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11:26 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Stabbing Victim Given Peace Award For Efforts To Change Parole Violation Policy

Author Karin Richmond speaks to St. Mary's Criminal Justice students at the President's Peace Commission event Wednesday, Feb. 19.
St. Mary's University

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice has changed the method for notifying victims of violent crime if their attacker has violated parole.

Karin Richmond is a former lobbyist, both in Austin and in Washington, D.C.. In 1983, while in her hotel room in Austin, Richmond was brutally stabbed more than a dozen times, her nose cut off, and blinded by her attacker, an employee of the hotel.

“He was imprisoned for a sentence of 90 years which came to 30 years and now he’s been released on parole with a GPS monitoring bracelet," Richmond said. 

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Teachers
9:46 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Education Commissioner Says More Districts Showing Interest In Teacher Eval.

Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams.
Christopher C. Leonard cc

Michael Williams, the Texas education commissioner, said some of the biggest school districts in the state are showing interest in a new state-initiated teacher evaluation program but teacher’s unions fear the pilot program will involve high-stakes test scores.

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The Source - February 24, 2014
9:25 am
Mon February 24, 2014

The Source: U.S. Supreme Court Hears Texas v. The EPA

Houston power plant as seen from Lynchburg ferry at the end of Battleground Road.
Louise Vest (Flikr.com User: OneEighteen)

A major climate change initiative by the Obama administration has been challenged. The White House, in an re-interpretation of the Clean Air Act, enacted stricter regulations for greenhouse gases, and stated it would begin permitting polluters. 

Today the Supreme Court hears arguments in Texas v. EPA. Texas' permitting system for air polluters predates the EPA and the state believes it has done and can do a better job of the permitting.

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The Source - February 24, 2014
9:24 am
Mon February 24, 2014

The Source: Massive, Intelligent & Free: MOOCs And Education

edX is one MOOC provider along with Coursera.

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) being offered for free by the nation's best universities were going to change everything about education. The most prestigious institutions in America threw open their doors to the masses. Millions of people poured in, taking everything from computer science to "The Greatest Unsolved Mysteries of the Universe." 

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Military
12:08 am
Sun February 23, 2014

Air Force Trainee Dies After Training Exercise

JBSA-Lackland announced that basic trainee Terron Moore collapsed after a training exercise Thursday. He was pronounced dead that evening.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

A 19 year old trainee from Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland died Thursday after training exercises, a spokesperson told TPR this weekend.

Terron Moore, a native of Indiana, collapsed following a run, said Collen McGee Saturday. Initial emails regarding the incident were blocked by a technical problem. McGee emphasized that the Air Force strives to be transparent in news, good or bad, and worked on Saturday to relay the message about the passing of the trainee.

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Texas Politics
5:04 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Following New Undercover Video, Dewhurst Requests State-Led Investigation Of Battleground Texas

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst has requested the secretary of state and attorney general’s office investigate Battleground Texas for possible voter harvesting. The allegations center on another undercover video produced by conservative activist group Project Veritas.

In the past, Project Veritas’ videos have been scrutinized for how they were produced and whether there was any truth to their content. The latest video featuring Battleground Texas San Antonio Field Organizer Jennifer Longoria has public officials believing there is enough to launch an investigation.

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Local Business
3:13 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

USAA CEO Joe Robles Set To Retire Next Year

Joe Robles.
Photo courtesy USAA

Insurance giant USAA is facing a change in management next year now that long-time CEO Joe Robles Jr. has announced he is entering retirement.

Robles, who served 28 years in the Army, first served on the USAA Board of Directors and joined the company as chief financial officer and controller in 1994. He also served as corporate treasurer and chief administrative officer before taking the helm as CEO and president in 2007.

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KPAC Blog
2:45 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Renee Fleming To Open San Antonio Symphony's 75th Anniversary Season

Renee Fleming will help open the San Antonio Symphony's 75th anniversary season.
Andrew Eccles Decca

I talked to the San Antonio Symphony's Music Director Sebastian Lang-Lessing today and asked what many in the arts community are wondering: who will be the focus of next year’s music festival?

“Richard Strauss,” revealed Lang-Lessing.

“For me it was just a natural way to celebrate the 75th anniversary with a Strauss festival," he said.

It's the San Antonio Symphony’s 75th year of playing and to get that anniversary started right, he had another big announcement.

“We open with Renee Fleming, so I’m very thrilled that this works out,” Lang-Lessing said.

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Small Business
2:18 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Accion Texas Says Small Business Lending Is Up

In another sign of a recovering economy, larger loans to new small businesses are on the rise.

Acción Texas, Inc. has announced its best fourth quarter to date for Small Business Administration 504 lending. The nonprofit small business lender this week announced its SBA 504 lending division had a record fourth quarter of $12.9 million in loans, a figure 77 percent higher than the previous year.

Bob Schraitle, vice-president of the 504 division, credits several factors, including pulling out of the recession, for the marked increase in new loans.   

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Fronteras
1:51 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

New Exhibit Sheds Light On Role Of Tejanos At The Alamo

Chris Eudaily TPR News

Fronteras: The exhibit Standing Their Ground: Tejanos at the Alamo takes a new look at the story of the Alamo siege and battle. Water experts say the Southwest should get used to the idea of drinking recycled water as treatment plants become more sophisticated. Water "czar" Pat Mulroy has just retired -- she leaves behind a big legacy and big lessons about the Colorado River during this record drought.

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