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Same-sex Marriage
4:13 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

San Antonio Judge Sets A Date For Motion To Halt Texas’ Same-Sex Marriage Ban

Mark Phariss (right) and his partner Vic Holmes (left), two of the main plaintiffs in the Texas case.
Courtesy photo

A federal lawsuit against Texas’ ban of same-sex marriage advanced a step this week as federal judge in San Antonio set a court date to hear why those same laws should be placed on hold while the case awaits a trial. 

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Environment
3:54 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Environmental Group In Texas Watches SCOTUS Decision On EPA Pollution Rules

CPS Energy plant on Calaveras Lake.
Karen Fasimpaur Wikimedia Commons

The U.S. Supreme Court is examining whether the Environmental Protection Agency overreached its authority with its regulations on cross-state pollution, but environmental groups in Texas say the EPA is simply operating within the confines of the Clean Air Act.

United States Supreme Court Justices heard oral arguments on Tuesday regarding a case that alleges the EPA overreached its authority by issuing regulations for pollution that drifts into states bordering one another.

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Classical Music
3:52 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Camerata San Antonio Taking Dvorak to Kerrville

Camerata San Antonio
Matthew Diekman Camerata San Antonio

Friday night one of the hottest tickets in town isn’t in town, and the tickets are free. The place is Kerrville and the band to see is Camerata San Antonio, offering a free preview of the Dvorak Festival.

Kenneth Freudigman is a founding member and Artistic Director of Camerata, as well as a member of the San Antonio Symphony.

“We are partnering with the San Antonio Symphony to bring great music of Dvorak to the area. This gives us an opportunity to play this magnificent work…in Kerrville.”

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Arts & Culture
2:22 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

The "True Story" Of Santa Claus, From The San Antonio Choral Society

Jennifer Seighman
San Antonio Choral Society San Antonio Choral Society

This Sunday, the San Antonio Choral Society performs a concert at Our Lady of Atonement Catholic Church that aims to tell "the true story of Santa Claus," according to the group's Artistic Director, Jennifer Seighman. 

"It really begins with Nicolas," Seighman continues. “Some of the miracles associated with him, some of the legends, are what evolved into the story that we know of Santa Claus.”

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The Source - December 11, 2013
11:54 am
Wed December 11, 2013

The Source: Calls For NSA Reforms Go Corporate | Veterans Heal Through Comedy In New Documentary

National Security Agency

In the first segment:

On Monday, the largest tech companies in the world, including Apple, Microsoft, and Facebook, began a campaign to influence lawmakers to curb the government's power to snoop.  On their new website, they lay out five principles they would like to see in the reforms from transparency and oversight to codified limitations to compel service providers to provide user data.

Most people hope to be anonymous on the Internet, according to a recent Pew poll:

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Government
11:48 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Texas State Judge Switches Sides To Democratic Party

On the final day of the state deadline to file for next year’s election, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Larry Meyers filed his paperwork to run against Texas Supreme Court Justice Jeff Brown--as a Democrat. 

The Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa opined, "[Meyers] was very frustrated with the Republican Party’s emphasis on this right-wing social agenda and their constant catering to the right-wing extremists of the Republican Party that controlled the primaries.” 

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Gun Rights
10:55 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Gun Regulation Groups Give Texas Lawmakers An “F”

Flickr user David Trawin (trawin) cc

Texas gets a failing grade when it comes to passing gun legislation aimed at preventing violence, according a new study by two gun regulation groups.

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Environment
9:20 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Post-BP Oil Spill Restoration Projects Proposed For Texas Gulf Coast

Diver near an artificial reef.
Texas Parks & Wildlife

Restoration plans have been laid out for the Gulf Coast in Texas following the BP oil spill in 2010 that spewed more than 200 million gallons of crude into the Gulf. The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees have proposed five projects in Texas totaling $18.4 million dollars from BP, and officials are looking for public comment.

The projects do not directly address the spill damage but offer other amenities that would bring both ecological and economic benefits to the Gulf.

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Arts & Culture
4:11 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

SAY Si Presents Holiday Rock 'N' Roll Musical Inspired By "It's A Wonderful Life"

Frankie and Elisabeth.
: Courtesy Say Sí staff

SAY Sí, nonprofit after-school program that helps kids realize their creative dreams through various arts, begins their holiday production this weekend.

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World Festivals
3:14 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

The 47 Ronin Remembered

Graves of the 47 Ronin.
Wikimedia Commons

Each week on World Music, we not only hear great sounds and songs from around the world, but I share a little news about the many interesting festivals that are taking place this week as well. Read on to learn about an one of Japan's most celebrated stories, "pole dancing" in Guatemala, and a controversial practice in India.

GISHI-SAI: The 47 Ronin

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