1:06 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Critical Shortage Of Mental Health Care Providers In Texas

Medically underserved areas in Texas, 2011.
Credit Map created by the Texas Primary Care Office

Fronteras: There's a critical shortage of mental health care workers in Texas, and the problem is especially apparent in the borderlands. The Texas Democratic Party chair speaks about the party's top candidates, its platform and more as the convention arrives this weekend. For San Antonio artist Cruz Ortiz, culture is everything. He speaks about the inspiration for his Tex-Mex artwork and new exhibit at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center.

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Arts & Culture
12:43 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Bravo: A Musical Gift From Parks & Rec. At Arneson River Theatre

Bravo at the Arneson River Theater
Credit Fred Gonzales

There’s a city of San Antonio summer program that’s providing song and dance to downtown. Bravo is its name, and Parks and Recreation's Lyn Kinton explains what it is:

“Bravo is an evening of song and dance that is offered down at the Arneson Theatre. It’s going to be going on Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout July, starting on July 9,” Kinton said.

The music is provided by "Take Note," the band of young musicians the city assembles every year.

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Higher Education
12:08 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

St. Mary's University School Of Law To Offer Full-Ride Scholarship

The courtroom at St. Mary's University.
St. Mary's University

St. Mary’s University has announced its first-ever full-ride scholarship with a stipend for students performing community service.

The St. Mary’s Presidential Scholarship is open to any law school applicant with outstanding academic achievement and a commitment of service.

University President Thomas Mengler said it’s unique to require scholarship recipients to maintain a high level of community service through all three years of law school. It’s expected to be a tough competition.

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The Source - June 26, 2014
11:21 am
Fri June 27, 2014

The Source: State Highway 130 Unable To Pay Debts, Looks To Restructure

Credit Greg Zaragoza for Texas Public Radio

The woes of State Highway 130 continue as the privately managed toll road fails to meet revenue projections. Last year SH 130 Concession Company, which manages the southern 41 miles of the road near us here in san Antonio, had its credit rating dropped to junk levels. 

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The Source - June 26, 2014
10:49 am
Fri June 27, 2014

The Source: UT Austin's Admission Process To Be Investigated

Credit Marsha Miller / University of Texas

The continued saga of University of Texas system Regent Wallace Hall continues. Despite a legislative and criminal investigation at least one of his allegations against the UT system is being taken seriously as the chancellor, Francisco Cigarroa, announces an external investigation of UT Austin’s admission process, and whether there is undue influence from legislators.

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Local Business
10:29 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Frost Bank Office Tower Concept Would Change Downtown Skyline

The current Frost Bank Tower is at 100 W. Houston Street.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Downtown San Antonio may be changing with the construction of the first office tower built there since the late 1980s.

A plan by Frost Bank, Weston Urban and the city of San Antonio is in the works in a public-private partnership to build an "iconic" office tower catty-corner to the current Frost Bank Tower on Houston Street.

In explaining the concept, Mayor Julián Castro said Thursday it's nothing but momentum that resulted in this complex deal. City leaders say that it will be cost-neutral to the taxpayers of San Antonio.

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Arts & Culture
4:37 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

A 'Small Town Saturday Night' Best Bet In Fredericksburg

Hal Ketchum
David Bourke

Fredericksburg’s Pioneer Museum hosts another concert on Saturday night. It's Hal Ketchum, and you've  probably heard his biggest hit, "Small Town Saturday Night." That one song propelled Ketchum to instant stardom, but he got a late start on the whole showbiz thing.

“I was a 38-year-old cabinetmaker," he said. "To have a number one country record--I don’t think it had been done on that level before.”

The singer-songwriter has been plying his trade quite successfully, with 15 top ten hits since then. As he explained, he somehow finds time to work with wood, too.

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Arts & Culture
4:12 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Legendary British Rocker Phil Collins Delivers Priceless Collection To The Alamo

Phil Collins at the microphone, with Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson.
Jack Morgan TPR Arts

Phil Collins showed up in San Antonio today to give his priceless Alamo collection away to the Alamo. General Land Office Commissioner Jerry Patterson introduced him to a cheering crowd of about 200.

You may well know Collins from his time with Genesis or his huge solo success, but he’s also had a life-long obsession with the Alamo. He spoke of the place in reverential, and at times humorous, tones.

“I’ve had a love affair with this place since I was about five years old,” he said.

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4:01 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Deaf Exchange Student Inspires Sign Language Classes At Marshall HS

(Right to left) Nicole Linsangan signs with her host sister and mother, Terisha and Carol Ann Broderson, with her former teacher, Gabriella Wolfenberger.
Joey Palacios TPR News

For the past year an exchange student from the Philippines has been living in San Antonio, but what separates her from her peers is that she’s deaf. Her impact at Marshall High School has prompted the school to offer American Sign Language as a course.

18-year-old Nicole Linsangan came to the United States in August of last year with a desire to see the world.

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2014 Election
2:58 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Texas Democrats Don't Expect Any Platform Shakeups At State Convention

Credit Texas Democratic Party

The Texas Democratic Party’s 2014 state convention starts today and party officials say they are not expecting any major divisions in the party or surprises concerning the party’s platform.

Communication Director Manny Garcia said the conversations they have had with party delegates haven’t been about making any major changes to the party’s platform, just some tweaking.

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