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Transportation
12:42 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

VIA Narrows Proposed Streetcar Project Route To One

VIA's option 6 is the recommended route for the streetcar project. Click image to enlarge for a better view of adjustments that could be made to the route, shown in red and green.
VIA Metropolitan Transit

VIA staff members and consultants have chosen alternative 6 as the recommended route to move forward with in the modern streetcar project.

The plan would route the streetcar along Broadway to Martin and Pecan Streets to service the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, UTSA's downtown campus, the Westside Multimodal Center, El Mercado, South Town, and many other highly desired areas in the downtown area.

But tweaks may be added to the plan.

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Arts & Culture
12:00 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

UIW Dedicates New Arts Building For Ceramics & Sculpture

UIW's Ruth Eilene Sullivan Ceramic and Sculpture Studio Dedication
Jack Morgan TPR News

As part of a larger strategy to build new arts facilities at the University of the Incarnate Word, a new ceramics and sculpture studio was dedicated Tuesday.

UIW President Louis Agnese explained at the unveiling how the Ruth Eilene Sullivan Ceramic and Sculpture Studio signals a renewed commitment to the arts.

"We wouldn't be spending $16 million at the corner of Broadway and Hildebrand on all of our programs on music and art if we were not focused on that area," Agnese said.

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Government
11:29 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Feds Deny Education Commissioner's Testing Request

TEA Commissioner Michael Williams.
Christopher C. Leonard cc

The U.S. Department of Education has denied the Texas Education Commissioner’s waiver to opt-out of  testing requirements connected to the No Child Left Behind program.

Since taking office, Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams has petitioned the federal government to allow Texas to opt-out of 15 provisions in the Department of Education program known as No Child Left Behind.

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Bexar County
9:12 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Commissioners Approve Bexar County Budget

Bexar County

  Bexar County Commissioners have approved a budget of $1.6 billion for the coming fiscal year, which includes an increase of $2.5 million in record management funds -- things like fees for platting and marriage licenses.

The property tax rate did not increase, but Precinct 3 Commissioner Kevin Wolff explained in court Tuesday morning that in good economic times when property values go up, taxpayers are often confused about why their tax bill is higher.

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Classical Music
5:46 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Maria Teresa Rodriguez (1923-2013): Champion of Carlos Chavez

Maria Teresa Rodriguez, (1923-2013)
INBA

Speak of the Mexican pianist Maria Teresa Rodriguez and the topic quickly turns to her recordings of the solo piano music of Carlos Chavez. However, many will advise a more thorough exploration of her work, for she was said to have had a repertoire which included more than 400 pieces, including Maurice Ravel's "Le Tombeau de Couperin."

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Texas Supreme Court
5:14 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Gov. Perry Appoints New Chief Justice

Texas Supreme Court justices, January 2013. Hecht is seated on left (in blue tie) and Jefferson is seated in the middle.
State of Texas

Gov. Rick Perry has announced a successor to lead the Texas Supreme Court following the resignation of Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson.

Perry has appointed Justice Nathan Hecht to replace Jefferson, who announced his departure starting Oct. 1. Hecht has become known as a champion of indigent defense ensuring that everyone has access to legal aid.

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Arts & Culture
4:36 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Tobin Center One Year Away From Opening

The Riverwalk side of the new Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, scheduled to open one year from now.
Tobin Center for the Performing Arts

The $203 million re-imagining of downtown's old Municipal Auditorium into the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts has transformed the building's looks drastically.

"We're going to open a year from now," said Foundation Chair Bruce Bugg. "We're going to be debt free the day we open."

President of the Tobin Center Michael Fresher said the venue's improved acoustics are only one of its attributes.

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Environment
4:21 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Environmental Group Says Coal Power Plants Are "Putting Texas In The Frying Pan"

Environment Texas Executive Director Luke Metzger.
Environment Texas

New Environmental Protection Agency rules for power plants go into effect on Sept. 20 and a new report details how Texas power plants are one of the leading causes of global warming in the country.

Environment Texas Executive Director Luke Metzger said their study shows Texas is the leading nation when it comes to power plant pollution. Texas is home to two of the dirtiest plants in the United States in the Martin Lake Plant, located south of Longview, and the W.A. Parish Plant, which is just outside of Houston. 

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State Board Of Education
3:06 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Textbook Reviewers Target Evolution And Climate Change In Biology Books

Flickr user Corey Seeman (cseeman) cc

The Texas Freedom Network say book review teams for the State Board of Education are pressuring publishing companies to change how climate change and evolution are presented in next year’s biology textbooks.

The SBOE set up several groups to review different textbooks and this week their comments and suggested changes have been made public.

Texas Freedom Network's Executive Director Kathy Miller said they suspected that the review teams would go after evolution and climate change.

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The Source - September 10, 2013
1:18 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

The Source: San Antonio Goes Orange | Texas National Guard Says "No" | Accidental Diplomacy In Syria

San Antonio Food Bank

In the first segment:

September is National Hunger Action Month and campaigns to raise awareness on hunger in America are going on across the country.  

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