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2:55 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Will The Junior Senator From Texas Make A Run For The White House?

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Although he has denied any attempt at a presidential run, the chairman of the Texas Republican Party says odds are in U.S. Senator Ted Cruz’s favor for a presidential run.  

Cruz is part of a group of Republicans touring America’s primary states and drumming up support for the party.  Even though Sen. Cruz says repeatedly his tour has nothing to do with a 2016 presidential run, Steve Munisteri, chair of the GOP in Texas, says the junior senator is quickly positioning himself as a national leader.

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Transportation
2:08 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Speaker Of The House Calls Transportation Bill A “Band-Aid Over A Pothole”

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A struggling transportation bill during a third special session is losing more and more support, including that of Joe Straus, Texas’ Speaker of the House.  

Less than a day into the summer’s third special session, the Texas Senate gave its approval to a transportation bill that failed to pass during a regular session and two consecutive special sessions.  But that bill faces an uphill climb in the Texas House, including how the bill is viewed by Straus.

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KPAC Blog
1:08 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Beethoven Makes Great Chamber Music, Great Screenplay

Cast of 'A Late Quartet'
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At the center of "A Late Quartet" is Beethoven's String Quartet #14, Opus 131. Throughout the drama, the sublime sounds of the work are played by the Brentano String Quartet. Onscreen are Catherine Keener, Christopher Walken, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Mark Ivanir as the "Fugue String Quartet."

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The Source - August 1, 2013
12:35 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

The Source: San Antonio Slims Down | Augie Meyers

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This afternoon on The Source: 

It wasn't all that shocking or unusual to see San Antonio listed in the past as one of the least fit cities in the nation. There were plenty of excuses - the local cuisine, the hot weather, poor self esteem. But now San Antonio is bucking the national trend of weight gain and obesity. A new study shows that local get-active efforts and health eating programs are showing results.

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City Council
11:45 am
Thu August 1, 2013

Ethics Panel Clears Nirenberg Of Allegations

A panel cleared District 8 Councilman Ron Nirenberg of any ethics violations relating to a case brought forward by John Yoggerst.
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A panel made up of San Antonio's Ethics Review Board members this week found that District 8 Councilman Ron Nirenberg did not violate the city's ethics code.

The complaint was brought to the board by John Yoggerst, who believed Nirenberg accepted in-kind services from NSIDE Publications with a full spread about Nirenberg as a council candidate.

ERB member Robert Piatt says there is no evidence to suggest Nirenberg paid for the publicity.

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DACA Lawsuit
11:41 am
Thu August 1, 2013

Federal Judge Dismisses Border Agent Lawsuit Against Deferred Action

A lawsuit filed by ten immigration agents challenging President Obama’s Deferred Action policy has been dismissed in federal court.

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents filed the suit last year.  They said deferred action forced them to violate federal law by not sending known immigrants into deportation proceedings.

Government attorneys argued the Texas federal court did not have jurisdiction over the case. Instead, they said the case could be heard by another court reserved for disputes among federal employees.

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Health News
11:23 am
Thu August 1, 2013

Centro Med Receives New Funds To Serve Uninsured

Centro Med Clinic at 9011 Poteet Jourdanton Freeway.
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A group of San Antonio clinics that once served only the local barrios has received an infusion of federal funds to support expanded services.

A member of United Way, and accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, Centro Med has 21 sites across Bexar County and into New Braunfels, serving more than 5,000 people.  San Antonio and West Texas Congressman Pete Gallego says the federal funds recently approved will help the clinics get their medical services to more underserved residents.

"The grant is just under $550,000," Gallego said. 

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Environment
10:47 am
Thu August 1, 2013

Edwards Aquifer Authority Declares Stage Three Restrictions

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With the lack of rain and the summer heat beating down the area, the Edwards Aquifer Authority is declaring Stage 3 pumping restrictions. It's only the second time that the EAA has declared Stage 3 for users of the San Antonio pool of the Edward Aquifer. The first time was last summer, from August 15th to September 15th.

This year, the EAA is calling for Stage 3 two weeks earlier than last year.

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Arts & Culture
9:16 am
Thu August 1, 2013

Symphony Leader Out After Three Months On The Job

There’s been another shake-up at the San Antonio Symphony. Jack Downey is leaving his post as President and CEO after being in place for only three months. When Downey was named head of the San Antonio Symphony in May, the former Air Force Officer had established a track record of leading local non-profits including the San Antonio Children’s Shelter. Downey explained while as a guest the KSTX’s "The Source" that his plan was to build the San Antonio Symphony’s supporter base.

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Classical Spotlight
4:59 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

The Dark Side Of Ryo: Mozart's D Minor Concerto

Pianist Ryo Yanagitani
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This weekend wraps up the third annual Mozart Festival Texas. A solo recital takes place Friday night with Rick Rowley. Saturday an orchestral concert rounds out the festival with two masterpieces: the 'Jupiter' Symphony and the Piano Concerto No. 20. Terry Frazor will conduct and feature piano soloist Ryo Yanagitani, a former Gold Medalist with the San Antonio International Piano Competition.

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