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4:17 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Broadway's Tony Award-Winning "American Idiot" Coming To The Majestic

"American Idiot" cast.
: Press photo

A hard-hitting multi-Tony award winning musical is coming to the Majestic Theatre.  "American Idiot," the highly-acclaimed musical that was borne out of the seminal Grammy Award-winning Green Day album of the same name, is coming December 13-14.

"'American Idiot' is about three disaffected teens growing up in a place called Jingletown, USA," said Dan Tracy, who plays Tunny in the production. "They’re all trying to find their way to a better life and each of them gets lost in their own way."

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The Source - December 5, 2013
2:28 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

The Source: Childhood Poverty Rises | Clothes Make Characters Come To Life At The McNay

Kids Count 2013 Databook / Center for Public Policy Priorities

In the first segment:

In 11 years the number of children living in poverty has risen, outpacing the number of children born, or moving into the state, says a new report from the Texas-based Center for Public Policy Priorities, a left-leaning research and advocacy group.

What is the state doing to abate this tide of poverty?  How does the situation look on the ground here in Bexar County?

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Texas Public Schools
1:53 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Education Commissioner Uses San Antonio Visit To Build Curriculum Recommendation

TEA Commissioner Michael Williams.
Christopher C. Leonard cc

Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams visited San Antonio’s Toyota plant this week to engage professionals and state officials on how to implement new curriculum changes that offer career and technology opportunities.

Williams said he needs to understand what skills students need to possess before, during, and after high school.

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Arts & Culture
11:04 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Urban-15 Gives The Holidays A Laser Light Treatment

San Antonio's performing arts group Urban-15 is known for its driving drumbeats and wildly creative costuming. Their longevity and unique calling has made them one of the city’s iconic puro San Antonio aspects. But every December they put away the drums and costumes, put on holiday music, and turn on the lasers.

"The holiday laser show is multiple lasers that are choreographed to some of the holiday favorites," said Urban-15 Music and Media Director George Cisneros.

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Border Security
9:28 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Dewhurst Announces Plan For Operational Surge Along Texas-Mexico Border

Dewhurst campaign video

 Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, who is running for re-election against a slew of Republican challengers, has submitted another interim charge asking lawmakers to find $60 million to increase security along border.

Dewhurst appeared with Col. Steve McCraw, the head of the Texas Department of Public Safety, and said he has also reached out to Speaker of the House Joe Strauss and Gov. Rick Perry to shut down all of the illegal operations that he says are happening along the Texas-Mexico border.

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2014 Governor's Race
5:06 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Abbott Defends His Position On 2011 Education Cuts At North Texas Campaign Stop

Ryan Poppe TPR News

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis is taking issue with Republican Attorney General Greg Abbot’s record as it relates to the rollout of  the education policy for his campaign for governor.

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Methodist Hospital
3:53 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Methodist Hospital Set To Begin $200 Million Expansion Project

Rendering of completed Methodist Hospital
Methodist Hospital

The Methodist Hospital is about to undergo big changes to its property in the Medical Center. In the largest expansion in its history, the hospital will spend $200 million to construct new towers and renovate its existing building.

Palmira Arellano, vice-president of marketing and public relations at the Methodist Hospital, said the renovation and construction project will add two patients towers – one for adults and one for children.

"It’ll change the entire look and footprint of the hospital and it will expand the campus by about 445,000 square feet," Arellano said.

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Arts & Culture
3:13 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Playhouse Rennovations Continue Amid Productions

Playhouse in progress
Asia Ciaravino

As if putting on large scale plays and musicals weren’t enough work, The Playhouse had to find a way to put itself back together after weather damage it suffered from a thunderstorm last May. A rain-damaged roof soaked through and ceiling plaster came raining down on the seats at their Russell Hill Rogers Theater.

As Playhouse CEO Asia Ciaravino notes, fixing a theater is tough work for people who just want to entertain you in one.

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The Source - Dec. 4, 2013
2:11 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

The Source: Adult Literacy Programs Have Bumpy Road Ahead | State Of Aviation In SA

Flickr User: Rebecca Milby

In the first segment:

With the City of San Antonio taking the unpopular step of closing its seven community learning centers, what does the work load look like for organizations trying to teach people to read and how to pass GEDs. Upcoming changes to the GED test will make it more difficult to pass them, especially for adults, service providers worry.

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Government
1:44 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Insurance Commissioner Releases Proposed Rules For ACA Navigators In Texas

U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

The Texas Department of Insurance has finalized a list of additional rules federal navigators will have to follow before helping anyone sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act’s website, Healthcare.gov.

The rules come as a response to a letter issued by Gov. Rick Perry that points to privacy and security concerns about the current federal standard for navigators working in Texas to help navigate the Affordable Care Act’s website.

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