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Schools and the Arts
3:36 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Performing Arts Inspire Murals Around Tobin Center Construction

Students from the SAISD's Young Women Leadership Academy sing in front of the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts before the mural unveiling.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

The walls surrounding the Tobin Center construction site are now adorned with paintings created by SAISD students to serve as a tribute to the vision of the performing arts center as construction continues.

Omar Leos, the district’s visual and theater arts coordinator, said 280 students helped design 36 4 ft. by 4 ft. panels that now line the construction zone

"Instead of having just a regular fence blocking the construction site, there’ll be public art displayed by students of San Antonio ISD," Leos said.

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Education Achievement
2:26 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Local School Districts Vs. The World

Screen shot of the interactive graphic. Once you get to the report card page click on the "Begin your search" button in the upper left to start.
George W. Bush Presidential Center.

The Global Report Card compares school district performance in the United States to international students from other developed countries around the world. The tool also allows you to see demographic information that helps tell a more complete story of each district.

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Transportation
1:26 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Vía Board Votes To Raise Regular Bus Fares

New services like Vía Prímo are part of the reason that the board voted to increase fares.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

The Vía Metropolitan Transit Board voted to increase regular fares on Tuesday night, but it doesn’t mean customers will immediately see increased costs.

A local governmental approval committee consisting of Bexar County Commissioners, members of the San Antonio City Council and members of the suburban council of mayors will still need to give the green light before fares go into effect on Feb. 1.

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Classical Spotlight
12:59 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

San Antonio Native 'Bears' His Creative Soul In New Release

Composer Robert Xavier Rodriguez.
Robert Xavier Rodriguez

Robert Xavier Rodriguez combines cello music on new recording

The latest release of Robert Xavier Rodriguez on Albany Records spans several years, and includes all the cello and piano works, plus a work for solo cello.

"It's wonderful to have quality recordings out, you can show what a piece is supposed to sound like. It is, of course, always great to  have live performances, but I hope recordings will help generate more live performances of my music," says Rodriguez.

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Flood Control
11:47 am
Wed December 12, 2012

Seeling Channel Widening To Relieve Woodlawn And Jefferson Flooding

Runners cross the Josephine-Tobin Bridge into Woodlawn Lake Park. This bridge will be reconstructed for pedestrians only once the project is completed.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

The city is starting a three-year project along Woodlawn Lake Park to address flooding and create safer routes for pedestrians and cyclists.

The Woodlawn and Jefferson Neighborhoods are especially prone to flooding, and the potential for a repeat of flood events like 1998 and 2002 have residents like Henrietta Lagrange concerned.

"I live right in front, so I have mega-pictures," Lagrange said in reference to previous flooding. "I’m there, sometimes, sleepless nights trying to see how high the water is going to get."

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Classical Spotlight
9:49 am
Wed December 12, 2012

Heart Of Texas Concert Band Mixes Winds And Voices For Holiday Concert

HOTCB playing holiday selections
Don Hessenflow

Mark Rogers leads band and choruses this Sunday

When the Heart of Texas Concert Band (HOTCB) performs this weekend, they will add an element for the very first time in the ensemble's history: a choir. Band and choir works are more rare than orchestral accompaniment, but Mark Rogers has done some searching and arranging.

"Nancy Oehlert approached me about collaborating with the Encore Youth Chorus, and I thought it was a natural fit, and immediately thought of the holidays," says conductor Mark Rogers. 

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Lackland Article 32 Hearing
8:35 am
Wed December 12, 2012

Lackland Instructor Charged With Assault And Battery Of Male Trainees

Staff Sgt. Ryan Deraas
U.S. Air Force

The Air Force is now investigating 28 basic training instructors for improper relationships and abuse of power involving 54 alleged victims from Lackland Air Force Base.

The latest Article 32 hearing marks the first time an instructor has been charged with assault and battery against male trainees.

Staff Sgt. Ryan Deraas is charged with pursuing sexual relationships with five female trainees in a brother flight, and with maltreatment and assault and battery of seven male trainees in his own flight.

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Texas Legislature
7:00 am
Wed December 12, 2012

Perry Pushing For 'Fetal Pain' Abortion Ban At 20 Weeks

State Senator-elect Donna Campbell is already off to a strong start in backing legislation proposed by Governor Perry to strengthen the states ban on abortion.
Office of the Governor

Governor Rick Perry announced that he’s backing a tougher state law against abortion. Perry is pushing for a so-called “fetal pain” law to be passed in the upcoming legislative session. 

Joined by state Senator-elect Donna Campbell (R), Perry called for the new Texas law that would tighten the state’s restrictions on abortions by banning abortion after 20 weeks, which is when Perry said a fetus can feel pain.

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Holiday Lights In San Antonio
5:06 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

High-Impact Results For Palacio del Rio's Low-Tech Holiday Light Design

Hilton Palacio del Rio in downtown San Antonio displays a Christmas tree with the word 'LOVE' written in lights across the building
Hilton Palacio del Rio

While downtown businesses are currently in a spirited battle to win Mayor Julián Castro's Light Up Downtown holiday light contest, the Hilton Palacio del Rio seems to have risen above the challenge.

On the 12th floor of a rather plainly shaped Hilton hotel, the Director of Property Operations, Russell Hendricks, pulls back the drapes to open the balcony door where two light fixtures cradle a colored light bulb.

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Eagle Ford Shale
4:31 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Report: Entrepeneur Opportunities Limitless For Eagle Ford Shale

UTSA

Although San Antonio isn't directly a part of drilling and extraction activities of the Eagle Ford Shale, it is one of the many communities benefiting from the  injection of economic power.

According to a new report by the San Antonio Economic Foundation, road damage caused by trucks traveling to and from the Eagle Ford Shale drilling sites is a big challenge for Bexar County and the City of San Antonio. The report recommends infrastructure planning during the next legislative session.

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