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10:51 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Intimate Copperleaf Quintet Performances In The SAMA Golden Gallery

Ruth Moreland
Benissimo Music

A local singing ensemble has an artful and interesting way of doing what they do. They're the The Copperleaf Quintet and they perform vocal chamber music in stunning settings.

"We gave two gallery concerts at the San Antonio Museum of Art," said Copperleaf Quintet’s Executive Director Ruth Moreland.

This Tuesday night, March 4, they’ll be singing in a small gallery named in honor of the priest who established Mission San Jose. Moreland detailed he music they’ll be singing:

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Texas Water
10:14 am
Mon March 3, 2014

The Link Between Long-Term Water Needs And San Antonio's Economic Future

Lingering drought conditions have city leaders considering long-term water needs. Medina Lake on Jan. 31, 2013, a victim of continued drought conditions.
Flickr user jwhippy cc

San Antonio Water System officials are in talks to find a supply of water in addition to the Edwards Aquifer to meet growth demands over the next few decades.

The San Antonio Chamber of Commerce has joined the discussion with a new study, the Impact of Potential Water Shortages on San Antonio’s Economy, which illustrates the link between long-term water needs and San Antonio’s economy.

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Republican Party
9:39 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Dallas In The Running To Host 2016 Republican National Convention

Republican Party of Texas

Republican Party of Texas Chairman Steve Munisteri said Dallas has a very good chance of being selected to host the 2016 Republican National Convention.

Munisteri is on the RNC’s commission, which doesn’t pick the site but helps develop the criteria to make a recommendation. He said hosting 2016 RNC benefits Texas in several ways:

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Drug Policy
3:13 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Marijuana Advocacy Group Banks On Changing Attitudes In Texas

Sundar1 Wikimedia Commons

A poll released this week by the University of Texas shows 49-percent of Texans support making possession of  marijuana legal, and it’s these statistics -- along with a shift in attitudes amongst elected officials -- that has caused one of the nation's most powerful marijuana advocacy groups to set up shop in Austin.

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Fronteras
2:09 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Central American Children Look North To Flee Violence & Find Their Mothers

Photo courtesy Sonia Nazario

Fronteras: Some Maricopa County sheriff’s deputies in Arizona have agreed to go through a round of cultural training to help curb tensions with indigenous and Latino residents. Some members of San Diego's LGBT community are not embracing a new ad by Republican congressional candidate Carl DeMaio, who is gay. Authorities are seeing a huge increase in Central American asylum-seekers at the nation's borders. Also, a conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning author and journalist Sonia Nazario about the surge in immigrants from Central America.

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Affordable Care Act
1:28 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

HHS Sec. Sebelius Stops In San Antonio To Push Affordable Care Act Enrollment

Bexar Co. Judge Nelson Wolff joins U.S. HHS Sec. Kathleen Sebelius at Bibliotech on her push to sign up more Texans for health care under the Affordable Care Act.
Eileen Pace TPR News

U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius made a tour through San Antonio Friday to encourage more people to enroll in health coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

Sebelius joined Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff on a final push before the March 31 open enrollment deadline to talk about health care and offer examples of people who are satisfied with the Affordable Care Act program.

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Arts & Culture
1:19 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Documentary Tells Chilling Story Of Race & Education In South Texas

Institute of Texan Cultures

A new documentary called "Stolen Education" reveals a little-known South Texas story.  It all started in the town of Driscoll. It was 1956 and a school there was doing something odd -- and illegal.

“They were placing children with Spanish surnames automatically into three years of first-grade track," explained Enrique Alemán, Executive Producer of the documentary.  “They called it a beginner, low and high first grade. Parents found out about that and contacted Dr. Hector P. Garcia, founder of the American GI Forum.”

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Texas Matters
12:26 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Looking Back At This Week's Same-Sex Marriage Ruling In Texas

Same-sex marriage activists, including Carlos Soto, holding a flag, gathered in front of the Bexar County Courthouse Wednesday night after the ruling.
Joey Palacios TPR News

Texas Matters: We recap the ruling and reaction in the case challenging Texas' ban on same-sex marriage and a look at the history behind the ban. Also on this show: A new UT/Texas Tribune poll shows how the state is changing. What do outsiders think of Texas politics? Groups push Gov. Perry to regulate stun guns in schools. And how the cold is affecting sea turtles on Padre Island.

Ruling comes down in Texas same-sex marriage case

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Arts & Culture
10:56 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Broadway's "Wicked" Takes Over The Majestic In March

Kathy Fitzgerald as Madame Morrible.
Joan Marcus

The touring version of smash Broadway hit "Wicked" is playing the Majestic Theater in March. I caught up with one of its stars, Kathy Fitzgerald, who plays Madame Morrible in the Broadway touring company..

Her role is a decidedly evil one.

“Yeah, I’m not nice," Fitzgerald said. "I’m not nice."

In researching the story I read up on exactly what the play was about. It has got a rather twisted premise: That iconic American film "The Wizard of OZ" didn't do everyone justice.

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Higher Education
10:24 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Texas State Program Helps Children Of Custodial Workers Attain Educational Goals

Texas State University-San Marcos.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

Texas State University has launched a new program to help the children of Central Texas janitors and custodial workers go to college. The outreach effort seeks to empower parents with knowledge of childhood milestones that prepare young students for college. 

The university’s P-16 initiative targets low-income families in Central Texas to educate children from pre-K through four years of college. 

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