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The Source - October 15, 2013
5:13 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

The Source: Raising The Debt Ceiling | The Pecan

Views on how important debt ceiling end is mixed
Pew Research Center

In the first segment:

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Government
4:15 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Referendum Effort to Repeal NDO Fails

Petitioners had 40 days to collect more than 61,000 signatures to repeal the city's non-discrimination ordinance.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

The city's non-discrimination ordinance is in its 40th day, meaning those opposed to the measure are out of time in leading an effort to force a referendum to get the ordinance reversed. 

City Clerk Leticia Vacek said petitioners needed a little over 61,000 signatures, which is 10 percent of the registered voters in May. But Pastor Gerald Ripley said he and fellow opponents did not meet the goal.

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Texas Water
3:00 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

The Argument Against The Prop. 6 Water Plan

Sam Brannon (at podium) and Terri Hall (right) address the media at the Nix Prop. 6 press conference.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

A coalition of people from multiple political backgrounds are calling for Texans to vote "no" on Prop. 6, the plan that is being promoted by a bipartisan group of state legislators and Gov. Rick Perry as the solution to the state's water problems.

Voters will see the measure on the ballot starting next Monday when early voting begins and Election Day in Nov. 5.

If passed, the plan set into motion by Prop. 6 will move $2 billion from the state's Rainy Day Fund to the Texas Water Development Board to be used for loans on water projects.

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2014 Election
2:24 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Kinky Friedman In Field For Agriculture Commissioner

Brian Kanof via kinkyfriedman.com

Country music icon, satirist and one-time gubernatorial candidate Richard "Kinky" Friedman has announced his bid for agriculture commissioner in 2014. Friedman will run in the Democratic primary.

The 68 year old said he’s interested in legalizing and regulating marijuana as an agricultural crop to revitalize the Texas farming industry.

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Animal Welfare
9:41 am
Tue October 15, 2013

ADL Expanding Veterinary Hospital To Accommodate Additional Population

Animals often are suffering from serious illness or injuries that must be treated before they are put up for adoption.
Eileen Pace TPR News

The Animal Defense League breaks ground this week on a future Hospital Recovery Kennel. The new hospital space is needed to accommodate the 3,100 animals the city will start sending ADL late next year.

The Animal Defense League was awarded a contract to take on an additional number of animals picked up by the city, along with funding to build kennels to hold those animals. But the $2.2 million from the city’s bond package pays just for the holding kennels.

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KPAC Blog
4:14 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

First Presbyterian Church Honors The Best Of Bess

UTSA Professor Emeritus Bess Hieronymus.
UTSA

San Antonio's First Presbyterian Church is known for its expansive music programs. Now, an event is set to honor former member Bess Hieronymus, who was also known as an accomplished music teacher and organ virtuoso.

"She had an international reputation," said John Silantien, director of choral activities at UTSA. "She would bring organ virtuosos down here and they would play duets together on the organ at UTSA."

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Bexar County
9:57 am
Mon October 14, 2013

MPO Seeking Additional Public Input For Bexar-Comal-Guadalupe-Kendall Transportation Plan

Chris Eudaily TPR News

The Metropolitan Planning Organization is asking public input from residents in Kendall, Comal, and Guadalupe Counties before regional transportation planning gets underway.

As of the 2010 census, New Braunfels is designated as part of the San Antonio urban metro area, and officials say the law requires that New Braunfels be incorporated into the San Antonio-Bexar County MPO.

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Movie Reviews
12:05 am
Sat October 12, 2013

"Machete" Slices Through A Sequel

Machete (Danny Trejo) and Mendez (Demian Bichir)
Open Road Films

Fox News has little to fear from “Machete Kills,” a sequel that trades the subversive immigration politics of its predecessor in favor of more over-the-top mayhem and humor with its titular character, portrayed with monosyllabic gusto by Danny Trejo. The production opens with a fake (or is it?) trailer for “Machete Kills Again...

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KPAC Blog
5:01 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Why Verdi?

Giuseppe Verdi
Wikimedia Commons

My first exposure to the music of Guiseppe Verdi came in high school. Fred Junkin, the director of the Victoria High School Band, chose Verdi's "Overture to La Forza del Destino" for one of our contest pieces. The drama of the piece stuck with me, such that as a professional musician and devoted listener to classical music, my heart still responds to Verdi's restless score.

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City Government
3:30 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

SAWS Board Appointment Angers Council Members Soules & Chan

Council members Carlton Soules and Elisa Chan are frustrated their SAWS board recommendation did not receive approval from their colleagues.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

One of the most important jobs city leaders have is to appoint board members to CPS Energy and the San Antonio Water System. On Thursday they took up SAWS, and left two members walking away angered that their recommendation to represent the Northeast quadrant did not get approved by their colleagues.

District 10's Carlton Soules and District 9's Elisa Chan picked Kirk Francis for his knowledge and experience with water issues.

Chan said Francis would bring a certain characteristic that may be missing from the current SAWS board.

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