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4:03 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

New Year, New Discoveries From South America

As is so often the case, discoveries are made by the back way. I was browsing today the upcoming 2014 programming of the Orquesta Filarmonica de Buenos Aires, conducted by my old acquaintance Enrique Arturo Diemecke. I saw many familiar composers, but a sprinkling of unknown, mostly Latin American composers as well. Esteban Benzecry, an Argentine musician, was among them. It was a new name to me, and new music--they're playing his Violin Concerto in Buenos Aires.

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Arts & Culture
3:23 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Get In Touch With Your "Artsy" Side At Southwest School Of Art

Vincent Valdez
Southwest School of Art

How have your New Year’s resolutions held up? Here is a place where some of you might actually be able to keep them. If one of your resolutions was to re-connect with the artsy you, or to try and tap into that "right brain" of yours, there’s the Southwest School of Art.

"It’s never too late to be creative," said Southwest’s Drawing and Painting Department Chair Vincent Valdez.

Valdez is encouraging San Antonians to come down and maybe find the rest of who they are.

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New Braunfels
12:32 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

New Braunfels May Implement Tubing Fee For Non-Residents

Tubers on the Comal River in New Braunfels.
Flickr user Jeff Gunn cc

Floating the Comal River could cost non-New Braunfels residents a $5 fee if its city council votes in favor of a new proposal.

When tubing the Comal River you can either rent a tube from an outfitter and use their entry point, or use your own tube and enter from one of the city’s parks.

"We spend pretty close to $1 million per year in all of the river maintenance, clean-up, and police and fire," said New Braunfels Mayor Gale Pospisil. "So we were looking at a way to try to bring in some revenue to help us to keep the river and keep the services provided for our visitors."

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KPAC Blog
12:11 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Camerata San Antonio's Dvorak Concert Features Exciting Guests

Ken Freudigman
Camerata SA

The city’s Dvořák Festival begins tomorrow and Camerata San Antonio is getting ready for their performance on Sunday, January 19.   

"We are truly excited to be partnering with the San Antonio Symphony in their yearly festival," said cellist and co-founder Ken Freudigman.

Camerata is a four-piece chamber ensemble that grows just a bit during these festivals.  

"This year Camerata will be partnering with the soloist pianist Michel Dalberto in the magnificent 'Piano Quintet in A Major,'" Freudigman said.

But Dalberto isn’t Camerata’s only guest.

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Transportation
11:53 am
Thu January 9, 2014

TxDOT Begins Search For Next Director

State of Texas

Texas Department of Transportation Chief Financial Officer James Bass has been named as the interim director of the state agency as the Texas Transportation Commission, the group that oversee's TxDOT, works to find a replacement.

TxDOT executive director Phil Wilson is stepping down and will take a position at the Lower Colorado River Authority.

Wilson was the first TxDOT director to not have an engineering background and Jeff Mosely, chairman of the Transportation Commission, said the new director will likely follow that trend.

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Texas Supreme Court
11:09 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Texas Supreme Court Ruling In Online Defamation Case Could Set Precedent Statewide

Texas Supreme Court justices.
State of Texas

The Texas Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Thursday and decide whether defamatory comments can be forcibly removed from the Internet. The suit is a first of its kind for the state’s highest court and challenges whether the Texas Constitution is sufficient for the 21st century.

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The Source - January 8, 2014
10:53 am
Thu January 9, 2014

The Source: The War On Poverty 50 Years Later

War on Poverty Tour: President Lyndon B. Johnson shakes the hand of one of the residents of Appalachia as Agent Rufus Youngblood (far left) looks on
LBJ Library photo by Cecil Stoughton

Fifty years ago last night, President Lyndon Baines Johnson called on lawmakers to help him wage a war on poverty. Few would argue that poverty is still a large issue today, but the effectiveness of the programs launched -- programs like Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps, Job Corps, etc. -- are widely debated depending on what party you identify with.

Today we talk about the legacy of the program with a variety of scholars.

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Eastside Revitalization
10:09 am
Thu January 9, 2014

San Antonio One Of Five Cities To Earn Presidential Promise Zone Designation

District 2 Councilwoman Ivy Taylor will learn more about the promise zone designation during a White House announcement Thursday.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

On Thursday President Barack Obama will announce that San Antonio is one of five promise zones that will receive additional tools to help revive struggling and impoverished neighborhoods.

The other promise zone's are: Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Southeastern Kentucky, and the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.

The announcement by the White House means that the zones will get tax incentives and grants to help places like San Antonio's Eastside build better neighborhoods, residential areas and businesses.

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City Government
9:42 am
Thu January 9, 2014

District 9 Interim Councilman Krier Considering Election Run

Joe Krier was appointed to the City Council's District 9 seat in November. He is now considering running in the special election in May for the remainder of the term.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Two months after being appointed to the City Council District 9 seat to "fill in" until a special election can be held, Joe Krier said he's considering a run for the seat in May.

The former Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce executive said he was careful with his words during his November interview, telling the council he did not anticipate to seek the seat beyond six months.

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Medical Research
9:24 am
Thu January 9, 2014

New Research Challenges FDA Warnings On Lyrica, Other Anti-Epileptic Drugs

UT Health Science Center

A  scientist from San Antonio has published a study that questions Food and Drug Administration warnings about suicide behaviors from using anti-epilepsy drugs (AEDs). The study observed cases of 90,000 older veterans who were taking the drugs for one or more conditions.

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