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2:20 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Conspirare Presents A Choral Pilgrimage At Laurel Heights Methodist

Conspirare Artistic Director Craig Hella Johnson.
Conspirare

Conspirare is a choral group that works out of Austin and a few times a year they make it to San Antonio. But calling them an Austin choral group though isn’t entirely accurate..

"Actually only a small number of the singers are here in Austin," said Artistic Director Craig Hella Johnson. "This is an ensemble of singers from around the country, really. Each of them is a soloist in their own right. They may be performing art songs, or operatically, or on Broadway, or in faculty positions, and yet come together and form a choir of soloists, in a sense."

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Fronteras Desk
1:56 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Drone Testing Starts In Texas

Engineers check over the RS-16 before it’s set for launch. This process can take at least an hour.
Joey Palacios TPR News

Fronteras: A university research team in Texas was one of six teams selected by the FAA to begin testing drones, but not everyone is keen on the idea. A little-known stretch of desert in southern New Mexico is the site of a proposed national monument but some fear its proximity to the border may invite illegal traffic. And a developer in Arizona embarks on an urban renewal project in a poor Phoenix barrio but how will this impact the area’s rich Latino past?

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Texas Matters
1:42 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

The Cost Of A Statewide Campaign In Texas

Ryan Poppe/David Martin Davies TPR News

Texas Matters: Wendy Davis and Greg Abbott released fundraising numbers this week, leading to a bigger conversation about the cost of campaigning in Texas, which considering the size of the state and inclusion of two of the top 10 media markets is expensive to say the least. Also on this show: Marijuana in Texas, prescription drugs from Mexico, ACA navigators and Google invests in a Texas wind farm.

Release the numbers! Campaign finance in Texas

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2014 Election
9:38 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Dewhurst Says If He Wins, It Will Be His Last Term In Office

David Dewhurst campaign

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst said at a Texas Tribune event that if he wins re-election he expects this will be his last term in any political office. He said he has unfinished business to accomplish before retiring from office.

Dewhurst said he’d like to continue to oversee how the state responds to Texas’ current economic boom.

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Movie Reviews
8:43 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Animals Behaving Badly In "The Nut Job"

"Surly" spends most of the movie looking like this.
Open Road Films

A movie stuffed with squirrels behaving badly, “The Nut Job” dilutes its kid-friendly message of working together to get things done by stuffing its cast full of fuzzy animals that are pretty mean to each other for nearly the entire length of the movie. Set in a vaguely 1940s-era urban landscape (the one thing I did enjoy), the movie opens on the denizens of a park worrying about having enough food for the winter.

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Arts & Culture
4:33 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

New UTSA Exhibit Highlights Black History And Civil Rights In America

Sanitation Workers Assembling for a Solidarity March, Memphis, March 28, 1968
Ernest C. Withers

A new exhibit opens January 22 at the UTSA main campus off Loop 1604. The exhibit is an extensive collection of race-related media, photographs, video and items from bygone eras. It’s called For All The World To See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights, and according to Associate Professor of Art History Scott Sherer, that title is significant.  

"The exhibit takes its title from the words of Mamie Till Bradley, who was the mother of Emmett Till," Sherer said.

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2014 Election
3:54 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Strategist Says Van De Putte Fundraising Is On A "Good Pace"

Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor Leticia Van De Putte in the TPR studios shortly after the filibuster of the controversial abortion bill this summer that launched Wendy Davis to fame.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

 Leticia Van De Putte’s campaign for lieutenant governor has announced they were able to raise $290,000 in the two months following her announcement.

While that number is much lower than the Republican candidates in the race, Democratic strategist Jason Stanford said it is still a good amount to raise within a two month period.

"Usually the money you raise in your first month is your easy money, from here on out it's going to get harder, but it’s a good pace to set," Stanford said.

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Bexar County
3:18 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Bexar Courthouse Enters Next Phase Of Restoration

South view of the courthouse. The Gondek addition is the modern structure on the left and abuts the original courthouse.
Eileen Pace

Demolition of the modern-day annex to the 19th century Bexar County Courthouse is proceeding with the removal of the modern-day Gondek addition in the coming weeks. 

The restoration of the Romanesque Revival-style courthouse will run about $30 million including the demolition of the annex and restoration of the exterior, along with interior improvements.

The current part of the project will tear down the 20th century Gondek addition, which was installed in two phases -- in 1962 and 1972. 

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Local History
2:27 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

San Antonio Missions World Heritage Site Bid Moves Forward Despite Congress

Mission San Jose.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

Missing from the $1.1 trillion federal spending bill that passed Congress on Wednesday was payment to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) for dues that could have paved the way for San Antonio’s Franciscan Missions to gain World Heritage Site status.

But that doesn’t automatically mean the missions will be passed over.

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KPAC Blog
1:22 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Violinist Mark Wood Comes To San Antonio For School Shows

Mark Wood
Bob Gruen

There are two concerts this weekend that are sure to pack some surprises for those attending. You may know Mark Wood as the guy who decided violins just had too stuffy an image, and who created music like this.

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