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11:02 am
Thu December 26, 2013

Number Of First-Year Teachers In Texas Down While Student Enrollment Swells

The TEA is hoping the number of first-year teachers will increase to meet the demand of the 60,000-70,000 new students each year.
Texas Education Agency

Education experts and state agencies are citing a number of reasons for the lack of first-year educators in the state. In the last four years, the number of new teachers in Texas has seen a sharp decline.

According to a new report, Texas had fewer than 15,000 first-year teachers hired last year, which is down from the 25,000 in 2008. So why the decline? Debbie Ratcliffe with the Texas Education Agency said there are a number of reasons for the drop.

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South San ISD
5:02 pm
Tue December 24, 2013

South San Board Appoints Interim Superintendent; Accuses Predecessor Of Illegal Raises

Interim Superintendent Abelardo Saavedra (right) takes his seat near the board shortly after being selected.
Joey Palacios TPR News

The South San Independent School District has chosen its fifth superintendent in six years. During the selection it was made known that the previous superintendent may have gifted raises without approval.

The South San Board selected former Houston ISD Superintendent Abelardo Saavedra to lead the district while a permanent replacement is selected. Mourette Hodge, the district’s recent interim superintendent, stepped down last week without giving reason after being on the job for six months.

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Arts & Culture
2:35 pm
Tue December 24, 2013

Visitors Say River Walk Lives Up To Holiday Expectations

Perez family, who are visiting from Dallas.
Jack Morgan TPR Arts

San Antonio’s largest single piece of art has many fans, both local, and international. It's the San Antonio River, downtown. A pan flute fills the air with South American magic at the River Center Mall lagoon, where the barges circle and head out on their circumnavigation of the river's big horseshoe bend. 

I went down the other night to see what people thought about how the city dresses up its River Walk for the Holiday Season.

"My name is Justin Self, and I’ve been having fun just walking around and seeing all the pretty lights."

"Where are you from?" I asked.

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Home Video
12:10 am
Tue December 24, 2013

"City Lights" Shines On Blu-ray

The Tramp woos a blind flower girl in "City Lights."
Courtesy of the Criterion Collection.

At one time in America, “The Little Tramp” was one of the most recognized characters in the world. Among classic movie characters, I think Dorothy from “The Wizard of Oz” has since surpassed him, but I’ve been doing my part to introduce my own kids (now 8 and 6) to the joys of silent cinema, and Charlie Chaplin is their favorite star from that era.

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Holiday Giving
3:27 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

Food Bank Gives Christmas Trees Along With Holiday Meals

Ryan Loyd TPR News

Toni picks up her supply of food for the week, but this time she's picking up something extra -- a Christmas tree. She and many more existing clients of the Baptist Temple got the chance to pick out a tree to go along with their holiday meal.

"Some mac and cheese there, there's some rice, and each one of them is different, but we try to make sure that there's some vegetables, some protein," said George Zayas Bazan, the pastor at Baptist Temple. Zayas Bazan said the San Antonio Food Bank distributes food in bulk twice a month -- 16,000 pounds worth.

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Arts & Culture
2:52 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

Cameo Theatre Presents Irving Berlin's "White Christmas"

White Christmas Cast
James Teninty

No one is predicting a white Christmas for San Antonio, no one except Cameo Theatre, a local theater troupe that is putting on a production based on the 1954 musical starring Danny Kaye and Bing Crosby.

Cameo manager Jim Zaccariah talks about their production of "White Christmas."

"It’s got a large cast of 25 people. A large ensemble cast," said Zacchariah, who said the group has more or less followed the movie plot, but with a few twists.

“They’ve added more Irving Berlin songs, so if you’re an Irving Berlin fan, this is the musical for you,” he said.

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Military
11:58 am
Mon December 23, 2013

For Air Force Trainees Who Don't Make Active Duty, The Journey Back To Civilian Life Begins

Trainees at graduation commemorate their hard work during a graduation ceremony. Those who don't complete their goal go to a transition flight for help adjusting back to civilian life.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

In the military, you either have what it takes, or you don't.

Those who don't often face ridicule, embarrassment and shame when they leave training, but unlike days  past, now there's a little bit more compassion for this group of forgotten trainees transitioning back to civilian life.

Life inside the gates at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland is a microcosm of the world outside, but training is an ongoing ritual. Trainees march in step with one another, and are required to make their commutes in pairs.

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Arts & Culture
10:53 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Artpace Invites International Artists To San Antonio For Residence Program

Spring 2011 Artpace resident artist E.V. Day
Kimberly Aubuchon

The Artpace International Artist-In-Residence Program happens under the radar three times each year at Artpace’s downtown museum. Artpace Deputy Director Mary Heathcott explains how it works.

"What the residency program is is that the artists move into Artpace -- they actually live here on site," Heathcott said. "Each year we invite nine artists, three come at a time, spring, summer and fall. Each artist creates a new artworks, which then goes on exhibit at Artpace for two months."

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The Source - December 23, 2013
6:40 am
Mon December 23, 2013

The Source: A Look At Poverty In America

The United States Department of Agriculture donates commodities through programs such as The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), which the San Antonio Food Bank (SAFB) packages and palletizes them for fast distribution in San Antonio, TX.
United States Department of Agriculture

In the first segment:

The last 10 years or the "lost decade" has mired the country in debt that we are only now starting to climb out of.  The incidence of poverty has jumped in America, and you might be surprised to see where it has grown most.  

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Community
5:15 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Officer Robert Deckard Passes Away

31 year old Robert Deckard passed away Friday just before 10 a.m.
San Antonio Police Department

31 year old Bobby Deckard, a highly regarded San Antonio Police officer, has passed away.

The husband, father, and officer, lost the fight for his life Friday morning, just before 10 a.m., from injuries he sustained after being shot in the head during a chase of robbery suspects.

Police Chief William McManus said in a statement, "With great sorrow, we have received word from the Deckard family that Bobby passed away."

He fought a brave battle but was unable to overcome his injuries, said McManus.

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