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Voters Reject Property Tax Increase For South San ISD

Voters who live in the South San Antonio Independent School District vetoed a proposal Tuesday to increase the district’s property tax rate from $1.04 to $1.17, with 57 percent voting against. South San asked taxpayers for the 13 cent increase because it’s facing a $6.45 million budget shortfall caused by declining enrollment.

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Blue Cross Enacts Controversial ER Policy In Texas

Some Blue Cross Blue Shield patients in Texas may have to foot the bill if they go to out-of-network emergency rooms for conditions that are not deemed serious. Blue Cross enacted the change earlier this month, and it is expected to hurt what are called freestanding emergency rooms, legalized in the state in 2009. These ERs are separate from hospitals, often located in strip malls and are confused with much less expensive urgent care centers. Here & Now s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Vivian Ho (...

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“I have spent more than 35 years of my professional life trying to find out who we are,” says filmmaker Ken Burns. His documentary, “The National Parks,” is a six-part series that traces the history and development of the National Parks System, from the moment the first white settlers laid eyes on Yosemite, to the acts of congress that created the parks. The film also tells the stories of those officials and citizens that help preserve the parks for future generations.

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 Director/Producer Geralyn Pezanoski spent three years following the stories of families that lost pets in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. After the storm hit, hundreds of pets were rescued and adopted by families across the country. Some of them were reunited with their families and owners, others were not. Pezanoski’s film, “Mine” won an audience award as Best Doucmentary at the 2009 South By Southwest film festival. Jesse Pullins is one of the film’s subjects.

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February 3, 2009 marks fifty years since the plane crash that killed Buddy Holly along with fellow Texas music icon J.P."The Big Bopper" Richardson and Richie Valens. They will be remembered and honored in commemoration events across the nation. Lubbock, the hometown of Buddy Holly, is the home of The Buddy Holly Center, which honors his memory year-round, but on the anniversary of the fatal crash they will be having special event. Jessica Camacho is with the Buddy Holly Center.

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Forty-four years after its television premiere on The Wonderful World of Color, “Dr. Syn: The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh,” can now be seen by a wider audience through a splendid new DVD release.  Dr.

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Gonzales filmmaker Chris Eska's first feature, "August Evening," is now playing in San Antonio at the Bijou at Crossroads Theater. Eska's film follows an aging undocumented farm worker named Jaime and his young, widowed daughter-in-law, Lupe, as their lives are thrown into upheaval. Eska shot the film around Gonzales and San Antonio using a combination of trained actors and non-professionals. He discovered the film's star, Pedro Castañeda, installing wireless networks at a local non-profit.

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Just before George W. Bush formally announced he was running for the President, he bought a ranch in tiny Crawford, Texas. Austin director David Modigliani decided to follow the town's story. Later, Crawford exploded with protesters on both sides of the Iraq War. His documentary, "Crawford," is screening this weekend as part of the South by Southwest film festival. Texas Public Radio's Nathan Cone spoke to Modigliani by phone.

Lyle Lovett and His Big Band Go 'Large'

Nov 12, 2007

Grammy-award winning singer and songwriter Lyle Lovett has defied categorization for nearly two decades, bridging the sounds of folk, jazz, gospel, blues and R&B.

In It's Not Big It's Large, Lovett's first album release in four years, 19 musicians play together — but without the big-band sound. The new album features wide-ranging instrumentation and a diverse collection of songs.

A local artist is inspiring San Antonio.  Not just with his talented work on canvas, but also with his amazing attitude and spirit.  54-year-old Robert Rehm is paralyzed from the neck down, but he isn’t letting that stop him from painting.  Rehm can hold a brush in his mouth for fine point work, and also uses a computer to create stencils which he paints over using a breath-controlled electric wheelchair to track paint across a large canvas. “It’s like ice skating with color,” Rehm says. Last night, Rehm opened his first art exhibition called “Hot Wheels and Hot Lips.”  

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Jan 26, 2007
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Long before Animal Planet, the Discovery Channel, or even PBS' "Nature" graced American television screens, the Walt Disney studio popularized the nature film as something not just for biologists to study, but for the average moviegoer to enjoy in the theater.  Through their series of "True Life Adventures," the average American was able to travel to far-flung corners of the world, from Africa, Asia, and South America, to remote areas of North America.  Beginning with "Seal Island" in 1948, and for the next twelve years, the public embraced these charming documentaries, and so did Oscar.  E

Jackie Earle Haley began his career as a young man in films like "The Bad News Bears" and "Breaking Away," but in the 1980s, the roles started disappearing.  So he went into film and video production, and moved to San Antonio. He formed JEH Productions to produce commercials for notable San Antonio clients.  But now he's back on the big screen in "Little Children," starring alongside Kate Winslet, Patrick Wilson, and Jennifer Connelly.

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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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On Fronteras:

  • Texas high school students use lessons learned from the Broadway smash “Hamilton” to create original performance pieces (0:16).
  • A profile of a San Antonio musician who stands at the crossroads of punk and conjunto (4:39).

  • Jazz drummer Antonio Sanchez talks about composing music for the 2014 movie “Birdman” (9:56).


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You might find Collin Shook at the bass, behind the drums, or even behind a desk at his home base in Austin, Texas, where he runs the pop-up performance space Monks Jazz. But for this set at Jazz, TX, Collin is at the piano, playing some original material, and classics from the likes of Horace Silver and Clifford Brown.

San Antonio Film Festival

Along with the movies from near and far at the annual San Antonio Film Festival, the event always features several panel discussions about topics in the industry. The Friday, August 3 panel, “DIY: Guerrilla Filmmaking,” stood out because it featured four powerhouse women from different aspects of the film industry.

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