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Alternate Routes
8:33 am
Wed December 5, 2012

Dublin Drag Orchestra by Way of Alternate Routes

Viva Frida!
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Thanks to my Facebook friend Lauri Pearson for setting me up for today's Alternate Routes. Lauri is a real listener, a true fanatic of music who does the mid-day shift at Magic 105.3 FM. Although she and I do most of our listening within different genres (there's more overlap than most might imagine), Lauri's observations about music are almost always spot on.

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Texas Legislature
4:34 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Villarreal Files Bill To Prohibit Sexual Orientation Job Discrimination

Texas State Capitol in Austin.
Wikipedia Commons

Democratic State Rep. Mike Villarreal filed legislation HB 238, which if passed would amend the Texas Labor Code to provide equal employment protections for gay and transgender employees.

"My question is," said Villareal: "Is this person showing up on time and doing their job? If they are, then they should be treated no differently than anybody else. Unfortunately, the LBGT community doesn't have the same protections in the state of Texas that they enjoy in other states."

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City Infrastructure
2:56 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

San Antonio's Growing Pains: Road Repairs Part Of Progress

Barricades are set up along parts of Blanco Road under construction
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Construction is a constant obstacle in an old and growing city, as city leaders identify decaying streets, sidewalks and other infrastructure in need of repair through bond projects.

One of the areas in need of attention is Blanco Road. Phase one of a project includes Hildebrand to Fresno and El Monte to Olmos Creek; work still leftover from the city’s 2007 bond project.

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Texas News Roundup
1:35 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

What's Happening Across The State: News From Texas NPR Affilitates

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Take a quick look at some of the top stories from across Texas, from phony Salvation Army bell ringers in Austin to a formal border crossing opening inside Big Bend National Park, and more...

From High Plains Public Radio in Amarillo and the Panhandle:

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10:58 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Dallas' DART Raises Rates - Vía Metropolitan Transit Considers Same

Lead in text: 
Vía is considering a 10 cent rate hike for a regular bus fare, which would amount to a $5 increase for a full-fare monthly pass. Currently, a regular bus fare costs $1.10 and a full-fare monthly pass is $30; In Dallas, the regular fares for DART (Dallas Area Rapid Transit) just jumped from $1.75 to $2.50. The public meeting for Vía in San Antonio is Monday, Dec. 10 at 6 p.m. in the Vía Metro Center, 1021 San Pedro. For more info go online to: www.viainfo.net/Communications/CommunicationsMain.aspx
Dallas Area Rapid Transit bus and rail fares rose Monday for most riders. Passengers didn't necessarily like it, but accepted the hike. At DART's busy West
Travel With A Purpose
9:55 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Discovering America, One Breakfast At A Time

Courtney Dillard and Matt Webber, right, talk to queer activist John Dean during their "Breakfast with Strangers" stop in San Antonio
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

When Courtney Dillard and Matt Webber got married, they hit the road to visit cafes across America. The couple wanted to share their first meal of the day with 50 strangers, as a way to celebrate their marriage and set the standard for the type of lives they want to lead.

They call their trek, “Breakfast with Strangers”

“We were a little worried about the domestic nature of getting married and we didn’t want to narrow our lives too much; we wanted to do something different,” said 41-year-old Dillard, a college professor in Portland, Ore.

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World Music Picks
9:13 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Mexican Songstress Carla Morrison Wins Latin Grammy For 'Déjenme Llorar'

Despite her English name, Carla Morrison is Mexican. Her father, Hilario Viera, ran away from Durango, Mexico as a young man and ended up  in San Diego. Hilario was adopted by William Morrison, who in turn gave him his new surname.

Years later, Hilario returned to Mexico and married Porfiria Flores in Tecate where Carla was born. She received a high school education in Phoenix and pursued music studies at the University of Arizona. It wasn't until she reached high school that anyone realized she could sing, as she was extremely shy as a girl.

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Community Giving
5:31 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Making Life A Little Easier For Children With A Chronic Condition

Six-year-old Daniel Adair is a little overwhelmed by all Avengers action figures stacked in front of him.
Chris Eudaily Texas Public Radio

Children who are born with chronic illnesses like heart disease go through life visiting doctors and other specialists, and for these children and their families, day to day life can be draining.

Six-year-old Daniel Adair was born with congenital heart disease, a condition he will live with for the rest of his life. With the help of cardiologists and additional surgeries, Daniel will live a long fulfilling life, but this isn't the case for everyone.

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Classical Spotlight
2:36 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Conspirare Christmas Brings Eclectic Mix To San Antonio

Craig Hella Johnson
Conspirare

Craig Hella Johnson returns with Company of Voices to Laurel Heights

Craig Hella Johnson adds new flavor to Conspirare’s annual collage of music and poetry,  mixed to "contemplate and celebrate," with music such as Felix Mendelssohn to Mos Def, and Leonard Bernstein to Leonard Cohen! Favorites from Richard Rogers and Eric Whitacre are also on tap.

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Classical Spotlight
12:33 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Camerata San Antonio Recital Features Co-Founder Emily Watkins-Freudigman

Freudigman plays with True at a private residence
Joseph Murgo

Violist is joined by Carolyn True in romantic favorites

Each season, Camerata San Antonio features one player in concert for the "Camerata Recital." This year will be the first for co-founder  Emily Watkins-Freudigman, who will play music by Benjamin Britten, Darius Milhaud, Robert Schumann, and Sergei Prokofiev.

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