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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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Internet
10:49 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Internet's Top Level Domain Addresses Will Be Changing Soon

Over the next few months, the way we navigate the Internet will change. While dot-coms will not be eliminated, webhosters will be able to choose different domain names that end in other words besides the traditional .net, .edu, or .gov.

For tpr.org. the .org is what’s called a top level domain (TDL). The Internet Corporation for assigned Name and Numbers (ICANN) is preparing to release hundreds of new top level domains that can end in anything.

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Joint Base San Antonio
9:17 am
Mon November 25, 2013

JBSA Chaplains Reflect On Helping Those In Need During Thanksgiving Feast

Joint Base San Antonio Col. Chaplain Terry Whiteside leads prayer before the chaplains' Thanksgiving meal at JBSA.
Eileen Pace TPR News

Military chaplains at Joint Base-Fort Sam Houston kicked off their holiday giving this year with a family-style dinner for all the chaplains and their staff members on the post.

Col. Chaplain Terry Whiteside volunteered to be the turkey for the day, bringing some light-hearted fun to the chaplains' pre-Thanksgiving dinner.

"This is a great opportunity to let our hair down, what little we have, and just enjoy life and each other," Whiteside said.

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Sandy Oaks
11:44 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Sandy Oaks Community Denied Full Incorporation Request

San Antonio City Council approved this 2.4 square mile plot of land for the incorporation of Sandy Oaks.
City of San Antonio

A small Bexar County community trying to become its own city was denied the area of land it wanted after the San Antonio City Council voted to keep it within the city’s extra territorial jurisdiction (ETJ).

The community of Sandy Oaks is neighborhood with about 4,000 people that is located at loop 1604 and I-37. It falls right within the ETJ of San Antonio, which is the area the city can absorb later if it decides to do so.

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Texas Veterans
9:52 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Texas Universities & Colleges Some Of The Best For Veterans

St. Mary's University in San Antonio.
Flickr user Dee Kincke (Texas to Mexico) cc

Texas schools placed well in the first U.S. News and World "Best Colleges for Veterans" rankings. San Antonio's St. Mary’s University ranked eighth in the West region.

Texas colleges and universities placed in two of the top five nationwide spots and five out of the top 15 in the West region.

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