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Experts Say Senate District 19 Win Critical For Republicans

One major goal of Texas Republican leaders is to keep their supermajority of votes in the state Senate — and with Pete Flores' victory in Senate District 19, they are one step closer to that objective.

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After The Rains, Casualties Mount Amid Florence's Still-Rising Floodwaters

As floodwaters from former-Hurricane Florence's massive rains continue to flow through the Carolinas, the end of the storm's damage is nowhere in sight. In Horry County, S.C., two women being taken for mental health care died on Tuesday night when the sheriff's office van they were being transported in met floodwaters. The deputies transporting the two women reportedly drove around barriers and then were surprised by the flood. Authorities told media outlets that the deputies couldn't get the...

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Ryan Poppe

Texas Republican leaders are determined to win longtime Democrat-controlled state Senate District 19, and political analysts think a Republican win could resonate across the state's political landscape.


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Austin got rid of its youth curfew ordinance last year out of concern that it was funneling teens into the criminal justice system.

But when it came time for the San Antonio City Council to take a look at its curfew this past spring, it took a different route: rather than criminalizing youth for staying out late, it’s attempting to address why youth are staying out late in the first place.

 


From Texas Standard:

In this age of Twitter-driven, toxic politics, it's an interesting intellectual exercise to try and imagine how historians might someday look back on the current era in American history. To call it turbulent seems almost to be an understatement. But history itself may help us understand the times we're living in.

From Texas Standard:

It’s inevitable that some of the institutions we rely on today won't be used in the future. Consider the manual typewriter or the milkman ... or the town crier.

Texas Standard's Micheal Marks spoke with Maria Pfeiffer, a local historian in San Antonio, who told him the last town crier in the U.S. was Julius Myers, and he held his position until 1928.

Sept. 17, 2018
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U.S. Border Patrol agent Juan David Ortiz has confessed to killing four people and is currently in jail being held on a $2.5 million bond. Citizens in Laredo reflect about the crimes and about Ortiz, who authorities call a serial killer.

 


Rice University is "dramatically expanding" its financial aid offerings, promising full scholarships to undergrads whose families have incomes under $130,000. The school says it wants to reduce student debt — and make it easier for students from low-income families to attend.

"Talent deserves opportunity," Rice President David Leebron said while announcing the plan on Tuesday.

Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

Republican Pete Flores has won the special election for Texas Senate District 19 — a seat previously held by Carlos Uresti. Flores will serve the remainder of Uresti’s term, which lasts through 2020.

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The 24-hour news cycle has become more inundating with the rapid rise of new media and technology.


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Childhood cancer survivors are at a much greater risk of developing HPV-related cancer than the general population, yet far less likely to get vaccinated.  


San Antonio Food Bank exterior in September 2018
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The San Antonio Food Bank reports its food inventory has dropped to a 10-year low and donations are badly needed.

Poverty is the main cause of demand on the food bank, according to Michael Guerra, the food bank’s chief development officer.

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services set 2018 poverty levels at $12,140 for individuals, at $16,460 for a family of two, and $25,100 for a family of four.

Guerra said it's probably not surprising poverty is the number one cause of hunger, but what is surprising is what he calls the “hidden hungry.”

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Arts & Culture

Kyle Keener and Polly Harrison have been playing music in San Antonio for a long time. How long?

“Curtis Calderon, who we play with [at Jazz, TX] on every third Tuesday, says we played Santa Anna’s quinceañera—for his daughter,” Keener jokes. “We go back pretty far.”

Jason Murgo

As the weather begins to cool, San Antonio's music scene is heating up.

For example, Camerata San Antonio is in celebration mode. Cellist and co-founder Ken Freudigman explains that the group has reached an important milestone.

 

"It's the beginning of our 15th season here in San Antonio playing great chamber music," he said.

Their weekend performances will mark that anniversary with a special theme.

Opera San Antonio opens its season at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts this Thursday and Saturday night with “La Traviata,” a doomed romance by Giuseppe Verdi that’s nevertheless full of life. It’s one of the most popular works in the operatic repertoire.

Baritone Weston Hurt, from Texas, plays the role of Giorgio Germont, father to Alfredo, played by San Antonio native David Portillo. In the story, Germont is the one who tries to keep Alfredo and his love, Violetta, apart.

Josh Huskin

A San Antonio-based artist and singer has released a new album with the hopes that it underscores our common humanity.

 


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