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Border & Immigration
4:44 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

High Speed Rail On Track Between San Antonio, Monterrey

There is serious talk about connecting San Antonio with a high-speed rail. But the bullet train isn’t heading to Austin or Houston, the drive is to connect San Antonio with Monterrey, Mexico.

On Thursday South Texas Congressman Henry Cuellar met with Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx along with state and Mexican officials to discuss the proposed rail system.

Cuellar said driving the 300 miles between the two cities now can take a full day because of busy border checkpoints, and the trip has its hazards. But the high-speed rail would change that.

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Bexar County
4:41 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

County Commissioners Examining Foreign Travel Expenses For Economic Development

Bexar Co. Commissioners Court Tuesday Jan. 21, 2014.
Eileen Pace TPR News

The county’s policy covering international travel for economic development is under the microscope. Bexar County Commissioners will be taking a closer look at the county’s policies for approving trips to Japan, China, Germany, Mexico and other foreign destinations.

Precinct 4 Commissioner Tommy Adkisson brought up the issue at this week’s commissioners court meeting because the item didn’t get on the agenda last week as he had requested.

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Arts & Culture
3:05 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

The Hidden History Inside The Institute Of Texan Cultures

Institute of Texan Cultures
James Benavides

If you follow the Tower of the Americas to its base, and look just to its southeast you’ll see a huge square building of odd design. It’s the Institute of Texan Cultures. It’s one of downtown’s most distinctive buildings, yet many San Antonians have never been there. In case you’ve never been, maybe it’s time.

"There are all kinds of wonderful, hidden stories here at the Institute," said James Benavides, the ITC’s senior communications specialist, and his job is to make those stories less hidden.

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Civil Rights
2:34 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Record Crowd Honors MLK, March For Their Own Dreams

Marchers on MLK Drive near St. Philip's College.
Joey Palacios TPR News

This year's Martin Luther King Jr. Day march in San Antonio drew a record attendance on Monday -- between 150,000-200,000 -- and chants, songs and prayers echoed as marchers traversed the two-mile route from MLK Academy to Pittman-Sullivan park to keep the dream alive, which is different depending on who you ask.

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City Government
1:29 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

District 10 Interim Candidates Make Their Case For Appointment

Current city council districts.
City of San Antonio

Members of the Northeast Neighborhood Alliance are in the middle of interviewing the candidates seeking an appointment to the San Antonio City Council District 10 seat that's being vacated by Carlton Soules.

The councilman, who is in his second term, decided to leave and focus his attention on a run for Bexar County Judge.

Their interviews began this weekend and will conclude before the group's meeting next week, where the candidates will participate in a forum to meet people from the community and answer questions about their vision for the district.

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The Source - January 21, 2013
11:45 am
Tue January 21, 2014

The Source: Texas School Funding Back In Court | Cedar, A Most Hated Tree

Ryan Poppe TPR News

In the first segment:

The fight over public school funding continues with another installment of Judge John Dietz’s courtroom.  In February of last year he ruled that the state funding levels were unconstitutional.

In the last legislative session the state restored $3.4 billion of the more than $5 billion they cut the previous session, but was it enough? And with the current political backdrop will education be in the spotlight for the remaining months? Will it be an effective and compelling issue for Texas voters?

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HearSA
7:57 pm
Sun January 19, 2014

San Antonio's 2014 MLK Interfaith Service

The 27th annual Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. citywide Interfaith Worship Service was held on Sunday, January 19, 2014, at Antioch Baptist Church, and featured guest speaker Rev. Carl Rohlfs. He is District Superintendent of the San Antonio District of the United Methodist Church.

The event was part of Dreamweek, a 12-day summit "designed to promote an exchange of ideas on universal issues facing our multi-cultural communities."

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Animal Welfare
4:32 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Buddy The Dog Released Pending Appeal Of Euthanasia Order

Photo of buddy from the rally's Facebook page.
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Animal-rights activists say public outcry has given a dog named Buddy another reprieve. But a local group is planning to work to bring about more awareness to state law that they say is too broad.

In a case that’s come to be known as "Buddy the Dog," the Golden Retriever’s owners are seeking a permanent resolution to keep him from being euthanized.

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Arts & Culture
4:23 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Celebrate Native American Culture At The United San Antonio Pow Wow

Ramon Vasquez
J. Michael Short, San Antonio Express-News

The United San Antonio Pow Wow is February 1-2 and the once-a-year gathering is unlike any other in San Antonio. The event is presented by the group American Indians in Texas at the Spanish Colonial Missions.

"People who come out will be able to enjoy traditional Native American dancing, be able to taste traditional American Indian food," said Executive Director Ramon Vasquez.

The San Antonio Pow Wow is held at the Alzafar Shrine Temple on Loop 1604 in the Stone Oak area and is free to all who come.

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KPAC Blog
2:20 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Conspirare Presents A Choral Pilgrimage At Laurel Heights Methodist

Conspirare Artistic Director Craig Hella Johnson.
Conspirare

Conspirare is a choral group that works out of Austin and a few times a year they make it to San Antonio. But calling them an Austin choral group though isn’t entirely accurate..

"Actually only a small number of the singers are here in Austin," said Artistic Director Craig Hella Johnson. "This is an ensemble of singers from around the country, really. Each of them is a soloist in their own right. They may be performing art songs, or operatically, or on Broadway, or in faculty positions, and yet come together and form a choir of soloists, in a sense."

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