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Texas Legislature
9:51 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Senate Passes Bills Reforming Leadership & Transparency At CPRIT

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) has been in troubled water over grant funding issues and a lack of transparency. In the wake of the group publicly announcing that it was shutting down its foundation, Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, laid out her bill to the Senate.

"The executive director of that foundation indicated on the record that they had given my office every piece of information that we had requested and she absolutely knows that not to be true," Davis said.

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Military Appreciation
8:50 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Second Armed Forces River Parade Highlighting Nonprofits That Serve The Military

The U.S. Army Band float in the 1st America's Armed Forces River Parade in 2012
Paseo del Rio Association

Paseo del Rio has announced its plan for the second America’s Armed Forces River Parade to salute veterans and members of the country’s military following last year's first event that attracted thousand of visitors.

Paseo del Rio Association Executive Director Nancy Hunt said 25 professionally decorated floats will include one for each branch of military and businesses that serve veterans and the military.

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Bexar County
5:35 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Bexar County Offering Paid Summer Arts Internships

Bexar County

The application period is open for Bexar County's inaugural arts internship program this summer. The program is funding nine summer internships with local nonprofit arts organizations and will allow the nonprofits an opportunity to offer a paid 10-week summer internship to attract motivated college students to work on seasonal or special projects. 

Students selected to participate will develop a closer understanding of how the arts benefit their community, along with the real world application of business skills that can be applied to their individual careers.

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Texas Legislature
4:44 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

LGBT Workplace Equality Bill Would Ban Such Discrimination Statewide

Van de Putte has had a busy legislative session so far and her workplace equality bill is just another example of her leadership role.
Office of State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte

A bill in the Texas Senate authored by Sen. Leticia Van DePutte would make it illegal for any employer to discriminate against someone based on their sexual orientation.

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Pre-K 4 SA Implementation
3:57 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Feeding The Body And Mind At Pre-K 4 SA Learning Centers

The garden and playground outside the northwest learning center is currently piled with dirt while the building is under construction.
Ryan Loyd TPR

A Pre-K 4 SA committee has voted to begin looking for vendors that will provide food services to the two model education centers, and city staffers want to erase the stereotype of traditional school lunches.

Deputy City Manager Peter Zanoni said there will be four food opportunities a day: breakfast, lunch, a snack, and a late snack for extended day students.

"We're going to step away from that because we're not happy with the food from school districts at this point," Zanoni said.

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Urban Revitalization
2:54 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Quarterly Grant Helps Nonprofit Assist Low-Income Families

A project of Merced Housing Texas under construction on the West Side of San Antonio, Casitas de Villa Corona is an apartment community for low-income seniors.
Merced Housing Texas

San Antonio nonprofit Merced Housing Texas has received a $200,000 grant to help low-income families in its housing developments and throughout the city.

For the next two years the group will receive $25,000 every quarter to help facilitate its programs. Merced operates nearly 1,700 units for low income people across the state in Corpus Christi, Fort Worth, San Antonio and other cities but are based here.

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Water Management
9:07 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance Supporting 38 Bills In Current Legislative Session

The San Antonio Riverwalk.
Eileen Pace TPR

The Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance has released its legislative agenda for the 83rd session of the Texas Legislature, throwing its support behind 38 bills that promote water conservation and water quality, call for better funding of state parks, and improve coordination between various agencies dealing with water.

GEAA Executive Director Annalisa Peace said the broad support from the alliance indicates that legislators are thinking creatively and responsibly about Texas’ water problems.

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Pre-K 4 SA Implementation
7:13 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

A First Glimpse At Pre-K 4 SA Model Education Centers

One of two Pre-K 4 SA model education centers, located at Brooks City Base, will house all administrative offices for the program.
Ryan Loyd TPR

Policies and curriculum development have been underway for weeks. But for first time, the board members of San Antonio’s new early education measure, called Pre-K 4 SA, got to see some tangible proof their work is in motion.

Board member Bob Bevard, an appointee of District 8 Councilman Reed Williams, strolled through the northwest side model education center, a former Southwest Airlines calling center, on Tuesday and said, “This is cool.”

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Scholarships
4:20 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Association Of Hispanic Journalists Helping Get More Students Into The Field

SAAH

The San Antonio Association of Hispanic Journalists continues to grow its scholarship fund and has, for the second year in a row, passed a benchmark in providing funding to college students.

Each year the San Antonio chapter strives to bring more deserving students into the profession. Communications Officer Javier Flores said that last year the organization was able to award $25,000 for the first time in its history.

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Síclovía Is Back!
12:26 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

People Replace Cars On Broadway For Siclovia This Sunday

In what has proven to be a popular community event, Síclovía happens twice a year in April and October.
Joey Palacios TPR News

San Antonio's Síclovía is back in action on Sunday and invites people to "come play in the street." On Sunday, Broadway Street will be closed to cars and trucks between Lion's Field and Alamo Plaza.

The idea for the event originates 30 years ago in Bogota, Colombia, a city growing in fame for its efforts to cut down on pollution and get residents more active.

"You can skate, walk, run, ride, [it] doesn't make any difference. Just come out and enjoy yourself," said Geoffrey Crabtree, the acting chairman of the YMCA board.

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