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Texas Matters: The Civil War Over The Civil War Continues

January 19 is General Robert E. Lee's birthday. It’s also the date of an official Texas state holiday Confederate Heroes Day. This year it happened to also be the date of the national Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday.
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The National Daily News Show Of Texas

Rose Mary De Luna

On Saturday there’s a Fiesta event that weather won’t likely affect. And it’s one of the Fiesta’s unique get-togethers. It’s called the United San Antonio Pow Wow. What to expect at a Pow Wow?

"You can expect a lot of things including dancing, including different styles of dance and exhibitions.”

Erwin De Luna is the President of the United San Antonio Pow Wow, which is an official Fiesta event.

Victor Martins

It’s Fiesta’s First weekend and given what the radars are showing, here a few events that might otherwise fly under your radar. First off—on both Saturday and Sunday it’s the Fiesta Arts Fair.

"It’s a wonderful family event.”

 Shannon Houghtaling is Fiesta’s Director of Communications. “They do a really good job of having activities to appeal to both adults and children.”

 I asked "There’s food, drink, music, art—that’s all a part of Fiesta Arts Fair, right?"

 “Yes, it’s the full Fiesta flair. If it gets too much rain on Saturday, it's there Sunday.”

Ryan E. Poppe

Members of the Texas House approve legislation aimed at local entities, like the City of Denton, that banned oil and gas technique of hydraulic fracturing also known as fracking.  

House Energy Resources Chairman Drew Darby, a Republican from San Angelo, says his legislation still allows cities to set limits on oil and gas companies, it however would not limit where the companies could operate underground.

Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

Thousands of people came together Thursday night at Alamo Plaza to officially ring in Fiesta. San Antonio residents are ready to party with a purpose for eleven days.

Over the next week and a half you’ll be hearing the battle cry of “VIVA FIESTA!” almost everywhere in San Antonio. About 9,000 people attended Fiesta Fiesta in front of the Alamo to kick-off Fiesta 2015 with the ceremonial cutting of the ugly tie and cracking of the cascaron.

Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

  To work in the United States, immigrants who are here illegally often use false social security numbers or ones that belong to other people.  Then many file their income tax returns using a special number provided by the IRS.  Those immigrants can file their taxes without fear of deportation as the IRS doesn’t report their illegal status to homeland security.

After 53 years, Don Francisco will finally put down the mic. Univision says it will stop making the legendarily unpredictable variety show Sábado Gigante in September, ending a run that began in 1962 when Chile's Mario Kreutzberger started entertaining viewers as Don Francisco.

This story comes from Texas Standard.

Do anti high-speed rail efforts in the Texas legislature and in DC mean it’s an idea that’s going nowhere fast?

Aman Batheja is following the issue for the Texas Tribune.

On Who is Opposed to High-Speed Rail:

“The issue here is the rural communities between Dallas and Houston … The mayors of Dallas and Houston and a majority of the elected officials there strongly support the train project – they’re very strongly behind it. It’s the rural communities that are trying to figure out what’s in it for them.”

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Shelley Kofler / Texas Public Radio

Two candidates for San Antonio mayor are using social media to create a buzz with videos they say they’re going to put on TV.

Former state representative Mike Villarreal became the first in the race to buy TV time this week.  Former Bexar county commissioner Tommy Adkisson and former state senator Leticia Van de Putte say they’re next.

Buying television time is expensive. Campaign consultants say it costs in the range of $100,000 to buy a week’s worth of significant TV time on San Antonio’s network affiliates and cable.

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