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West, Texas Relief
10:19 am
Tue June 18, 2013

Like Sex-Offender Registry, Dangerous Chemicals Website Would Pinpoint Plants

Committee hearing on West fertilizer investigation at the beginning of May.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

Rep. Joe Pickett, D-El Paso, who is the chairman of the House Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee, has asked that the State Marshall’s Office and Department of Public Safety work together to compile a website where people can identify dangerous chemical sites.

Col. Steve McCraw, who is with the Department of Public Safety, said currently there are 129 chemical plants in Texas that house dangerous chemicals, two just like the one in West.

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KPAC Blog
10:11 am
Tue June 18, 2013

Escape The Summer Heat With Classical Destinations In Texas

Project Trio
courtesy of the artist

As arts seasons draw to a close in May and June, musicians and audiences look forward to summer festivals. Locally we'll enjoy the Cactus Pear Music Festival, and Mozart Festival Texas, this July and August, along with the new "Q" chamber music series.

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The Source - June 18, 2013
9:14 am
Tue June 18, 2013

The Source: Mandatory Minimums | How Shale Oil Is Changing The World

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In the first segment:

Last week the special session of the Texas legislature passed a bill that would institute mandatory minimums for 17 year olds convicted of capital murder.

The state of Texas has mandatory minimums for several crimes including murder, but has avoided some of the most controversial mandatory minimums with nonviolent drug offenses. States like Florida and Massachusettes have seen their prison populations swell with these nonviolent offenders.

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Immigration Reform
9:01 am
Tue June 18, 2013

Texas Business Leaders Unveil Immigration Study That Favors Bipartisan Reform

Richard Morgan Fronteras

A poll sponsored by a bipartisan group of non-profits and industry shows that a majority of Texans support a current immigration reform bill.

The poll was sponsored by the Alliance for Citizenship, Partnership for a New American Economy and Republicans for Immigration Reform.

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Arts & Culture
5:50 am
Tue June 18, 2013

YOSA Wins National Award For Programming

Conductor Troy Peters
John Clare TPR

The Youth Orchestras of San Antonio are receiving the ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming today in St. Louis at the League of American Orchestras Conference.

The award rewards programs that challenge the audience, build the repertoire, and increase interest in contemporary music.

Troy Peters is the music director of YOSA and said new music is a vital element in their effort to give students and audiences exciting musical experiences. Next month YOSA leads their annual summer camp.

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NBA Finals
12:05 am
Tue June 18, 2013

NBA Finals Counterfeiting And Clever Merchandising In San Antonio

Employees at Ace Screen graphics pull shirts off the line.
Chris Eudaily TPR

As the NBA Finals shift to Miami for game 6 and possibly game 7, the extended series means that money generated by the games will continue to boost the league, broadcast carriers and the host cities.

Based on numbers from the last two NBA Finals in host cities Dallas, Oklahoma City and Miami, the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce estimated an economic impact of about $4 million per game.

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Arts & Culture
4:41 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

‘Lights, Camera, Action!’ 19th Annual San Antonio Film Festival Begins Wednesday

San Antonio Film Festival

The Alamo City is rolling out the red carpet for independent film makers this week during the annual San Antonio Film Festival. For nearly 20 years, fans of indie films have attended the San Antonio Film Festival for both short- and feature-length movies.

"It’s films that you’ll never see -- for the most part -- on Netflix or the movie theater," said Executive Director Adam Rocha.

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Lackland Courts-Martial
1:25 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Rodriguez Gets 27 Years In Prison, Harshest Sentence Yet In Air Force Sex Scandal

Lackland, the 'gateway' to the Air Force, has been the gateway to court-martial for instructors engaging in activities against Air Force regulations.
Eileen Pace TPR

The eight officers on the all-male jury panel handed Tech. Sgt. Jaime Rodriguez, a recruiter from Lake Jackson, which is near Houston, 27 years in prison – the harshest sentence issued in the sex scandal so far – which was two years longer than what was recommended by prosecutors.

The former military recruiter was also given a dishonorable discharge after his conviction on 29 of 30 charges involving sex crimes against women who came through his office.

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KPAC Blog
11:17 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Mozart Pop Opera Finally Available In The US

Now available on dvd, The Magic Flute

Seven years ago (2006), and with a 27 million budget, Kenneth Branagh made a film version of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's The Magic Flute (read the film synopsis here.) The Peter Moores Foundation, who do amazing work translating opera into English, commissioned Stephen Fry to make this adaptation, and it remains witty, sexy, funny, passionate, and silly as the original libretto!

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The Source - June 17th, 2013
9:45 am
Mon June 17, 2013

The Source: The San Antonio Film Festival | Low Testosterone Treatments

San Antonio Film Festival

In the first segment:

The San Antonio Underground Film Festival began 19 years ago under Executive Director Adam Rocha. Though they have since dropped the "underground," Rocha, a teacher of cinema across San Antonio, brings his love of the big screen again starting today and running through the June 23.  Also joining us in conversation is one of the three directors for the film "Sanitarium," Kerry Valderrama.

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