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World Music
4:34 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Yasmine Hamdan, "Ya Nass"

Crammed Discs Records

I first heard the haunting voice of Lebanese singer Yasmine Hamdan on a track called “Lili s’en fout,” from a CD released by Toufic Farroukh. Her captivating vocals added a whole new dimension to the song.

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Environment
3:13 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

For The First Time In Decades, Comal Springs Is Dry

Comal Springs.
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The Comal Springs feed the Comal River, and people usually come to see and take pictures of the springs that bubble up at the edge of Landa Park just below Panther Canyon in New Braunfels, but New Braunfels Utilities spokeswoman Gretchen Reuwer said that spring is no longer visible.

"This is one of those visual impacts of the drought," Reuwer said.

The springs have not dried up to this extent for many years, at least since the mid-80s, and before that not since the 1950s.

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Texas Supreme Court
1:56 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Chief Justice Jefferson Announces Resignation From Texas Supreme Court

Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson (seated in middle) has announced his resignation from the state's high court.
State of Texas

Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson, who lives in San Antonio, plans to step down from his position this Fall. Jefferson is the first African-American to serve as the State of Texas’ top judge. 

Jefferson has held the spot for the last 12 years and said he is leaving his post Oct. 1. He said his decision centered on family and finances:

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83rd Legislature
12:45 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

It's September, And Over 600 New Laws Are Now In Effect

Eileen Pace TPR News

Of the over 1,500 bills signed into law from the regular legislative session, 659 take effect this month and run a wide variety of subject matter.

Here are a few that are noteworthy:

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Arts & Culture
11:21 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Beloved Institute Of Texan Cultures Planning For The Future

Hundreds of thousands of people visit ITC each year.
Expedia

For many San Antonians, there are certain places that immediately bring back the past.

That’s exactly what Angelica Docog, the new director of the Institute of Texan Cultures, is hoping to change.

“I think many people still think of us as a beloved icon, which we are, which we love, which we love being,” she said. “However, I think to some of the challenges we have is -- as you know, ITC was created in 1968 and many people still have that image of us of being stuck, for lack of a better term, in 1968."

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The Source - September 3, 2013
10:38 am
Tue September 3, 2013

The Source: The Future Of The Book

The Twig Book Shop at the Pearl.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

In the first segment: 

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Education
9:09 am
Tue September 3, 2013

New UTHSC Leadership Hopes To Move Aging Studies Into Clinical Trials

Dr. Nicolas Musi.
Barshop Institute

The UT Health Science Center has a new leader for its studies on aging. Dr. Nicolas Musi was recently named as director for the Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies and said he plans to encourage research to move into clinical studies.

Musi said he wants to create a comprehensive program that moves the research from the lab to the bedside. One area he’s eager to study on human subjects is exercise interventions.

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Environment
5:10 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

What Does Your Texas Drought Look Like?

    

A Texas senator is encouraging people to take pictures of the ongoing drought in the Lone Star State.

As drought conditions persist across the state, Senator Judith Zaffirini has started a statewide photography campaign called “What does your Texas drought look like?”  She’s inviting Texans to contribute their photographs of the drought’s impact.

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Government
4:35 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Castro Promotes "Infrastructure Of Opportunity" At Town Halls

Congressman Joaquín Castro speaks to constituents on San Antonio's West Side Aug. 29 2013
Eileen Pace TPR News

Congressman Joaquín Castro has been making the rounds in San Antonio this week while Congress is on recess. The congressman is talking about providing Americans with opportunities for success.

On Thursday he spoke to San Antonio business leaders about building an infrastructure of opportunity -- a term he coined before he ever got to Capitol Hill.

Castro favors a government that aligns itself to enable individuals to be successful. He spoke of his meeting earlier this week with small business owners who got help through the Small Business Development Center at UTSA.

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Syrian Civil War
2:12 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Doggett Wants Obama To Get Congressional Approval Before Any Action In Syria

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San Antonio Congressman Lloyd Doggett is splitting with President Obama on what could soon be the bombing of Syria.

Doggett is a democrat party loyalist and was outspoken over President George W. Bush’s drive to invade Iraq without United Nation’s approval.

Now that Obama, a fellow Democrat, is in the White House, he said his views have not changed and Obama must get approval from Congress before using military force against Syria.

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