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Criminal Justice
9:34 am
Mon July 8, 2013

County Developing Program To Fight Recidivism In Non-Violent Offenders

The old Toudouze Building on Comal St., which was used previously for a jail annex, will be built out in a campus-like setting to provide education and counseling services to repeat misdemeanor offenders.
Bexar County

Bexar County is moving ahead to the next step in their effort to reduce the number of non-violent repeat offenders in county jails, which costs the county millions per year.

The county’s re-entry program, which was proposed in a think-tank that met in San Antonio last year, now is getting a building and a curriculum.

The new center will be constructed in an old jail annex building down the street from the existing jail. Mike Lozito is designing the program according to the different needs identified by the committees in the re-entry council.

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Movie Reviews
10:38 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Blu-ray Review: Bette Davis In The 1930s

Kino Lorber

 

Long, long before it was a bumpy night for the guests of Margo Channing (“All About Eve”), and even before “Now, Voyager,” Bette Davis appeared in dozens of films as a rising actress. Two of her early films, “Hell’s House” and “Of Human Bondage,” are newly available on Blu-ray from Kino Lorber, in what is touted as an “archival restoration.”

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World Music
10:03 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

World Celebrations: Moose Dropping Festival

Bull Moose
Donna Dewhurst Wikimedia Commons

Each week on World Music (Saturday nights from 8-10 on KSTX 89.1 FM), I take a look at celebrations happening around the world. This week we drop in on Alaska. 

MOOSE DROPPING FESTIVAL

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Mahncke Park
5:35 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Traffic Causing Havoc, Trucks Ripping Apart Oak Trees In Mahncke Park

Mahncke Park residents are asking the city for help with traffic cutting through their neighborhood to avoid on-going construction on Broadway.

Residents are worried about the safety of their children and the integrity of the neighborhood.

For the second time in a month, a commercial truck driving down a Mahncke Park residential street has ripped off large branches of an old oak tree. Homeowner Kristina Aderhold, who lives on Thorman Place, said the neighbors heard the first loud bang when the truck hit the tree and the second bang when the branch hit the pavement.

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Voting Rights Act
5:00 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Voting Rights Lawsuit Wants Texas Back Under Pre-Clearance

Chris Eudaily TPR News

A lawsuit filed by several civil rights groups this week could result in continued federal oversight of Texas voting laws despite a Supreme Court ruling that section 4 of the Voting Rights Act is unconstitutional.

Section 4 mandated that some states, including Texas, must get pre-clearance for any voting changes made by the legislature.

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Gun Control
4:27 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Poll Shows Bipartisan Support For Expanded Background Checks

Flickr user David Trawin (trawin) cc

A new poll out today shows bipartisan support for expanded background checks on gun purchases.

The study put out by Public Policy Polling shows both Democrats and Republicans support a bill that would allow for an expanded background checks on firearms.

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2014 State Election
3:52 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Like GOP, Texas Dems Wait To See What Key Figure Will Do Ahead Of 2014 Election

Sen. Davis speaking at a pro-choice rally outside the capitol on July 1.
Senator Wendy R. Davis Facebook

The primaries leading up to the 2014 elections are already heating up amongst Republican candidates, but where do Democrats stand in key races?

Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa said many Democrats are waiting to see what will happen with Fort Worth Sen. Wendy Davis regarding the governor's office.

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Special Session - Abortion
3:01 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Republicans Prepare For Democratic Stalling Tactics

Sen Patrick and his fellow Republicans are vowing to do everything in their power to clear the controversial abortion bill.
State of Texas

The Senate Committee on Health and Human Services begins debate on the abortion bill this Monday at the state capitol and Republicans are preparing for anything the Democrats throw at them.

Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, estimates the bill will take about two weeks to get passed and said he doesn't see Democrats using a "nuclear option" and leaving the state ahead of a final vote on the abortion bill.

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Fronteras Desk
1:11 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Arizona Towns Honor Fallen Firefighters, Face Uncertain Future

Hundreds turned out to honor the 19 firefighters at a memorial service Monday in Prescott, Ariz.
Laurel Morales Fronteras

Fronteras: People effected by the Arizona wildfire that killed 19 firefighters now wonder what kind of home they'll be returning to. A new report alleges that agricultural producers in New Mexico may be saving money by engaging in unethical and illegal pay practices. A look at workers compensation practices in the state’s dairy industry. County commissioners in Mora, New Mexico, have passed the nation's first county-wide ban on hydraulic natural gas fracking, citing water safety concerns.

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Texas Matters
12:57 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

A Literary Trifecta: Austin, Redistricting And Desperation

"Seat of Empire: The Embattled Birth of Austin, Texas" by Jeffrey Stuart Kerr.

Texas Matters: This week's show is literally a literary lament (in one way or another). First, an interview with author Jeffrey Stuart Kerr about how Austin came to become the capitol. Crying foul over redistricting in Texas isn't exclusive to the Democratic party, as it is today, the story of the Republican party's go of it is covered in a new book edited by Gary Keith. Finally, Tom Walker, a writer based in San Antonio, talks about "Signed Confessions," a collection of short stories based on themes of guilt and desperation.

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