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Texas Education
6:36 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Martinez Fischer Pushes Legislature To Restore Education Cuts

Ben Philpott/KUT News

Originally published on Fri February 15, 2013 9:35 pm

The Texas legislature cut more than $5 billion from public education in 2011 to help balance the state budget. Then last month lawmakers were told previous revenue estimates were wrong – and that they had more than $8 billion left to spend on that budget.

Spending That Money

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Mission Reach
10:40 am
Sat February 16, 2013

River South Management Plan Continues Development Of Mission Reach

The Mission Reach under construction.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

The San Antonio River Authority has secured the final approval it needs to move forward with a coordinated plan to develop the area in and around the Mission Reach. 

Portions of the Mission Reach below Lone Star Blvd. to Loop 410 South opened to hikers and cyclists last year. Much like they’ve done on the Museum Reach north of downtown, SARA has been rebuilding the riparian habitat by installing native plants and other elements to encourage wildlife.

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Health Science
3:35 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

A Few Simple Questions Could Help Doctors Identify Alcohol-Related Problems

UT Health Science Center

A new study released by the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio found primary care clinicians may be missing three-fourths of the alcohol problems in their patients. 

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LGBTQ Rights
2:20 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Same-Sex Marriage/Civil Union Bills Filed In Legislature

Minnesota protesters ahead of the state legislature's anti-gay amendment vote in May 2011; the amendment failed.
Flickr user Fibonacci Blue cc

As some states across the U.S. approve same-sex marriage by voters or legislatures, many are asking when conservative Texas will move forward on the issue. Several lawmakers filed bills this week that can be seen at least symbolic victories of progress.

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Lackland Courts-Martial
8:53 am
Fri February 15, 2013

LeBlanc Acquitted Of Sexual Assault, Sentenced For Other Charges

LeBlanc was held in pre-trial lockup for 77 days due to continued misbehavior. That time will be deducted from his 30 month sentence.
Eileen Pace Texas Public Radio

(Update: 02/15/2013): The judge sentenced LeBlanc to prison for 30 months, reduced his rank to E-1 and issued an order for a dishonorable discharge. Seventy-seven days will be subtracted from his sentence, which LeBlanc has spent in pre-trial lockup due to continued misbehavior.

(Original Post: 02/14/2013): Staff Sgt. Craig LeBlanc was acquitted Thursday on charges of aggravated sexual assault of a female trainee who had just graduated boot camp, but the former military training instructor is facing punishment for 11 other offenses.

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Joint Base San Antonio
7:35 am
Fri February 15, 2013

JBSA-Lackland Hosts International DOD Journalism Competition

Mr Lance Cheung (via Skype), photographer for USDA, and Mr. Kin Man Hui, photographer for San Antonio Express News, discuss photo entries for the U.S. Air Force Public Affairs 2012 Media Contest.
U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Tori Hight

Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland has been hosting the global Thomas Jefferson Award competition in the U.S. Air Force division for the past two weeks. The program recognizes top military and civilian employee journalists for furthering Dept. of Defense Internal Information objectives.

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Solar Energy
2:41 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

San Antonio & Austin Generate Four Times More Solar Energy Than Rest Of State

A graph generated by Enviroment Texas shows the solar energy generation in some of Texas' major cities.
Environment Texas

According to one nonprofit company, San Antonio and Austin generate the vast majority of solar energy produced in the state. As the expansion of solar moves across Texas, both cities are emerging as solar front runners.

San Antonio and Austin combined for 85 percent of the state’s solar energy installations. That’s according to a report from Environment Texas.

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Pianoing Across America
12:04 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Just A Man, His Piano And A Journey Across America

The back of Dotan Negrin's van, complete with piano
Paul Flahive

Visitors to the Alamo were greeted by some mid-day busking (street performing) yesterday morning.  Dotan Negrin has been hauling his upright piano all across the country for more than two years, performing on streets from New York to here in San Antonio.

Parked illegally next to the Alamo, Negrin unloaded his Baldwin piano from a fire-engine red van.

The compact upright piano has a laminated map velcroed to one side showing all the places Negrin has gone on his travels.

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Bexar County Valentines
11:21 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Sullivan Keeps Marriage Ceremony Civil, But Same-Sex Supporters Asked To Stand Aside

Pastor Joe Sullivan speaks to visitors and couples before the midnight marriage ceremony at the Bexar County Courthouse.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

The midnight Valentine’s marriages at the courthouse went off without a hitch, except that a small group of equal rights supporters received a not-so-loving greeting from Bexar County deputies providing security.

This year’s marriage of lovebirds at the steps of the courthouse follows a controversial ceremony last year, when a video recording captured Pastor Joe Sullivan remarking that the same-sex couples in attendance would have to deal with God, and then urged them to leave.

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San Antonio Arson Bureau
10:35 am
Thu February 14, 2013

500 Fires Investigated By Arson Bureau Last Year, 260 Set Intentionally

Captain Chris Casals, head of SAFD's Arson Bureau, speaks to the media on the role of the department.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

The San Antonio Fire Department held an open house to the media this week to detail what it does to determine whether or not a fire is considered an act of arson.

The fire department has 17 arson investigators, who the past two years have been called out to more than 1,200 fires.  Captain Chris Casals, with the San Antonio Fire Department's Arson Bureau, said his division exists to determine the cause and origin of a fire.

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