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Environment
12:58 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Post-BP Plans For Gulf Coast Restoration

Credit Chris Eudaily / TPR News

It’s been over 4 years since the Deepwater Horizon explosion and BP oil spill. The underwater gusher pumped crude into the Gulf of Mexico for 87 days and is considered the worst maritime oil disaster in history. The US Government estimated the total discharge at 5 million barrels. But that number is uncertain and there are some reports that the well site continues to leak oil into the Gulf.

In November 2012, BP and the Department of Justice reached a settlement and in part agreed to a record-setting $4 and a half billion dollars in fines and other payments.

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Texas
12:46 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Growing Income Inequality In Texas

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Texas is certainly the Lone Star State – but it appears to be composed of two different states. One for the wealthy and the other for the impoverished and these states are growing ever further apart.

The income gap in Texas has never been bigger. The incomes of the richest 5 percent of households were 14.3 times greater than those of the poorest 20 percent. – That’s according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

And a new study shows that the rich are getting richer and the poor have a shrinking chance of working their way out of poverty.

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Movie Reviews
5:20 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Epic Over Heart: Ridley Scott's "Exodus"

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Education
4:26 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Bibliotech Expands To Four More School Districts, Military Schools

Fort Sam Houston ISD is the recipient of a donation of ereaders for its students to access Bibliotech materials and other ebooks through their school library
Credit Eileen Pace

  Bibliotech has expanded into four additional Bexar County school districts.

Bexar County Commissioners this week approved another wave of ereaders sent out into the community for students in the Edgewood, Somerset, San Antonio and Fort Sam Houston ISDs.

County Judge Nelson Wolff says this week’s donation of 150 ereaders brings the total number of the devices to 500 that have been committed to local school districts.

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Arts & Culture
3:53 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Sleigh Bells Will Be Ringing In Seguin's Holiday Concert

David Mairs
Joseph Plumeyer

A local symphony has set a holiday-themed event for this weekend. They’re Seguin's Mid Texas Symphony.

“This is our thirty-seventh season.”

Artistic Director David Mairs.

“And we play half of our concerts in Jackson Auditorium at Texas Lutheran Auditorium in Seguin, and the other half in the Performing Arts Center at Canyon High School in New Braunfels.”

Now, you’ve got a concert coming up on Sunday, is that right?

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Business
12:42 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

San Antonio's AT&T Center Set For Major Makeover; County, Spurs To Share The Cost

The AT&T Center in San Antonio will undergo renovations in 2015 that will add new technology, upgraded seating and expanded concourses to the sports, concert, and show arena
Credit Eileen Pace

Coming next summer to San Antonio: a new-look, new-feel arena that promises to give all those who enter a viewing experience they won’t forget. Welcome to the newly renovated AT&T Center, or, at least, welcome to the promise of it.

Bexar County Commissioners Tuesday authorized Spurs Sport & Entertainment to move forward on plans to design and build an enhanced arena, with county oversight.

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The Source - December 11, 2014
11:45 am
Thu December 11, 2014

The Source: What Will Oil Tumble Mean For South Texas?

Credit Energy Information Agency

Oil prices are down--way down--from their June peak. The release of the oil reserve figures last week from the U.S. Energy Information Agency, showed the country's reserves of 36 billion barrels in 2013, a 35 year high, 10 billion barrels more than just five years before. As global production remains strong, the glut of oil will remain, sending prices--and stocks--tumbling further. 

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Arts & Culture
10:18 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Weekend Chamber Choir Events Promise Big Music, Holiday Cheer

More musical holiday cheer is coming your way, and it’s coming by way of the San Antonio Chamber Choir.

“The San Antonio Chamber Choir is a superb group of singers that is joined together by their love and passion for music.”

Rick Bjella knows; he’s their Music Director. This weekend, they have a pair of holiday-themed events. 

“On Saturday, Dec. 13, we have a performance at the chapel at Oblate School of Theology, and on Sunday, Dec. 14, our premiere performance at the Alvarez Studio Theater at the Tobin Center.”

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Law
9:38 am
Thu December 11, 2014

State Lawmaker Proposes Legislation That Provides Additional Protection For Religious Freedom

Should the state of Texas provide stated additional legal protection for an individual’s right to religious freedom when it concerns counties, municipalities or even homeowners’ associations?   One state lawmaker thinks it does, and has authored a potential constitutional amendment ahead of the 2015 session, a clause that would protect anyone wanting to make a public expression of their religious beliefs.

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Arts & Culture
8:19 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Of Families, Legacy, And The True Spirit Of Christmas

Los Pastores cast
Lee Wilder at National Parks Service Mission San Jose

It’s a passion play with roots that go beyond the borders of Texas, far beyond even Mexico. It’s called Los Pastores.

“It actually originated from the Franciscan Friars from Spain.”

That's the play's Assistant Director, Deborah Covarrubias-Barcenez.  

“They brought it to the New World, to Mexico, to teach the indigenous people the nativity story. And from Mexico is was brought to Texas, to here in San Antonio, in 1910 to our parish at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church.”

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