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10:17 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Rock Guitarists Go Symphonic On New Disc

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Rock and classical have been mixing together like peanut butter and chocolate since the 1960s. On one side, there were groups like Electric Light Orchestra, ELP, Gryphon, and Yes adding symphonic elements to rock music, and on the other, composers such as Terry Riley, Philip Glass, Ennio Morricone, and George Crumb borrowed the amplified sounds of rock in works such as “Black Angels” (Crumb), “A Rainbow In Curved Air” (Riley), or pretty much the entire output of Glass’ work in the 1970s.

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Bexar County
9:18 am
Thu April 10, 2014

County Gains Valuable Space With Acquisition Of Federal Reserve Bank Building

Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas occupied this building from 1956 to present. The bank is moving three blocks south and Bexar County is poised to purchase this building at 126 E. Nueva.
Credit Eileen Pace

Bexar County commissioners have approved an agreement to purchase the Federal Reserve Bank building downtown. 

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The Source - April 9, 2014
4:39 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

The Source: The Boom

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For 10 years Russell Gold has been following the biggest energy story in the world, the rise of hydraulic fracturing technology.

The senior energy writer for the Wall Street Journal heads from Texas to Pennsylvania to the Dakotas in order to better illustrate and illuminate the rise of this technology and its impacts on the communities it inhabits, the U.S. markets and the world economy.

We talk with Gold about his new book "The Boom: How Fracking Ignited the American Energy Revolution and Changed the World." 

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Immigration
1:27 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Mayor Castro Talks Immigration At Civil Rights Summit

San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro joined former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour this week to kick off the Civil Rights Summit in Austin and to discuss the topic of immigration as a civil rights issue.   

Castro told the crowd that a reform of the United States immigration system will enhance civil rights by bringing people out of the shadows, creating situations where immigrants aren’t afraid to report crimes, send their kids to school and get the care they need for their families.

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The Source - April 9, 2014
12:33 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

The Source: Being Blind In America

Kuusisto describes his vision as "like a Jackson Pollock painting."
Paul Flahive cc

Blindness affects millions of Americans, but is still an uncommon disability. Stephen Kuusisto was born with retinas that weren't fully developed and were damaged further by an overly oxygenated incubator. He underwent several surgeries as a child but was never able to gain much sight, describing his vision as "like looking at a Jackson Pollock painting."

Now a celebrated author, poet, and professor of disability studies, he teaches the awareness he hoped to achieve in his two memoirs, "Planet of the Blind" and "Eavesdropping: A Memoir of Blindness and Listening." 

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Environment
9:51 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Oil Cleanup Moves Carefully On Matagorda & Padre Island

Padre Island National Seashore on the Texas Gulf Coast.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

Padre Island National Seashore has reopened its beaches after cleanup of the oil spill that made its way from Galveston to the southern coastline.

But farther up the coast, government agencies and volunteers are still struggling to clean up the oil that settled in at Matagorda Island, while protecting its wildlife.

It’s been more than two weeks since a barge in the Houston Ship Channel spilled 168,000 gallons of oil into Galveston Bay. It took a while for the oil to drift southward to the pristine beaches that draw more than 300 bird species each spring. 

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Civil Rights
3:31 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Celebrating 50 Years Of Progress, Civil Rights Summit Begins In Austin

LBJ Presidential Library
Charles Bogel U.S. National Archive

This week the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin is celebrating the Civil Rights Act of 1964. There will be discussions about the progress of civil rights issues through the course of the week and those discussions begin with gay rights.

From the original 1964 Civil Rights Act signing, President Lyndon Baines Johnson said:

“My fellow Americans, I’m about to sign into law the Civil Rights Act of 1964. I want to talk to you about what that law means to every American.” -- LBJ

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Local Music
11:40 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Girl In A Coma Side Project Gets 'Ugly'

L to R: Jenn Fea, Aaron Feo, Theresa Fea, Phanie Fea.
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Phanie Diaz and Jenn Alva, two-thirds of the power-punk alternative trio Girl In A Coma, want to emphasize that their new project, FEA, doesn’t mean the popular San Antonio-based band is breaking up. But with singer (and Phanie's sister) Nina Diaz embarking on a solo record, Alva (bass) and Diaz (drums) felt the time was right to flex their creative muscles.

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The Source - April 8, 2014
11:02 am
Tue April 8, 2014

The Source: Syphilis Spike Has Public Health Officials Worried

Syphilis rates in Bexar County jumped 15 percent, crossing the thousand person mark in 2013, according to the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District. District officials are calling it an "epidemic" and have been edging up continuously for nine years. San Antonio has the highest rate in Texas and exceeds the national average.

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The Source - April 8, 2014
10:36 am
Tue April 8, 2014

The Source: Truancy Reforms Look To Keep Kids In School, Out Of Court

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Thousands of San Antonio kids are ending up in adult courtrooms over "Failure to Attend School" (FTAS) violations. In 2012, a third of all class C misdemeanors filed against minors were FTAS in Texas. The state saw 76,000 cases in courts that year, according to Texas Appleseed

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