12:33 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Villarreal Formally Announces Mayoral Run, Begins ‘SA Strong’ Campaign

Near downtown, Mike Villarreal announced his bid for mayor of San Antonio.
Credit Ryan Loyd / TPR News

The worst kept secret in San Antonio in the last few weeks is that State Representative Mike Villarreal wants to be the city's next mayor. He made that official Sunday by kicking off his campaign at Maverick Park, amidst a sizable gathering of supporters, despite the cold and rain.

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4:58 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Travis County Court Agrees To Take Up Lawsuit On Denton’s Fracking Ban

The Travis County court system has agreed to hear a case filed against the City of Denton’s fracking ban, advocates of the ban say the state’s “home-rule” statute allows their city to pass these ordinances while state officials argue that cities have no legal authority to ban fracking.

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Arts & Culture
4:01 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Lewis Fisher Goes With The Flow In New River Walk Book

Lewis Fisher with his new book
Jack Morgan

He’s made a lifestyle and a living writing about San Antonio history, and in particular, its river. I'm talking about Lewis Fisher. He wrote the definitive book years ago on the history of the San Antonio River, but now he’s got a new one.

“The new book is titled American Venice: The Epic Story of San Antonio’s River.

So why did we need a new book about the river?

“The River Walk has recently been expanded from three miles to 15 miles, with dramatic extensions to the north and to the south. And this book covers both of them.”

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3:43 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Local WWII Veterans Receive French Legion Of Honor Knight Medal

Knight Chevalier - Legion d'Honneur for U.S. Veterans


This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Allied invasion of Normandy – and 19 local veterans who served in France during those perilous times received international recognition today.

Houston’s French Consul General came to San Antonio to present the former military members with France’s highest honor.

The French Order of the Legion of Honor is France’s highest decoration for bravery in military service.

Col. Scott Bleichwell of Army North says Consul General Sujiro Seam is in San Antonio to honor the veterans who fought in France during World War Two.

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3:10 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Pasadena Sued Over Latino Voting Rights


Texas continues to be a hot bed for testing what can be done with a gutted Voting Rights Act. This week five residents of Pasadena Texas filed a lawsuit against their City Council. They say a recently reconfiguring of the city's council districts dilutes the Latino vote. The Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund is joining the case. Nina Perales is MALDEF’s Vice President of Litigation and lead counsel in the case.

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2:58 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Texas Lawsuit Against U.S. Border Patrol Could Set Precedent

Cindy Cornett Seigle via Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

On Fronteras:

  • We meet a Dallas public high school student from the Democratic Republic of Congo. He tells us about the challenges of fitting in at school here.
  • If a lawsuit against the Border Patrol moves forward, individual agents could be sued over their actions during so called "roving patrol" stops. A Texas case against the Border Patrol may set an important precedent. We have the details.
  • Also, Congressman Lloyd Doggett speaks about the release this week of an immigrant rights activist from San Antonio.

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Texas Matters
2:57 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

How Crazy Is Too Crazy For Execution?

Scott Panetti thinks Satan will kill him on Dec. 3, and he’s partly right. He’s scheduled to be executed that day by the state of Texas.

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2:44 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

A Texas-Sized State Health Agency

Five state agencies that deal with the economically deprived and otherwise vulnerable or underserved sections of Texas society, could soon become one Texas-sized agency.  

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Arts & Culture
2:02 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Opera About To Get Right Down To The Heart Of The Hill Country

John Dooley
courtesy John Dooley

A scrappy opera organization is staging a one-of-a-kind event. I found out more by speaking to John Dooley. John has sung at New York’s Metropolitan Opera, the Lincoln Center, and the Pittsburgh Opera, but he’s now decided to take things underground.

“I’m performing with the Texas Hill Country Opera — a concert in The Cave Without a Name.”

Has he ever sung in a cave?

“No, no, I’ve never taken my talent underground.”

So he’s getting really low.

“Exactly, exactly. It’ll be an interesting experience. But I hear the acoustics can’t be beat.”

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11:52 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Beehives Atop The Omni Colonnade Rooftop Are Set To Earn Their Keep

The beehives and potted plants are prepared on top of the Omni Colonnade Hotel convention center before they are released on Friday.
Credit Ryan Loyd / TPR News

Back in September, Walter Schumacher with the American Honeybee Protection Agency, from Austin, removed 150,000 bees from Norma Ramon's near North West side attic.

He collected them and gave them time to heal. When bees are removed, their painstaking work is ruined because the hive is broken.

Now that they are back in shape, they have a new job on top of the Omni Hotel's convention center. They'll provide honey to the hotel and its guests while pollinating local plants.

Jeremy Lander is the Omni's Director of Sales and Marketing.

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