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Abortion Legislation
2:30 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Debate On Abortion Clinic Standards Touches Off Shouting Match

Texas State Capitol in Austin, where legislators and supporters/opponents are debating proposed legislation.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

A bill requiring higher standards for abortion providers has made it out of the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services and is now on the senate floor for full review.

The discussion on the matter of requiring abortion providers to have a similar setup as surgical office quickly escalated from a civil conversation to a yelling match between the author of the bill, Sen. Bob Duell, R-Greenville, and Virginia Brawn, who owns a North Texas women's clinic.

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The Source
2:25 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Studying Bexar County School District Consolidation

The Save Texas Schools rally on March 12, 2011. School district consolidation is one solution to the legislature's education finance problem.
Flickr user Phil Ostroff cc

One of the possible solutions for solving issues with school finance is consolidating school districts; HB 2542 would study possible Bexar County school district consolidation. Even though Gov. Perry is not swaying on Medicaid expansion, there is still hope that Texas will do something to get people care and the federal money that goes with it.

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Construction
12:56 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

San Antonio And Texas Lead Nation In Construction Job Growth

Texas A&M University-San Antonio is one example of continued construction success in San Antonio through the recession
Eileen Pace TPR

The Associated General Contractors of America reports that Texas leads the nation in the increase of construction jobs.

It's a sign of an economic comeback for the state, and one local construction executive believes San Antonio’s commercial building industry is outpacing the rest of the state.

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Pre-K 4 SA Implementation
11:52 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Pre-K 4 SA Update: Board Putting Pieces In Place In Time For May Enrollment

Mayor Castro and former San Antonio mayors joined to support the Pre-K 4 SA initiative ahead of the November election.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

The Pre-K 4 SA board members are regularly seen gathering together around City Hall to work out hiring procedures, student enrollment and how the education centers will be managed.

On Tuesday the board voted to keep the language in its job description for the professional development director as "preferred" master’s degree. Board member Bob Bevard suggested the word "preferred" diminishes the applicant pool.

Chair Elaine Mendoza said the board can assess what kind of candidates apply before deciding to amend the description to "required."

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City Government
10:59 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Questions About Ethics Board Methodology Following Letter Of Admonition To Taylor

Dist. 2 Councilwoman Ivy Taylor speaks at a community event in her district.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

The City of San Antonio's Ethics Review Board has decided it will issue District 2 Councilwoman Ivy Taylor a letter of admonition for not correcting incomplete or inaccurate campaign finance reports on time.

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San Antonio Poet Laureate
10:13 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Poet Laureate Carmen Tafolla To Speak In Bordeaux, France

Dr. Carmen Tafolla, reading from her book, Rebozos, in the TPR studio
Chris Eudaily TPR News

San Antonio’s poet laureate is on her way this week to Bordeaux, France, to perform at the International Conference on Interlanguage.

Dr. Carmen Tafolla’s poetry has been heard in countries all over the world, but she said she was invited to the linguistic conference based on her mastery of code-switching. She says this is the natural progression of language, and it happens all the time:

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Classical Spotlight
9:15 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Composers Connect And Inspire At Choral Directors Convention

JAC Redford, Roxanna Panufnik, and Ben Parry
John Clare / Texas Public Radio

American Choral Directors Association convention in Dallas 

Three composers recently sat down with John Clare to discuss new music, choral music, and what it's like working as a composer in the 21st century.

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Immigration Reform
9:11 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Sen. Rand Paul Takes Turn On Immigration Reform - Work Visas

Rand Paul is known for his conservative Tea Party stance, but his latest comments about work visas are turning some heads.
Richard Morgan Fronteras

As the Republican Party continues to grapple with finding a solution to its Latino voter problem, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky has dramatically softened his stance on immigration reform.

Paul told the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday that there could be a place in America for undocumented workers.

At first there was some confusion about what Paul said to the Hispanic Chamber. It was reported that the he had jumped the Tea Party ship and was endorsing comprehensive immigration reform including a pathway to citizenship.

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Community Health
6:35 am
Wed March 20, 2013

2013 Bexar County Games Part Of Effort To Get Kids More Active

The gym inside the Mission Concepción Athletic Complex
Eileen Pace TPR

Bexar County is joining forces with the San Antonio Sports Commission to co-host the 2013 Bexar County Games.

The county’s newest sports facility is just one of several community-wide sports venues designed to help get more kids on the road to fitness.

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KPAC Blog: Concert Review
3:44 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

A Great Afternoon Of Music With Husband-Wife Duo David Finckel & Wu Han

Last Sunday's SACMS guest artists husband and wife duo, cellist David Finckle and pianist Wu Han.
davidfinckleandwuhan.com

The San Antonio Chamber Music Society is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year and what a great reminder of what chamber music is all about than when husband and wife duo David Finckel (cello) and Wu Han (piano) performed at Temple Bethel last Sunday.

They were recently named "Musicians of the Year" by Musical America in 2012. Some concerts you know are going to be great just by walking in the hall, and this was one of them.

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