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The Source - August 27, 2013
4:56 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

The Source: Textbooks In Texas | Non-Discrimination Ordinance Debate Continues

Screen shot from the documentary "The Revisionaries," a film about the State Board of Education's textbook approval process. View the trailer at: http://youtu.be/qoeMm0Tm95M.
Director Scott Thurman

In the first segment:

The process for screening Texas science textbooks has been contentious to say the least. Whether kids should be taught the "other" theories of creation in science textbooks is at the heart of the controversy.  

Professor Michael Soto, a former State Board of Education member, explains how the board operates with reviewers along with documentary filmmaker Scott Thurman, whose documentary "The Revisionaries" took a critical look at the SBOE process a few years ago.

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Reviews
4:45 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Marco Beltrami's "The Wolverine" A Cut Above Most Action Scores

Sony Classical

As the summer movie season winds down, “The Wolverine” has been a stand out, praised for its attention to details like character development, plot, and a focus on place and setting, despite its comic book action-movie pedigree. Fittingly, Marco Beltrami’s score for “The Wolverine” also escapes some of the trappings of typical action scores.

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Non-Discrimination Ordinance
4:35 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Ozuna Steps Forward To Defend Family, Non-Discrimination Ordinance

Former Dist. 3 Councilwoman Leticia Ozuna (right) and Sophia Parafina, her spouse of 25 years.
Courtesy Leticia Ozuna

Cyber security specialist and former councilwoman Leticia Ozuna is in the business of secret-keeping. She knew it was only a matter of time before the remarks about her family that were made by Councilwoman Elisa Chan and her staff in a recording released by a former staffer became public.

Here's part of it, from the Express-News audio:

Jeff Bazan (former chief of policy to Chan): "That's why, for example, Councilwoman Ozuna is still married to that lady because that lady was born a man. So that marriage is still valid in the State of Texas."

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"I Have A Dream" Speech
3:09 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Castros Join National Celebration Of Martin Luther King's 'Dream' Speech

Joaquín Castro (left) is increasingly a leading voice in both statewide and national issues.
David Martin Davies TPR News

As the nation celebrates the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I have a Dream" speech, American Latino’s are also reflecting on their struggle for civil rights and how King’s dream is still alive for them. 

As part of the day-long celebration on the national mall in Washington D.C., San Antonio Congressman Joaquín Castro will be taking the stage along with other civil rights leaders and President Obama.

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Texas Public Schools
2:12 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Education Commissioner Issues Reminder About CSCOPE Use

TEA Commissioner Michael Williams.
Christopher C. Leonard cc

Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams has sent Texas school districts a legal advisory letter reminding them that they must hold public meetings in order to adopt any curriculum provider, including online lesson plan provider CSCOPE.

Williams said his letter is not meant to discourage use of CSCOPE, only to point out the law under SB 1474, which requires a public meeting about a district's choice in curriculum.

Williams said this step creates local control and transparency.

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Back To School
1:13 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

West ISD Faculty & Students Lean On Each Other In New School Year

Schools in West, Texas are getting ready to welcome students back.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

Teachers and administrators at West ISD are nervously optimistic about this week’s start of a new school year four months after a massive fertilizer plant explosion leveled much of the town and left West ISD a hollow shell.

The new school may only be a series of portable buildings, but the faculty are proud to be back.

Dr. Jan Hungate is one of the chief administrators for West ISD and said sections of town are still unrecognizable, partially because of the blast, and partially because of new growth.

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West, Texas
12:06 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

State Agencies Provide Update On Texas Fertilizer Plant Safety

Committee hearing on the West explosion investigation at the beginning of May.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

State officials are reporting back to a group of House lawmakers about what Texas is doing to keep communities similar to West, Texas safe from another fertilizer plant explosion.

State Fire Marshal Chris Connealy said his office has been conducting fire inspections of these types of facilities:

"We’ve done 62 inspections, thus far only five have said 'no,'" he said. "We still have about 140 to 153 facilities that we will finish up in October and then we will have this map created by November."

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Anti-Discrimination Ordinance
11:16 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Petitioners Hit The Streets To Oust Bernal

Cynthia Serna talks to a resident in District 1.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Opponents of the city council's anti-discrimination ordinance are trying to get the author of the ordinance, District 1 Councilman Diego Bernal, out of office.

Volunteers like Cynthia Serna and other members of the Bexar County Conservative Coalition are going door to door to collect signatures -- they need 6,000 to recall the councilman.

In their view, Bernal violated his oath of office when he proposed an update to the city's non-discrimination ordinance by not preserving, protecting and defending the Constitution.

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The Cost Of Living
10:14 am
Tue August 27, 2013

How Much Do Families Need To Get By In San Antonio?

A Bloomberg article in February says that Americans in 2013 spend only 11.2 percent of their income on food. See link at bottom of this page.
Trista Eudaily

There is "barely getting by" and there is "living comfortably," but when you look at the numbers side by side, you see the wide gulf that separates the two and the possibilities that space represents.

At the bottom is the federal poverty threshold, which is $23,550 this year for a family of four. This number is based on a food cost standard set in 1962, coincidentally the same year the first Wal-Mart store opened in Rogers, Arkansas.

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Business
4:05 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Missouri Radio Station Pulls Gov. Perry's Business Ad

Texas Economic Development Division within the Office of the Governor

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is applauding a St. Louis radio station's decision to pull an advertisement from Texas Gov. Rick Perry that is part of his "Texas Wide Open for Business" campaign.

Unlike Perry’s ads in California and New York, many say the Missouri ad is more politically driven.

Said Perry in the ad:

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