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Pre-K 4 SA
4:44 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Pre-K 4 SA Welcomes New Center Directors

Christina Reck-Guerra will join Pre-K 4 SA in the fall as the director of the West Side education center.
Credit courtesy

As the city prepares for the second year of Pre-K 4 SA, its early childhood measure, two more centers will be opening.

Christina Reck-Guerra (West Side) and Janice Hammonds (East Side) will guide the new education centers as Pre-K 4 SA expands, bringing the total number of centers to the program's maximum of four.

Hammonds comes from the Austin Independent School District where's she has served 27 years, most recently as the principal of an early childhood education center.

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Arts & Culture
4:38 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

San Francisco Jazz Group Playing The Carver This Saturday

SFJazz Collective.
Jamie Tanaka

The Carver Cultural Center hosts another music night at the Jo Long Theater. The band playing is called the SFJazz Collective, and as to what kind of music do they do, I asked drummer Obed Calvaire.

"Chick Corea, Stevie Wonder, John Coltrane," he said.

They also play their own original music. I asked him to describe the SFJazz Collective to someone who had never heard them.

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Child Abuse
3:51 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Childsafe's Child Abuse Awareness Campaign Kicks Off Citywide With "Cardboard Kids"

"Cardboard Kids" will be displayed around town to highlight the problem of child abuse. To help spread the word to get people talking about child abuse, use #CardBoardKidsSA on social media platforms.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Child advocacy group ChildSafe reports that in 2013 Bexar County had 5,846 confirmed cases of child abuse and neglect.

ChildSafe CEO Kim Abernethy said the county dropped from the first place position in that category, but knows that number is still too high.

"That's not a statistic that we tout when we tout all of our other great statistics," Abernethy said. "This year we were second in the state, thank goodness, but the last four or five years before that we've been the first in confirmed cases of abuse."

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Bexar County Jail
1:30 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Bexar County Inmates Learning To Take Responsibility For Their Circumstances

Bexar County Jail, where classes began last year to help inmates learn about personal responsibility
Eileen Pace

A new philosophy of rehabilitation for inmates has taken shape at the Bexar County Jail. The effort is designed to stop the cycle of escalating levels of criminal activity by inmates after they are released from the local facility.

Pamela Taylor, CEO and founder of Dress for Success, teaches a new class at the Bexar County Jail.

"So I encourage you to start looking at the information I gave you," she tells a group of inmates. " 'The Four Agreements' is really, really powerful.”

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KPAC Blog
1:02 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

This Weekend, Ballet San Antonio Pirouettes In Travis Park

Ballet in the Park
Credit Ballet San Antonio

Ballet San Antonio has been taking their dancers out of the halls for public performances recently. I caught up with Ballet San Antonio's President Courtney Barker to find out where they’re headed next, which is downtown’s newly-renovated Travis Park.

“It looks incredible, they did a beautiful job,” she said about Travis Park.

I asked Barker where the dancing itself will take place.

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Fort Hood Shooting
12:39 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Peer-To-Peer Counselor Talks About Living With PTSD, A Soldier's "New Normal"

Soldiers at Fort Hood present colors on Feb. 12, 2014. https://www.flickr.com/photos/forthood/12505735923/
U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Ken Scar, 7th MPAD

Sharing his insights on the Fort Hood shooting, a peer-to-peer counselor who specializes and also suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder said the biggest obstacle for soldiers suffering from PTSD is pride.   

Craig Lacey served in the Army for 23 years and experienced combat firsthand, coming home where he was eventually diagnosed with PTSD. He said soldiers coming back no longer know what normal is; they have a new definition of the term.

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The Source - April 3, 2014
12:08 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

The Source: Bill White On Our "Fiscal Constitution"

Former Houston Mayor and Democratic candidate for Texas governor Bill White says that the country is being misled and that a fundamental principle in America's management has been broken.

In his new book, "America's Fiscal Constitution: Its Triumph and Collapse," White makes the case that the out-of-control spending that started under President George W. Bush has departed from the nation's history; a history that saw our "fiscal constitution" shredded.

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The Source - April 3, 2014
11:58 am
Thu April 3, 2014

The Source: Book Fest Wants SA To Be Literary Destination

90 national and local authors will be at the festival this Saturday.
San Antonio Public Library Foundation

  The San Antonio Book Festival has its inaugural run as a solo event this weekend. Last year the burgeoning book fest partnered with Austin's annual Texas Book Festival by adding a series of events locally.

This year, with 90 national and local authors, organizers are confident the event will again be a success and will top their 4,000 person attendance last year. Organizers want to turn San Antonio into a literary destination.

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2014 Governor's Race
11:43 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Greg Abbott Visits SA To Discuss Pre-K Plan, Stands Behind Controversial Citation

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott discusses his education plan with the media at the IDEA Carver Academy on S. Hackberry Street in San Antonio.
Joey Palacios TPR News

Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Gregg Abbott appeared in San Antonio this week to tout his education plan just days after it was released to the public.

The first part of Abbott’s plan includes students in pre-K through the third grade (you can view the full plan here.)

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Fort Hood Shooting
6:24 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Fort Hood Shooter Identified As Iraq War Veteran Undergoing Evaluation For PTSD

Lt. Gen. Mark Milley gave an update at 9:40 p.m. April 2 on the Fort Hood shooting incident to press at the Fort Hood main gate.
Fort Hood Press Office

The gunman that shot and killed three members of the military at Fort Hood and injured 16 others has been identified as Spc. Ivan Lopez. Officials say the 34-year-old Iraq veteran was being treated for anxiety and depression and undergoing an evaluation for post-traumatic stress disorder.

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