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Texas Matters
1:44 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Ted Nugent, Opposition Research & The Race For Railroad Commissioner

What could be better than the two frontrunners for governor attacking each other? Add outspoken rocker Ted Nugent to the mix.
Ryan Poppe/David Martin Davies TPR News

Texas Matters: The addition of rocker/conservative-activist Ted Nugent to the campaigning in the race for governor only served to add fuel to an already blazing fire. More on opposition research and it's role in modern campaigning, and how hydraulic fracking in North Texas could play a role in the race for railroad commissioner. Also on this show: Air quality in the Eagle Ford Shale, and a look at the next generation of Texas oil field workers.

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2014 Primary Election
12:33 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

In Attorney General Race, Many Voters Are Still Undecided

David Martin Davies TPR News

An internal poll put out by Dan Branch’s campaign for attorney general found 40 percent of those surveyed were undecided.

And that has political experts like Professor Cal Jilson, who teaches political science at Southern Methodist University, pointing to the fact that many voters don’t know the candidates in the race.

"The AG is the third most important statewide office and at that level voters start thinking, 'You know, I don’t really know these guys.' And if they recognize the names they don’t have any details behind that," Jilson said.

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Arts & Culture
10:01 am
Fri February 21, 2014

The Playhouse Finishes Season With 'Funny Girl' And 'Tommy'

Funny Girl
courtesy The Playhouse

This week I caught up with The Playhouse’s Asia Ciaravino for an overview of the remaining season, and a peek at the fall. By any measure it’s been a wild year for The Playhouse. After last May’s damaging spring thunderstorm, they’ve managed to fix the theater, then pull off an ambitious winter schedule in both of their theaters. Now comes their spring and summer schedule.

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Bexar County
5:12 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Grand Jury Indicts Bexar County Deputy On Murder Charge

38-year-old Anthony Thomas was a 16-year veteran of the Bexar Co. Sheriff's Office when he was indicted on charges of murder Thursday
Credit BCSO

A Bexar County Sheriff’s deputy has been indicted on charges of murder in a case involving an off-duty deputy who allegedly shot and killed another driver on North Loop 1604 last summer.

A Bexar County grand jury Thursday returned the indictment for first degree murder against 38-year-old Anthony Thomas in the shooting death of 29-year-old Mathew Jackson.

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Women's Health Care
4:42 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Groups Question Progress Of Women’s Health Care In Texas

The state capitol was once again the scene of crowds sounding off about women's health.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

The subject of women’s health care once again drew a crowd to the state capitol at the same time some lawmakers touted the progress made by the stated-funded Texas Women’s Healthcare Fund.

State Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Dallas, who chairs the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services, said  women’s health care in Texas is funded at record levels, serving more women than it ever has.

"Last session the Legislature prioritized women’s health and provided an additional $240 million to reach an additional 170,000 women," Nelson said.

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Arts & Culture
3:54 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Sacred Harp Singers Bring A "Primal Sound" To San Antonio

Dan Brittain leads Sacred Harp singers at Coker United Methodist Church.
Mike Hinton

This weekend hundreds of singers will gather in San Antonio, but what they sing isn’t common. So much so that I had to look up Sacred Harp singing to be sure of what it was. After doing so, I caught up with a pair of its practitioners in a noisy Portland Oregon train station.

"It’s an old southern hymn tradition that’s still alive, and in the last 10 or 20 years has broken out of the south and taken root worldwide," said John Berendzen.

Jessica Beer describes it this way:

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Child Health Services
3:40 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Texas Lawmakers Looking At Fixes For Foster Care System, Case Tracking

State of Texas

Members of the Texas Senate Committee on Health and Human Services are aiming to improve the state’s foster care system -- this week’s discussion comes on the heels of a report that startled lawmakers.

In last three years, according to a report, the state investigated 804 child fatalities -- ten of which involved children in foster care and 23 percent of which were open cases that had some type of abuse reported.

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City Government
2:57 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

City Council Considers Brodcasting B Sessions For Better Public Access

City of San Antonio

Most people who work are unable to make the trek to City Hall to watch city council in action for themselves.

That's why the council's main Thursday A sessions, where votes take place, can be seen on TVSA online or on certain cable providers, including Time Warner channel 21, Grande channel 20, and AT&T U-Verse channel 99.

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City Government
1:30 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

City Council Trying To Find Balance In Police & Fire Benefit Recommendations

Members from the police and fire departments lined the plaza outside City Hall to let council members know how they feel about their benefits.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

San Antonio police officers and firefighters used time off of from their shifts Wednesday to fill the seats inside City Hall to hear recommendations by a task force appointed to study healthcare and retirement benefits.

That task force met a total of eight times, beginning last October. Members like chairman Reed Williams, a former city councilman, City Manager Sheryl Sculley, business leader and pension expert Sam Dawson, and firefighter Lt. Jerry Cortes looked at the city's general fund revenues versus the cost of running the public safety departments.

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Arts & Culture
1:14 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Urban 15 Wants You To Help Shed Light With "Farolitos" Dance Group

Farolito dancer.
Cheryl Beck

“Urban 15 is a music and dance ensemble and training center here in San Antonio. You might think that we’re San Antonio’s ambassadors of rhythm and motion," said Urban-15 Music Director George Cisneros.

The group is known for its public performances in parades. Their pounding drums, wild costumes and rhythmic dancing have been seen in San Antonio since 1974.

But now something new is brewing and Urban-15 is looking for a few good men, and women.

"It’s open to people who are in shape, and like to move," said Cisneros.

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