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2014 Election
9:44 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Texas Republicans Will Decide On Guest Worker Inclusion At June Convention

Credit Republican Party of Texas

Now that the Republican Party of Texas has formed it’s ticket for the fall elections the party is looking toward their convention in June, which is where they will decide on a platform.

State Sen. Dan Patrick, the Republican nominee for lieutenant governor, and other highly influential groups like the Texas Eagle Forum have said they support removing a guest-worker program from the platform. But the inclusion of a guest-worker program has the support of major business groups and party chairman Steve Munisteri.

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Arts & Culture
3:04 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Carmen Tafolla On Maya Angelou's Passing And Art

Carmen Tafolla.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

Poet Maya Angelou died Wednesday morning, and who better for perspective on her passing than former San Antonio Poet Laureate Carmen Tafolla.

"With the passing of Maya Angelou we have lost not just a great literary voice, but a courageous voice in defense of humanity." Tafolla said.

Here's an excerpt of the Paul Laurence Dunbar poem "Sympathy," which is perhaps Angelou's most apt metaphor and serves as the title of her autobiography:

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Bexar County Commissioner
1:56 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Calvert & Wilson Win Party Nominations For Precinct 4 Commissioners Court

Tommy Calvert gives his acceptance speech for the Democratic nomination.
Joey Palacios TPR News

The race for the Precinct 4 Bexar County Commissioners Court seat is now narrowed down to two people:  Kirby Mayor Tim Wilson and KROV-FM General Manager Tommy Calvert.

Wilson held a small lead over Windcrest Mayor Alan Baxter with the early voting results and kept that narrow margin to the end, winning the Republican spot with just under 52 percent of the vote. Wilson said if he is elected during the mid-term election, his first move would be the elimination of projects like the streetcar system.

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2014 Election
1:47 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

With Republican Lt. Gov. Runoff Settled, Van De Putte Takes Aim At Patrick

Van De Putte at her campaign announcement in November 2013.
Credit Ryan Loyd / TPR News

Leticia Van De Putte, the Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor, wasted no time pointing out the differences between herself and Dan Patrick, her Republican opponent on the November ballot.   

Van De Putte pointed to Patrick’s use of campaign rhetoric and hot button issues to build an audience in his runoff against incumbent Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst.

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Agriculture
1:11 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Olive Oil Is Far From Being The Next Boom In Texas, But The Industry Is Growing

Vineyards at Bella Vista Ranch in Wimberley.
Ryan E. Poppe TPR News

In the last five years the number of olive trees in Texas has increased rapidly, but even with tremendous growth several farmers say it’s not enough to call it the next oil boom.

Jim Henry, a pioneer in farming olives and founder of the Texas Olive Oil Council, said in the mid-1990s there were only a handful of trees, but in 2010 that number jumped to over 800,000. Today, Henry said, there are just over a million olive trees in Texas, which in 2013 produced an estimated 30,000-40,000 gallons of oil.

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The Source - May 28, 2014
1:07 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

The Source: City Could Eliminate South Flores Bike Lanes

Cyclists arrive at Merrill Elementary for final public meeting on S. Flores lane changes.
Credit Paul Flahive, Texas Public Radio

Neighborhoods across San Antonio are asking for bike lanes to be put onto their roads, but not one community on the South Side.

After the city changed the traffic pattern of South Flores from Theo/Malone to SE Military Drive from four lanes, two each direction, to two lanes with bike lanes, many area residents were upset. The changes were made last year.

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Military & Arts
9:07 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Museums Offer Free Admission For Military Families This Summer

Jesse Treviño's mural at Casa Navarro in downtown San Antonio is featured in this year's Blue Star Museums program for active duty military members and their families.
Credit Eileen Pace / TPR News

It's the fifth year for the Blue Star Museums Program, the National Endowment for the Arts' collaboration with the Department of Defense and Blue Star Families. 

Ninety-nine museums in Texas are part of the 2014 program. This year’s program kicked off at the San Antonio Museum of Art last week. 

It's a way for the NEA to honor the nation’s military members by making it easier for them to take their families on a tour of museums across the country this summer.

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Arts & Culture
12:59 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Texas Children's Choir Heads To France For D-Day Commemoration

Texas Children's Choir.
Trish Neil

The Texas Children’s Choir has a series of performances coming up. Those performances aren't so much the news — it’s where those performances are that make them a big deal.

"Normandy, France, and Paris," said Thomas Hardaway, who founded the 52-voice choir based in San Antonio. Hardaway said he is taking them to France for a reason:

“The commemoration of the D-Day landings at Normandy, France," he said.

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2014 Election
12:38 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Tea Party Influence May Dissipate In General Election

Credit Chris Eudaily / TPR News

The Texas Republican primary and runoff elections have been dominated by tea party values, but once the votes are in and a full Republican ticket is formed, will candidates move back to the center?  

Without even looking at the runoff election returns, Professor Mark P. Jones, who heads up the political science department at Rice University in Houston, said the tea party is already a winner in Texas.

"The tea party issues have really defined the terms of this campaign," Jones said.

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The Source - May 27,2014
11:56 am
Tue May 27, 2014

The Source: San Antonio On The Screen, But Filmed Elsewhere

Television shows like NBC's "The Night Shift" are set in San Antonio, but filmed in New Mexico.
NBC

The new NBC drama "The Night Shift" starts tonight and is set in San Antonio, but the show itself is filmed in Albuquerque. A new movie, "The Texas Way," stars Reese Witherspoon as a San Antonio Police officer. It was filmed in New Orleans. 

Like the middle child of Texas, San Antonio welcomes the attention, but why are we watching those productions, and the hundreds of thousands of dollars that would have come along with them, walk out the door? 

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