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3:13 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

USAA CEO Joe Robles Set To Retire Next Year

Joe Robles.
Photo courtesy USAA

Insurance giant USAA is facing a change in management next year now that long-time CEO Joe Robles Jr. has announced he is entering retirement.

Robles, who served 28 years in the Army, first served on the USAA Board of Directors and joined the company as chief financial officer and controller in 1994. He also served as corporate treasurer and chief administrative officer before taking the helm as CEO and president in 2007.

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KPAC Blog
2:45 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Renee Fleming To Open San Antonio Symphony's 75th Anniversary Season

Renee Fleming will help open the San Antonio Symphony's 75th anniversary season.
Andrew Eccles Decca

I talked to the San Antonio Symphony's Music Director Sebastian Lang-Lessing today and asked what many in the arts community are wondering: who will be the focus of next year’s music festival?

“Richard Strauss,” revealed Lang-Lessing.

“For me it was just a natural way to celebrate the 75th anniversary with a Strauss festival," he said.

It's the San Antonio Symphony’s 75th year of playing and to get that anniversary started right, he had another big announcement.

“We open with Renee Fleming, so I’m very thrilled that this works out,” Lang-Lessing said.

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Small Business
2:18 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Accion Texas Says Small Business Lending Is Up

In another sign of a recovering economy, larger loans to new small businesses are on the rise.

Acción Texas, Inc. has announced its best fourth quarter to date for Small Business Administration 504 lending. The nonprofit small business lender this week announced its SBA 504 lending division had a record fourth quarter of $12.9 million in loans, a figure 77 percent higher than the previous year.

Bob Schraitle, vice-president of the 504 division, credits several factors, including pulling out of the recession, for the marked increase in new loans.   

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Fronteras
1:51 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

New Exhibit Sheds Light On Role Of Tejanos At The Alamo

Chris Eudaily TPR News

Fronteras: The exhibit Standing Their Ground: Tejanos at the Alamo takes a new look at the story of the Alamo siege and battle. Water experts say the Southwest should get used to the idea of drinking recycled water as treatment plants become more sophisticated. Water "czar" Pat Mulroy has just retired -- she leaves behind a big legacy and big lessons about the Colorado River during this record drought.

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Texas Matters
1:44 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Ted Nugent, Opposition Research & The Race For Railroad Commissioner

What could be better than the two frontrunners for governor attacking each other? Add outspoken rocker Ted Nugent to the mix.
Ryan Poppe/David Martin Davies TPR News

Texas Matters: The addition of rocker/conservative-activist Ted Nugent to the campaigning in the race for governor only served to add fuel to an already blazing fire. More on opposition research and it's role in modern campaigning, and how hydraulic fracking in North Texas could play a role in the race for railroad commissioner. Also on this show: Air quality in the Eagle Ford Shale, and a look at the next generation of Texas oil field workers.

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2014 Primary Election
12:33 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

In Attorney General Race, Many Voters Are Still Undecided

David Martin Davies TPR News

An internal poll put out by Dan Branch’s campaign for attorney general found 40 percent of those surveyed were undecided.

And that has political experts like Professor Cal Jilson, who teaches political science at Southern Methodist University, pointing to the fact that many voters don’t know the candidates in the race.

"The AG is the third most important statewide office and at that level voters start thinking, 'You know, I don’t really know these guys.' And if they recognize the names they don’t have any details behind that," Jilson said.

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Arts & Culture
10:01 am
Fri February 21, 2014

The Playhouse Finishes Season With 'Funny Girl' And 'Tommy'

Funny Girl
courtesy The Playhouse

This week I caught up with The Playhouse’s Asia Ciaravino for an overview of the remaining season, and a peek at the fall. By any measure it’s been a wild year for The Playhouse. After last May’s damaging spring thunderstorm, they’ve managed to fix the theater, then pull off an ambitious winter schedule in both of their theaters. Now comes their spring and summer schedule.

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Bexar County
5:12 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Grand Jury Indicts Bexar County Deputy On Murder Charge

38-year-old Anthony Thomas was a 16-year veteran of the Bexar Co. Sheriff's Office when he was indicted on charges of murder Thursday
Credit BCSO

A Bexar County Sheriff’s deputy has been indicted on charges of murder in a case involving an off-duty deputy who allegedly shot and killed another driver on North Loop 1604 last summer.

A Bexar County grand jury Thursday returned the indictment for first degree murder against 38-year-old Anthony Thomas in the shooting death of 29-year-old Mathew Jackson.

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Women's Health Care
4:42 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Groups Question Progress Of Women’s Health Care In Texas

The state capitol was once again the scene of crowds sounding off about women's health.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

The subject of women’s health care once again drew a crowd to the state capitol at the same time some lawmakers touted the progress made by the stated-funded Texas Women’s Healthcare Fund.

State Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Dallas, who chairs the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services, said  women’s health care in Texas is funded at record levels, serving more women than it ever has.

"Last session the Legislature prioritized women’s health and provided an additional $240 million to reach an additional 170,000 women," Nelson said.

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Arts & Culture
3:54 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Sacred Harp Singers Bring A "Primal Sound" To San Antonio

Dan Brittain leads Sacred Harp singers at Coker United Methodist Church.
Mike Hinton

This weekend hundreds of singers will gather in San Antonio, but what they sing isn’t common. So much so that I had to look up Sacred Harp singing to be sure of what it was. After doing so, I caught up with a pair of its practitioners in a noisy Portland Oregon train station.

"It’s an old southern hymn tradition that’s still alive, and in the last 10 or 20 years has broken out of the south and taken root worldwide," said John Berendzen.

Jessica Beer describes it this way:

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