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Higher Education
8:59 am
Mon June 24, 2013

UTSA Receives Global Ranking In Top 100 Under 50

University of Texas at San Antonio

The University of Texas-San Antonio has been named as one of the top 100 universities among young universities of the world, and this is the second year in a row the school has received the honor from the Times Higher Education.

Times Higher Education is considered one of the most respected higher education ranking authorities in the world. UTSA is one of only eight universities in the U.S. to receive the ranking.

UTSA Communications Director Joe Izbrand said the coveted ranking means UTSA has reached a global reputation as a rising star  in research.

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Community
5:06 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Public hears proposals for Hwy. 281 North expansion

TURF president, Terri Hall, speaks against tolls on Hwy. 281 North
Eileen Pace

More than 200 commuters and residents turned out to hear about the Environmental Impact Statement of construction projects to ease traffic congestion on Hwy. 281 north of Loop 1604.

More than 30 addressed the RMA at the public meeting, many lining up against a proposed tollway.

The report studied the environmental, social and economic impacts of the proposed construction of more highway lane between Loop 1604 and Borgfeld Road.

Terri Hall, president of Texans Uniting for Reform and Freedom, or TURF, has long been an outspoken opponent of toll roads:

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World Festivals
4:32 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

World Celebrations: Eggsplosions

The Logo of the World Egg Throwing Federation

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'll toss eggs and plug our ears! Read on to find out why... 

TRONADAS

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NBA Finals
4:05 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Spurs Lose NBA Finals, But Fan Faith Remains Strong

Spurs fans gather outside of Coyote Ugly on Commerce Street after a crushing defeat in Game Seven of the NBA Finals.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

For the first time, the San Antonio Spurs left the NBA finals empty handed, as the  Miami Heat claimed victory last night. But even though the Spurs lost, fans still gathered downtown post-game to show support for the team.

During the game, cheers echoed throughout downtown. But the as the final seconds of game seven ticked away, hope gave way to heartbreak as the Heat gained a slight advantage over the Spurs, clinching the title 95-88.

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Texas Matters
3:54 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Texas Matters: The State Of Abortion In Texas

Office of the Governor

Republican efforts to greatly restrict a woman’s right to an abortion in Texas failed in the regular legislative session. But in a special session, things move faster, and it’s more difficult for the minority party to derail legislation.

Despite efforts by Democrats to slow down the anti-abortion bills Thursday night by filling a house committee hearing, causing the session to run until almost four in the morning, the bills appear to be on their way to eventual passage and becoming law.

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Fronteras
3:18 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Tijuana Breakfast Hall Serves People Who Are Deported

Deportees form up outside a Tijuana breakfast hall, where many will have their only substantive meal of the day.
Adrian Florido Fronteras

On Fronteras: We visit a Tijuana breakfast hall from which many deported folks try to figure out how to return to the U.S. An estimated 5,000 children of deported parents are wards of the state. When those parents are in Mexico, it can be difficult to convince social workers and judges across the border to reinstate custody. HUD is threatening to take back Navajo housing dollars.

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Arts & Culture
2:47 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

With A New Non-Profit, Terri Hendrix Owns Her Own Universe

Mary Bruton

For over fifteen years, San Marcos-based singer and songwriter Terri Hendrix has been creating music on her own terms, and encouraging others to “own your own universe,” to borrow a line from one of her signature tunes, “Wallet.” Hendrix, originally from San Antonio, has found success as a true DIY artist, controlling all of the master tapes for her music, recording on her terms, and personally responding to fans that sign up for her email list, which she also maintains in-house.

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Community
10:03 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Flooded Espada Residents Given A Ray of Hope

San Antonio River Authority

Bexar County Commissioners are hoping to offer some options very soon to flooded property owners in the Espada area.

The court promised the residents it would do whatever it could to make things right:

Espada neighborhood residents spoke emotionally at commissioners’ court Tuesday, explaining that they were left homeless by the May 25th flood.

Resident Gloria Garza told the court through her tears, "Excuse me if I sound harsh, but we're in great mourning for a tremendous loss."

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Military
9:52 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Army Providing Full Military Honors For Officer Killed By Afghan Shooter

Fort Sam Houston’s Caisson Division will be activated today to honor a decorated soldier killed in Afghanistan this month, and a contingent of Texas A&M cadets are coming in from College Station to honor the former Aggie and military leader.  40-year-old Lt. Col. Todd Clark was killed on June 8, 2013, in what the Army called a “Green on Blue” incident. An Afghan soldier being trained by Col. Clark and two others turned his gun on them, killing all three. Army North Commander, Lt. Gen. William Caldwell, and his staff from Fort Sam Houston were on hand to honor Col.

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Community
9:43 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Local Karate Students Use Words, Not Fists, To Fight Drugs

Eileen Pace

A special group of fourth and fifth grade karate students waging their own war on drugs were honored by county commissioners this week.   Eli Guerra has been training students for 27 years in eight Bexar County school districts. He says he was inspired by Nancy Reagan to do something to help keep kids away from drugs. The Karate Kids of America program is different because the Tang Soo Do Karate Master has the students write letters to their friends, explaining the evils of drug and alcohol abuse.

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