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2:36 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Symphony's New Concertmaster Says Classical Music Is "Sort Of Like Sushi"

Eric Gratz
Chance James

If you're reading this you've probably heard his work, but his voice? Probably not. Hit "Listen" to hear the story.

"I recently began officially with the orchestra," said Eric Gratz, the San Antonio Symphony’s new concertmaster, who said his love of music came from his musical family.

What does a concertmaster do?

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Affordable Care Act
12:11 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Texas Insurance Commissioner Backs Down On Requirements For Navigators

Healthcare.gov
U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Following months of hearings and heated testimony, the commissioner for the Texas Department of Insurance has reduced the number of requirements the state is asking of Affordable Care Act navigators.

The new rules posted on the TDI website shows 20 fewer training hours for the navigators than the original 40 additional hours the state was proposing. State Rep. Lon Burnam, D-Fort Worth, is calling the updated set of rules a compromise.

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Texas Public Schools
11:25 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Judge In Texas School Finance Trial Reopens Case

Travis County District Judge John Dietz (seated in right corner).
Ryan E. Poppe TPR News

Nearly a year ago Travis County District Judge John Dietz ruled that the system used to fund schools in Texas was unconstitutional, but didn’t reduce that order to writing. The same trial is once again underway but this time with different evidence to consider.

Dietz gave the Texas Legislature another chance to replace the $5.4 billion that was cut from public education funding in the 2011 session.

"It has been the consistent desire of this court to present the most up to date data to the Texas Supreme Court for their consideration," Dietz said.

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The Source - January 22, 2014
11:07 am
Wed January 22, 2014

The Source: Emergency Care Waves 'Red Flags' | 30 Years With CIA

EdTech Stanford School of Medicine

In the first segment:

Texas is failing its patients in emergency services. In areas like access and injury prevention Texas scored failing marks in a new study that saw the state fall to 38th in the nation for emergency care.

What is San Antonio is doing to turn the trend around?

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Joint Base San Antonio
10:45 am
Wed January 22, 2014

JBSA-Lackland Trainees Vaccinated For Rabies

Sign entering Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, where a handful of bats were removed from a basic training dorm last week
Eileen Pace TPR News

Update (1/22 1045 a.m.): The following statement was released this morning in regard to the bat that was caught and tested for rabies:

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Community
8:40 am
Wed January 22, 2014

International Friendship Brings French Family Restaurant To San Antonio

Sylvain, left, daughter and chef Caitline, center, and Sylvie Nykiel pose together in the kitchen at their restaurant, Saveurs 209.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Among the historic buildings and shuffle of people and traffic on Broadway near downtown is a modern, chic sign that reads "Saveurs 209." The word is French and the people inside argue that the taste of their food will satisfy the pickiest of food critics.

"Especially in Paris, people are very picky," said restaurateur Sylvain Nykiel. "But in Paris, people know really really food. They are foodies."

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Military
8:31 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Court-Martial Postponed For Airman Accused Of Improper Acts Against High School Students

Eileen Pace TPR News

The court-martial of an Air Force photographer accused of sexual misconduct with several O'Connor High School students was postponed today at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.

Airman 1st Class Nathan Wilson-Crow, formerly a photographer with Lackland’s 3rd Combat Camera Squadron, is charged with sexual misconduct with three students -- one of them a minor -- on an ROTC camping trip, and of rape in a separate incident.

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Border & Immigration
4:44 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

High Speed Rail On Track Between San Antonio, Monterrey

There is serious talk about connecting San Antonio with a high-speed rail. But the bullet train isn’t heading to Austin or Houston, the drive is to connect San Antonio with Monterrey, Mexico.

On Thursday South Texas Congressman Henry Cuellar met with Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx along with state and Mexican officials to discuss the proposed rail system.

Cuellar said driving the 300 miles between the two cities now can take a full day because of busy border checkpoints, and the trip has its hazards. But the high-speed rail would change that.

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Bexar County
4:41 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

County Commissioners Examining Foreign Travel Expenses For Economic Development

Bexar Co. Commissioners Court Tuesday Jan. 21, 2014.
Eileen Pace TPR News

The county’s policy covering international travel for economic development is under the microscope. Bexar County Commissioners will be taking a closer look at the county’s policies for approving trips to Japan, China, Germany, Mexico and other foreign destinations.

Precinct 4 Commissioner Tommy Adkisson brought up the issue at this week’s commissioners court meeting because the item didn’t get on the agenda last week as he had requested.

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Arts & Culture
3:05 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

The Hidden History Inside The Institute Of Texan Cultures

Institute of Texan Cultures
James Benavides

If you follow the Tower of the Americas to its base, and look just to its southeast you’ll see a huge square building of odd design. It’s the Institute of Texan Cultures. It’s one of downtown’s most distinctive buildings, yet many San Antonians have never been there. In case you’ve never been, maybe it’s time.

"There are all kinds of wonderful, hidden stories here at the Institute," said James Benavides, the ITC’s senior communications specialist, and his job is to make those stories less hidden.

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