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9:17 am
Fri September 13, 2013

SAMM Ministries Celebrates 30 Years Of Serving Homeless & Struggling Families

Attorney Angelica Garcia, who was once a resident of the SAMM Transitional Living program.
Eileen Pace TPR News

On Thursday SAMM Ministries celebrated its 30th year of serving San Antonio families who need a little help to get back on their feet.

The ministry also announced a major fundraising campaign. The new Help, Hope and Home fundraising campaign seeks to raise $8 million dollars over three years.

According to SAMM CEO Navarra Williams, children are the most severely impacted by homelessness.

"Homeless children are twice as likely to be hungry, develop a laundry list of illnesses, and get behind in school and reading skills," he said.

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City Government
5:12 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

City Budget Shakeup Reveals Some Wins, Some Losses

Councilwoman Elisa Chan and Councilman Carlton Soules listen to residents during a recent council meeting.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

San Antonio city leaders swept through a $2.3 billion budget amid negotiations in the final hour that added line items back in that previously had been eliminated.

With the majority of the city council favoring the amendments, and the 2014 budget as proposed, residents will begin seeing some of the effects.

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World Festivals
4:50 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

World Celebrations: Gurning Man

The classic gurning pose.
Wikimedia Commons

With many sports, you face the real possibility of ending up toothless, but there is one sport where a gummy smile is definitely to your advantage--gurning. Dedicated practitioners of gurning have actually had dental extractions to help them in this rural English—I hesitate to say—sport, but that is how participants view it. This is also an activity where an aged, saggy and lined face is a decided advantage.

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Digital Library
4:16 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Bexar County Bibliotech Goes Live This Weekend

Bibliotech main library room.
Eileen Pace TPR News

The Bexar County Bibliotech is gearing up for its big opening this weekend and staff have been working on community outreach throughout the week to get the word out about the only fully-digital library in the U.S.

The new Bibliotech digital library encourages kids to play video games and the game tables in the children’s room offer space for more than one child to piece together insect parts and play other educational games.

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Oil & Gas Industry
2:11 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Perry In Dallas To Talk Oil & Gas Growth

Gov. Rick Perry.
rickperry.org

Gov. Rick Perry is joining oil, gas, economic, finance and energy experts in Dallas today for an energy conference to discuss ways America can continue its growth in oil and gas.

The goal of the conference, which is being hosted by the George W. Bush Institute, is:

"To determine the cost that misguided regulation imposes on growth and to suggest more sensible policies that could benefit America."

Josh Havens is with the governor’s office and said Perry's main talking point will be about how Texas achieved energy growth.

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The Source - September 12, 2013
1:25 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

The Source: Cheating In Higher Ed | Net Neutrality In Court

Flickr user biologycorner (Shannan Muskopf) cc

In the first segment:

The Harvard Crimson released a survey last week showing 42 percent of incoming freshmen had cheated in high school, this coming just months after 60 students were caught plagiarizing on a take-home government exam.

These events at the storied college just highlighting what for many is an epidemic of cheating in our universities. Who is to blame? What can we do to change this?

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KPAC Blog
11:56 am
Thu September 12, 2013

San Antonio Mastersingers Set To Begin New Season

San Antonio Mastersingers

The San Antonio Mastersingers open next month celebrating their 70th season performing with the San Antonio Symphony with a performance of Symphonic Dances on Oct. 11 & 12 .

"We begin the season with the symphony performing 'Miriam's Song of Triumph' by Franz Schubert Oct. 11 and 12 at the Majestic, and then we quickly go into the holiday season," says Mastersinger and board member Chancey Blackburn. "We have four performances this year of Handel's 'Messiah' and we're also performing the Holiday Pops."

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Education & Technology
5:11 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

New Palo Alto Degree Gives Students Pathway To Oil & Gas Industry

David Rutkoski, Director of Workforce Training, demonstrates some of the equipment students will learn to operate.
Eileen Pace TPR News

Palo Alto College is taking its training for Eagle Ford Shale jobs to new levels by expanding its certification program into a full associate’s degree program.

The Alamo Colleges created the Alamo Academies to answer the demand by oil and gas exploration companies for more personnel who were trained on the high-tech equipment needed for the work. The certification courses quickly became popular.

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U.S. Army
4:32 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Army North Part Of Suicide Prevention Month Efforts

The Quadrangle at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston.
Eileen Pace TPR

Soldiers returning from multiple deployments have a greater need for assistance when they get back to their families and home life.  

Maj. Gen. Adolph McQueen, deputy commanding general of Army North, is meeting with troops at headquarters in San Antonio Thursday as part of the Army's Suicide Prevention Month.

Army North officials in San Antonio are having ongoing conversations with returning soldiers as part of the Army-wide suicide awareness effort this week.

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Texas Public Schools
3:47 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Conservative Websites Release CSCOPE Tests For This School Year

Texas Education Service Center Curriculum Collaborative (TESCCC)

A group of conservative activists have posted dozens of tests online connected to the controversial CSCOPE lesson plans, which will cost the operating group an estimated $1 million to replace them for teachers who are still using them for this year.

The Texas System of Education Service Centers, the group that developed and manage the CSCOPE lesson plans, has seen at least 30 tests connected from the system show up on two conservative-based websites, one of those is www.redhotconservative.com

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