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San Antonio Tourism
12:14 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Renovated Alamo Gift Shop Aimed At Increasing Income, Traffic

Sue Wigston (left) and her sister, who are in town from Canada, visit the Alamo gift shop.
Ryan Loyd TPR

The Alamo gift shop reopened after a month of renovations to customers looking to scoop up historical keep-sakes of the Texas revolution.

“I grabbed a postcard, made sure it said Alamo on it, slapped it down, and wanted to be that first customer,” said Sue Wigston, who is in town from Ontario, Canada.

“We got caught up in the gift shop instead so now we're going to go back track and learn about the history of the Alamo,” she said.

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Texas Matters
12:02 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Texas Matters: The Story Of Education Funding Turns Another Page

The nine justices of the Texas Supreme Court in January 2013, Chief Justice Wallace B. Jefferson, who is from San Antonio, is seated in the middle.
State of Texas

Texas education funding is ruled unconstitutional, and Attorney General Greg Abbott is expected to appeal the case to the Texas Supreme Court. There are opposing views in the legislature on whether to immediately act to address the issue, or wait until the court forces it. Gov. Perry is causing a stir with his radio ads in California that try to lure companies to the Lone Star State, and one columnist from San Francisco says this is generating some interesting conversation.

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Luminaria 2013
9:49 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Luminaria Returns To Light Up Downtown Streets

The Align Dancers perform in HemisFair Park as part of a demo from their Luminaria performance in March
Joey Palacios TPR

In one month, San Antonio will once again be illuminated for the city’s annual multi-media art show known as Luminaria.

The annual arts and culture show fills downtown with music, lights, and unique art displays from over 600 artists and 80 musicians. HemisFair Park is practically turned into a living lit-up painting.  Mayor Julián Castro said Luminaria is the largest single-night arts event in Texas.

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Classical Spotlight
7:30 am
Fri February 8, 2013

YOSA And Children's Choir Re-Imagine Brahms

Conductor Troy Peters of YOSA
John Clare TPR

YOSA and CCSA collaborate for BrahmsFest

Monday night, February 11, two outstanding youth groups combine on the stage of Trinity University's Laurie Auditorium to celebrate the music of Johannes Brahms. The official Brahms Festival event will feature new orchestrations and old favorites.

Marguerite McCormick and Troy Peters will conduct the Children's Chorus of San Antonio and the Youth Orchestras of San Antonio Philharmonic in "Brahms ReImagined." 

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Arts For A Cause
7:15 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Woodlawn Theater Raising Money For Victims Of Domestic Violence

"Chapter 2" stars Philip Kazen, Catherine Babbitt, Greg Hinojosa and Catherine Hayes
Woodlawn Theatre

As part of the Bexar County Family Justice Center's annual fundraiser, the Woodlawn Theater is donating all proceeds from it's latest show, Neil Simon's "Chapter 2," to help victims of domestic violence.

The Woodlawn presents top shows for a variety of audiences, but the owners also have a vision of being a community resource for non-profit  organizations.

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Downtown Development
2:38 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Student Housing Included In West Side Downtown Loft Development

The old Birdsong Peanut Factory will feature 98 loft spaces, 30-50 percent of which will be for students.
Ryan Loyd TPR

San Antonio is adding yet another urban living project in the downtown area, but this time a significant number of units will be designated for students.

The project, located at the old Birdsong Peanut Factory site on S. Frio on the near West Side, will have 98 lofts., with 30-50 percent of them for student housing.

The official groundbreaking on Wednesday marked the beginning of a 19,000 square foot facility. Mayor Julián Castro, who has pushed for urban living and has said this is the "decade of downtown," said he was surprised by a peanut factory in San Antonio.

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Fronteras Desk
1:51 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

1986 Amnesty Bill Informs Today's Immigration Debate

A young man rallies for comprehensive immigration reform in 2010.
Richard Morgan Fronteras

On Fronteras: The legacy of the 1986 immigration reform bill is playing a big role in the current debate over how to overhaul the nation's immigration system. You may have heard about sending immigrants to "the back of the line" when it comes to a path to citizenship, but what does that line actually look like? We hear about Navajo singer Radmilla Cody, who has been nominated for her first Grammy, and a powerful profile of a Havasupai medicine woman and her gift for healing.

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Military Benefits
12:51 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Pentagon To Offer Some Benefits To Same-Sex Couples

Department of Defense

Update (2/11/2013): The Pentagon has now released its decision on which benefits will be extended to same-sex couples. See them in an NPR story here.

Original Post (2/7/2013): The Pentagon is expected as early as today to announce certain military benefits for same-sex couples, but a source in the defense department said not all benefits will be offered. 

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SAISD Tutoring
12:09 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Five Tutoring Companies Being Investigated For Fraud, Possibly More

San Antonio Independent School District

San Antonio Independent School District is investigating at least five tutoring services that may have committed fraud. The companies are accused of requesting money for providing services to SAISD students that may not have been tutored.

The five companies have received about $240,000 from SAISD, some of which may have been requested fraudulently.

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KPAC Blog: Metropolitan Opera
11:51 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Donizetti's Comedic Elixir For Love, 'L'Elisir d'Amore'

Anna Netrebko stars as Adina with Erwin Schrott as Dulcamara, the provider of the love-inducing elixir
Metropolitan Opera

After more than 180 years (1832), audiences are still laughing through their tears at Gaetano Donizetti’s comic masterwork, The Elixir of Love.

It is a commonplace to say that comedy is more difficult than tragedy, but what about an opera that walks that delicate boundary between the two?

Taking as a starting part the most common of themes -- provincial love and its difficulties -- Donizetti achieves something almost miraculous.

Opening Night in New York

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