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1:03 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Guns Up For Debate In Next Texas Legislative Session

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Will the Newtown, Conn. shooting spark Texas gun control reform? Given the state's unwavering support of gun rights in the past, it is very unlikely, but the next legislative session is just around the corner. Right now there are five bills dealing with gun control in the queue, only one of which, from Rep. Dan Huberty, R-Kingland, seeks to expand gun carrying privileges.
December 17, 2012 4:50 pm by: Ben Philpott The 2013 Legislature will address at least five bills on guns. Photo by Liang Shi/KUT News In the wake of last week's school shooting in Connecticut, many states including Texas are examining their gun laws.
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World Music Picks
11:44 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Anoushka Shankar Goes Flamenco On 'Traveller'

Deutsche Grammophon

Flamenco music is relatively new on the music scene (especially considering the long history of music as art), but still dates backs a couple of hundred years. It was brought to Spain by gypsies, who were erroneously named because they were mistaken for Egyptians but are of Indian descent.

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Community Giving
11:24 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Marriott's Tamalathon Helps Fight Hunger In San Antonio

Delia Enriquez, left, and Stephanie Herrera make tamales for the 2012 Tamalathon hosted by Marriott Hotels
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

Making tamales is a time-honored tradition in the Alamo City, but another tradition on its way to becoming just as meaningful: the Marriott Hotel's Tamalathon.

Employees and other volunteers gather each holiday season to spread, stuff and roll tamales which will be sold by the thousands. All the proceeds benefit the San Antonio Food Bank.

"You don't have to write it [the check] to us at all, that's where the money's going,” said the Marriott’s Dusty Smith, who oversees the Tamalathon.

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Higher Education
10:13 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Federal Government Accelerates Implementation Of Student Loan Repayment Plan

US Department of Education

People who are saddled with big student-loan debts can soon take advantage of the government’s loan repayment and forgiveness plan that officially begins this Friday.

The Department of Education program will allow students and families who are paying off high student loan debt to reduce their payments to 10 percent of their discretionary income.

Derrick Smith, a certified credit counselor with Consumer Credit Counseling of San Antonio, said students must have received two separate loans.

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Bexar County
9:33 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Bexar County Sheriff-Elect Announces Appointments To Management Team

The Bexar County Jail, where Sheriff-elect Susan Pamerleau will take office January 1
Eileen Pace TPR

Bexar County Sheriff-elect Susan Pamerleau is using the final days of December to gather her executive team so they can hit the ground running on new year's day.

On Monday, at her second press conference since the election, Pamerleau announced she would retain Chief Deputy Manuel Longoria.

"He provides great continuity," she said. "Besides that, he’s a man of integrity, he cares about the officers, he cares about this community. He’s got the right sight picture and I know that already he and I are working great together."

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NISD Student Locator Project
9:05 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Depending On Decision, RFID Case Could Reach Supreme Court

John Jay Sophomore Andrea Hernandez is suing Northside ISD to allow her to remain at the Jay science and engineering magnet without having to wear a mandated ID with an RFID chip.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

The federal hearing concluded without a final decision in the case between the Northside Independent School District and a John Jay High School student who refuses to wear a radio frequency identification card.

In the meantime, 15-year-old Andrea Hernandez, the sophomore refusing the ID card, will be allowed to stay at John Jay until the end of the semester. Northside Superintendent Brian Woods said that decision was made by the district.

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Texas School Safety
3:18 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Texas School Districts Failing To Comply With Required Safety Audits

Texas School Safety Center

[Update: Thursday, Dec. 20] The Texas School Safety Center, located at Texas State University in San Marcos, now says there are only 29 schools not in compliance with the safety audits.

This is down from the 78 total districts who did not meet the Texas Education Code safety requirement -- 38 that did not report, and 40 that were not fully compliant. The center said that slow paperwork is to blame for those schools that are now cleared.

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Community Giving
12:48 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

$1 Million Donation Will Provide Financial Planning Classes

SAMMinistries says a million dollars donated by a local philanthropist this week will help the center provide financial planning classes to more people who are on the "cliff" of homelessness.

Harvey Najim, who wrote the personal check, said people come in need of assistance, but are not looking for a hand-out.

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Health System Research
11:35 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Patient Navigators Helping Speed Breast Cancer Diagnosis In Latinas

UT Health Science Center

It’s not uncommon for Latinas who have an abnormal mammogram test to not follow up and get the medical treatment they need, but a little extra support from helpers called “patient navigators” can make the difference.

Facing a possible diagnosis of breast cancer can be tough for anyone to process, but for whatever reason, Hispanic women need a little extra help to get them back to the doctor.

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City Council
10:02 am
Mon December 17, 2012

City Council Developing Diversity Action Plan For Contracts

The City of San Antonio has been working on a diversity action plan when concerns arose at previous city council meetings that leaders were not selecting enough African-American or other minority firms for contracting jobs.

The jobs are for upgrades to streets, sidewalks, and other public infrastructure that voters approved in the 2012-2017 city bond program; 140 projects worth $596 million. Members of the community stepped forward to ask why minority candidates seemed to have been passed over, and Mayor Julián Castro has requested an action plan.

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