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The Source - May 13, 2014
12:59 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

The Source: UT Regent Takes Another Step Toward Impeachment

Marsha Miller University of Texas

Yesterday the Texas House Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations voted 7-1 to begin impeachment of University of Texas Regent Wallace Hall.

Hall has been accused of waging a wasteful open records search for impropriety at UT-Austin in an effort to drive out President Bill Powers. The committee began its inquest into the regent nine months ago. 

This is the farthest in the impeachment process the state has ever gone with a governor-appointed official. 

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The Source - May 13, 2014
12:37 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

The Source: Public Sees Details Of Hwy. 281 Toll Roads

Washington State Dept of Transportation / http://bit.ly/RMOXdV

  Last week 350 people packed a public meeting showing the details of the expansion plans of Highway 281 north of 1604

The designs showed the addition of both toll and non-toll roads, including a segment where all additional lanes are tolled. The Stone Oak corridor of U.S. 281 North ranks 28th in the state's 100 most congested roadways, according to the Texas Department of Transportation.

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Arts & Culture
11:47 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Moody Blues Frontman Justin Hayward Coming To San Antonio

Justin Hayward.
Credit Marcus Way

One of the most successful of the post-British Invasion bands was the Moody Blues. I spoke recently to the group’s front man, Justin Hayward.

We had a really difficult time connecting and he graciously took responsibility. He’s coming to the Charline McCombs Theater later this month, but not so much as a singer in a rock 'n' roll band.

"We’re doing things new and old, based on the 'Spirits of the Western Sky' album," he said. 

"Spirits" is Hayward’s solo album. I asked Hayward to elaborate on what audiences can expect.

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Veteran Affairs
11:16 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Van De Putte Calls For Veterans Affairs Wait Time Investigation

Credit U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

On Monday, state Sen. Leticia Van De Putte, D-San Antonio, spoke out against the alleged misreporting and manipulation of wait times at U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs clinics.

A whistleblower alleges that the VA has been making veterans wait long periods of time before seeing a doctor, but recording a shorter wait time in official reports.

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NPR & Veterans
12:13 am
Tue May 13, 2014

San Antonio Iraq War Veteran Surprises NPR's David Greene

Victor Martinez (left) and David Greene.
Credit Nathan Cone / TPR

**Editor's Note: Victor Martinez has since admitted that his story is a fabrication: He did not serve in Iraq and there were no CDs sent to him. Click here for the full retraction and explanation.

Many of us start our day listening to "Morning Edition," and we depend on getting the world’s news from Steve Inskeep, Renee Montagne, and David Greene.

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KPAC Blog
3:56 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Following This Week's Performances, Choral Society Hits The Road For Euopean Shows

Credit San Antonio Choral Society / San Antonio Choral Society

The San Antonio Choral Society has a pair of performances this week.  I spoke to Jennifer Seighman, who is the group’s artistic director.

“We have two concerts this week. The first one is Tuesday at 7:30 at the Oblate School of Theology and then we’ll give a second performance on Sunday at 3 p.m. at Travis Park United Methodist Church,” Seighman said.

She said the selections they’ll be singing are specifically to highlight the human voice.

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The Source - May 12, 2014
2:02 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

The Source: Are You Your Doctor's First Concern?

Credit EdTech Stanford School of Medicine

Doctors are facing a marketplace that demands they think about many things before the patient. That's according to a new book by Dr. Jack Cochran, executive director of the Permanente Federation and author Charles Kenney called "The Doctor Crisis: How Physicians Can and Must Lead the Way to Better Health Care."

Cochran argues it has never been less fulfilling emotionally and professionally than today to be a doctor. This assumes a doctor was inspired to join the field to help people and not just to make money. 

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University of Texas
1:39 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

House Select Committee Votes To Impeach UT Regent Hall

Marsha Miller University of Texas

For the first time in Texas history, state lawmakers have voted to impeach a state official that was appointed by the governor.

On a vote of 7-1, the Texas House Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations voted to impeach UT Regent Wallace Hall. State Rep. Charles Perry, R-Lubbock, was the only vote against impeachment.

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Arts & Culture
12:51 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Vincent Valdez Artpace Exhibit Bears "Strangest Fruit"

Vincent Valdez, The Strangest Fruit, 2013
Credit Mark Menjivar

San Antonio artist Vincent Valdez has created an exhibition that, let’s face it, is a little disturbing. But then, maybe art, from time to time, should be.

It’s called "Strangest Fruit" and it’s at Artpace. It owes its concept from the Abel Meeropol poem "Strange Fruit," which was penned about seeing lynched black people hanging from trees in the South. Valdez said there's something perhaps even more unsettling than the subject for that poem.

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The Source - May 12, 2014
9:59 am
Mon May 12, 2014

The Source: School Safety Front And Center After Threats & Gun Finds

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Parents in San Antonio are worried about the safety of their children in public schools after a spate of false threats and real guns.

Last month an email threatened mass killings at an elementary school. The result was lots of absences, as parents kept kids home, and huge losses in revenues for schools, who are paid per attendance.

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