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9:43 am
Wed January 30, 2013

No Word From Local Boy Scout Chapters On Policy Change... Yet

The Boy Scouts of America, one of the nation's largest youth organizations, is considering lifting their national ban on gay scouts and scoutmasters.
Flickr user born1945 Used creative commons

Boy Scouts of America leaders are weighing the possibility of lifting its ban on homosexual members and leaders, but a nation-wide policy could do little to nothing to effect change at local clubs throughout the country.

A statement by the organization said chartered clubs would accept membership and select leaders based on its mission, principles, or religious beliefs.

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Lackland Investigation
7:24 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Court-Martial Testimony: Culture Of Power Kept Trainee Silent

The headquarters to the 37th Training Wing at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland where the base's legal offices and courtroom are housed.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

A witness in the latest court-martial of a Lackland Air Force Base training instructor told a jury Tuesday that she was afraid to tell the instructor to stop touching her because he was her superior.

The command-directed investigation last fall found that command failures and gaps in institutional safeguards allowed a culture of abuse and secrecy to grow at Lackland.

Staff Sgt. Donald Davis is the seventh MTI to go to trial in the growing sex scandal at the nation’s Air Force boot camp training facility.

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Women In Combat
4:27 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

DOD Decision 'One More Opportunity' For Women In Uniform

Air Force recruiters are not sure how the DOD decision will affect military recruiting efforts.
Eileen Pace TPR

The Air Force is now working on implementing the policy change by the Department of Defense allowing women into combat roles. Coincidentally, 2013 marks the 20th anniversary of women being able to become combat pilots for the Air Force.

Christa D'Andrea is the chief of public affairs for the Air Force Recruiting Service at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph and served on active-duty for 11 years. She said the integration of women in these roles is the next logical step in the military.

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Bexar County Sheriff
3:48 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Pamerleau Gets $500,000 For Emergency Overtime Payroll

Bexar Co. deputies wait for sheriff to make presentation to county commissioners
Eileen Pace TPR

Bexar County Commissioners have approved emergency funding to temporarily pay overtime to Bexar County detention officers, but the sheriff has a plan to save the county a quarter-million dollars.

Sheriff Susan Pamerleau said the county can save $250,000 by allowing her and the county manager to conduct an in-house staffing study instead of paying a third party.

Pamerleau said staffing issues at the jail are the most critical problem in her office, where she says 50 positions remain vacant.

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Bexar County
1:58 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Cowboy Hat Is Back For Bexar Sheriff's Deputies

Bexar Co. Sheriff Susan Pamerleau sports her new "silver belly" gray Western hat, one of those on the new approved list for county deputies' headgear
Eileen Pace TPR

Bexar County Commissioners proclaimed Feb. 7 through Feb. 24 "Official Rodeo Season" and Feb. 7 as "Official Dress Western San Antonio Day."

To herald the official rodeo season and the cooler weather, Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau has issued an order proclaiming cowboy hats as officially approved headgear for sheriff’s deputies.

"Because it's tradition for Texas sheriffs. When I went to newly-elected sheriffs' school, I was probably one of the only ones who didn't have a cowboy hat on," Pamerleau said.

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Community Education
10:18 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Children's Museum Moving Out Of Downtown

The concept design for the new museum location on Broadway.
Craig McMahon Architects

The San Antonio Children’s Museum will be moving from its downtown location to Broadway and Mulberry, once construction on the massive-scale project is complete.

The project comes at a time when city leaders have focused their attention on revitalizing the urban core, but executive director Vanessa Lacoss Hurd doesn’t see it as leaving downtown.

“We see it about providing a more holistic campus and experience for what we want to accomplish with our mission,” she said.

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7:14 am
Tue January 29, 2013

STAAR Exam Results Released Today, Reform On The Horizon

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Just as the first round of results are posted, the 83rd Texas Legislature will be considering streamlining standardized testing. Of those state legislators with bills addressing the issue is Rep. Mike Villareal, D-San Antonio, but the reform push is being supported by both sides of the isle.
Last spring, students in Houston took a brand new standardized exam, the STAAR. The state plans to release the grades for thousands of students later today. But the whole testing system could get an overhaul from the Texas Legislature this session, as Laura Isensee reports from the KUHF Education Desk.
Community
2:46 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

"Tin Man" Is Coming Down In Alamo Heights

The "Tin Man" is now no longer an icon of Alamo Heights.
Bob Weston (c) All rights reserved Flickr

A symbol of pride in the Alamo Heights community for nearly 90 years, the old water tower that became known as “Tin Man” is being taken down.

"Here recently in 2010 the city constructed another water reservoir, another tank,” said Alamo Heights Public Works Director Patrick Sullivan.

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City Council
1:33 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

Nirenberg Running For Council Seat Being Vacated By Williams

Current District 8 City Councilman Reed Williams will not seek re-election this term.
Ryan Loyd TPR

Ron Nirenberg, the associate general manager for Trinity University's non-commercial jazz station, KRTU, has officially announced his candidacy for City Council District 8.

Nirenburg has been preparing for the race for nearly a year. The 35 year old stressed accountability and ethics as his vision for city hall with a crowd of 100 supporters at Orsinger Park on Saturday.

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Arts & Culture
8:41 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Marian Anderson, A Legend Revisited

Portrait of Marian Anderson
Carl van Vechten, Public Domain Wikimedia Commons

Depending on your age, the name Marian Anderson can belong to the realm of indelible and haunting experience, or mysterious legend.

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