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2:18 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Take An Architectural Journey On Saturday Historic Church Walking Tours

Historic Church Walking Tour.
Nicholas Fuqua

You don’t have to be any particular denomination — or any denomination — to be interested in downtown’s church architecture and history. The city's Office of Historic Preservation continues with its historic walking tour program.

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The Source - February 6, 2014
1:37 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

The Source: Education In America

Flickr user Bill Selak cc

In the first segment:

The debate over vouchers is heating up on the national level with proposed legislation, "The Scholarship for Kids Act of 2014" to give federal dollars to students opting out of public school. School choice is the best way for underserved communities to get a good education, say conservatives pushing this legislation.

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Higher Education
11:44 am
Thu February 6, 2014

State Launches Affordable College Degree Program For Half The Cost

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has launched a new degree program aimed at making college affordable.

The Texas Affordable Baccalaureate Degree Program has been in the works since it’s conception in 2011 when it was one of the needs Gov. Rick Perry expressed during his State of the State Address. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board announced they had finished designing that program this week.  

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Arts & Culture
11:16 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Canadian Dance Troupe Stepcrew Brings International Show To Boerne

Dance troupe Stepcrew is coming to Boerne next week. You may remember the Riverdance phenomenon in the mid 1990s. A young Canadian man saw that and thought, "Wait! We’re already doing that!"

“When we grew up I didn’t even know Irish dancing existed," said Nathan Pilatzke, a dancer and founding member of Stepcrew. "We were just learning this dance which was from our area.”

But he said they’re not just another Riverdance.

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Fronteras Desk
10:58 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Greg Abbott Outlines Border Security Plan

Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott.
Courtesy photo

Likely Republican nominee for Texas governor Greg Abbott has announced his campaign’s platform for securing the 1,300-mile Texas-Mexico border. The plan would cost $300 million and also target domestic violence and sex crimes.

While speaking to a Dallas nonprofit that helps victims of child sex trafficking, Abbott said the federal government has failed to secure the Texas-Mexico border.

He promised as governor he would add more than 1,500 Department of Public Safety state troopers assigned to the southern region of Texas.

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Weather
6:54 am
Thu February 6, 2014

SA Schools Open, Ice Closes Some Roads

Crystal Chavez

San Antonio is under a winter weather advisory until 11 a.m. for a mix of ice, sleet and snow.

There are several accidents on the roadways this morning. Loop 1604 at I-10 in NW SA is closed due to several minor crashes (TXDOT did not specify in what direction).

School Delays:

All Comal ISD campuses will start two hours later than normal today. New Braunfels ISD is also on a two-hour delayed start.

Arts & Culture
4:42 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

New Tile Mural Continues Long River Walk Tradition

Susan Dunis & Sienna Dunis Ginn
Jack Morgan TPR Arts

That water tank behind the Arneson River Theater stage marks San Antonio’s oldest pump station. Just to the west of it is the brand new Briscoe Museum. The area between them is the beautiful McNutt Courtyard.

As an entrance to the River Walk, it’s a prime place to carry on a San Antonio art tradition — a painted tile mural.

"It’s completely in the W.P.A. tradition," said tile expert and author Susan Toomey Frost talking about the Works Progress Administration tile murals installed as part of the old River Walk. She cites a long tradition.

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City Government
2:08 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Medina Focuses On Emergency Funding During Trip to D.C.

City Councilman Cris Medina says he's in Washington, D.C. to fight for emergency funding that the city lost in 2013.
City of San Antonio

San Antonio city leaders are in Washington, D.C. this week to fight for federal funding for the city.

The delegation heads to our nation's Capitol each year to speak with lawmakers on getting money people pay in taxes to come back to San Antonio.

District 7 Councilman Cris Medina sent a letter to his constituents to let them know what he's fighting for in particular: Emergency and natural disaster funding.

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The Source - February 5, 2014
2:07 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

The Source: Getting Pollution On The Record | Craft Brewing Explodes

Environmental Protection Agency

In the first segment:

A loophole is letting hundreds of oil and gas companies emit a combined 8.5 million tons of toxic chemicals every year in America and they don’t have to tell the public anything about it.

A new report by the Environmental Integrity Project has highlighted industry in Texas as being THE biggest polluter of the eight states they investigated, noting nearly 100 individual facilities releasing 10,000 pounds of toxic chemicals each year.

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Arts & Culture
1:57 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Crickets Come Alive With Modern Art Orchestra At Artpace

Mungo Thomson, Crickets for Solo and Ensemble, 2014
Mark Menjivar, courtesy Artpace San Antonio

(Author's note: I suggest you listen to this story -- hit "listen" above)

Artpace has opened a new exhibit and I was able to go down and walk through it. It's happening primarily in the Hudson showroom, and it's really an exercise in auditory imagination. As you walk in you think you're hearing crickets, but as you round the corner to see the video, you realize you're hearing something else entirely.

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