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12:11 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Unique Program Helps Students With Neurological Differences

Jewelry for sale at the Monarch School's annual holiday sale.
Gail Delaughter KUHF News Houston

A group of students dealing with autism, learning disabilities, brain injuries, and other challenges are learning how to make their way in the business world.

Seventeen-year-old Kylie likes to make and sell jewelry. She's one of the students helping with the Monarch School's annual holiday sale.

The room is filled with color. There are beaded earrings and bracelets, big pots of poinsettias, along with carefully-wrapped gift baskets filled with treats. 

"You can have all kinds of themes. You have bath and body; you can have Christmas themes."

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Texas Matters
11:21 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Firsthand Looks At Central American Migrants And Working Poor In Texas

The stabilizing of the unauthorized immigrant population number follows a two-year decline from 2007-2009.
Pew Research Center

The number of undocumented immigrants in the U.S. has been declining since 2007; however, there has been an increase in migrants from other Central American countries, most of whom are teenagers. Being poor in Texas: Government assistance documentary, and a firsthand payday loan experience. Renewable energy continues to push forward as the Texas Renewable Energy Conference hits Austin next week.

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KPAC blog: The Piano
9:43 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Be Careful What You Wish For: Schubert Gets Published, But There Is A Caveat

Franz Schubert a year before his death.
Wikipedia

Franz Schubert, incredibly talented and poor as a church mouse, wanted the chance to make a decent living from his music, and finally, near the end of his life, he got publishers interested. The down side was that his works were to be dictated by what would sell, and Schubert found his outlets wanted simple music that would sell rather than the big Sonata's that he was interested in.

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Lackland Investigation
9:21 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Lackland Investigation: Training Instructor Accused Of Sending Explicit Video

Lackland is known as the "Gateway to the Air Force" because all airmen pass through basic training at the San Antonio base.
Eileen Pace TPR

On Thursday the investigating officer heard from three of the alleged victims in the case against Tech Sgt. Samuel Wicks. He also received stacks of evidence -- over 30 exhibits -- including victim statements, photos, and a sexually explicit video.

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Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
5:15 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Tobin Center Reaches New Heights With Final Steel Beam

Construction workers involved with the Tobin Center secure a 5-ton steel beam to crane to be lifted. The resting Live Oak tree will be planted on the center's grounds.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

A five-ton 48-foot purple steel beam spotted with signatures and adorned with the Texas and U.S. flags now sits on top of the Tobin Center. Bruce Bugg, chair of the Bexar County Performing Arts Center Foundation said the topping of the structure is the end of one phase of the reconstruction.

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HearSA
4:34 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Being A Woman In The Muslim World

Courtesy World Affairs Council of San Antonio

 

Take a special look at women living in the Arab/Muslim world of the 21st century in this presentation on gender in the Middle East.  Dr. Jen'nan Read is a tenured professor of sociology at Duke University and serves as associate director for special initiatives at the Duke Islamic Studies Center.

Read is also a Carnegie Scholar whose research focuses on how culture and religion shape the assimilation experiences of Arab Americans and Muslim Americans, including issues of women's employment, immigrant health, and political integration.

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Classical Spotlight
4:21 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Musica Sacra SA Presents Briggs And More For Advent

Conductor Robert Finster at TPR
John Clare / Texas Public Radio

Not just a concert, but a service too

Already in their third season, Musica Sacra SA will perform Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m. at Our Lady of Atonement. The program follows the Second Sunday of Advent - both musically and literally.

Robert Finster says there are familiar composers and one you might not know. "David Briggs is a great improviser for the organ, and has transcribed all of the Gigout solos! He works in London at a church, plus he composes very original pieces. I first heard of him on your radio station [KPAC] with Heart and Voice!"

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Pre-K 4 SA Implementation
2:29 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

City Council To Vote On Pre-K 4 SA Board Nominees Next Week

San Antonio Chamber of Commerce President Richard Perez is one of those nominated to sit on the Pre-K 4 SA Board of Directors.
San Antonio Chamber of Commerce

As the buildings are beginning to be identified for the Pre-K 4 SA initiative approved by San Antonio voters in November, city council is busy making their selections for the 11-member board of directors.

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Fronteras Desk
1:56 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Big Bend Crossing: Will The Border Reopen at Boquillas?

Mexican nationals on the south side of the Rio Grande at Boquillas, Mexico
Lorne Matalon Marfa Public Radio

The Fronteras Desk: Some border residents are waiting for the opening of a formal border crossing linking Rio Grande Village inside Big Bend National Park and the Mexican riverside village of Boquillas; authorities in Tijuana have located two mass graves containing potentially hundreds of dissolved human remains; how one health provider is using telenovelas to educate Latinos about HIV; and finally, the holiday season has many families preparing for tamaladas.

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KPAC blog: Saturday Afternoon At The Opera
1:27 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Verdi’s Indestructible Masked Ball: 'Un Ballo in Maschera'

Giuseppe Verdi
Wikipedia

Few, if any, operas can bear comparison with the gestation, preparation and final execution of Giuseppe Verdi’s "Un Ballo in Maschera." It is the work that definitively closes his middle period; preceded by "Traviata," "Rigoletto," and "Il Trovatore" and followed by his supreme masterworks "Don Carlo," "Aida," "Otello" and "Falstaff."

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