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The Source - March 10, 2014
1:41 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

The Source: Water On Mars

Image of exposed rock layers on Mars, seen by the MRO Mars High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment in the Argyre Region.
NASA cc

 Is there water on Mars?  Two new studies by the Southwest Research Institute are shedding light on what would be  a game changing discovery, flowing water. One of the studies analysis the mystery behind dark, finger-like impressions on the hills of the planet that grow longer after the planet's warm season. Authors postulate the possibility of warm air melting water below the surface that rolls downhill. 
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Texas Music
12:36 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Piñata Protest, Making A Bilingual Name For Itself

Pinata Protest
Josh Huskin

A San Antonio band is fast gathering a national following. First, you should know Piñata Protest music is a really unusual hybrid.

“We call it Tex-Mex punk rock."

Accordion player and lead singer Alvaro Del Norte puts it this way.

"Y’know, it’s a blend of all sorts of music, from all sorts of cultures, from all regions that have come to Texas. Tex-Mex plus a punk rock element.”

And this week they’re heading to south by southwest.

“Yeah, we’re doing south by southwest again this year" he said. "I think it’s our fifth time in a row.”

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The Source - March 10, 2014
10:02 am
Mon March 10, 2014

The Source: Calls To End Solitary Confinement

The Walls Unit for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Huntsville, TX
Flickr user: mlsnp cc

  In US prisons 80,000 people are held in solitary confinement every year, spending more than 22 hours completely alone. It's expensive, its effectiveness is questionable and a growing body of work shows it exacerbates mental health issues. In addition to exacerbating mental health issues already present there is substantial research showing it causes mental health problems. 
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Arts & Culture
3:49 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

At The McNay, Set Design Takes The Spotlight

Design of Tevye’s House, 2009-2010 Fiddler on the Roof National Tour
Steve and Sam Gilliam

I caught up with Steve and Sam Gilliam, a pair of artists whose work works best when you don’t notice it. Their work is being featured at the McNay Museum of Art, but it won’t hang on walls. It won’t be erected prominently in front of a major building and it won’t be sold at a Sotheby’s Auction.

The Gilliams design sets for plays -- their most memorable was "Fiddler on the Roof."

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Education
3:43 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Mayors Convene In San Antonio To Talk Pre-K, Education

From left, Mayors Michael Hancock of Denver, Kevin Johnson of Sacramento, Angel Taveras of Providence, and Julián Castro speak with Pre-K 4 SA CEO Kathy Bruck during the MEET stop in San Antonio.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Four mayors are focusing their time in office on education. Because of that, they're touring each other's cities to learn new ideas.

Former NBA star, and now the mayor of Sacramento, Kevin Johnson, walked the halls of Pre-K 4 SA's South Side model education center Friday. He told a panel consisting of San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro, Pre-K 4 SA CEO Kathy Bruck, and City Manager Sheryl Sculley, that he's jealous of San Antonio.

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City Government
3:24 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Bernal To Focus On Most Aggressive Vacant Building Plan The City Has Seen

Councilman Bernal walked through the crowd delivering his state of the center city address Friday.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

District 1 City Councilman Diego Bernal said soon the city will look at the most aggressive policy it has ever seen on empty buildings. On Friday he outlined that promise at his second State of the Center City address.

As TPR has reported, San Antonio has a downtown vacancy rate of 29 percent. That figure is 19 percent citywide, which is why Bernal said he will be introducing a bold measure to take care of empty buildings.

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Texas Politics
3:19 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Patrick-Castro Immigration Debate Set For April 15

Republican lieutenant governor candidate Dan Patrick sits outside the Alamo to call out Mayor Castro ahead of the March primary.
Dan Patrick via YouTube

Republican lieutenant governor candidate Dan Patrick’s campaign has set a date for a debate with San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro -- the campaign also leaked information about a possible statewide runoff debate in the planning stages with incumbent Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst.

Allen Blakemore, Patrick’s chief campaign strategist, said they have settled on April 15 for the debate that has caused much friction between the two elected officials.

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Texas Matters
3:11 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

What Does The March Primary Tell Us About Texas Politics Going Forward?

David Martin Davies TPR News

Texas Matters: Breaking down results from the March primary election -- there were some surprises, but for most it was just another day at the office. Also on this show: Changes at the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Tea party remains strong in Texas

Tuesday was primary day in Texas, the first in the nation and a kickoff for the 2014 election season. The two top candidates looking for party nominations for governor -- Republican Greg Abbott and Democrat Wendy Davis -- had their expected solid wins.

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Bag Bans
2:37 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Texas Lawmaker Requests Bag Ban Opinion From Attorney General Abbott

State Rep. Dan Flynn, R-Canton, says several members of the Texas Retailers Association have requested he find about the legality of some Texas city’s efforts to ban the use of plastic shopping bags.

Flynn is hoping to discover whether plastic bag bans violate sections of the state’s Health and Safety Code:

"Well it’s a health issue -- they want you to use these cloth bags that get so nasty and dirty," Flynn said. "Why in the world would government get involved in something like this? And then, of course, the retailers are getting beat up over this."

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Arts & Culture
1:36 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Dancers From Around The World Coming To San Antonio Folk Dance Festival

Komenda Ethnic Dance Ensemble.
Jane Steig Parsons

They’re coming to San Antonio soon, and they’re hoping you will join them at the San Antonio Folk Dance Festival.

“It is a gathering of people who love folk dancing, both to view it, and to do it,” said Michael “Misi” Tsurikov, one of the festival’s organizers. And he clearly has a love for folk dancing.

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