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Texas News Roundup
11:38 am
Thu December 6, 2012

What's Happening Across The State: News From Texas NPR Affilitates

National Public Radio

Take a quick look at some of the top stories across Texas, from a High Plains history lesson to Special Olympics training in Austin, and more...

From High Plains Public Radio in Amarillo and the Panhandle:

"A major U.S. Highway that runs through Western Kansas (U.S. Hwy. 83) began as a rough trail that connected various boomtowns who were waiting for the railroads that ultimately passed them by."

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Classical Spotlight
11:25 am
Thu December 6, 2012

USAF Band Of The West Gives Musical Gift To San Antonio

Horizon Sax Quartet members
John Clare/Texas Public Radio

Three Chances To Hear Holiday In Blue

The USAF Band of the West's Concert Band & Various Ensembles perform this weekend at Edgewood ISD Theatre of Performing Arts, 607  SW 34th Street in San Antonio.

The free concerts are:

  • Friday, December 7th at 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 8th at 3:00 p.m. 
  • Sunday, December 9th at 3:00 p.m.

Tickets may be printed from their website or picked up from the Lackland AFB and Randolph AFB ITT offices, Ft. Sam Houston MWR office, and the Fiesta Commission Office.

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TPR Cinema
11:21 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Soundtrack Review: "Anna Karenina"

Decca Records

Leo Tolstoy’s novel “Anna Karenina” continues to be a source of inspiration for filmmakers, having been adapted over a dozen times in different forms by directors all over the world. Joe Wright’s feature film boldly breaks from tradition, confining most of the plot on a single soundstage.

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The Source
4:10 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Bexar County Preview Of The Next State Legislative Session

Texas State Capitol in Austin.
Wikipedia Commons

Two Bexar County lawmakers are gearing up for their days in Austin – to craft a budget and shape new laws for Texas. Republican Representative Lyle Larson of District 122 is on a mission to keep the state on a conservative course. Democrat Representative Mike Villarreal of District 123 is going to Austin in the political minority, but still looking to be a major part of the legislative process.

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StateImpact Texas
11:05 am
Wed December 5, 2012

Garbage Gas: Is Methane Going To Waste In Texas?

New Braunfels trash trucks unloading at Mesquite Creek Landfill.
Dave Fehling StateImpact Texas

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), there are 27 landfills in Texas that are producing enough methane gas to make electricity or provide fuel to power industrial equipment. The agency says another 57 landfills are candidates for such projects.

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On A Personal Note: Op-ed
10:08 am
Wed December 5, 2012

Dealing With The Death Of A Pet Highlights Importance Of Adoption

Barker and Hailey's Christmas card circa 2005-2006
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

How do you deal with the death of a loved one? A pet?

It can certainly be difficult, and the process is not easy. Unfortunately, dealing with the pain has been all too familiar around my house lately.

Eight years ago while living in Joplin, Mo., we came across a little black-coated, white-footed ball of energy at the Joplin Humane Society. We had no idea what breed he was, but we knew he was very sweet and in desperate need of a home. I was convinced we needed to adopt him, and to persuade my wife only took introducing them.

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Alternate Routes
8:33 am
Wed December 5, 2012

Dublin Drag Orchestra by Way of Alternate Routes

Viva Frida!
Amazon.com

Thanks to my Facebook friend Lauri Pearson for setting me up for today's Alternate Routes. Lauri is a real listener, a true fanatic of music who does the mid-day shift at Magic 105.3 FM. Although she and I do most of our listening within different genres (there's more overlap than most might imagine), Lauri's observations about music are almost always spot on.

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Texas Legislature
4:34 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Villarreal Files Bill To Prohibit Sexual Orientation Job Discrimination

Texas State Capitol in Austin.
Wikipedia Commons

Democratic State Rep. Mike Villarreal filed legislation HB 238, which if passed would amend the Texas Labor Code to provide equal employment protections for gay and transgender employees.

"My question is," said Villareal: "Is this person showing up on time and doing their job? If they are, then they should be treated no differently than anybody else. Unfortunately, the LBGT community doesn't have the same protections in the state of Texas that they enjoy in other states."

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City Infrastructure
2:56 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

San Antonio's Growing Pains: Road Repairs Part Of Progress

Barricades are set up along parts of Blanco Road under construction
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Construction is a constant obstacle in an old and growing city, as city leaders identify decaying streets, sidewalks and other infrastructure in need of repair through bond projects.

One of the areas in need of attention is Blanco Road. Phase one of a project includes Hildebrand to Fresno and El Monte to Olmos Creek; work still leftover from the city’s 2007 bond project.

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Texas News Roundup
1:35 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

What's Happening Across The State: News From Texas NPR Affilitates

Wikipedia Commons

Take a quick look at some of the top stories from across Texas, from phony Salvation Army bell ringers in Austin to a formal border crossing opening inside Big Bend National Park, and more...

From High Plains Public Radio in Amarillo and the Panhandle:

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