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Texas Foster Care
12:38 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Lawmakers Taking Another Look At Foster Care Following Budget Cuts And Deaths

Eileen Pace TPR News

The deaths of eight foster kids over the past year have sparked concerns and lawmakers are now being asked to review the Texas foster care system. Some child advocates say the blame lies with the legislature and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst has asked lawmakers to take another look at the issue.

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Border & Immigration
5:05 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Border Bishops Collaborate On Immigration Reform Letter

Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller takes the podium announcing the open letter, "Family Beyond Borders."
Joey Palacios TPR News

Catholic bishops on both sides of the Texas-Mexico border are releasing a letter to their parishes and elected officials to address what they call the "human tragedies" of the current immigration system. The clergy hope the letter will change misconceptions about undocumented immigrants.

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Holidays in San Antonio
4:25 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Paseo Del Rio Getting Ready For Annual Christmas River Parade

Whoville float - or How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Eileen Pace TPR News

Paseo del Rio officials are checking their lists for decorations and lighting on 26 river barges that have to be ready by Friday for the big holiday river parade.    

Decorators in the Paseo marina below downtown San Antonio are working to string lights, build stages, and cover woodwork and electrical cords with layers of cotton that will make the barges look like they went through snow.

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Arts & Culture
2:57 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Week-Long Mariachi Vargas Celebration Hits The Alamo City Dec. 1

Mariachi Cascabel-Rio Grande City HS performs in the 2010 Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza group competition.
Mariachi Vargas

With all the holiday-themed events scheduled there’s something you may have missed: the Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza. It's coming to San Antonio, and as extravaganza Producer Cynthia Muñoz said, it’s a week full of special events, and music.

"The Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza is a seven-day mariachi music festival that starts Sunday, December 1 and runs through Saturday, December 7. It’s in its nineteenth consecutive year as the largest and longest-running mariachi music festival in Texas," Muñoz said.

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The Source - November 26, 2013
1:36 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

The Source: Justice When A Child Accuses | Payday Lenders Flout SA Ordinance

Roscoe Ellis (Flickr User: arellis49)

In the first segment:

The National Center for Reason and Justice is saying Fran Keller, who was incarcerated 20 years ago in a bizarre ritual abuse case in her Austin daycare center, is going to be freed as early as this afternoon to await the decision of the Court of Criminal Appeals on whether or not a retrial is necessary.

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Arts & Culture
11:42 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Esperanza's Peace Market A Fair-Trade Holiday Shopping Alternative

Peace Market
Esperanza Peace and Justice Center

Black Friday is approaching, but there's another holiday shopping alternative you might want to explore.

"Consumers can come to the Peace Market to buy handmade goods with fair trade practices, and also themes of peace and justice," said Esperanza Peace and Justice Center staff member Itza Carbajal, talking about the center's Mercado de Paz.

"For the Peace Market we have vendors occupying both the first story and the second story and our parking lot, and we also close off a street called Evergreen," Carbajal said.

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2014 Election
11:07 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Van De Putte Lays Out Platform For Lieutenant Governor Run

Ryan Loyd TPR News

State Sen. Leticia Van De Putte, D-San Antonio, formally announced her decision on Nov. 23 and said her campaign and time in office will be about insuring that all Texans have access to a quality education in both the public school system and at affordable college and universities.

She said her family is no different than any other family:

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Breaking
10:23 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Austin Woman Set To Be Released From Prison In "Satanic Ritual Abuse" Case

Fran Keller at the Crain Unit in Gatesville on August 26, 2013.
Karen Bernstein for KUT News

The National Center for Reason and Justice is reporting that Francis Keller will be released from prison in Texas. Keller has spent the last 20 years behind bars for a crime that many say never even happened.

Debbie Nathan of the National Center for Reason and Justice told Texas Public Radio that the release could happen as soon at today.

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Arts & Culture
4:49 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

New St. Mary's University Sculpture Garden Features Works By "Brother Mel"

Sculpture by Brother Mel
Eileen Pace TPR News

Some of the Marianist Brothers from St. Mary’s University are headed out next month for a scavenger hunt of sorts -- to fill the school’s new sculpture garden -- and a particular art studio in St. Louis may have just what the school is looking for.

St. Mary’s is the oldest and largest Catholic university in Texas. Steeped in history and boasting excellent law and business programs, now the university is adding a sculpture garden to honor the memory of a beloved leader.

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Arts & Culture
4:30 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Museum Of The Pacific War Marking Anniversary Of Pearl Harbor

Museum of the Pacific War, Fredericksburg
Reflections Photography

It’s called the Museum of the Pacific War, but why in the world is a museum dedicated to the World War II Pacific front in Fredericksburg, Texas, which is quite a ways from any body of water?

The Admiral Nimitz foundation is the parent entity of the museum, and as President and CEO Gen. Mike Hagee revealed, the name of that foundation contains the reason why the museum is there.

"Admiral Nimitz is from Fredericksburg, Texas," Hagee said.

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