 10 percent last year and hovers in the 9 percent range, more than 2 points higher than the national average.  

Lack of job training, rough transitions from the military, and stereotypes on the effects of military service plague this population. What will it take to bring these numbers down?  What are the real experiences of employers with their veteran employees?

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Special Session
12:51 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Still A Chance For Non-Redistricting Bills In Special Session

State lawmakers are leaving the friendly confines of the capitol to hold redistricting meetings on the road.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

A leading expert on government from the University of Texas at Austin's Office of Governmental Relations is weighing in on this summer’s special session and if the legislature can expect to see legislation beyond redistricting.

Barry McBee, UT-Austin’s vice chancellor of governmental relations, said there is still plenty of time for various discussions during this special session.

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Arts & Culture
11:01 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Missa Solemnis Headlines 38th Victoria Bach Festival

Craig Hella Johnson
Craig Johnson

The week of June 3-8 marks the 38th call to order of the Victoria Bach Festival. Hundreds of musicians will eventually make their ways to this South Texas city as participants in numerous chamber concerts, plus the grand finale on Saturday evening, June 8.

That final concert brings the entire ensemble of orchestra, chorus and soloists to the stage of the Victoria Fine Arts Center, 1002 Sam Houston Drive. Craig Hella Johnson's downbeat is at 7:30 PM.

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Food!
9:28 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Food Conference Has Something For Everyone Who Eats

Food Policy Council of San Antonio

San Antonio is hosting a major food conference starting Wednesday, June 12, for everyone from growers to chefs to consumers. The target audience for the event: Anyone who eats food.

The conference will offer a broad base of information and activities including info for schools and other institutions, local chefs, the local grower and people who cook for their kids.

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Arts & Culture
5:30 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

A Special Look At Norman Rockwell's Artistic Process

The Norman Rockwell Family Agency

The works of an artist that many feel represents America itself will be on exhibit in San Antonio this week when a landmark Normal Rockwell exhibit opens at the McNay.

This is more than a collection of Rockwell’s artworks. Instead, Normal Rockwell: Behind the Camera, offers a behind-the-scenes journey through the creative process, showing how Rockwell developed his iconic images.

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Redistricting
4:47 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Texas House Taking The Redistricting Show On The Road

State of Texas District Viewer http://gis1.tlc.state.tx.us/

At the beginning of the special session, several lawmakers representing some of the districts caught up the redistricting fight requested that the hearings be taken on the road, so that those living in these voting districts had a chance to voice their concerns directly.

House Redistricting Chairman Rep. Drew Darby, R-San Angelo, said the first of three field meetings will be in Dallas this Thursday, June 6. The next two meetings will be held on Monday, June 10 in San Antonio and Wednesday, June 12 in Houston.

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Texas Legislature
2:48 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

How Did The 83rd Legislature Do On LGBT Equality?

People in San Antonio marched for equal rights in Milam Park as the Supreme Court heard arguments in the DOMA case in March of this year.
Ryan Loyd TPR

The month of June is Gay Pride month and Chuck Smith, the executive director of Equality Texas, is looking back over the 83rd legislative session to celebrate the group’s successes and develop a plan for some areas of improvement.

"This legislative session we had a record number of endorsed bills--over 30 bills--and I think that was indicative of lawmakers not being afraid to carry our legislation. I think the reality is that what we are trying to do now is mainstream Texas values," Smith said.

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Medicaid Expansion
12:15 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

So What Does No-Plan Medicaid Expansion Look Like?

Gov. Rick Perry has maintained a strong stance opposing the federal expansion plan.
rickperry.org

Despite a lack of direction from the Texas Legislature, the state’s leading doctor is optimistic about how Texas will function without having a plan to address Medicaid expansion.  

Dr. Kyle Janek is the commissioner for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission and will be the chief negotiator when the state begins discussions with federal government on whether to extend Texas a waiver and award the state a block grant to start a state-run form of Medicaid.

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