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10:34 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Dallas & Houston Airports Are Top Three In The Country For Gun Seizures

Flickr user David Trawin (trawin) cc

Officials with the Transportation Security Administration are reporting a record number of guns seized from airline travelers in 2013.

Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport had 98 seizures and George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston had 67 seizures, the second and third highest number of gun seizures in the country. Atlanta was the number one airport where passengers were caught with a concealed handgun and had 110 seizures.

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KPAC Blog
4:53 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

SOLI Debuts Three New Commissioned Works In January Shows

The SOLI Chamber Ensemble.
Courtesy of the artist

Violinist and SOLI Chamber Ensemble Artistic Director Ertan Torgul said his group specializes in contemporary classical music and has commissioned over 40 works in the group's time together.

They pay musicians to write new classical compositions and then SOLI debuts them in San Antonio.  

"All we’re doing really is performing stuff that is new, just like in Beethoven’s day," Torgul said.

Torgul reminds us that even the classics were contemporary at one time.

"We’re doing the same thing for today’s composers," he said.

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Transportation
4:32 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

City Taking Over Maintenance For Some State Roads In Limited TxDOT "Turnback" Deal

This year the city will take control of the stretch of Broadway from IH-35 to Alamo Heights.
Eileen Pace TPR News

San Antonio will be taking control of 21.8 miles of roads within the city that are currently owned and maintained by the state.

But to get to this point, city leaders placed strict conditional requirements on the Texas Department of Transportation.

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Texas Politics
3:13 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Business Groups Speak Out Against Tea Party Legislators Who Opposed Funding Bills

The Texas Future Business Alliance is hoping to get Republican candidates through the primary who support funding urgent state needs like water, roads and education, all hot topics in the last legislative session.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

Some of Texas’ biggest trade and business associations are looking to counter anti-big government groups like the tea party that have crowded recent Republican primaries -- the group’s effort is in response to actions taken in the past legislative session against state infrastructure bills.

The Texas Future Business Alliance is made up of ten business groups that are supporting Republican candidates who have supported water infrastructure bills and transportation and education funding in the past.

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Arts & Culture
2:10 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

San Anto Cultural Arts Unveils Government Hill Mural

Government Hill Mural
John Medina

San Antonio is a city full of murals, but the new one in the Government Hill neighborhood represents something more. San Anto Cultural Arts Center’s Public Art Program Manager John Medina explains how it came about.

"Earlier in the year we were contacted by City Center Health Careers and they wanted us to team up with them to paint the mural and teach it as part of their curriculum," Medina said. "Previous to this they didn’t have an art class."

So what does a mural and art have to do with City Center Heath Careers Charter School?"

Medina explained the big picture:

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Transportation
2:02 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Texas Transportation Forum A Chance For Inter-City Collaboration/Competition

Traffic flows northbound on Hwy 281 at Nakoma.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

Just before the ninth-annual Texas Transportation Forum got underway in San Antonio, leaders announced a $800 million investment in the city that will expand portions of Hwy 281, Loop 1604 and I-10. The move makes way for toll lanes on portions of the roadways, but there will continue to be free lanes.

San Antonio District 6 Councilman Ray Lopez said the forum is a chance to get ideas from other entities on how they are moving people.

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The Source - January 7, 2014
1:08 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

The Source: Changes Coming To Bexar's CareLink | The Culture Of Insider Trading

EdTech Stanford School of Medicine

In the first segment:

Bexar County's CareLink program, which is run by University Health System, helps low-income citizens access healthcare. So does the Affordable Care Act, and as the ACA continues to be implemented, changes are coming to CareLink, which assists more than 50,000 people.

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Abortion In Texas
12:05 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Attorneys For Pro-Abortion Groups Exploring Options For Coming 5th Circuit Ruling

Attorneys exit the court building in October after final arguments in what was the first legal challenge of Texas' new abortion law.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

As a panel of federal judges on the US 5th Circuit Court is wrestling with a decision in the lawsuit against Texas’ new abortion law andattorneys for pro-abortion groups are exploring what comes next, which could mean taking the case to the U.S. Supreme Court or seeking a new panel at the circuit court level.

Two of the judges on the 5th Circuit panel are the same justices that threw out a lower court’s injunction, which allowed the hospital admitting privileges requirement to take effect while both sides waited for a trial and decision. 

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Education Nonprofits
10:43 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Cuts Force GenTX To Dissolve, But Vision Lives On For Bexar County High Schoolers

SA2020 CEO Darryl Byrd poses with Mayor Julian Castro and students during a Destination College event at City Hall in April 2013.
GenTX San Antonio

With the economic recovery still in progress, agencies around the country are prioritizing where their dollars are going, and some important nonprofits are missing out on funding.

Such is the case for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, which pulled about $200,000 in funding from Generation TX San Antonio, a college readiness and resource center for first generation college students.

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World Festivals
10:26 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Goodbye To Winter! (Or So The Swiss Hope)

Vogel Gryff mural in Basel.
Duesi Wikimedia Commons

The Vogel Gryff Festival, held in Switzerland, could be described as wishful thinking, because January 13th 2014, is most certainly, not remotely or positively anywhere near the end of winter! But since the 13th century, Swiss folk in Basel have enjoyed this fun event that aims to chase away the winter, and also mocks the city elite.

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