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Texas Matters
5:37 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

"Blood Aces," The Story Of Benny Binion

There is definitely some kind of spiritual connection between Texas and Las Vegas. And that could be traced back to one particular murderous crook named Benny Binion. There’s a statue of Binion today in Vegas with him high on a horse with his cowboy hat tilted in a cocky fashion.

Doug Swanson has written the incredible story of this gamble cowboy - "Blood Aces: The Wild Ride of Benny Binion," the slam-bang thrill ride of a biography by Doug Swanson of the Dallas Morning News.

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Texas Matters
5:22 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Is ISIS Crossing The Texas-Mexico Border?

A screen grab from an ISIS recruiting video

As the United States engages the terrorist organization ISIS or ISIL in Iraq and Syria, there are people here sounding the alarm that the Texas Mexico border is being crossed by members of the Islamic State seeking to harm to Americans.

Midland County Sheriff Gary Painter was on Fox News this week (video below) saying that he believes that members of ISIS have already crossed the border.

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Election Campaigns
2:15 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Lt. Governor Nominee Dan Patrick Touts Business Endorsements

Dan Patrick at Campaign Event in Austin.
Credit Ryan E. Poppe

Appearing at a campaign event in Austin, Republican nominee for Lt. Governor Dan Patrick labeled himself the true pro-business candidate running  in November touting dozens of endorsements from business and trade-associations. 

Houston Republican State Sen. Dan Patrick started his speech, listing off the number of business associations that support his candidacy.

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Arts & Culture
2:09 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

"Altared" Consciousness: Sacred Altars on Display

"Unity of Symbols" by Ron Schumacher
Penny Malone

You probably think of church when you think of altars, but  you might also think of art. And not just art—sacred art. Non-denominational sacred art.

“They are--almost all—spiritual, and almost all non-religious.”

That’s Celebration Circle’s Spiritual Director Rudi Harst and he’s talking about a series of altars built by artists. Here’s how it happened.

“We give fifty-plus artists identical wooden boxes," he explained. "Two months later they bring them back with totally different expressions of what’s important to each one of them individually.”

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Fronteras
1:22 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

HUD Secretary Castro Wants To Make Homeownership Easier To Attain

Ryan Loyd TPR News

On Fronteras: New HUD Secretary Julian Castro says he wants to lower rents and help more people attain the dream of home ownership. The number of babies born with drug addictions has risen over the last decade or so in New Mexico. We look at efforts to encourage pregnant mothers with drug addictions to get help. Senator John Cornyn’s re-election campaign is looking beyond November, to the future of the Republican Party in Texas. Also, Commentator Yvette Benavides weighs in on Mattel’s Mariachi Barbie. The doll has already made waves on social media.

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Arts & Culture
10:43 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Retro Tent Show "La Carpa Garcia" Coming To SAY Sí

Hermanas Garcia
Adam Peché

It’s a stage production about something that’s come and gone decades ago. I spoke to SAY Si’s Joy Jimenez about what La Carpa Garcia was.

“They were a traveling tent show.”

The ‘they’ is the extended Garcia Family.

“They were a family that took their tents—the Carpas—around to many neighborhoods and Mexican barrios around the southwest,” she explained.

This was back in the 1920s, '30s and '40s. They were singers, dancers, circus performers, entertainers.  

“They ended up settling in San Antonio when the Carpas shut down in the '40s,” said Jimenez.

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Education
10:18 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

South San ISD Kids Now Hooked Up With e-Readers And BiblioTech

South San ISD officials receive Nooks from Bexar County so students can download books from BiblioTech
Credit Bexar County

Many of the students in South San Antonio ISD have never had access to a Nook or a Kindle, but thanks to the Hidalgo Foundation, 200 kids at a time will be able to read their favorite books from BiblioTech.

Students in the South San School District can now reach out to BiblioTech while at school, thanks to a hefty donation of e-readers.

Officials with Bexar County’s bookless library delivered 50 of the e-readers to South San Antonio High School yesterday to be distributed among the high school and the district’s four middle schools.

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Science & Technology
10:06 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

San Antonio Researchers Discuss the Future of Science Education

Dr. Frances Colon is the science advisor to the U.S. State Dept. She says new science education should include a broader scope of skills, including communication and business so that scientists are better equipped to affect policy, compete for tight funding dollars, and negotiate collaborative relationships with overseas science partners
Credit Rosanne Fohn / UTHSC

Dramatic reductions in federal funding for medical research have been closing doors on some projects and narrowing the scope of others.

But even while funding has been declining, educators have been guiding more students toward STEM careers.

A State Department official said in San Antonio this week that young scientists will collaborate in new ways with other countries, provided they are guided to a broader education.

The UT Health Science Center maintains a strong arsenal of medical research and development, but president Dr. William Henrich says it’s a struggle.

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The Source - September 18, 2014
4:29 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

The Source: How We Learn

Arts & Culture
3:32 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

San Antonio Chamber Choir Gearing For Changes This Weekend

San Antonio Chamber Choir
Robert Strovers

San Antonio arts institutions are gearing up for the fall season, and the San Antonio Chamber Choir begins theirs this weekend with a pair of performances, themed "A River Runs Through Us."

I spoke to Rick Bjella, their new Artistic Director. He talked about this weekend's performance:

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