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Cross Border Changes
9:56 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Can Mexico's New President End The Drug War And Spark Economic Growth?

Wikipedia Commons

Enrique Peña Nieto, the newly-elected president of Mexico, takes power on Saturday and inherits a nation that is suffering from a long-running conflict against drug traffickers and an economy that is improved but still anemic. On this side of the border, Mexico watchers are hoping Peña Nieto will be the pragmatic problem solver that he promised during his presidential campaign.

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Technical Education
7:30 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Workforce Center Of Excellence Taking Modern Approach To Technical Training

Steve Hoenes from Lincoln Electric supervises a student welding on the company's virtual welding machine
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

In a classroom inside the new Workforce Center of Excellence on the city's Southwest Side the students are using virtual techniques to learn more efficiently.

Lincoln Electric’s Steve Hoenes guides the students through prompts on the screen and makes sure the helmet is fitted correctly. Before long, they are welding virtually and a score is produced seconds after a student finishes.

"The difference with the virtual system is we can do 20 to 30 samples in an hour or two hour period, where in a real-life environment they're lucky to do four or five a day," said Hoenes.

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San Antonio Performing Arts
7:12 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Fishman Steps Down: San Antonio Symphony Changes Leadership

The San Antonio Symphony rehearses for the opening of the 2012 season.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

San Antonio Symphony President and CEO Jack Fishman has resigned from his leadership post at the orchestra. Fishman took the reins of the symphony in 2008.

However, after four years of guiding the organization, his resignation was offered Tuesday and was effective immediately.

Fishman told the San Antonio Express-News the resignation was a personal decision and “It's time to move on to another direction.”

The symphony board has appointed David Filner as interim president and CEO, and the board is starting a national search to find a permanent replacement.

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Lackland Article 32 Hearings
5:53 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Another Instructor Faces Article 32 Hearing At Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland

Staff Sgt. Christopher Jackson faces four allegations of developing unprofessional relationships and having sexual relations with two trainees.

One of the two women testified in the Article 32 hearing at Lackland that she viewed Jackson as a good leader and friend, and that he helped her decide to remain in the military at a time when she wanted to quit. She said it was later that she pursued a relationship with him.

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KPAC blog: Saturday Afternoon At The Opera
5:47 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

The Season Finale: Franz Josef Haydn’s 'Orlando Paladino'

Franz Joseph Haydn
Wikipedia

At one time Franz Josef Haydn had the best and worst job in the world. From his earliest youth he had found his way into the employ of the Eszterhazy family. Once he settled in, and with the exception of the rare argument, this arrangement (1761-1802) continued into his final retirement from ill health. He started with Prince Paul Anton (Pal Antal 1711-1762) first as assistant Kapellemeister and then the top post. But after that patron’s death his real compositional life began.

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HIV Testing
5:23 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

For World AIDS Day, San Antonio Organizations Testing And Educating Community

The San Antonio AIDS Foundation's mobile testing unit outside of Monterrey Park on the city's West Side.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

At Monterrey Park on the city’s West Side, Metro Health, the San Antonio AIDS Foundation, and Centro de Vida are set up to test residents with mobile trucks, tents, and information tables. In Bexar County there are 4,312 people living with HIV as of the end of 2011 according to Metro Health.

This Saturday is World AIDS Day.

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House Committee on Science, Space and Technology
4:49 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

District 21 Congressman Lamar Smith New Chair Of Science Committee

Congressman Lamar Smith's official portrait for the 112th Congress (2011-2012).
United States Congress

In the next congress, Republican Lamar Smith will be giving up his powerful chairmanship on the House Judicial Committee to become chair of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology.

Smith will lead the committee that has oversight over NASA and other Texas research institutions.

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Fronteras Desk
4:34 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

New Mexican President Brings Hope To Some, Tijuana Boosts Tourism, And Mezcal, A Traditional Drink

Pedro Quintanilla, center, watches his business partner Alejandro Martinez Grey sipping mezcal through a siphon. The mezcalero, or mezcal producer on the right has just just finished distilling the mezcal.
Lorne Matalon

Some Mexican citizens hope the PRI's return to power in Mexico will bring stability to the country. A look at how the border city of Tijuana is trying to lure tourists by promoting a growing music scene, while more traditional tourist draws are still alive and kicking. Finally, Mezcal, tequila's cousin, is contributing to reverse migration to Mexico.

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Governor Rick Perry
12:17 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Governor Perry Keeping His Political Future Open To Possibilities

There’s renewed speculation about Governor Rick Perry's political future, which could include another run for the White House. Perry said Monday that he is planning to "make an announcement" about "future political plans" in July.

This January, the state legislature convenes for the 83rd legislative session, and Perry needs to keep his political options open and lawmakers guessing in order to not appear like a lame-duck governor.

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Classical Spotlight
11:13 am
Thu November 29, 2012

Handel's Majestic Masterpiece Returns to San Antonio With Baroque Maestro

Patrick Dupre Quigley in his dressing room
Credit John Clare / Texas Public Radio

Patrick Dupre Quigley returns for The Messiah

It is the fourth time for Maestro Quigley to lead the San Antonio Symphony and third to conduct the Messiah. "I change it up each year, so if someone came last year, they won't hear the exact same thing, but I also include all the favorites - He Shall Feed His Flock, For Unto Us a Child is Born, and of course, the Hallelujah Chorus," says Patrick Quigley.

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