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11:59 am
Wed October 23, 2013

For Tea Party, Ted Cruz And His Father, Texas Couldn't Be More Red

Reverend Rafael Cruz speaks at the Floresville Community Center on Saturday, Oct. 19..
David Martin Davies TPR News

With a reverent tone, the people at the Floresville Community Center sang the patriotic hymn "America the Beautiful." It was a Saturday afternoon of singing patriotic songs and listening to a fire and brimstone political speech from Reverend Rafael Cruz, father of Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas.

"Outside of the Bible, the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence are the greatest documents ever written by man," Rev. Cruz said.

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Local Business
4:57 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

New Startup To Train Students For Tech Jobs In San Antonio

Codeup staff, from top left: CEO Michael Girdley, Chris Turner, Director of Curriculum & Lead Instructor, Jason Straugh, CTO, and Samantha Atkins, Director of Operations
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A new bundle of joy has arrived at San Antonio's Geekdom, "the place where startups are born."

Michael Girdley's baby is a company called Codeup, and he's hoping it will be San Antonio's answer to every tech company's long-burning problem of not having enough qualified people to hire.

"Codeup is a nine week boot camp, and the idea is we take people who are non-techies and we turn them into web programmers with a job guarantee," Girdley said.

"We have tons of great jobs down here," said Girdley emphatically.

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Arts & Culture
3:13 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

A Bit Of History And Macabre On The Eastside Cemetery Tour

East Side Cemetery
Office of Historic Preservation

The people interred in the city’s Eastside cemeteries have many stories to tell, but they’re not talking. Luckily, Nicholas Fuqua with the Office of Historic Preservation said there’s still a lot to hear on the Eastside Cemetery Tour.

"We’re going to look at some historic graves from prominent Texans, look at funerary art and architecture, iconography, tell a little bit of history about the development of the city cemetery, and why it’s where it is and why it looks the way it does," Fuqua said. "So hopefully it’ll be an educational experience for everybody."

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The Source - October 22, 2013
2:31 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

The Source: UT Regent Oversight Or Overreach? | Chasing The Superbug

Students walk across campus
Marsha Miller University of Texas

In the first segment:

Today the investigation into a controversial University of Texas regent begins hearing testimony. Wallace Hall has made few friends since being appointed to the board, but what has brought him to the brink of possible impeachment? It would be the first in Texas history as a non-elected official.

The past few years at the University of Texas have been rocky and not just for the football team. Behind the ivory and Indiana limestone a fight over reform has been getting downright confrontational.

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Affordable Care Act
12:32 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Local Insurance Agents Help People Through Health Care Sign-up

Healthcare.gov continues to have problems dealing with the high traffic.
U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

A conglomeration of city, county and private sector dignitaries gathered at CentroMed to give their blessing on President Obama's signature legislation. 

San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro noted that 300,000 people in the city don't have insurance, but now is their golden opportunity to obtain medical coverage.

Katy Horrell, who received help enrolling in a health care plan, knew there'd be a few problems.

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Arts & Culture
10:38 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Yamato Drummers Make San Antonio Stop This Weekend

Masa Ogawa

There’s an act coming to San Antonio that can’t be beat -- The Yamato Drummers. Arts San Antonio is bringing them to the Lila Cockrell this Sunday. The  group use ancient Taiko drums, but in very untraditional ways. Gen Hidaka talks about how their performance varies from tradition.

"It’s really original, it’s really modern and it’s really dynamic music," Hidaka said. "And people also consider that it’s really entertaining. We also sometimes sing. It’s not only about music it could be like martial arts. It’s like boxing."

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Texas Politics
9:12 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Republican Judge Carlo Key Switches To Democratic Party

Bexar County Juge Carlo Key is joined by members of the Bexar County Democratic delegation.
Joey Palacios TPR News

There were cheers from supporters as Judge Carlo Key emerged from the Bexar County Courthouse with Democratic members of Congress and legislators from the Texas House and Senate.

Key said his decision to jump change parties under his beliefs that justice should be served without prejudice towards race, color, creed or whom they choose to love.

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Abortion In Texas
5:01 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Decision On Texas Abortion Clinic Law Will Likely Be Appealed

The Stand With Texas Women movement has carried the momentum of the abortion clinic bill filibuster by state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

The federal trial started today over the Texas abortion clinic restrictions that passed during this summer’s special session. Both sides have agreed to a bench trial, making the presiding judge, U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel, the final decision maker. 

Lawyers from Planned Parenthood are trying to block the law from taking effect, saying portions of the law make access to abortion services for women in South and West Texas impossible.

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2014 Governor's Race
1:45 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Davis Takes Encouragement From National Poll Numbers

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis at a campaign visit to Rackspace in San Antonio.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

A new poll shows approval ratings for Republicans in Congress have dropped to a record low, but will it affect statewide elections for people like Democrat Wendy Davis?

The Associated Press survey shows over 62 percent of those polled believe Republicans in Congress are solely to blame for the government shutdown that ended last Thursday.

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Arts & Culture
1:07 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

New York Artist Shares Work And Passion With San Antonio

Cacique
Abigail Marquez

UTSA’s Downtown Art Gallery hosts an interesting new exhibit and New Yorker Manny Vega doesn’t mince words when he talks about the difficult process involved in creating his highly detailed pen and ink drawings.

"You can’t shuck and jive around this, you’ve gotta sit down and do it," Vega said.

He described the exhibit as containing a wide variety subject matter.

"You know, it’s a combination of visual imagery from Africa, the Caribbean and my life in New York," he said.

The creative process is, for him, filled with emotion, and finishing a piece is tough.

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