UTSA freshman Aylin Esparza makes the bed in her new dorm room with her mom, Patricia Sanchez August 17, 2018.
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UTSA Opens Dorm Wing For First-Generation Students

On the fourth floor of Alvarez Hall Friday, Aylin Esparza and her mom, Patricia Sanchez, unpacked a box of sheets to make her bed. The 18 year old freshman has never lived away from her home in Dallas, and she’s hoping her new neighbors will become something of a second family while she’s at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

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Trump Predicts 'Red Wave,' But Special Elections Show Democrats Poised For Big Gains

As the 2018 midterms draw closer, President Trump continues to claim there is a "Red Wave!" brewing . The problem is that concrete voting data shows a very different type of wave forming — one that's poised to give Democrats a comfortable majority in the House. Republicans may hold onto eight of the nine GOP-held seats in special congressional elections on the ballot since 2016 (one is still officially undecided), but the massive voter shift toward Democrats in what should be comfortably red...

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UTSA freshman Aylin Esparza makes the bed in her new dorm room with her mom, Patricia Sanchez August 17, 2018.
Camille Phillips | Texas Public Radio

On the fourth floor of Alvarez Hall Friday, Aylin Esparza and her mom, Patricia Sanchez, unpacked a box of sheets to make her bed.

The 18 year old freshman has never lived away from her home in Dallas, and she’s hoping her new neighbors will become something of a second family while she’s at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

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The Department of Justice gave a San Antonio housing group legal ammunition Friday afternoon in their discrimination lawsuit against Facebook.

Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

Hurricane Harvey was followed by a massive release of highly toxic chemicals in the coastal area. Ilan Levin, Texas Director of the Environmental Integrity Project, joins us to discuss how better to prepare for future disasters.

Then, Texas Observer environment reporter Naveena Sadasivam (14:46) will talk about a nine-part series called "Shallow Watters," which looks at the impact of global warming on the Rio Grande River.


Ryan E. Poppe

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has refused to defend the Texas Ethics Commission against a lawsuit, saying the agency itself violates the state’s constitution.  

 

 


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Josie Méndez-Negrete is a sociologist and associate professor of Mexican American studies at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Her adult son, Robert Lopez, 47, is schizophrenic.
Her 2015 book, “A Life on Hold: Living with Schizophrenia,” recounts their efforts to cope and live with mental illness.


University of New Mexico Press

The National Alliance of Mental Illness reports that Latinos are less likely than people of other nationalities to seek mental health treatment. Josie Méndez-Negrete, sociologist and associate professor of Mexican American studies at the University of Texas at San Antonio, has an adult son who is schizophrenic and joins us to discuss the issue.


David Gonzalez / Contributed Photo

The is weekend here, and music events are planned throughout the city.


If you arrived at Beto O'Rourke's recent town hall meeting in San Antonio even 40 minutes ahead of time, you were out of luck. All 650 seats were already taken.

It was one sign that the El Paso Democratic congressman has set Texas Democrats on fire this year, as he takes on Republican Sen. Ted Cruz's re-election bid.

Texas Democrats have been wandering in the electoral wilderness for two decades — 1994 was the last time they won a statewide race — but at O'Rourke's events, they have been showing up in droves. Often, it's standing room only.

Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

The San Antonio City Council gave final approval Thursday to place city charter amendments proposed by the San Antonio Professional Firefighters Association on the November ballot. The action was required because the amendments were driven by petitions.

Ryan Poppe

There are few actions that suggest a run for higher office — like the presidency — as strongly as making speeches at the Iowa State Fair, which is where San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro will be this weekend.


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When Rotem Sivan moved from Israel to New York, he says that all he wanted to do was play straight-ahead jazz like Clifford Brown, Bill Evans, or one of his guitar heroes, Wes Montgomery. Somewhere along the way, he discovered that with the aid of technology, he could expand his musical palette.

David Gonzalez / Contributed Photo

The is weekend here, and music events are planned throughout the city.


Jeremy Brimhall / San Antonio Symphony

The San Antonio Symphony's 2018-2019 season doesn't start until late September, but there's something some parents and students may want to put on their calendars: rehearsals are now open to music students.


Bógar Adame

Drummer Antonio Sanchez wrote and performed the music for the 2014 Oscar-winning film “Birdman,” directed by Mexican filmmaker Alejandro González Iñárritu.

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