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Texas Legislature
12:34 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Will Texas Allow Liquor Sales On Sundays?

Grocery stores cannot sell alcoholic beverages before noon on Sundays, the proposed bill would allow liquor stores the same privilege.
Chris Eudaily TPR

A bill filed by State Rep. Senfronia Thompson (D) of Houston would allow liquor stores to join its supermarket brethren in allowing alcohol sales after 12 p.m. Liquor stores across Texas must lock their doors on Sundays, and grocery stores cannot sell alcohol before noon.

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KPAC blog: The Piano
12:09 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

A Tsunami Of Talent At The International Piano Competition

Bach dares you to play ALL the notes
Wikipedia

A wave of great young pianists crashes into the Alamo City every three years to compete in the San Antonio International Piano Competition. Last October 11, aspiring artists arrived and prepared themselves to impress the judges at the usual venue - the Ruth Taylor recital hall. Luckily for all of us it was all recorded by John Coker.

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Keep Downtown Warm
11:41 am
Fri January 18, 2013

‘Keep Downtown Warm’ Donation Drive Unites Businesses

Lesa Ammann, Owner of Club Sirius, and Heather Monroe, the Bike Waiter owner, pose infront of several blankets that were dopped off the to the bar on Thursday
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

During the cold months of January and February, five downtown bars and businesses are trying to keep the homeless of San Antonio warm with a collective donation drive through their shop fronts.

Overnight temperatures in San Antonio have dipped into the 30s in recent days. That concerns Lesa Ammann, the owner of Club Sirius on Losoya Street, who sees the homeless of San Antonio with nowhere to go.

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City Government
10:42 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Castro Installs LGBT Liaison At City Hall

Adam Greenup, the Mayor's Senior Policy Advisor, has been appointed to be the point of contact for the gay community.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

Mayor Julián Castro has appointed an LGBT Liaison as a way to reach out to San Antonio’s gay, lesbian and transgendered community on social issues when city council and government is concerned.

Many major cities in the U.S. like New York, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia have a liaison to the gay and lesbian community installed in either their local government or police departments.

The San Antonio Police Department already has a LGBT liaison, and now there is one in City Hall.

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Community Giving
9:36 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Food Bank Sees Fewer Donations After Holidays

San Antonio Food Bank

As the New Year moves forward and the holiday season becomes a memory, some charities in San Antonio are seeing a slump in donations. With constant demand for its services, one that feels the effects the most is the San Antonio Food Bank.

From around Thanksgiving through December, the food bank receives the standard uptick in donations. But San Antonio Food Bank President Eric Cooper said that once January hits the number of donations and volunteer hours provided drop, a trend that he equates to purchasing toys at Christmas.

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San Antonio Books
9:16 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Nine Lives: Recycling Books, Movies & Music

Jazz (in green) helps a customer on the phone while customer Ed Sollers browses through the shelves.
Chris Eudaily TPR

When you bring in your used books, movies and music to sell at Nine Lives Books they won't give you cash.

What they give you instead is store credit, credit that Manager Suzanne Farnsworth says is "rather generous" compared to what you might get in cash from a bigger used book store of a similar model.

What this does, she said, is to ensure that the people who come into her store are people who love to read or watch movies themselves, and not just people looking to get rid of boxes of books simply because they are taking up space on their floor or in their garage.

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Flood Control
3:21 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

HALT! Before Driving Through Low-Water Crossings

Bexar Co. Judge Nelson Wolff introduces HALT system on Shepherd Rd. in S. Bexar Co.

Bexar County has unveiled a new electronic warning system for flash flood protection on rural roads.  The new High-water Alert Lifesaving Technology (HALT) crossing guard system will protect drivers at 52 low-water crossings.

HALT is Bexar County’s latest investment to protect drivers from drowning.

Shepherd Road is a dark, two-lane passage that transports thousands more drivers than it was built to accommodate. It passes over creekbeds more than once, and during a hard rain the straight, fast road has been deadly.

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Classical Spotlight
3:08 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Brahms & Beyond Offers Romance And Rarities With Timothy Jones

Pianist Brent Watkins rehearses with Musical Offerings led by Akiko Fujimoto
John Clare / Texas Public Radio

From Dvorak to Schoenberg, music by and influences of Johannes Brahms on the BrahmsSA Festival opening concert 

Musical Offerings is proud to present the first concert of the 2013 BrahmsFest SA. Their program includes Dohnanyi, Brahms, Dvorak, and Schoenberg.  

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Classical Spotlight
1:29 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Masterclass Clowns (Video): Igudesman And Joo Stop In San Antonio

Igudesman & Joo.
Julia Wesely

They have had over 14 million views on YouTube, John Malkovitch has appeared on stage and film with them, and Maestro Bernard Haitink loves them. Igudesman and Joo have been performing since they met in music school.

"We call ourselves more eclectic: many different styles that don't seem to fit together. Somehow fabulously do fit together, and at the same time, combined with theater and comedy, it's a special combination."

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Fronteras Desk
1:08 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Mexico Re-Making Its Centuries-Old Tradition Of Midwifery

Infants like this baby girl used to be born at home to traditional midwives. Today most babies in Mexico are born in hospitals.
Mónica Ortiz Uribe Fronteras

Fronteras: Some are asking President Obama to hire more Latinos in his second term. Proponents are planning to reintroduce the Violence Against Women Act, which died in the House last session. Immigrant driver's licenses are a hot topic in New Mexico, and we look at how Mexico is re-making its centuries-old tradition of midwifery.

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