12:58 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

El Niño Might Help Ease Texas Drought

The National Drought Mitigation Center

On Fronteras: We look at how an El Niño weather pattern might help out the Texas drought this fall. Mexico is opening its energy sector to foreign participation for the first time since 1938. That has two towns, in two countries, wanting to harness geography and oil industry experience for each other’s benefit. One of the first things newly nationalized citizens do is register to vote. In San Diego, there’s one third party growing faster than the rest. We explore why. And something strange is happening at the busiest port of entry along the U.S.-Mexico border. Border wait times  are plummeting at the San Diego-Tijuana border crossing.

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Music Interviews
11:12 am
Fri September 26, 2014

After Celtic Thunder, Phil Coulter Goes Back To The Basics

Phil Coulter
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Phil Coulter celebrates fifty years as a professional musician this year. His name is revered amongst his peers, and his music has fans around the globe. From a humble working class family in Derry in the North of Ireland, Phil achieved success beyond any thing he had ever anticipated as a young boy, struggling to master the piano.

“I hated the piano! I hated having to practice, I hated scales, I hated arpeggios but most of all I hated my piano teacher,” Coulter remembers.

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10:47 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Environmental, Community Groups Question SAWS Rush To Approve Vista Ridge Pipeline

Margaret Day with the Sierra Club Alamo Group shares concerns about the Vista Ridge Pipeline project.
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Community and environmental groups came together Thursday to question what they say is a rush to approve an expensive pipeline to bring water to San Antonio from the Hill Country.

Members of the Sierra Club, COPS/Metro and concerned ratepayers called a press conference to announce their concerns about the Vista Ridge Pipeline vote that the SAWS board moved to this Monday with short notice.

The San Antonio Water System moved up its board vote on the Vista Ridge Pipeline by a week, saying timing is critical.

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Economic Incentives
4:25 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Audit Of Texas Enterprise Fund Raises Questions

An independent audit of Governor Rick Perry’s job-creating Texas Enterprise Fund shows the Governor’s Office awarded over 200-million dollars to companies and universities that never submitted an application for the grant.

Arts & Culture
4:05 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

The Witch Speaks: "Wizard Of Oz" Blows Into The Playhouse

The With and Ms. Gulch
Asia Ciaravino

The Playhouse is tackling a big new production. I checked in with their CEO to find out what that production is. After humming an iconic tune from the play (you should hit the Listen button above to hear it story), she revealed the title: “The 'Wizard of Oz'—can it get any bigger than 'The Wizard of Oz?'”

Asia Ciaravino came in to TPR to talk about one of The Playhouse’s most challenging productions ever.  

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Transportation Funding
2:15 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Lt. Governor Candidate Wants New Direction For Transportation Funding

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The Democratic nominee for Lt. Governor, San Antonio State Senator Leticia Van De Putte says the State of Texas must find a way to fund road construction in the coming year. Van De Putte laid out her campaign’s infrastructure platform which includes ending any diversions taken from the State’s Highway Fund.

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The Source - September
11:18 am
Thu September 25, 2014

The Source: The Push To Eliminate The Ban On Exporting Oil

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A 39-year ban that keeps American oil from leaving the country--except under special case-by-case permitting--is seeing a serious challenge to its existence.

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Energy Resources
10:43 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Economist Says Mexico Energy Reform Could Bring Texas Billions

A leading economist tells state lawmakers that reforms to Mexico’s oil and gas sector could bring the most dramatic changes the Texas border-region has ever seen, and legislators have been tasked with investigating what if any state laws need to be adjusted to help Texas grow economically.

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Science & Technology
4:58 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

$3.7 Million Grant Will Help UTHSCSA Study Children's Cancer

The Greehey Children's Cancer Research Institute at the UT Health Science Center will be the lead investigator in a five-year cancer study of Hispanic children in South Texas. The study is funded by a $3.7 million grant from the National Cancer Institute.
Credit Greehey Children's Cancer Research Institute, San Antonio / UTHSC


  Children’s cancer research in San Antonio is getting a boost from the National Cancer Institute.

A new infusion of $3.7 million is dedicated to helping an underserved population in South Texas.

South Central Texas is designated is one of 12 sites in the United States with the largest populations of underserved minority children.  

The Health Science Center’s Dr. Gail Tomlinson says Hispanic children have the highest incidence of cancers – and the poorest outcomes – and the South Texas population best represents the future demographics of the U.S.

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Arts & Culture
4:06 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Institute Of Texan Cultures Blanketed In Quilts

Stevenson: Starry Night
Jim Lincoln

The Institute of Texan Cultures has begun an exhibit called 'Makers and Their Inspiration.'   What the Makers are making is quilts. Lots of ‘em.

“They come from all over Texas.”

Sandra Sider curated the two collections here, and runs the Texas Quilt Museum in La Grange. As Sider explains, those creating quilts for this exhibit did so in Texas.

"Geographically they go all the way from up north all the way down to almost the Rio Grande, so it’s a huge geographic swath.”

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