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Sky rocketing property appraisals have stunned San Antonio homeowners and the candidates for mayor are trying to to turn the issue to an advantage.

When Rev. Otis Mitchell recently received his property appraisal bill, he says his heart almost stopped.

“As soon as I got it, I was like ‘Whoa!’ It was a shock.”

The Bexar County Appraisal District decided Mitchell’s home is now worth a lot more than it was a year ago, and he believes he will have to pay $1,300 more in property taxes.

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And now we come to fifth and final program in the series The Tobin Collection: A Musical Vision. It has been quite an adventure of learning about this wonderful resource here in our midst. I'm speaking of The Tobin Collection of Theatre Arts at San Antonio's McNay Art Museum. It is the crown jewel of Robert Tobin's lifelong passion for theatre, and for collecting theatre arts. The collection is wide-ranging, but in the aggregate it becomes apparent that Robert Tobin's greatest interest was in opera.

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I've been on the hunt for interesting things to do this weekend. Here are a couple of ideas. Tonight through Sunday, there's a pairing of arts that are pretty dramatic. It's the San Antonio Symphony with Cirque performers.

“It’s such a great combination of this physical grace with this great classical music.”

 San Antonio Symphony President David Gross is talking about the performance called Cirque De La Symphonie. High-flying aerialists, daredevil cyclists and others cavort the stage, as well as high above the orchestra, and it's all sync'd to music.

SAN ANTONIO — A Virginia defense contractor will pay $400,000 to settle a dispute about access to restricted information at a Texas military installation. The Informatics Applications Group Inc. of Reston, Virginia, did not admit liability in the agreement announced Thursday.

Federal authorities say the matter involves information technology services in 2012 for the U.S. Army Medical Information Technology Center, Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston.

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AUSTIN — An Austin Independent School District bus driver has been fired as he faces allegations of sexual assault of a 6-year-old girl aboard the vehicle.

Williamson County jail records show 61-year-old Leon Ralph Young of Pflugerville was being held Friday on a charge of aggravated sexual assault of a child.

Online records do not list an attorney to speak on behalf of Young, whose bond was set at $500,000 follow his arrest Thursday.

Investigators say the student allegedly was touched in an inappropriate manner several times since last August. The incidents, including some apparently witnessed by other children, were reported to police April 17.

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