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9:48 am
Thu August 21, 2014

The Austin Baroque Orchestra's Water-Inspired Show In San Antonio

Austin Baroque Orchestra.
Justin Cole Photography

The Austin Baroque Orchestra comes to San Antonio two or three times a year. I spoke to their artistic director to find out what sets them apart; mostly it’s the instruments they use to make the music they play. Like this one: a theorbo.

"Theorbo: it’s a really large lute with really large bass strings on it,” said Billy Traylor.

“It usually sticks up a good three or four feet above the head of the person playing it. It’s a very long-necked instrument.”

Some of instruments are unfamiliar, but the music they make doesn’t sound so different.

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Arts & Culture
4:11 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Councilman Bernal Trying To Beat Tagging With Murals

Henry Cantu mural.
Diego Bernal

Tagging is a persistent problem in San Antonio and District 1 Councilman Diego Bernal talked about how he’s trying to fight it.

“We take buildings that have been tagged significantly and we offer building owner an opportunity for a free mural,” he said.

Bernal said that their technique is pretty simple.

“We’ve got artists that we have in waiting and we get the artist and the building owner together," he said. "They come up with a concept and then we pay for the paint and scaffolding and those sorts of things.”

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Arts & Culture
2:05 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Peek Inside Kronkosky State Natural Area, The Hill Country's Next Big Park

Superintendent James Rice with baby Madrone trees
Credit Jack Morgan / TPR Arts

There’s a large state natural area north of town that’s being prepared for the public and on Tuesday I got to take a tour.

While Government Canyon is more than four times its size, the Albert and Bessie Kronkosky State Natural Area is still pretty huge: 3,757 acres.

James Rice is the superintendent, and at this point the only employee of Kronkosky, which is seven miles west of Boerne in a particularly hilly stretch of Hwy. 46. 

“Albert and Bessie Kronkosky started buying up this property in 1946 and they wanted to preserve it,” Rice said.

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The Source - August 20, 2014
12:20 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

The Source: Is It Time To Reform Sex Offender Laws?

More than 80,000 Texans are registered sex offenders. The crimes range from the violent and truly heinous to the nonviolent and sometimes absurd.

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The Source - August 19, 2014
4:59 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

The Source: Some Critique On A SAWS, Vista Ridge Deal

The San Antonio Water System's deal to pipe in 16 billion gallons of water a year from the Corrizo Acquifer through a 142-mile pipeline has a lot of people worried. The 30-year deal valued at over $2.5 billion dollars at times thought dead was resurrected at the behest of Mayor Castro and the business community and is in very real negotiations.

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Texas Politics
4:25 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Governor Perry Pleads Not Guilty To Two Felony Counts

Gov. Rick Perry's mugshot.
Credit Travis County Jail

Update (8/20):  Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s legal team are waiving their client's right to an arraignment and Perry has pleaded not guilty to both felony counts involving abusing the power of his office.

Perry is charged with abuse of power, a first-degree felony punishable by 5-99 years in jail, and coercion, a third-degree felony punishable by 10 years in jail. 

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Arts & Culture
3:20 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

The San Antonio Connection To New York City's High Line (Part 2)

High Line from below.
Natalie Morgan

My wife and I were in New York on vacation, and as part of a hike, walked a portion of what’s called the High Line. The reason it’s called the High Line is that it runs way above street level.

“It’s an elevated railroad about 30 feet off the ground, and it runs for about a mile an a half right through the middle of Manhattan," said Robert Hammond, who was born and raised in San Antonio and now lives in Chelsea, the Manhattan neighborhood sung about by Joni Mitchell, and where those tracks are. Hammond jumps forward a bit in the story.

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The Source - August 19, 2014
2:40 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

The Source: Changes At Luminaria Leave Questions

Credit Augie Ray / http://bit.ly/1qndIa9 / cc

Luminaria, the city's annual celebration of arts, is changing. A move of location, date, and length of time have the event poised for something big. This year's scheduled November 7-8 dates will mark the seventh Luminaria. The move to the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts will also be new. 

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Border Security
1:31 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Border Patrol Issues Law Enforcement Alert After Late-Night Incident With Texas Militia

Credit U.S. Customs and Border Patrol

The U.S. Border Patrol remains on high alert, issuing a warning to all law enforcement agencies operating along the Rio Grande Valley after encountering a militia group hiding in the brush during the recent arrest of a group of migrants crossing the border.   

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Von Ormy
1:08 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

City Of Von Ormy Poised To Eliminate Property Tax

Credit City of Von Ormy

The small southwestern Bexar County town of Von Ormy is attempting to run its city without the aid of a city property tax starting next year.

The city of Von Ormy incorporated in 2008 and since 2009, its mayor, Art Martinez de Vara, has vowed to remove the city portion out of its resident’s property taxes. Martinez de Vara said even without property taxes the city’s budget will increase 30% for the next fiscal year. That’s due to increasing sales taxes.

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