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8:04 am
Fri December 21, 2012

83rd Texas Legislature Gets Ready For The New Session To Begin

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With federal spending cuts looming, cases working their way through the courts questioning state funding of education and gun control control at the front of public debate, Texas lawmakers have their work cut out for them this session.
The 83rd Texas Legislative Session Begins on January 8th December 20, 2012 There's no doubt about it. Federal dollars pay for a lot of things in Texas. This year's state budget included $33 billion in federal money. Overall federal spending in Texas totaled more than $220 billion in 2010.
4:53 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Visually Impaired Girl Gets Early Christmas Gift: The Ability To Read

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Seven-year-old Kaitlyn Brown has a very limited field of vision, but thanks to a new machine that magnifies images, she will be able to see things she never could before -- like the color of her favorite toy's eyes.
Christmas came early for one local visually impaired 7-year old. Kaitlyn Brown is the lucky recipient of a machine from nonprofit sight savers and The University of Texas Health Science Center. The machine can magnify objects up to 79 times which allows her to read and learn like other kids her age.
KPAC blog: Metropolitan Opera
2:16 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

The Barber Of Seville: You Can Understand Rossini!

Rodion Pogossov as Figaro
Metropolitan Opera

It was habit in the nineteenth and early twentieth century to present operas, whatever their original language, in the language of the host country. Playbills of the past are filled with references toWagner's Il Sigfrido, or Mozart’s Il Fluto Magico, or Figaro's Hochzeit. The idea was, of course, to fill the seats. This is especially important in comedy, because what was the point if nobody got the jokes!

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Business
1:36 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Healthcare and Bioscience Growing By Billions In San Antonio

From 2009 to 2011 the healthcare and bioscience industries in San Antonio grew by nearly $5 billion according to a new report  by doctors Richard Butler and Mary Stefl from Trinity University.

The study shows the comprehensive impact in 2011 was $29.2 billion, up from $24.5 billion in 2009. Butler said that more than 40,000 new jobs have been added over the past decade to those industries, fueling the city's growth.

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Classical Spotlight
12:53 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Holiday Pops For All Ages With San Antonio Symphony & Children's Chorus

Conductor Akiko Fujimoto
Eric Green

There are three chances to go to Holiday Pops and hear seasonal favorites with Akiko Fujimoto and the San Antonio Symphony featuring guest vocalists Cristal Smith, Eric Schmidt, and the Children's Chorus of San Antonio this weekend.

The first two concerts are at the Majestic Theatre and include holiday classics by Leroy Anderson, Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov, and John Rutter.

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Fronteras Desk
12:26 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Record Year For Maritime Smuggling Into California From Mexico

This fishing boat was being pounded by waves in a cove near Ocean Beach when coastal law enforcement authorities found it in the early morning.
Katie Euphrat Fronteras

Authorities in Southern California are confronting the rise in maritime smuggling of illegal immigrants and drugs. If the nation plunges over the fiscal cliff, it would have an immeasurable impact on the border. Navajos have been especially vulnerable to questionable car sales tactics and Arizona school districts are grappling with a federal mandate to improve English language instruction.

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Community Giving
10:39 am
Thu December 20, 2012

$15 Million Christmas Miracle For San Antonio Food Bank

Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich describes the hunger situation in San Antonio as 'embarrassing' and contributed to the $15 million goal for the Food Bank's expansion project
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

With the help of a handful of partners, the San Antonio Food Bank will no longer have to use existing funds to pay for its warehouse expansion project.

A combined $15 million – the largest campaign ever conducted by the food bank – will completely fund the project, leaving the food bank leaders to use existing money to meet the day-to-day needs of people.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who also contributed to the goal personally, joked about his presence at the press conference to announce the news.

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Bicycle Safety
9:38 am
Thu December 20, 2012

SAPD Sting Operation To Catch Drivers Endangering Cyclists

Mayor Julian Castro joins SAPD Chief William McManus announcing stricter enforcement of 3-foot law

Cyclists have the same rights to the roadways as do drivers of motor vehicles, but many drivers don’t realize they have to share the road; cyclists are also more vulnerable in accidents. 

San Antonio Police Chief William McManus announced a two-pronged program in response to multiple cyclist deaths this year.

The educational part of program includes PSAs on TV and social media. The second prong is enforcement of the three-foot law:

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Government
6:41 am
Thu December 20, 2012

Grand Jury Indicts Two SAPD Sergeants

A current and former San Antonio Police Department sergeant have been indicted by a Bexar County grand jury on charges involving misappropriation of funds and tampering with evidence.

The charges stem from a call last February for an individual causing a disturbance -- the individual turned out to be Sgt. Joseph Myers. He is alleged to have crashed a city-owned truck into the barrier of Hwy 281 between Josephine and Mulberry Streets and leaving the scene.

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4:56 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Kay Bailey Hutchison Says Goodbye To Senate

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The U.S. senator from Dallas heads out as Tea Party star Ted Cruz gets ready to take the office on January 1. Hutchison was elected to the senate in 1993 via a special election and is the only woman to represent Texas in the U.S. Senate.
Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison Bids Farewell December 19, 2012 In her farewell address on the Senate floor this morning, Republican Kay Bailey Hutchison touched on the deep partisan divide among lawmakers today. "Congress suffers a great deal of criticism for partisan acrimony.

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