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11:45 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Step Afrika Bring Their "Highly Energetic" Dance Form To The Carver

You may not have heard of the dance form called “stepping,” but don't feel bad. I didn't! Here's a description:

"A lot of people describe it as highly energetic and powerful movement. And rhythmic chants often accompany the steps as well. It’s really celebrated all around the world, but a lot of Americans don’t know about," said C. Bryan Williams about the foot-pounding, knee slapping moves that he helped bring to the fore in the group he’s created, Step Afrika.

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Military Scams
10:02 am
Fri May 23, 2014

BBB Warns Of Memorial Day Scams Targeting Military

Military ceremony at Fort Sam Houston, Texas
Credit Eileen Pace

Ads for sales and special events can grab our attention around Memorial Day, and the Better Business Bureau says scammers know this too.

Some of these scams are targeting military personnel and veterans.

The BBB warns of the following scams that are directed at service members:

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Texas Voter ID
2:40 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

House Lawmakers Debate Online Voter Registration

Credit Ryan Poppe / TPR News

A committee of House lawmakers heard the reasons why the state of Texas would be better served with an online voter registration system, but some groups remain skeptical about the possibility of voter fraud.

As of April, 19 states offer online voter registration. Last legislative session Texas came very close to passing their own version but it was not added the calendar for a final vote. In this period between sessions, lawmakers are re-considering the same thing.  

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The Source - May 22, 2014
1:03 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

The Source: Tea Party Strength At The Polls

WFAA and the Texas Tribune

With tea party-backed candidates losing big races in Kentucky with Sen. Mitch McConnell and in North Carolina with Thom Tillis, as well as less well-known races in Oregon and Georgia, is the national tea party movement in decline?

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BP Oil Spill
12:46 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Three Years After Oil Spill, Lawmakers Learn About $5 Million BP Gave To Governor's Office

Day 30 of Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, 2010. Image link: http://bit.ly/1vN7BBL
Credit Green Fire Productions via Flickr / cc

Typically, money slated for the state budget is handled by the Legislature.

But yesterday the Texas House Appropriations and Natural Resources Committee found out about $5 million paid to the state of Texas by British Petroleum following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

The BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico happened in April 2010, and in September of that same year the governor’s office received $5 million from BP without informing the Legislature of the funds. 

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Arts & Culture
11:46 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Kerrville Folk Festival Kicks Off Without Founder Rod Kennedy

Rod Kennedy (far left holding cane) on stage at the Kerrville Folk Festival.
Credit Merri Lu Park

The Kerrville Folk Festival is one of the biggest and longest-running folk festivals in the nation and Dalis Allen has been there for most of them.

"It’s really more than a festival; it’s a phenomenon," Allen said.

Allen produces the festival at the Quiet Valley Ranch, where extensive campgrounds allow people to pitch tents and play their own campfire music after the night’s stage performances are done.

“It’s so much more than just sitting and listening to music," said Allen. "It’s quite a community in and of itself.”

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TPR Events & Initiatives
11:44 am
Thu May 22, 2014

June 5: Enjoy A Gallery Stroll In Ingram

Credit Old Ingram Loop - Facebook

 

Ingram, Texas, is not only KTXI's city of license, but it's home to a charming stretch of arts and craft galleries along the Old Ingram Loop, near Johnson Creek and the Guadalupe River. On Thursday, June 5, twelve galleries will open their doors to TPR members. You'll be able to leisurely browse the works on display, and meet the artists in person.

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The Source - May 22, 2014
11:19 am
Thu May 22, 2014

The Source: Pedestrian Deaths Raise Questions Of Street Safety

New York City Department of Transportation cc

A new report out from the National Complete Streets Coalition highlights nearly 50,000 walking deaths in 10 years with hundreds of thousands injured. The report titled Dangerous By Design 2014 lists San Antonio as 18th most dangerous city to walk in. 

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City Ordinances
11:12 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Concerns Arise Over Possible Insurance Gap For Ride-Share Drivers

Ride-share drivers for Lyft use large pink mustaches to identify their vehicles.
Credit Ryan Loyd / TPR News

Ride-sharing company Lyft said it has passengers covered in the event of an accident. But some believe the drivers are stuck in an insurance gap that's putting them at risk.

When Lyft began its operations in San Antonio several months ago, Terri Richardson hopped on the band wagon as a driver.

She feels safe, and believes Lyft's got her covered if anything goes wrong.

"I think Lyft is a good company. They stand behind their people," Richardson said.

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The Source - May 21, 2014
2:14 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

The Source: "Coming Back" Brings Viewers Into Homes of Transitioning Soldiers

U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Ken Scar, 7th MPAD

  49 percent of surveyed veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan described re-entering their civilian lives as somewhat or very difficult. From physical and emotional issues to maintaining relationships to getting a civilian job, there are many challenges that face the returning soldier.

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