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Fiesta 2013
12:35 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

A Celebration Of Local Cultures, NIOSA Kicks Off Tonight

NIOSA 2011.
Eileen Pace TPR News

The San Antonio Conservation Society is hard at work putting together the final touches in La Villita for Night in Old San Antonio, a tradition dating back nearly 100 years.

"We started back in the 1920’s when the city wanted to do an Indian festival, and so we stepped forward and put on a very short one night festival for that," said NIOSA treasurer Barb Machado. "Then it grew and they tried a couple of things along the banks of the Riverwalk and then after that they decided to turn it into this."

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Medicaid Expansion
11:34 am
Tue April 23, 2013

House Republican Plan For Medicaid Expansion Moves Forward

Ryan Poppe TPR News

Proposals were made by both the Republicans and Democrats in the House, but it is House Bill 3791, the Republican "Texas-ccentric" plan, that is heading to the House floor for a vote. 

The plan is to get federal dollars in the form of a block grant that is used to create a state alternative to Medicaid expansion, though the federal government has not said if such a grant will be given.

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Bastrop Wildfire Recovery
10:02 am
Tue April 23, 2013

Arbor Day Ceremony Highlights Ongoing Recovery Of Bastrop Community

Bastrop State Park is now recovering from the devastation caused by the late 2011 wildfire.
Texas Parks and Wildlife

A little more than 18 months after the most destructive wildfire in Texas history, Bastrop is coming together once again, this time to celebrate resiliency, recovery, and hope.

Those themes will be the primary focus as Bastrop residents join with state and local dignitaries this Friday to celebrate the 124th Texas Arbor Day.

Texas A&M Forester Service Director Tom Boggus said Arbor Day is special because it celebrates the bond between Texans and our trees.

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The Source - April 23, 2013
9:17 am
Tue April 23, 2013

The Source: CPS Energy And Solar San Antonio Talk SunCredit

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In the first segment:

The announcement that CPS Energy is considering changing the amount of money it would reimburse its solar generating customers - cutting it by nearly 40 percent - caused more than a stir in the solar community.

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KPAC Blog
4:53 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Parker Makes Stravinsky Ballets One Man Band

Jon "Jackie" Kimura Parker
John Clare / Texas Public Radio

Igor Stravinsky made an original piano version of his ballet "Petrushka," so why would someone else make one?

"Well, I played it as a student, and I remember thinking, you know, I would actually trill this octave, not that one," says Jon "Jackie" Kimura Parker.

Parker has made a solo piano version of the entire ballet, not just a few scenes.

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Immigration Reform
4:50 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Castro Predicts Immigration Reform Will Pass This Summer

Joaquín (left) and Julián Castro (right), here on the Charlie Rose Show, have become leading voices for immigration reform.
Charlie Rose Show

The so-called Gang-of-Eight are still working to hammer out an immigration reform bill, despite criticism from conservatives who call it a "bad bill."

San Antonio Congressman Joaquín Castro is looking forward to seeing a comprehensive immigration package this year. He said he believes the bi-partisan group will be able to meet the standards that constituents expect.

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Texas Legislature
3:03 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

State Of Texas Could Start Paying You 5 Cents For Your Empties

Chris Eudaily TPR

Sen. Rodney Ellis, D-Houston, said SB 645 will add a redeemable 5 cents on every beverage bottle sold in Texas - glass, aluminum or plastic. If the bill passes, Texas would join 10 other states who have such a program.

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Science, Technology, Engineering, Math
1:42 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Toyota USA Foundation Gives Boost To STEM Education

Toyota brought its trucks to The Pearl Monday to highlight its press conference announcing a $100,000 grant for the CORE4 STEM competition
Eileen Pace TPR

The Toyota USA Foundation announced it will contribute $100,000 to the annual CORE4 STEM Expo for students studying science, technology, engineering, and math.

toyota USA National Vice-President Pat Pineda said by 2018, 1.2 million STEM jobs will go unfilled.

"That’s because we don’t have enough people that have the requisite skills, and I think unfortunately we all know that this is a particularly acute problem in the Latino community," Pineda said.

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KPAC Blog
12:25 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Beethoven Transcends His Time With 28th Piano Sonata

Even in his dark period, Beethoven was too stubborn to let it keep him down.
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What is a musical genius to do? Ludwig van Beethoven had been composing piano sonatas with his own technical prowess in mind since he was eleven years old, and thirty five years later he hits a brick wall.

The new ideas and experimentation that stimulated so much of his music wasn't happening. This was the situation Beethoven found himself in 1816. The composer was a crotchety and difficult man at the best of times and after 1815 his physical problems and lack of energy brought his compositional growth to a standstill.

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West, Texas
9:44 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Leading State Environmental Activist Critical Of West Plant, TCEQ

Luke Metzger, director of Environment Texas
Environment Texas

State environmental group are calling for a thorough investigation of the fertilizer plant in the town of West following the fire and explosion that killed 14 people and injured about 200.

Luke Metzger, the executive director for Environment Texas, said there were too many glaring defects at the West fertilizer plant for someone not to notice.

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