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11:34 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Can A Poet Teach Business Leadership? UTSA Says 'Yes'

David Whyte
Scott Garen

UTSA’s College of Business is bringing in someone to help develop leadership, and it's a curious choice: Internationally renowned poet David Whyte.

"You’ll find that there’s a good poem for almost every threshold of human experience," Whyte explains.

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Classical Music
9:49 am
Wed December 18, 2013

San Antonio Mastersingers, Symphony Celebrate Holiday Season

Courtesy photo

The San Antonio Symphony’s holiday season is winding down, but there's yet another performance that maybe you shouldn't miss. This Friday and Saturday night at the Majestic Theater, the annual "Holiday Pops" concert closes the seasonal performances. San Antonio Mastersinger and Board Member Chancey Blackburn is excited about the shows.

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Arts & Culture
10:23 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Young Guitarists Perform For The Holidays

San Antonio Guitar Ensemble
Ted Schechter

If your Holiday celebrations haven’t had enough guitar, we've found something you should check out: The San Antonio Guitar Ensemble. Actually, it's two classical guitar ensembles, as creator Ted Schechter explains.

"One are the younger kids, who I call the guitar stars," he says. "Their average age is around ten, that’s a quartet. The older group is more teenagers, high school students…and they go anywhere from five to ten members."

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Government
2:06 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Civil Rights Group Says Texas Isn't Doing Enough To Encourage Voting

Chris Eudaily TPR News

A civil rights group based in Austin has released a new report that alleges the Texas Secretary of State is not doing enough to explain the process for voter registration or get people signed up to vote.  

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Community
1:11 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

The Refugee Story: Building New Lives

Colonies North Elementary teacher Patti Enriquez guides her Kindergarten and 1st grade "Newcomer Class" in learning the days of the week in English. Colonies North is NISD's target school for young refugee students.
Eileen Pace

CORRECTION, 12/19/13: The stricken statement below regarding Texas's ranking among states that take in refugees is incorrect.

Texas is home to more refugees from strife-torn countries than any other state, and San Antonio takes in more than any other city in Texas.  TPR's  Eileen Pace examines the scope of the refugee influx to our city, and the ways San Antonio manages the new populations in our series, “The Refugee Story: Building New Lives.”

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The Source - December 17, 2013
10:40 am
Tue December 17, 2013

The Source: Creationism In The Classroom | Coding Towards The Future

Michelangelo Wikimedia Commons

In the first segment: 

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Government
10:10 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Political Parties To Hold Drawing For Ballot Placement

Candidates running in next year's Republican and Democratic primaries are hoping to win the lottery. But instead of winning millions of dollars, they simply want a good spot on the March 4 primary ballot.

Tuesday, the candidates will draw for their places.

Tuesday is the deadline for the parties to hold a drawing that will determine how the primary ballots will look. In the Democratic drawing, Bexar County primary Director, Diana Arevalo, said they'll have candidates pick ping pong balls from a hat.

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Environment
5:53 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Edwards Aquifer Authority Declares Rare Wintertime Stage 3 Restrictions

In a rare move for this time of year, the Edwards Aquifer Authority has declared Stage 3 water restrictions.

SAWS customers need not worry. A spokesperson tells TPR there is enough reserve water on hand at its Carrizo Aquifer storage site in southern Bexar County to not impose restrictions on its customers. But, SAWS itself will have to reduce its pumping out of the Edwards Aquifer by 35 percent.

SAWS, along with small municipalities like Universal City and Alamo Heights, are permit holders of the EAA. SAWS happens to be the largest permit holder.

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Community
5:33 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Komodo Dragon, Two Other Reptiles Perish in San Antonio Zoo Fire

The reptile exhibit at the San Antonio Zoo will be closed for at least eight months
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

The San Antonio Zoo has lost at least three reptiles,  including a Komodo Dragon, in a fire this morning.

The fire in the zoo’s reptile house broke out at 6 a.m. According to zoo officials, a short circuit in what’s called a hog mat, which keeps the animals warm, is likely the cause. The small blaze took the fire department only 50 gallons of water to put out. However, three animals died due to smoke inhalation, including an 8-foot female Komodo dragon, a small snake and one other reptile.

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Arts & Culture
3:57 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

San Antonio Artists: Your City Wants You

Ballroom Luminoso (recent public art installation)
City of San Antonio

San Antonio needs a few good artists. As the city's Public Art Manager Jimmy Leflore explains, “We’re looking for artists of different backgrounds, not just one particular type.”

There are several different kinds of public art projects they’re seeking artists for.

“We’ll have two new libraries," Leflore continues, "we have a series of parks that are going to be improved. We’re looking at probably eight to ten artists that will be selected in the coming year. There are over 20 projects that we’re looking to do as part of the 2012 bond package.”

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