The San Antonio Botanical Garden is about to open a new series of displays that take a pretty unusual tack.
They've taken a common toy and repurposed it into a fun way of teaching children about nature.

“We’ll have a exhibit called Nature Connects. It’s art with Lego bricks," said Botanical Garden Executive Director Bob Brackman. And yes, he said Lego bricks.

“There’s over half a million Lego bricks making 27  art pieces throughout the Botanical Garden,” he explained.

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Update (9/3): A panel of judges at the US 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has denied Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s request to block a federal judges ruling striking down Texas’ ambulatory surgical center requirement for clinics performing abortions.   

On Friday, Federal District Judge Lee Yeakel issued a ruling that stopped the enforcement of House Bill 2's ambulatory surgical center requirements and also blocked the law’s admitting privileges requirement for clinics in McAllen and El Paso.

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The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts opens Thursday night. Last Thursday I watched the last pre-Tobin practice of Ballet San Antonio.

Dancers took it all in, clearly ready to make adjustments. Afterwards, I spoke to Ballet San Antonio Artistic Director Gabriel Zertuche and I asked how long it has been to get to this point.

“You know, we’ve been rehearsing for about five weeks: preparing the dancers, coaching them, getting them ready with choreography, and style, and those type of things," Zertuche said.

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This morning Texas' voter ID law had opening arguments in the U.S. district court in Corpus Christi.

Texas is among 30 states that passed voter ID laws, and it is one of the strictest in the country according to the National Council of State Legislatures.  

  The Texas National Guard is refuting news reports that its troops sent to the border to assist in Operation Strong Safety have been going to the food banks because they can’t afford to eat.

Responding to claims by the Rio Grande Valley Food Bank that 50 members of the National Guard had requested food assistance, the National Guard office in Austin says it has internal provisions for Guard members that have financial hardship.