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10:24 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Texas State Program Helps Children Of Custodial Workers Attain Educational Goals

Texas State University-San Marcos.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

Texas State University has launched a new program to help the children of Central Texas janitors and custodial workers go to college. The outreach effort seeks to empower parents with knowledge of childhood milestones that prepare young students for college. 

The university’s P-16 initiative targets low-income families in Central Texas to educate children from pre-K through four years of college. 

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City Government
5:18 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

District 4 Councilman Saldana Takes Job In Education

Dist. 4 Councilman Rey Saldaña accepted a job with KIPP San Antonio as chief engagement officer.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

While District 4 City Councilman Rey Saldaña is still on the council, he's got a new position that allows him to work in his background of education. He has been hired by KIPP San Antonio, a network of college preparatory public schools, as the chief of engagement. Saldaña said the position is a first for KIPP.

The job comes as a big relief for the councilman, who is engaged to be married and currently lives at home with his parents. He has taught at Trinity University and Palo Alto College, but the new job will help him support his new bride and himself.

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State Agencies
5:11 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

DOJ May Investigate Texas Windstorm Insurance Association For Discrimination

A Houston attorney in the midst of a separate lawsuit against the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA)  has asked the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate racism in the state agency.   

Houston attorney Steve Mostyn is representing Brownsville School District in their lawsuit against TWIA for the group’s failure to pay on claims related to a 2008 hurricane. In the midst of that suit, Mostyn found hundreds of racist emails from TWIA officials, some related to his clients. 

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Same-Sex Marriage
4:54 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Abbott Appeals Federal Same-Sex Decision

The two Texas couples challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage (from left to right): Cleo DeLeon and Nicole Dimetman, and Victor Holmes and Mark Phariss.
David Martin Davies TPR News

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has filed the paperwork for an appeal of this week’s federal ruling that labeled Texas’ ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. Abbott said ultimately the Supreme Court will have to decide the issue.

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Same-Sex Marriage
4:01 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Advocates Across Texas Applaud Same-Sex Marriage Decision

Activist Carlos Soto holds a flag infront of the Bexar County Courthouse.
Joey Palacios TPR News

Following Federal Judge Orlando Garcia's ruling that Texas' same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional, a group of gay rights activists took to the steps of the Bexar County Courthouse to celebrate the invalidation of the law.

The cold and the rainy weather did not discourage at least thirty supporters of the decision. The ruling does not immediately allow for same-sex marriages to take place, but Trisha Stuart, a participant in the rally, said it’s a step forward.

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Arts & Culture
2:35 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

San Antonio Museum Of Art Curator Resigns

The San Antonio Museum of Art.
Courtesy photo

Longtime Contemporary Art Curator David Rubin has resigned at the San Antonio Museum of Art. Rubin, who was raised in California and went to Harvard, moved to San Antonio from New Orleans in the wake of Katrina.

“We adore David here at the Museum,” said SAMA’s Kelso Director Katie Luber.

As to why he left the museum: 

“I think David decided to pursue some other options in his career," Luber said.

Luber didn’t want to go into much detail about the departure, but lauded him highly when talking about  Rubin's work at the museum.

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TPR Community
12:22 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Retired Schoolteacher Helps TPR Win First "Rusty Hubcap" Award

Donald Braun, with the "Rusty Hubcap" award.
Nathan Cone

Texas Public Radio was tickled to learn recently that the first ever Rusty Hubcap Award has been bestowed upon the organization by the Car Talk Vehicle Donation Program. Donald Braun, a Floresville native and current resident of San Antonio, donated his 1948 Buick Roadmaster to the program, identifying TPR as the recipient of the gift.

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Arts & Culture
12:06 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

The Aztec Theater's Near Death Experience

Aztec ticket booth.
Courtesy photo

There is far more to the Aztec Theatre's story than just its future -- its past and architectural pedigree are nothing short of fascinating. I spoke to San Antonio Conservation Society’s Sue Ann Pemberton, who said its architectural theme is called Mayan Revival.

"It was constructed in 1926 as one of the thematic theaters of San Antonio" Pemberton explained. "The Aztec, the Mixtec, the Zapotec, the Toltec and the Mayan cultures were all revealed here in this theater."

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The Source - February 26, 2014
10:27 am
Thu February 27, 2014

The Source: Is A Bag Ban On The Horizon For San Antonio?

Flickr user Kate Ter Haar cc

The city's governance committee will soon be considering a ban on single-use plastic bags -- bags you would use at the grocery store, take-out bags and bags at several retailers. 

According to District 7 Councilman Cris Medina, the city spends $1.3 million cleaning up discarded bags. The threat to the environment from the bags, which you currently cannot recycle anywhere but at retail-based bins, was the main concern of city leaders and one community advisory board.

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The Source - February 27, 2014
10:25 am
Thu February 27, 2014

The Source: Vacancy And Blight Challenge Redevelopment

Abandoned warehoues on San Antonio Avenue (June 25, 2013).
Flcikr user Aidan Wakely-Mulroney (aidaneus) cc

The combined vacancy rate downtown is 29 percent according to Centro San Antonio, a nonprofit dedicated to helping revitalize the urban center.

Around the city center large historic buildings stand empty. Large urban tracts of land around the city hold broken down buildings, like the abandoned Lone Star Brewery on the Mission Reach -- large empty lots are all that remain of bulldozed houses dotting San Antonio's East Side. 

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