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Texas Energy Capacity
1:18 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

ERCOT Report Shows Rolling Blackouts Not A Threat Anytime Soon

ERCOT region.
Credit Texas Office of Public Utility Counsel

A report released by the Energy Reliability Council of Texas shows the state is not in any danger of rolling blackouts anytime in the near future.  

ERCOT released three assessment reports looking at whether the state has enough energy reserves to meet the peak demand during the summer and fall of 2014 and then a long-term review of peak customer demand.

Warren Lasher, ERCOT’s director of system planning, said a set of new projects will help Texas meet its energy demand.

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KPAC Blog
10:46 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Children's Chorus Celebrates 30 Years Of Song, And Big Changes

Credit CCSA

There are some big changes happening at the Children’s Chorus of San Antonio. We'll get to that in a moment, but first, I talked to Artistic Director Marguerite McCormick about this Sunday’s event at Concordia Lutheran Church.

“Sunday’s performance is a big celebration. This is our 30th anniversary season and we have lots of wonderful choirs that are going to be singing in the concert as always," she said. "But we also have some wonderful alumni that are going to be in the audience and are going to come up and sing.”

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2014 Republican Lt. Gov. Runoff
10:29 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Everything On The Line For Tonight's Dewhurst-Patrick Republican Runoff Debate

One political expert says that tonight's debate is a must win for Dewhurst if he is hoping to make it on the November ballot.
Credit David Dewhurst campaign

Following two weeks of negative campaign ads in the Republican lieutenant governor runoff, Dan Patrick and David Dewhurst will face off in a runoff election debate tonight in Houston. One political pundit said Dewhurst will need a blowout win at the debate if he is to gain in traction in the race.

Just when some had believed incumbent Dewhurst’s campaign had gone flat, he emerged with a set of attacks, alleging that Patrick changed his name to avoid the Internal Revenue Service.

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2014 Election
10:02 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Libertarian Party Of Texas Announces Candidates For Statewide Office

Robert Butler, candidate for lieutenant governor, addresses his libertarian colleagues and audience members infront of the Alamo.
Joey Palacios TPR News

Nine people stood in front of the Alamo hoping to change the status quo of the state as the Libertarian Party of Texas announced its candidates for statewide office. The list included those for governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and state, county and congressional delegations.

Kathy Glass, as Houston lawyer who was not at the event, is the party's candidate for governor. She ran previously in 2010 and came away with 2 percent of the vote. She said she believes the state has been run by a single party for too long.

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Music Reviews
8:44 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Klezmer Jazz Goes To The Movies On "The Big Picture"

Credit Table Pounding Records

Jazz and classical performers have been cashing in on movie themed compilations since nearly the advent of talking pictures, and most of them suffer from being either too syrupy and sentimental or overly bombastic. Rare is the album where I find the artist has taken the material and not only made it his own, but transformed it into something that transcends the films from which the themes originate.

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Campaign Finance
3:17 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Texas House And U.S. Senate Take On Nonprofit 'Dark Money' Disclosure

This week both a U.S. Senate committee and Texas House committee took up the issue of whether political nonprofits should be required to disclose their campaign contributions.

Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle are concerned with how these groups are trying to buy elections thanks to laws that don't require such groups to report their campaign contributions.

At the U.S. Senate Campaign Finance Committee hearing, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas argued that campaign contributions are a form of free speech.

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KPAC Blog
2:11 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Copperleaf Quintet Closes Season With "Warm" Sunday Show

Ruth Moreland.
Credit Jack Morgan / TPR Arts

The Copperleaf Quintet is set to close out its season on Sunday. As they've been all season, this concert is thematic.

"May 4 actually happens to be the feast of the forty English martyrs," said Ruth Moreland, the group's founder and artistic director.

"So we’ll do a concert of all English composers," she said. "The first portion of the concert is William Byrd, Thomas Tallis, just some really lovely liturgical motets. Some things in Latin, some things in English. And then the second half will be various pieces of English poetry set to music."

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The Source - May 1, 2014
1:09 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

The Source: CPS Energy's Smart Meters Are Coming

CPS Energy

CPS Energy will be rolling out its new smart meters in four neighborhoods this summer. The meters communicate via radio frequency to the company directly on usage, which lowers costs and increases accuracy.

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The Source - May 1, 2014
12:15 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

The Source: Is San Antonio A Cyclist-Friendly City?

Credit Nan Palmero http://bit.ly/1iHGDRR

This Friday, downtown dwellers are encouraged to walk or ride their bikes to work as part of the 18th annual Walk and Roll Rally, but is San Antonio a bicycle friendly town?

Does San Antonio have the infrastructure, awareness and smarts to support a vibrant cycling community? And what does a city with that look like?

Guests:

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U.S.-Mexico Business
10:55 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Mexico-U.S. Economic Agreement Could Help Solve Immigration, Other Issues

The U.S. State Department joins Mexico leadership in signing MUSEIC at the Pearl Brewery on April 24, 2014.
Credit Eileen Pace / TPR News

Experts say a new bi-national agreement just signed in San Antonio has the potential to solve issues on several fronts: from immigration to water supply.

San Antonio was chosen for the signing of the Mexico-U.S. Entrepreneurship and Innovation Council (MUSEIC) agreement because of its bi-cultural assets that can assist business growth between the two countries.

The purpose of the MUSEIC is to establish a unified North American entrepreneurial pathway to promote competitiveness, trade and innovation.

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