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10:45 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Fort Sam Virtually Shuts Down To Complete Sexual Assault/Harassment Training

Maj. Jose Collado asks a question at ARMY NORTH's recent SHARP training at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston.
Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos, Army North PAO

Military orders from top brass in Washington D.C. are being carried out for sexual harassment and assault training at Joint Base San Antonio.

Local military officials say the Army’s Sexual Harassment and Assault Response Program (SHARP)  was ordered by General Ray Odiernio, chief of staff of the U.S. Army, around the time the Senate Armed Services Committee held their heated, marathon hearing on sexual assault in June.

More than 600 Fort Sam Houston personnel, both military and civilian, turned out for the SHARP training. Other branches conducted their own programs. 

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Government
9:33 am
Fri July 12, 2013

AG's Office Goes After East Texas-Based Dating Service For Seniors/Veterans

Attorney General Greg Abbott.
State of Texas

The Texas Attorney General’s Office is shutting down a dating service for veterans and seniors that was operating in East Texas.

The dating service operated in the Houston and Beaumont areas, promising seniors, disabled Texans, and veterans that it had thousands of potential matches in its database.

The Attorney General’s Office said Javier Luna and his company, Matchmaker, which also used the name Sagejax, Inc., would cold-call targets and encourage in-person visits to the Matchmaker offices to discuss membership.

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The Source - July 11, 2013
1:27 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

The Source: Interest Rate Hikes And Housing | Caring For Caregivers

Flickr user Ian Mutto cc

In the first segment:

Recent spikes in interest rates have affected loans for everything from corporate expansion to buying a home. We look at the affect it has had on San Antonio and what the housing market has looked like throughout the economic downturn.  

Joining us is San Antonio Board of Realtors President Angela Shields.

In the second segment:

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Special Session - Abortion
1:08 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Republicans Rally Support As Senate Committee Clears SB1

Rick Santorum takes the podium around Texas Republicans.
Ryan Poppe TPR

The Senate Committee on Health and Human Services voted out Senate Bill 1, the Senate version of an abortion bill, and will take it up on the Senate floor Friday afternoon for a final vote.

As both sides voice their opinions on abortion rights in Texas, Republicans have enlisted more out-of-state help in the fight to push through the controversial package.

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Classical Spotlight
11:45 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Young Composer Unites Sounds And Friends

Violinist and Composer Darian Thomas
John Clare / Texas Public Radio

Strings and Songs and Solidarity! - a concert featuring compositions by Darian Thomas, will be performed by high school and college musicians this weekend at the Carver Community Cultural Center.  Thomas hopes you'll "support the contemporary classical music scene of San Antonio, and enjoy the vibrant sounds of youth coming together for a common goal!"

Here is a great example of Darian's artistry, a performance from last May with the Youth Orchestras of San Antonio's Philharmonic Orchestra and Troy Peters:

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Arts & Culture
10:21 am
Thu July 11, 2013

McNay Mash-Up A Collision Of Disparate Topics And Passionate Discussion

1963 Corvette Split-back
Larry Mills

The McNay Art Museum mash-up lecture series returns next week and this summer's events kick off with classic cars and big hair.

"I think cars are just part of the American culture," said Larry Mills, a classic car collector. "There are just a lot of people that get really, really passionate about cars."

Mills will offer his expertise to a mash-up lecture next week. He is passionate about driving the classic works of art, and he can see the relationships between cars and theatrical makeup.

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City Government
9:21 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Ethics Board Finds Briones Knowingly Violated Ethics Code

Rolando Briones talks with his attorney, David Christian, at an Ethics Review Board hearing to discuss an ethics complaint against him.
Ryan Loyd TPR

The Ethics Review Board found Wednesday night that former City Council District 8 candidate Rolando Briones knowingly violated San Antonio’s ethics code by accepting a contract for his consulting and engineering firm with the city when he sat on San Antonio's Planning Commission.

The case was filed by William Hurley, a citizen who believed Briones acted inappropriately because he used a public entity for personal business.

Briones was present for the hearing, in which he testified that he never had any intention of knowingly violating the ethics code.

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Special Session - Abortion
5:00 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

What Do Court Statutes Say About The Fate Of Texas Abortion Legislation?

Though abortion legislation gets closer to becoming law, the fight could be far from over.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

As abortion legislation nears Gov. Rick Perry's desk, opponents are now looking at ways to combat the measures once they are signed into law. Attorneys in the Texas House have opposing legal interpretations of House Bill 2, the abortion bill that passed in the Texas House today.

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Special Session
2:03 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Texas House Gives Final Approval Of Abortion Bill

Ryan Poppe TPR News

The Texas House has approved HB 2, the controversial abortion bill, on a vote of 98 to 49 without the addition of any amended changes.

The bill now heads to a Senate committee and a final vote on the bill is expected during the early part of next week.

The bill will ban abortion after 20 weeks and mandates that all clinics be upgraded to ambulatory surgical centers and have a doctor on staff that has admitting privileges at a hospital no more than 30 miles away. It also calls for doctors to follow all the FDA guideline for the drug RU-486.

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The Source - July 10, 2013
11:32 am
Wed July 10, 2013

The Source: City Council Pay | The No-Fly List

San Antonio City Hall
Ryan Loyd TPR News

In the first segment:

The city of San Antonio pays city council member $20 per meeting, but cities like Houston pay their council members over $50,000 a year.  

Advocates for change say the job, which demands a lot of time -- often more than a full-time job -- should pay a full-time wage.

Does city council pay affect the quality and diversity of candidates we get for the council? Can only the wealthy and retired afford to take a job that pays so little?

In the second segment:

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