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Holiday Giving
11:30 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Sheriff's Department Throws Holiday Party For Children Of Bexar County Inmates

Sunshine with her new bike.
David Martin Davies TPR News

The Bexar County Sheriff’s Department made sure Santa Claus didn’t forget the children of the inmates at the county jail. On Sunday afternoon at the El Progresso Hall on the city’s West Side, 13-year-old Sunshine sat on her new bike.

"I got a raffle ticket when I got here and they called the numbers and I won," Sunshine said.

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Holiday Giving
9:53 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Jefferson Bank Hoilday Charity Drive Benefits ChildSafe Kids

Many children around San Antonio will be served special meals this holiday season or may be on one of Santa’s special lists to receive toys. But there are some kids in the area who are just glad to be safe.               

ChildSafe provides specialized services to children that have been abused, neglected or sexually assaulted. This year those children will receive new toys, thanks to Jefferson Bank’s Boots Up for Charity toy drive. 

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Christmas Shopping
9:26 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Toy Safety Report Warns Against Magnets And Very Loud Toys That Could Hurt Children

Sizzlers product advertisement image.

This year’s survey of the most dangerous toys has turned up new hazards that are not always sold as toys. Magnets and watch batteries are causing concern among physicians in hospital emergency rooms.

The Trouble in Toyland report by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group comes out just in time for the holiday shopping season each year, and commonly includes cautions about choking and strangulation hazards.

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Texas Foster Care
12:38 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Lawmakers Taking Another Look At Foster Care Following Budget Cuts And Deaths

Eileen Pace TPR News

The deaths of eight foster kids over the past year have sparked concerns and lawmakers are now being asked to review the Texas foster care system. Some child advocates say the blame lies with the legislature and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst has asked lawmakers to take another look at the issue.

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Border & Immigration
5:05 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Border Bishops Collaborate On Immigration Reform Letter

Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller takes the podium announcing the open letter, "Family Beyond Borders."
Joey Palacios TPR News

Catholic bishops on both sides of the Texas-Mexico border are releasing a letter to their parishes and elected officials to address what they call the "human tragedies" of the current immigration system. The clergy hope the letter will change misconceptions about undocumented immigrants.

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Holidays in San Antonio
4:25 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Paseo Del Rio Getting Ready For Annual Christmas River Parade

Whoville float - or How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Eileen Pace TPR News

Paseo del Rio officials are checking their lists for decorations and lighting on 26 river barges that have to be ready by Friday for the big holiday river parade.    

Decorators in the Paseo marina below downtown San Antonio are working to string lights, build stages, and cover woodwork and electrical cords with layers of cotton that will make the barges look like they went through snow.

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2014 Election
11:07 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Van De Putte Lays Out Platform For Lieutenant Governor Run

Ryan Loyd TPR News

State Sen. Leticia Van De Putte, D-San Antonio, formally announced her decision on Nov. 23 and said her campaign and time in office will be about insuring that all Texans have access to a quality education in both the public school system and at affordable college and universities.

She said her family is no different than any other family:

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Breaking
10:23 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Austin Woman Set To Be Released From Prison In "Satanic Ritual Abuse" Case

Fran Keller at the Crain Unit in Gatesville on August 26, 2013.
Karen Bernstein for KUT News

The National Center for Reason and Justice is reporting that Francis Keller will be released from prison in Texas. Keller has spent the last 20 years behind bars for a crime that many say never even happened.

Debbie Nathan of the National Center for Reason and Justice told Texas Public Radio that the release could happen as soon at today.

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Arts & Culture
4:49 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

New St. Mary's University Sculpture Garden Features Works By "Brother Mel"

Sculpture by Brother Mel
Eileen Pace TPR News

Some of the Marianist Brothers from St. Mary’s University are headed out next month for a scavenger hunt of sorts -- to fill the school’s new sculpture garden -- and a particular art studio in St. Louis may have just what the school is looking for.

St. Mary’s is the oldest and largest Catholic university in Texas. Steeped in history and boasting excellent law and business programs, now the university is adding a sculpture garden to honor the memory of a beloved leader.

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Texas Energy
4:05 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

State Senators Not Happy With Public Utility Commission Plan For Capacity Markets

Ryan Poppe TPR News

The Public Utility Commission of Texas has been leaning towards switching to capacity markets to meet Texas’ electricity needs but that concept doesn’t sit well with some state senators.

The Senate Natural Resources Committee met with the head of the PUC to question the group's reasons for switching to a system that would supply energy companies with more state money, hoping they would in turn use those funds to build additional power plants.

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