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3:16 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

The Surprising Staging of the Symphony's "Rusalka"

Sebastian Lang-Lessing
San Antonio Symphony

If you’re used to going to see the symphony at the Majestic, there is the stage, and there is the audience and ne’er the twain shall meet…but not so with “Rusalka.”

“Rusalka is kind of an adult fairytale. This is rather a grand opera." 

James Robinson has traveled from St. Louis to stage “Rusalka.” As he explains, the details of the opera itself demand a lot from everyone in the production.

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2014 Election
2:50 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Political Expert Says Patterson Won Lt. Gov. Debate With "Common Sense" Answers

Republican candidate for lieutenant governor Jerry Patterson.
votepatterson.com

The Texas Democratic Party is critical of what was and wasn’t discussed during the first statewide debate between Republican candidates in the lieutenant governor’s race, but as far as who scored the highest debate points, one political expert picked an unexpected winner.

"If I had to pick a winner I would pick [Land Commissioner Jerry] Patterson because he sort of ruffled some feathers and made unexpected points," said Cal Jillson, a professor of political science at Southern Methodist University.

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Community
2:25 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

SA2020 Asks San Antonio To Make A Resolution

Aside from commitments made by local residents and community leaders, SA2020 wants San Antonians to resolve to do something for themselves and others this year to make the city better.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

For the second time leaders with SA2020 are asking San Antonio residents to make resolutions to make the city a greater place to live and work.

Nineteen local leaders are hopping on the resolution bandwagon with personal resolutions to impact their city. Mayor Julián Castro wants to make a difference with mom and pop restaurants.

"What I'm going to be doing this year is going to at least 25 new restaurants that I have never eaten at before that are small, locally owned restaurants in our city to try and support small businesses. That's my resolution," he said Tuesday.

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Community
1:35 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

San Antonio Food Bank Recognized As A Top 10 Charity

Chris Eudaily TPR News

The San Antonio Food Bank has been named one of the top 10 charities in the nation based on financial health, transparency and accountability, and results. Watchdog group Charity Navigator named it one of its "10 Top-Notch Charities."

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The Source - January 28, 2014
12:35 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

The Source: Is Texas Corrupt? | Are Massive Retail IT Breaches The New Normal?

Center for Public Integrity

In the first segment:

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell was indicted last week, former Mayor of New Orleans Ray Nagin is in court for 21 counts of corruption and Jesse Jackson jr. resigned last year, but what does Texas look like?

A report card from the Center for Public Integrity gives us a dismal D+ in terms of our risk of corruption, last month it gave us an F for our judicial financial disclosures.

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KPAC Blog
12:22 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Opera Piccola Presents 'La Curandera' At Empire Theatre

Along with the San Antonio Symphony's "Rusalka," another opera is coming. It’s called "La Curandera," and it’s got a fascinating backstory.

“La Curandera is a very special opera for us," said Opera Piccola General Director Mark Richter about the opera written by former San Antonian Robert Xavier Rodriguez. It’s modeled after Mozart’s "Bastien and Bastiene," but with a twist.

"It’s definitely Mexican culture that’s going to be in the music and on the stage," Richter said.

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2014 Election
10:32 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Republican Lieutenant Governor Candidates Mostly In Line In First Debate

KERA

Republican candidates for lieutenant governor talked about everything from abortion to marijuana during the first statewide debate, but the one area that received little attention was education funding.

The first statewide debate started with questions about a state judge's recent decision to allow a Fort Worth family to stop life support for their 23-week pregnant mother after the hospital said it conflicted with one of the state’s pro-life laws. 

Current Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples said the statue conflicts with other state laws.

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City Government
9:44 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Residents Recommend Mike Gallagher To Replace Soules In District 10

Mike Gallagher addressed the gathered crowd of North Side neighborhood groups.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Through a series of meetings and interviews, neighborhood leaders in the city's North Side District 10 have come to a conclusion on who they want to replace outgoing Councilman Carlton Soules. 

Soules, in his second term on the city council, will step down Thursday to focus on his campaign for Bexar County judge in the Republican primaries.

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Community
6:26 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Updated: San Antonio Schools Are Open Today, But Be Wary Of Freezing Rain

Chris Eudaily TPR News

Update (9:15 a.m.) Today will not be as bad as Friday but some ice and sleet is being reported in certain parts of the city. Pat McDonald, a forecaster with the National Weather Service, said some freezing rain has been reported at the airport.

The temperature is just below freezing at the moment and McDonald predicts that will not get above 32 degrees until 10 a.m. or 11 a.m. More precipitation is expected in the next couple of hours.

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New Braunfels
5:44 am
Tue January 28, 2014

New Braunfels "Can Ban" Thrown Out By Court

Comal River in New Braunfels.
Flickr user Jeff Gunn cc

The New Braunfels ordinance that bans cans and large coolers on the Comal and Guadalupe Rivers was overturned by a state judge.

The New Braunfels City Council banned cans; other disposable items, and large coolers from its rivers in 2011. Met with opposition from river outfitters, a group sued the city shortly after the council vote. A judge has indicated he will rule in favor of those outfitters.

James Ewbank, the attorney for the river outfitters, said the can ban was arbitrary:

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