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One Father's Legacy Of Fighting For Fair Funding In Texas Schools

Republican leaders in Texas are pushing for a bill in the state legislature that could add $9 billion into public education spending. But the push for education reform is nothing new in Texas. Fifty years ago, a San Antonio father named Demetrio Rodriguez demanded fair education for his children, taking his fight all the way to the Supreme Court . Houston Public Medias Laura Isensee ( @lauraisensee ) talked with his daughter Patty Rodriguez and his son Alex Rodriguez about their fathers...

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What Does 'Born In The U.S.A.' Really Mean?

This story is part of American Anthem, a yearlong series on songs that rouse, unite, celebrate and call to action. Find more at NPR.org/Anthem . If you're listening closely, the lyrics of " Born in the U.S.A. " make its subject pretty clear: The 1984 hit by Bruce Springsteen describes a Vietnam War veteran who returns home to desperate circumstances and few options. Listen only to its surging refrain, though, and you could mistake it for an uncomplicated celebration of patriotism. You wouldn...

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Wednesday at noon on "The Source" — San Antonio has been at the forefront of trying to facilitate responsible payday lending practices, but the process hasn't been easy.

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Open air burn pits were once a common method of waste disposal used by the U.S. military. More than 250 burned in Iraq and Afghanistan — and thousands of veterans exposed to the fumes have since reported health problems. The Department of Veterans Affairs keeps a nationwide registry of those affected but critics say it’s not comprehensive enough.

Updated at 5:35 p.m. ET

The House of Representatives failed to override President Trump's veto on a congressional resolution blocking his national emergency declaration. That executive proclamation paved the way for the administration to spend billions of dollars to construct a barrier along the Southwest border between the U.S. and Mexico after Congress refused to approve the full amount the White House demanded last year.

With Jane Clayson

Postpartum depression can be life-threatening. We look at a new drug just approved by the FDA and other efforts to help new mothers in distress.


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Bump stocks — the gun add-ons that can dramatically increase their rate of fire — are now officially illegal in the U.S., after a Trump administration ban took effect Tuesday. Anyone selling or owning bump stocks could face up to 10 years in federal prison and a fine of $250,000 for each violation.

Chief Justice John Roberts declined to hear an appeal from gun makers on the new ban Tuesday, allowing it to remain in place. A separate appeal that seeks a stay on enforcing the ban is before Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

Republican leaders in Texas are pushing for a bill in the state legislature that could add $9 billion into public education spending. But the push for education reform is nothing new in Texas. Fifty years ago, a San Antonio father named Demetrio Rodriguez demanded fair education for his children, taking his fight all the way to the Supreme Court.

Updated at 1:40 p.m. ET

The assertion by Attorney General William Barr that special counsel Robert Mueller found the Trump campaign did not conspire with the Russian government in 2016 removes, for now, a major focus of Democrats' messaging.

But it has also given them an opening to turn to an issue they believe is more important to many voters anyway: health care.

As many as one-third of Dallas adults are barely literate. Each year, literacy groups only reach 1.5 percent of them. 

Updated at 1:30 p.m. ET

In a significant shift, the Trump administration says the entirety of the Affordable Care Act should be struck down in the courts. Previously, the administration had pushed to remove the law's protections for people with pre-existing conditions but had not argued in court that the whole law should be struck down.

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The New West Guitar Group made their San Antonio debut at Jazz, TX last fall, bringing their shimmering sheets of sound to the intimate club at the Pearl Brewery. Even without a drummer, or bass player, these three musicians manage to create a propulsive rhythmic harmony that allows ample room for soloing.

“It’s been a unique challenge,” John Storie told the crowd from the stage. “Playing without bass and drums, you’re really exposed, and you got to really hold it down.”

Top Picks In Classical Music, For March

Mar 14, 2019

Welcome to Major Themes, a monthly feature in which classical music experts recommend a must-hear recording based on what's happening at classical stations and programs around the country. This month, we checked in with friends in Michigan, Tennessee, Vermont and California, and the national program Pipedreams. Here are their picks, with an emphasis on Women's History Month, piano, birthdays and vocal music.

Jakub Józef Orlinski: Anima Sacra (Erato)

Michael Cirlos

A new art installation downtown grew out of some large black and white pictures by Michael Cirlos, extracted from his book Humans of San Antonio. It's in a spot that’s quite accessible but perhaps not in a place the public would normally visit.

In the early 1980s, actor Stephen Tobolowsky was living in Los Angeles with his girlfriend at the time, Beth Henley. Henley was hot off the success of winning a Pulitzer Prize for her play, “Crimes of the Heart.” The play’s success drew the attention of Hollywood, including director Jonathan Demme, who was looking for his next project after “Melvin and Howard.”

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