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Education
5:04 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

South San ISD Chooses Interim Superintendent

Mourette Hodge
Courtesy photo South San ISD

The South San Antonio Independent School District has a new superintendent after an on-going saga of rotating leadership.

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Education
4:59 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Pre-K 4 SA Teacher Unveils Expectations For Himself, His Students, And The Program

Eric Smith is a master teacher hired by San Antonio's Pre-K 4 SA program to kick off the inaugural year of the early education initiative.
Ryan Loyd TPR

Eric Smith began his career as a journalist--reporting, copy editing and designing. But after a while, he felt something was missing from his life.

Smith became involved with the mentorship program, Big Brothers Big Sisters, so that he could inspire young people.

"I loved it,” he said. “It got to where I was looking forward to that more than I was looking forward to my job. That's when I knew I needed to change careers."

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Environment
2:35 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Environmentalists Examine The Long-Term Costs Of Fracking

Mikenorton Wikimedia Commons

An environmental group has released the results of a study that details the cost of the new oil boom known as “Fracking.”  Fracking extracts oil and gas from the ground by injecting well sites with a high-pressurized mixture of water, salts and chemicals (see above graphic).

Environment Texas chartered a study of how much fracking costs Texas landowners and cities in terms of damaged roads, contamination, and pollution.

"Texas’ financial insurance standards are inadequate,” explains Luke Metzger, director of Environment Texas.

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Government
10:52 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Abortion Rights Attorney Compares Recent Victory in North Dakota to Texas Law

David Martin Davies TPR News

The lead attorney for abortion rights supporters in North Dakota says the recent ruling in that state’s abortion fight is similar to what is likely to happen in Texas.  

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Arts & Culture
10:37 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Mabel Jingu Enkoji Remembered for Cultural Legacy

Mabel Jingu Enkoji
Jingu Family

The legacy of Mabel Jingu Enkoji will live on through the Japanese Tea Garden and the Jingu House, the home she grew up in.

Her daughter, Peggy Nishio, said she was a non-traditional Japanese person because she was boisterous and loved throwing parties. Just the same, Nishio said, her mother became a “Texas Asian.”

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Classical Spotlight
8:04 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Mozart Festival Texas Debuts Third Season

Mozart Festival Texas, from July 26-August 2
courtesy of the artist

The music of Mozart has not gone out of style since his time, and the third incarnation of the Mozart Festival Texas has some of the master's greatest works on tap. "Of course, we feature other composers too," says founder and maestro Terry Frazor. "This year Beethoven, Brahms, and even Scarlatti get their due."

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Community Safety
5:16 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

State Insurance Department Says Texas Giant Was Up-To-Code

The Texas Giant
Flickr user Bradi Korte (ladybugbkt) cc

Insurance inspectors with the state said the Texas Giant roller coaster at Six Flags over Texas in Arlington passed the annual inspection before this weekend's deadly accident involving Rosy Esparza, who fell 14 stories while riding the Texas Giant.

According to the Texas Department of Insurance, roller coasters are inspected on an annual basis by a certified engineer.

Ben Gonzalez is with the Texas Department of Insurance and said that beyond the inspection, there are other requirements for amusement rides in Texas.

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Veteran Healthcare
4:31 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Cornyn Presses President Obama On Backlogged VA Claims

United States Congress

Texas currently leads the nation the number of backlogged Veteran Affairs disability claims and Sen. John Cornyn heard firsthand from Veterans about the problems they’ve seen related to the backlog when comes to awarding VA benefits.

But according the Texas Veterans Administration’s Tom Palladino, a new system here in Texas is also leading the way for reducing the backlog.

"So as of this month, July, the total number of claims is at 75,000 and the total number of backlogged claims is at 50,000. So we have helped reduce that," Palladino said.

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Military
1:16 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Military Families Get Health Boost From Greater San Antonio YMCA

YMCA

The Greater San Antonio YMCA is offering complimentary memberships to military families living in the metro area as part of their Military Outreach Initiative.

The YMCA has gyms and programs for all ages, and is offering the free memberships at locations in San Antonio, New Braunfels and Boerne.

The complimentary memberships are available to:

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KPAC Programming
11:35 am
Mon July 22, 2013

San Antonio Symphony Returns To KPAC 88.3 FM

The San Antonio Symphony returns to the airwaves this Saturday night at 7:00 on KPAC 88.3 FM and KTXI 90.1 FM in the Hill Country. Actor (and music lover) Ricardo Chavira will once again host this year’s broadcasts. Each week, the “San Antonio Symphony on KPAC” showcases the very best of the Symphony’s concert season and provides classical music lovers the opportunity to relive the world-class performances or experience them for the first time.

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