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Steve Jurvetson / CC

VAN HORN, Texas — A private space company founded by Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos has launched an unmanned spaceship in its first test flight, the latest development in the commercial space race.

Bezos said in a statement the New Shepard capsule reached 58 miles high and parachuted to a landing in the west Texas desert. The rocket booster developed a pressure problem and couldn’t be recovered.

Bezos’ Blue Origin, which is vying to send people on suborbital trips, tends to be secretive but released video and photos of the flight.

Its website says New Shepard, which can carry at least three people, aims to eventually fly over 62 miles above Earth, the recognized boundary of space.

This weekend, San Antonio native Nancy Zhou returns to South Texas, and David Mairs, the music director of the Mid-Texas Symphony, couldn’t be happier about it.

“Am I blessed, or what?” he exclaims with a smile.

Zhou began studying violin at an early age under her father, Long Zhou. After graduating from Keystone School, she continued her studies at Harvard University and the New England Conservatory. Now 22, her concert appearances have taken her around the globe, but she’s not jaded. Mairs says that’s something he has enjoyed when working with younger performers.

“With young soloists, it’s rare to see anybody young who’s doing well come in with that attitude of, ‘Well, this is my 52nd Tchaikovsky violin concerto. I’ll do it, where’s the check?’ There’s a freshness [with young performers]. Everybody benefits from that!”

Mairs has enjoyed a long relationship with Zhou, dating back to when she was an eight-year-old violinist with the Youth Orchestras of San Antonio.

“She could play well, but she had the attention span sometimes… of an eight-year old!” he recalls.

Chris Eudaily / Texas Public Radio

Texas Public Radio today announced that award-winning journalist Eileen Pace will be the permanent, local host for Texas Public Radio’s Morning Edition, which airs Monday through Friday from 4-9 a.m. 

Pace stepped into the position following the departure of Crystal Chavez in January.

 

“TPR was prepared to conduct a national search for Crystal’s replacement, but we realized we had the most qualified candidate here among us,” said TPR News Director Shelley Kofler.  

 

San Antonio Activists Protest In Solidarity With Baltimore

Apr 30, 2015

A group of about 40 people took to Perrin Beitel and Loop 410 on Wednesday evening, to stand with the protestors in Baltimore. Among them was SATX4 organizer Mike Lowe said: “No accountability, no justice, and today, this is what we demand,” Lowe said. There was a sizable police presence, but the police was clear that they neither anticipated any problem, nor found it.

Gas Prices Rise Nationwide, DFW Area Most Expensive In Texas

Apr 30, 2015
Courtesy AAA Texas

COPPELL, Texas — Despite gas prices being lower than they were at this time last year, nationally and statewide, Texas drivers are now paying $2.38 for a gallon of regular unleaded fuel, seven cents per gallon more than they did last week. However, it is still $1.11 less per gallon than last year, according to a report from the AAA Texas Weekend Gas Watch.

Tomorrow, May 1, is the deadline for terminals to switch over to summer-grade fuel and that, along with other major factors like seasonal maintenance at refineries and market uncertainty has contributed to the rise in prices.

While gas prices rose across Texas and other parts of the U.S., Texans are still paying 20 cents less than the national average of $2.58 per gallon.

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