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1:00 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Copperleaf Celebrates Religious And Secular Singing With Two Performances

Copperleaf Quintet’s Ruth Moreland at the TPR studios.
Jack Morgan TPR Arts

You’ve probably heard of San Antonio’s Copperleaf Quintet. Their soaring, pulled-from-a-different-era vocals have been heard locally in churches, museums and performance halls for the past four years. Now they have a pair of performances coming up.

“This upcoming concert this Sunday is actually part of the Music for St. Marks Series, which, that series is in its 22nd year," said Copperleaf Quintet’s Executive Director Ruth Moreland.

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Border & Immigration
12:19 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Farmers, Ranchers Calling For Immigration Reform

Farmers and ranchers from across the United States are calling for action on immigration reform. The Texas Farm Bureau is asking Congress to “get ‘er done” to help farmers compete.

Texas Farm Bureau State Director Russell Boening runs a dairy farm just south of San Antonio. But this week he is in Washington, D.C., at the National Press Club talking about immigration reform.

“Some of our labor is going to have to be imported or more of our food is going to be imported. So I hope we can get that message across to all of our leaders," he said.

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City Government
11:11 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Council Committee Hears Arguments On Both Sides Of La Villita Lease Proposals

San Antonio is considering updates to the historic arts village, La Villita.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

As the city's Department for Culture and Creative Development presented its side of the argument in the ongoing discussion about La Villita Tuesday, tenants in the historic arts district sighed and shook their heads.

They are angry about a proposal by San Antonio city staff to change the structure of the village, which would call for evicting most of the businesses currently located on the city-owned grounds of La Villita.

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Local Business
10:44 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Training Opportunity Gets Military Cyber Security Specialists Help Toward Entrepreneurship

San Antonio Chamber of Commerce

Military cyber security specialists are becoming a welcome part of the civilian workforce, and now there's a training opportunity in San Antonio for veterans and military members who may be headed in an entrepreneurial direction.

It wasn’t so long ago that few had heard about cyber security, but it suddenly rocketed into reality for a broad cross section of shoppers after the recent data breach at Target stores.

But military cyber security specialists have done this work for decades, and their high level of expertise is highly marketable once they become veterans.

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Arts & Culture
10:28 am
Wed March 19, 2014

"La Carpa" At Guadalupe Cultural Arts Turns Back Time With A Tent Show

La Carpa Garcia
Courtesy Descendents of Manual V. and Teresa Garcia

The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center is reviving an old tradition called "La Carpa Guadalupe." La carpa is "the tent," and the event is like a traveling tent show.

“It’s a traveling exhibition that’s going to have different showings here in San Antonio," said Haydeé Muñoz de la Rocha, curator assistant at the Guadalupe. "It’s emulating the tradition of the early tent shows of the early 1920s. It’s a very interesting tradition that the Mexican-American culture has. They were usually owned by families.”

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2014 Governor's Race
10:09 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Abbott And Davis Launch New Online Efforts To Reach Latino Voters

Screenshot from wendydavistexas.com/es
Wendy Davis campaign

This week Democratic and Republican candidates for governor Wendy Davis and Greg Abbott both  launched separate online efforts to reach Latino voters.

Abbott’s online campaign ad details how multiculturalism works for a modern-day Texas. The ad features Abbott’s mixed-race family.

“You look at my family, you see a family that is so typical of families across the State of Texas. We’re both Anglo and Hispanic, as well as Irish. We’re Catholic, we’re Protestant but we’re all one family.  The idea is that multiculturalism works in the State of Texas.”

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Car Sales
7:48 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Will Texas Law Keep Tesla From Building "Gigafactory"?

Tesla

Tesla Motors determines where it will manufacture the massive batteries that power their cars, and Texas is in the final four. But many question whether or not Texas’ regulations keeping the company from creating dealerships that can sell directly to consumers will also keep the company from bringing the 6500 high-paying jobs that this factory—the "Gigafactory," as they call it-- would promise. 

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Arts & Culture
3:57 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Jasmine Guy Brings Show To San Antonio Inspired By Harlem Renaissance

Jasmine Guy
Calvin Evans

Jasmine Guy has acted on several hit TV shows, but now she’s doing something different.

“Well I’m very excited to be coming to San Antonio for this show,” she said.

Guy is an actor, singer, and dancer and now she’s coming to the Carver Cultural Center for "Raisin’ Cane, what she described as "an odyssey of the Harlem Renaissance.”

That Harlem Renaissance was a short-lived but very noteworthy period for art in Harlem.

“1919 to 1929,” Guy said.

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City Government
2:07 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

City Staff Will Propose Options For Possible Plastic Bag Ban

In April, San Antonio's Governance Committee will hear several options from city staff on a possible plastic bag ban.
World Recources Institute Flickr stream

City leaders are in the middle of talks about a possible ban on single-use plastic bags in the Alamo City. While the debate lingers on, city staff members have come up with several options they will present a council committee with in April.

Among the choices are:

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Election Campaigns
1:53 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Villalba Says Republicans Need To Engage Latino Electorate To Keep Texas Red

State Rep. Jason Villalba, R-Dallas, stopped through San Antonio on a statewide speaking tour, hoping to make an impact with Latino voters that will help keep Republicans in the majority.

Villalba's message is that the Republican party faces a major challenge with its outreach and engagement of Latino voters.

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