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1:20 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Texas GOP Chairman Defends Decision On Gay Republican Groups

Credit Republican Party of Texas

Two Republican groups that support equal rights for the LGBT community are rallying support to have the Republican Party of Texas change its official platform on same-sex marriage and other LGBT issues.

This week the Log Cabin Republicans of Texas and the Metroplex Republicans were denied permission to have a booth at the Texas GOP convention in Fort Worth. The two group's stance on LGBT issues put them in contrast to the official Texas GOP 2012 platform:

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Arts & Culture
10:49 am
Fri May 30, 2014

How A Battle In Kendall County Changed The American West

A pivotal historic event happened about 40 miles north of San Antonio, and odds are you’ve never heard of it. It’s called the Battle of Walker’s Creek. Historian and author Sam Gwynne (he writes as S.C. Gwynne) describes it this way.

"It was a major change in the way that Indian warfare was conducted," Gwynne said. "And the story behind it is one of the great stories of the American West."

As he details, that story centers around Texas Ranger Jack Hays.

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Early Education
10:03 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Child Advocacy Group Says 60% Of Texas School Children Would Benefit From All-Day Pre-K

San Antonio's Pre-K 4 SA, an all-day pre-K program, opens its final two education centers this fall.
Credit Ryan Loyd / TPR News

Houston-based Children at Risk spent a day at the capitol Thursday to update state lawmakers on the benefits of all-day pre-K programs.

"One of the things we know is that 60 percent of Texas school children are low income," said Children at Risk President Dr. Bob Sanborn. "And the research is pretty clear that when you have low-income kids, if you have a high-quality pre-K program they’re going to start kindergarten in a better way, at a more advanced level."

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The Source - May 29, 2014
4:45 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

The Source: Is The Secret To Longevity Hiding In Other Species?

The Naked Mole Rat lives 7 times longer than its mouse cousin, can't be poisoned, and may hold keys to longevity
Kevin McGee http://bit.ly/1jxWtiE

  When people see a Naked Mole Rat, they don't see an animal whose genetic make-up could hold the keys to longevity. They see an objectively ugly creature, if such a thing exists. The Barshop Institute at University of Texas Health Science Center studies these animals genetics because they seem to be impervious to many poisons, live more than 7 times longer than their mice cousins and don't develop cancers. 

What can we learn from other animals genetics for our own existence? What are some future research opportunities to extend life?

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2014 Election
2:40 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Though They Opposed Him In The Primary, Business Leaders Now Get Behind Dan Patrick

Credit Dan Patrick campaign

Business leaders across the state of Texas are hoping they can convince Dan Patrick, the Republican nominee for lieutenant governor, to work with them on their agenda of providing more money for roads and water.   

During the Republican primary and runoff election, groups like the Texas Association of Business threw their support behind incumbent Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, even going as far as to say Republican voters made the wrong choice with Patrick as the nominee.

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Arts & Culture
1:01 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison Take The Stage At The Pioneer Museum In Fredericksburg

Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis love TPR!
Carin Lamontagne TPR

Real life husband and wife singers Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis separately have very distinguished music careers. But now they’ve created an additional noteworthy body of work together.

“We just got a new record we’re putting out, it’s our second record together. And so we’ll be doing a lot of material from our brand new record,” Willis said.

Where they’ll be doing it is at Fredericksburg’s Pioneer Museum on Saturday night, May 31, as part of the venue's roots music series.

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The Source - May 29, 2014
10:04 am
Thu May 29, 2014

The Source: Saving Bat Colony All About Finding The Money

Credit Hill Country Alliance

The future of the Bracken Bat cave is far from resolved. The cave, which has the largest maternal bat colony in the world, made news last summer when Galo Properties announced a planned housing development near the cave. The announcement caused an uproar from both water conservation and bat advocates.

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2014 Election
9:44 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Texas Republicans Will Decide On Guest Worker Inclusion At June Convention

Credit Republican Party of Texas

Now that the Republican Party of Texas has formed it’s ticket for the fall elections the party is looking toward their convention in June, which is where they will decide on a platform.

State Sen. Dan Patrick, the Republican nominee for lieutenant governor, and other highly influential groups like the Texas Eagle Forum have said they support removing a guest-worker program from the platform. But the inclusion of a guest-worker program has the support of major business groups and party chairman Steve Munisteri.

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Arts & Culture
3:04 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Carmen Tafolla On Maya Angelou's Passing And Art

Carmen Tafolla.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

Poet Maya Angelou died Wednesday morning, and who better for perspective on her passing than former San Antonio Poet Laureate Carmen Tafolla.

"With the passing of Maya Angelou we have lost not just a great literary voice, but a courageous voice in defense of humanity." Tafolla said.

Here's an excerpt of the Paul Laurence Dunbar poem "Sympathy," which is perhaps Angelou's most apt metaphor and serves as the title of her autobiography:

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Bexar County Commissioner
1:56 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Calvert & Wilson Win Party Nominations For Precinct 4 Commissioners Court

Tommy Calvert gives his acceptance speech for the Democratic nomination.
Joey Palacios TPR News

The race for the Precinct 4 Bexar County Commissioners Court seat is now narrowed down to two people:  Kirby Mayor Tim Wilson and KROV-FM General Manager Tommy Calvert.

Wilson held a small lead over Windcrest Mayor Alan Baxter with the early voting results and kept that narrow margin to the end, winning the Republican spot with just under 52 percent of the vote. Wilson said if he is elected during the mid-term election, his first move would be the elimination of projects like the streetcar system.

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