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5:16 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Celebrity Contributions Highlight Empty Bowl Event For SAMMinistries

Bowls from the 2006 Empty Bowls event for SAMMinistries.
San Antonio Potters Guild

Members of the San Antonio Potters Guild have been hard at work for months, creating thousands of bowls to benefit SAMMinistries this weekend.

For months now, pottery students Linda Perez and Deb Ferris and a dedicated group of fellow potters have been crafting bowls of different shapes and sizes to benefit San Antonio Metropolitan Ministries.

“This is a 12-hour process,” said Perez. “You change the ratio of air and gas so that reduction occurs two times during the firing.”

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Transportation
4:56 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

San Antonio-Bexar County MPO Seeking Regional Public Input On Growth Plans

The San Antonio-Bexar County MPO is considering input on the variety of growth options in their public meetings.
San Antonio-Bexar County MPO

The San Antonio-Bexar County Metropolitan Planning Organization is in the midst of its second round of public meetings to plan for the next 25 years of regional transportation needs.

With new census numbers bringing in large populations from surrounding areas, regional road planning is necessary to accommodate all the expected traffic growth from an additional 1.5 million residents by 2040. 

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Community Safety
2:43 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

City Increasing Pedestrian Safety In Area Where Girl Was Killed By Speeding Driver

City of San Antonio

One of District 9 City Councilman Joe Krier's goals has been safer streets and he recently announced several initiatives to increase driver and pedestrian awareness following the death of a nine-year-old girl.

Tatyana Babineaux was struck on Jan. 15 walking by herself on the way to school when a driver hit her, then fled the scene, in the 1700 block of Braesview.

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2014 Election
11:06 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Dewhurst And Patrick Pulling Away From Pack According To New Poll

Chris Eudaily TPR News

A new poll from the University of Texas at Austin and the Texas Tribune shows current Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and state Sen. Dan Patrick are pulling away from Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples and Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson in the Republican race for lieutenant governor.

The new numbers show Dewhurst at 37 percent of the vote and Patrick close behind with 31 percent.

"We are seeing this shaping up to be another establishment incumbent versus tea party insurgent race," said professor Jim Henson, who heads up UT-Austin’s Texas Politics Project.

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Gun Rights
10:27 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Supreme Court Won't Hear NRA’s Case For Lowering Conceal-Carry Age Limit

Flickr user Adam Fagen (afagen) cc

In a rare case that pitted Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott against the National Rifle Association, the U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear a case involving the NRA’s request to lower the age limit for conceal-carry permits and purchasing a firearm.

Abbott defended Texas Department of Public Safety Director Col. Steve McCraw in his assessment that lowering the age requirement for anyone applying for a conceal handgun license from 21 to 18 would disrupt public safety.

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State Of The City
9:31 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Mayor Castro Praises Pre-K 4 SA, Announces One Million Pound Challenge For City

Tracy Mayon and her daughter, Haylee, pose together after the annual State of the City address. Mayor Julian Castro invited the mother/daughter to be his guests because Haylee attends Pre-K 4 SA in its inaugural year.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro dove into several main themes during his annual United State of the City address downtown. Among them were health care, education, downtown revitalization and the arts.

The address was reminiscent of President Obama's State of the Union speech when Castro introduced Tracy Mayon and her four-year-old daughter, Haylee, who is a Pre-K 4 SA student this year.

The mayor said afterward in a small gathering of press that early childhood education is the issue above all others.

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Science & Technology
4:36 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

New Pediatric Guidelines Suggest Testing Teens For Depression

Flickr user (rockindave1) David Pacey cc

The American Academy of Pediatrics released new guidelines this week for regular wellness check-ups for children. One major recommendation is an automatic screening for depression for healthy teenagers and adolescents.

The screening for pediatric depression guidelines are based on recent research that shows early intervention can make a difference for teenagers who show early signs of depression.

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Same-Sex Marriage
2:04 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Rep. Castro And Former Bush Press Secretary Back Same-Sex Marriage Push Across The South

Congressman Joaquín Castro's official congressional portrait.
U.S. Government

A national same-sex marriage rights group has launched an effort across several states in the South to campaign for marriage equality.

Southerns for Freedom to Marry, a branch of the New York-based group Freedom to Marry, has mounted a $1 million campaign across nine states including Texas.

Chuck Smith, the executive director for Equality Texas, is heading up Freedom to Marry’s efforts in Texas and said recent polling shows Republican attitudes toward same-sex marriage have changed in recent years.

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Arts & Culture
1:19 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

San Antonio Arts Groups Develop "Big Ideas" At Geekdom Workshop

Mario Ochoa of the Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio delivers his pitch.
David Martin Davies TPR News

The halls of Geekdom are normally filled with techies workshopping the next killer app or the next innovation in cloud computing. But this weekend there was a different type of brain storm at the downtown offices.

Asia Ciaravino, president of the San Antonio Playhouse, stood in front of a computer project screen as she pitched their big idea to expert entrepreneurs. Ciaravino and five other arts groups just went through the three-day startup process where they learned to re-think their approach to business.

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2014 Election
12:04 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Texas House Candidate From El Paso Says She Was Attacked Outside Her Home

El Paso Democrat Lyda Ness-Garcia, who is challenging state Rep. Marissa Márquez for her seat in the Texas House, told police she was attacked outside her home by two people.

Ness-Garcia said the attackers told her, "You better hope you don't win" and threatened her family's safety.

In a statement, Ness-Garcia writes:

“The attackers made clear that their motives were political, but because this is an active law enforcement matter, I will not go in to further details as to the nature of the attack.” 

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