Fronteras: Some Maricopa County sheriff’s deputies in Arizona have agreed to go through a round of cultural training to help curb tensions with indigenous and Latino residents. Some members of San Diego's LGBT community are not embracing a new ad by Republican congressional candidate Carl DeMaio, who is gay. Authorities are seeing a huge increase in Central American asylum-seekers at the nation's borders. Also, a conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning author and journalist Sonia Nazario about the surge in immigrants from Central America.
Some San Antonians have been waiting with baited breath to see who will be appearing at the upcoming book festival. I've got the details but first, for those of you who don’t know about the .
“It’s just a chance for some of the nation’s best writers to be in conversation with one another and for people in San Antonio to engage with them for free," said San Antonio Book Festival Literary Director Clay Smith. "This festival is a gift to the city.”
Fronteras: The Affordable Care Act aims to increase access to healthcare, but for those in the so-called "affordability gap" insurance may still be out of reach. We speak to Politico about a program just launched to provide scholarships for undocumented student immigrants. Also, it was 150 years ago that Mexico was invaded by the French and ruled by Maximilian. It was a time of betrayals, brutality and war, but who was Maximilian?
The debate over vouchers is heating up on the national level with proposed legislation, "The Scholarship for Kids Act of 2014" to give federal dollars to students opting out of public school. School choice is the best way for underserved communities to get a good education, say conservatives pushing this legislation.
Lee HS Principal Rick Canales; SA Public Library Foundation President Tracey Bennett; NESA 9th grader and winner Rhyanne Saul with her family; and Texas Cavaliers Publicity Chairman Clint Hennessey
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San Antonio Book Festival winner and eleventh grader Jessica Redmon, Sam Houston High School Principal Darnell Maurice White, San Antonio Public Library Foundation President Tracey Ramsey Bennett and Texas Cavaliers Publicity Chairman Clint Hennessey.
There’s something amazingly optimistic about seeing young people attaining goals. Yesterday I saw a pair doing just that. The San Antonio Book Festival had asked local high school students to write an essay with the theme: A river runs through it.
I went along as winners were informed.
"Oh, I won?" said Jessica Redmon, the 11th grade winner, shocked to see a TV camera, her grandmother and a dozen people invade her classroom. Jessica wrote about the summer her sister and she experienced, but she started the project by doing this.
Texas is failing its patients in emergency services. In areas like access and injury prevention Texas scored failing marks in a new study that saw the state fall to 38th in the nation for emergency care.
What is San Antonio is doing to turn the trend around?
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Richard Powers, whose novels combine the wonders of science with the marvels of art, astonishes us in different ways with each new book. His 11th, Orfeo, is about a 70-year-old avant-garde composer who has sacrificed family and fortune to his relentless pursuit of immortal, transcendent music.
The fight over public school funding continues with another installment of Judge John Dietz’s courtroom. In February of last year he ruled that the state funding levels were unconstitutional.
In the last legislative session the state restored $3.4 billion of the more than $5 billion they cut the previous session, but was it enough? And with the current political backdrop will education be in the spotlight for the remaining months? Will it be an effective and compelling issue for Texas voters?
Richard Powers' new novel, Orfeo, tells the story of an avant-garde classical music composer who finds himself dabbling in DNA. Like the Orpheus myth that inspired the book's name, this story takes its hero, Peter Els, on a journey. He becomes a fugitive accused of bioterror, but what follows is also a walk back into the recesses of his own memory told through the music and people he's loved and lost.