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3:50 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Black Violin Talks High School Outreach Ahead Of Friday Performance

Black Violin performing for a showcase at SXSW 2013 in Austin last march.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

Black Violin, it's the Florida band which has staked out the unlikely intersection of hip hop and classical music. Band member Wilner Baptiste (Wil B) spoke to TPR about the band's outreach efforts in high schools.

"It's something that is very dear to our hearts because we understand," Baptiste said. "We were in a performing arts school that actually had an orchestra."

Baptiste talked about his Fort Lauderdale high school years where, due to budget cuts, he nearly missed being able to learn violin.

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Community
3:39 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Thieves Steal Money, But Not The Giving Spirit At Local Bakery

Eric Lowe and Taylor Becken. Owners of C'est La Vie Baking Company
Joey Palacios TPR News

The owners of a burglarized bakery on the north side are refusing to give in to the bad guys. They are making the best of a bad situation by turning their loss into a gain for others.

Taylor Becken and Eric Lowe are 21 and 22 years old and together they own the C’est La Vie Bakery at Lockhill-Selma and West Avenue, which has been open about two months.

Each morning they arrive early in the morning to begin baking the day’s bread, but on Monday they found their front door smashed open. Becken said his mother was the first to see the shattered door.

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Holidays In San Antonio
1:58 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Planning Underway At Hemisfair Park For State's Largest Free New Year's Celebration

Organizers say the Hemisfair Park New Year's celebration is the largest free New Year's bash in the state.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

More than 250,000 people are expected to once again crowd Hemisfair Park and the surrounding area, including La Villita, for the bash. It's a special time of year, said Judi DeLeon, executive director for the San Antonio Parks Foundation.

"This is a tradition," DeLeon said. "The carnival is here, it's a safe setting. We're right in the middle of downtown. SAPD will be all around us and we've got great food, great music."

A special guest was invited to be a part of the festivities, according to DeLeon, but Texas singer/songwriter Willie Nelson wasn't available.

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KPAC Blog
12:56 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Conspirare Brings Special Guest Ruthie Foster For Holiday Performance

Conspirare Artistic Director Craig Hella Johnson.
Conspirare

Conspirare is a professional chamber choir from Austin that sings different types of music, from medieval to modern. The word itself may sound like it has sinister undertones, but Craig Hella Johnson, the group's artistic director, said it means, "to breathe together."

"We are so thrilled about our visit to San Antonio," Johnson said. "We are returning to a venue that we really enjoy singing in -- Laurel Heights United Methodist Church -- and we are singing this Friday."

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Community Health
11:56 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Reduced SNAP Funding Affecting Texas Food Banks Heading Into Holiday Season

Cuts to SNAP are hitting local food banks just before the holiday season, a time of great need in many communities.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

Federal cuts to the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, which is commonly known as food stamps, are taking their toll on needy Texans and food banks all across the state.

The expiration of a $5 billion supplemental stimulus package is the cause for the decrease, which has hit some of the neediest Texans just before the Holiday season, affecting more than 3 million families. The timing of the decrease has also hit food banks.

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The Source - December 3, 2013
11:27 am
Tue December 3, 2013

The Source: Mexico Tax Reforms Have Texas Implications | Fredericksburg Road Through History

The SABER Institute showed Mexican nationals spent over $2.5 billion in South Texas last year.
The SABER Institute

In the first segment:

An old joke among Mexican nationals is that San Antonio is the safest city in northern Mexico. But San Antonio will be immune to the recently approved tax reforms taking effect next month.

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Medical Education
10:17 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Acupuncture Degree Program Coming To University Of The Incarnate Word

UIW president Dr. Lou Agnese.
UIW

 San Antonio is getting a university program for students who want to learn Eastern medicine.

The University of the Incarnate Word is partnering with the Texas Health and Science University in Austin to create a degree program for acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine that starts in spring 2014 at UIW in San Antonio.

UIW President Dr. Lou Agnese said a Chinese medicine school is a natural fit for the university’s growing list of health education programs, including schools for nursing, pharmacy, optometry, and physical therapy.

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Same-Sex Marriage
9:43 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Same-Sex Couples Await Federal Judge's Injunction Decision On Texas Marriage Laws

Mark Phariss (red hair) and his partner Vic Holmes, two of the main plaintiffs in the Texas.
Courtesy photo

Two same-sex couples from Texas are waiting for a decision on a temporary injunction filed in federal court against the Texas laws that ban same-sex marriage. The case in Texas is just one part of seven cases in other states with the goal of having the U.S. Supreme Court resolve the issue.

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The Source - December 2, 2013
4:36 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

The Source: Clamping Down On Political Money | Main Street Closure Still Controversial

Karl Rove.
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Holiday Performances
4:07 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Downtown Tuesday Brings The Holiday Swing This Week

Photo: Christian Collins

In San Antonio’s huge array of holiday events, a few stand out apart from the others. This one though, definitely does.

"It’s a big band concert on Tuesday December 3 at the Empire Theater," said Brent "Doc" Watkins, talking about his upcoming show at the Charline McCombs Theater.

"I’ve got an 18-piece big band that’s going to be performing a number of holiday and Christmas classics --everything from "Jingle Bells" to "Charlie Brown’s Christmas," to things like "O Holy Night." I’ve got a variety of singers coming in, it’s going to be a really great show," Watkins said.

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