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Classical Spotlight
10:05 am
Thu November 29, 2012

Holidays Come To Life With Symphony Of The Hills And Jay Dunahoo

Jay Dunahoo at the TPR Studios
John Clare / Texas Public Radio

Classical Favorites like the Messiah and Manneheim Steamroller on tap

Christmas Through the Ages shows many of sides to the Symphony of the Hills. They will play the first portion of 'The Messiah,' selections by Mannhein Steamroller's Chip Davis as well as A Canadian Brass Chrsitmas. Classical masterworks of Vaughan-Williams and Samuel Barber also round out the program at the Callioux Theater on Thursday, December 6 at 7:30 p.m..

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Fort Sam Leadership Change
9:55 am
Thu November 29, 2012

New High-Ranking NCO Named At Fort Sam Houston

Sgt. Major Hu Rhodes talks to reporters at the U.S. Army North Change of Responsibility ceremony.
Eileen Pace Texas Public Radio

On Wednesday, Command Sgt. Maj. Hu Rhodes was welcomed as the new high-ranking Non-commissioned Officer at Fort Sam.

"I joined the army from here," said Rhodes. "I graduated from McArthur High School in 1971 and this is still listed as my home of record."

Rhodes' most recent assignment was in Africa, where he served citizens in 54 countries.

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Immigration Reform
9:21 am
Thu November 29, 2012

Senator Cornyn Says He Won't Support Achieve Act

John Cornyn congressional portrait, 2009.
United States Congress

The day after the Achieve Act was announced, it’s failing to achieve political support. Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) is calling the Achieve Act the wrong approach to solving the immigration problem. 

The Achieve Act is proposed by two retiring senators, Jon Kyl (R) of Arizona and Kay Bailey Hutchison (R) of Texas, and is being called a watered-down version of the Dream Act since it doesn’t provide a path to citizenship.

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Streetcar Transit
7:33 am
Thu November 29, 2012

Opponent Of Modern Streetcar Presents Policy Brief : 'The Streetcar Fantasy'

Opponent of modern streetcars Randal O'Toole says busses, like this one about to go into service on the new Vía Prímo line, are better than streetcars for the environment and others sharing the road.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

Opponents of Vía's modern streetcar plan say it is wasteful and illegal, and that commitments to subsidies will be a financial headache to San Antonians for decades to come.

The streetcar plan is for two lines, one that runs North-East on Broadway cutting through Hemisfair downtown, and another East-South from Vía's West Side transit hub, across Nueva St. and down Alamo St.

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RFID Student ID Cards
5:02 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

NISD Motions To Send RFID Lawsuit To Federal Court

Northside Independent School District is requesting the RFID case involving a student’s refusal to wear a district-issued ID badge be taken to federal court.

The case was set for this morning at the Bexar County Courthouse, but now a federal judge may hear the arguments. NISD Spokesman Pascual Gonzalez said the district’s attorneys felt it was the proper avenue due to the plaintiff’s constitutional violation claims.

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Construction
4:27 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Bexar County Offering Free Construction Bonding Classes For Minority-Owned Businesses

Bexar County

Bexar County is offering classes to help certain small construction businesses get a leg up in securing contracts for new business or increasing their business.

The program is being offered to help the small construction industry business learn about the bonding process for contractors. The information offered can help businesses overcome industry challenges to help them gain surety bonds or increase their current bonding capacities.

The program is free to owners of construction-related businesses that meet minimum size, sales, and activity criteria.

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The Source
3:29 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Strangers in a Strange Land: Refugees in San Antonio

World Refugee Day 2011 in San Antonio.
Center for Refugee Services Facebook page

Their accounts of violence, oppression, and danger will astonish you, but not more than their determination to survive and thrive. Every year, San Antonio sees hundreds of refugees settled in the city. Strangers in a strange land - how well are these lost people getting along?

A special project from the UTSA Advanced Policy Social Work masters class wanted to find out – and inform the city.

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KPAC Blog: 30th Anniversary
3:01 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

KPAC's 30th Anniversary: 30 Great Latin American Recordings

Cuarteto Latinoamericano, en los árboles.
Credit Courtesy Cuarteto Latinoamericano

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Federal Government
2:30 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

How To Help Keep Us From Going Over The Fiscal Cliff

Current San Antonio area Congressional Districts.
State of Texas District Viewer

The Bush tax cuts are about to expire, effectively raising the tax rate for all Americans if congress can't make a deal and come up with a new tax plan by the end of the year.

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Public Library
10:09 am
Wed November 28, 2012

San Antonio Public Library Website Improves Services For Readers

A look at the library's new online layout; notice the New Arrivals window at the bottom of the page that allows you to scroll through book covers.
City of San Antonio

Patrons of the San Antonio Library can now do their “virtual shopping” for books and other materials to check out more efficiently.

The activation of  new website modules have created a more retail-like online experience for the library, taking the website from its colder, more data-driven appearance to make it feel more like you’re really shopping.

The New Arrivals window at the bottom of the site looks a little like a tablet or Netflix browsing experience, offering photos of book covers you can scroll in either direction, or select a list that brings up all the titles.

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