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Border & Immigration
10:40 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Census Study Says Non-English Speaking Growing In U.S.

Percentage of people 5 years and over who spoke a language other than english at home.
U.S. Census Bureau

A new U.S. Census report shows a growing number of U.S. residents speak a language at home other than English as the level of English proficiency in the nation holds steady.

The report, Language Use in the United States: 2011, says the percentage of people speaking a non-English language increased from 19.7 percent in 2007 to 20.8 percent in 2011. 58 percent of U.S. residents that speak a foreign language at home also speak English very well.

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Pre-K 4 SA Implementation
9:58 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Pre-K 4 SA Facilities Yet To Be Licensed As Teachers Get Ready For First Day

Pre-K 4 SA's South Side model education center is nearing completion.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

The Pre-K 4 SA master teachers and teaching assistants are hard at work training as the first day of school quickly approaches on Aug. 26.

The training this week consists of team building, social and emotional development in young children and building mathematical thinking.

At the Southside model education center, located at 2535 SE Military Drive, teachers got instructions on topics from dress code to keeping children engaged.

Amber Watson is a teacher's assistant who is going to school to be a kindergarten teacher.

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Arts & Culture
10:12 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

David Amram remembers the San Remo Cafe & Bar in Greenwich Village

l.to r., Phil Hartman, owner of Two Boots, located at the site of the old San Remo Cafe in Greenwich Village, Andrew Berman of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation and David Amram
Credit David Amram

I always look forward to emails arriving from my old friend, fellow horn player David Amram. I recently sent him a video interview I did with him a few years ago. That prompted his always gracious thank you and then this account of the San Remo Cafe and Bar in Greewich Village:

 July 29, the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation had an honoring ceremony celebrating the San Remo Cafe and Bar.

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Special Session Part III
4:15 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Patrick Requests Perry Add List Of Items To Special Session Agenda

State Sen. Dan Patrick.
State of Texas

Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, who has announced his candidacy in the lieutenant governor's race, is calling on Gov. Rick Perry to add his school voucher bill, campus-carry bill and sanctuary city bill to the third special session agenda along with a full audit of CSCOPE.

CSCOPE -- an online education curriculum provider that was used by 877 school districts in the state -- has ended its services to state school districts following anti-American allegations from conservatives and political pressure led by Patrick.

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Special Session Part III
3:10 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Business Leaders Pushing For Transportation Bill Passage

Chris Eudaily TPR News

Pro-business groups are hoping to persuade House lawmakers to approve a transportation bill that has now been up for debate four times.

The transportation bill working its way through the House this special session involves using money from the Rainy Day Fund and has seen a little bit of controversy in the 83rd Legislature, but was still projected to pass during the first special session.

It failed because of the filibuster by Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, which effectively ran the clock out on the session.

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The Source - August 5, 2013
2:33 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

The Source: Is The Anti-Discrimination Ordinance Anti-Christian? | Disappearing Bees

San Antonio City Hall
Ryan Loyd TPR News

In the first segment:

A flurry of accusations from conservatives have been launched at the City of San Antonio's proposed expansion of its anti-discrimination ordinance, one of which says that the passage could be Anti-Christian.

The claims have been called ludicrous and unfounded by supporters and District 1 City Councilman Diego Bernal, who originally proposed the expansion.

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World Festivals
2:21 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

World Celebrations: Snakes!

Indian Spectacled Cobra, Naja Naja Family, one of India's venomous snakes.
Kamalnv Wikimedia Commons

Each week on World Music (Saturday nights from 8-10 on KSTX 89.1 FM), I take a look at celebrations happening around the world. This week, Indiana Jones might want to stay away from India. 

NAG PANCHAMI FESTIVAL

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Texas Prisons
1:58 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Texas Prison Unit Without A/C Now Rationing Water For Inmates

Wikipedia Commons user Piastu cc

A water supply shortage in the town of Kenedy, Texas is depriving the local state prison of water and creating dangerous condition for the inmates and guards.

In Kenedy, Texas, a town 75 miles southeast of San Antonio, two of the town’s five water wells broke down last week,creating a water shortage for the community and is impacting the nearby John B. Connally Unit prison.

Prisoners have been given a limited supply of drinking water and have had to ration their water, go without showers and are prevented from flushing toilets.

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2014 Election
11:58 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Democratic Party Hoping To "Turn Texas Blue" In 2014

Workers at the Stand With Texas Women Rally in San Antonio a few weeks ago registered people to vote as part of the party's push to "turn Texas blue."
David Martin Davies TPR News

Almost 200 Democratic party chairs from counties across Texas made their way to San Antonio over the weekend for training to "turn Texas blue," as the party continues its marketing push to get to voters it feels it can persuade.

State Democratic Executive Committee member Susan Bankston said county chairs learned more about online outreach through social media. She said the party can be more efficient by focusing on the voters that are fed up.

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KPAC Blog
10:15 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Cool Classical For Those Dog Days Of Summer

Etnobit Percussion
Credit courtesy of the artist

With temperatures over 100 degress and lows not dipping below 80 degrees, we're all looking for ways to stay cool. Thoughts of cooler climates and scenery are welcome.

Enter Etnobit Percussion Group! From the oldest and deepest lake, Lake Baikal, these four have created music - from ice!

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