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5:30 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Beirut Part 2: What The People Suffered Through

Beirut graffiti.
Jack Morgan

I spent six days in Beirut, Lebanon, recently, the first two to speak at a conference of arts and culture reporters. After the conference I went out to find stories from people in Beirut. What I found, well, was much more than I was looking for.

I set out to interview artistically-inclined Beirutis, and happenstance put me in front of Nadine Begdache. She runs a west end Beirut art gallery called Gallerie Janine Rubeiz.

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2014 Election
4:35 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Van De Putte’s Lieutenant Governor Campaign Gets National Help From Howard Dean

Walking arm-in-arm with Wendy Davis at the MLK march earlier this year in San Antonio, Leticia Van De Putte (left) is trying to gain momentum as her Republican opponent is still being decided in a primary runoff.
Credit Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

In late April, former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean began an effort to encourage Democratic donors to support Leticia Van De Putte’s Texas bid for lieutenant governor.

Using his political action committee Democracy for America, Dean is also raising awareness through online campaigning, something many politicos say Dean gave birth to during his 2004 presidential bid.

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Arts & Culture
3:05 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Classic Theatre's "Private Lives" About To Go Public

Cast of "Private Lives."
Dwayne Green

Classic Theatre is living up to its name by tackling another classic: "Private Lives," one of Broadway’s most revived and popular of plays. Classic as it is, it’s got an odd plot line.

"Elliot and Amanda have been married before, and they divorced," said Anna Gangai, who plays Amanda.

“Five years later they are each married to two different types of people," Gangai said. "And they are on their honeymoon night in adjoining rooms, unbeknownst to them, in the south of France. Comedy ensues, I’ll put it that way.”

Comedy, and what sounds like tense moments.

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Politics
2:28 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Gov. Perry Talks Presidential Bid, Second Chances On 'Meet The Press'

Speaking this weekend on NBC’s "Meet the Press," Gov. Rick Perry was asked about the gaffs in his failed 2012 presidential run and how to recover ahead of the 2016 election.

Perry seems to be showing more signs of a 2016 run and said America is a land of second chances.

"I would tend to agree with them on the botched effort side of it," Perry said.

"So what went wrong?" asked host David Gregory.

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The Source - May 5, 2014
12:26 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

The Source: All Eyes On Texas After Botched Oklahoma Execution

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The complication-laden execution of Clayton Lockett, an Oklahoma death-row inmate, last week had everyone from President Obama to the U.N. High Commission on Human Rights weighing in on the tragic and torturous event.

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The Source - May 1, 2014
12:22 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

The Source: Ralph Nader Still Trying To Shake Things Up

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Aging activist and oft-candidate for president of the United States Ralph Nader is still doing what he does best: causing trouble. The octogenarian has been making new waves by calling for President Obama to be impeached and for people to support Rand Paul in the 2016 election.

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Financial Accountability
12:06 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Drastic Pay Difference Per Student Between Charter & Public School Superintendents

SBOE member Thomas Ratliff.
Credit State of Texas

New numbers released by Texas State Board of Education Vice Chairman Thomas Ratliff shows superintendents at Texas charter schools are paid more than their public school counterparts.   

Ratliff has been sifting through the annual financial reports for public schools and charter schools, which are put out by the Texas Education Agency.  

"From what I’ve seen there are a lot superintendents from some very small charter schools making a whole lot of money, especially if you compare them to their public school or their ISD counterparts,” Ratliff said.

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Beirut Series
5:47 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Beirut: Rediscovering Arts & Culture After A 15-Year Civil War

Beirut's Corniche Looking East
Jack Morgan

I got an unexpected international adventure not long ago. Here's how it went down. You may remember Kelli Arena from her decades at CNN as a correspondent who traveled the world. She now lives in Huntsville, Texas, and works at Sam Houston State University.

“Two years ago we launched the Global Center for Journalism and Democracy,” she explained.

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District 9 Special Election
2:34 pm
Sun May 4, 2014

Weston Martinez Sticks To Conservative Values Message In Race For District 9

Weston Martinez is running his third campaign for San Antonio City Council.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

The outspoken and conservative Weston Martinez wants San Antonio to enjoy its traditional values, he said during an interview about his candidacy for city council.

Martinez is aiming to capture the District 9 council seat that was vacated by Elisa Chan last year. She ran an ill-fated race for Texas Senate, losing to incumbent Donna Campbell, R-New Braunfels.

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Reach Higher Initiative
6:35 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

First Lady Michelle Obama Launches 'Reach Higher' Initiative at SA2020 College Signing Day

First Lady Michelle Obama speaks at SA2020's College Signing Day
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

First Lady Michelle Obama visited the University of Texas at San Antonio today as part of SA2020’s  College Signing Day. She announced The White House is launching its own education initiative called Reach Higher.

The Convocation Center at UTSA was filled with more than 2000 high school students on the verge of graduation. Each separated by the universities they planned to attend.

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