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Fiesta 2014
3:55 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Fiesta Fiesta Starts 18 Days Of Festivities

A rare display of fireworks at the Alamo concluded Fiesta Fiesta to the tune of "Deep in the Heart of Texas."
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

Fiesta 2014 literally kicked off with a BANG! last night as fireworks exploded behind thousands of eager San Antonians at Fiesta Fiesta.

You can expect to hear cries of "Viva Fiesta" everywhere across town for the next 18 days as Fiesta is officially upon us. Fiesta was originally started as a way to commemorate the battle of San Jacinto and those killed at the Alamo with a parade where people threw flowers at decorated carriages.

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Texas Matters
3:34 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Did Gov. Perry Overstep Authority In Line-Item Veto Of Public Integrity Unit?

Credit Eileen Pace / TPR News

Texas Matters: In the last legislative session Gov. Perry threatened to and then vetoed the budget of the state's public integrity unit, a state agency that scrutinizes governmental affairs, when the Travis County district attorney, who oversees the unit, did not step down from her post. A special prosecutor is now looking into the case. Also on this show: The governor's race and pre-K, new addition to Texas public school curriculum, cleanup of oil spill on Texas coast, and endangered species vs. oil prospecting.

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Fronteras
2:52 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Mennonite Suspect Allegedly Duped Mexicans Into Smuggling Drugs

A Mennonite father and son at work in a field near Casas Grandes, Chihuahua.
Credit Lorne Matalon

Fronteras: Federal prosecutors in Texas and New Mexico are dealing with an unusual case involving a man from a Mennonite community in Mexico. We take you into the fields of New Mexico where workers are cleaning out an ancient irrigation system. These hand-dug ditches may help retain precious river water in times of drought. Further south, drought is forcing a Mexican city to ration water -- and it's only spring.

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Civil Rights Summit
1:50 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

George W. Bush Closes Civil Rights Summit With Speech About Inequality In Education

President George W. Bush closed the Civil Rights Summit in Austin by focusing on how education and access to higher education can be the great equalizer for many people. Bush said he feared the soft bigotry of low expectations is returning

Bush detailed efforts by President Lyndon Baines Johnson that led to the signing of the Elementary and Second Education Act, which focused new funding on the lowest funding school district and creation of Head Start. Bush said despite those efforts, education in America is still not effectively equal.

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Arts & Culture
1:30 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

San Antonio's Biggest Little Park Is Also A Pace Family Memorial

Tumble hill.
Chris Cooper Photography

There’s a park in San Antonio that owes its existence to one of the city’s art icons. Being just less than an acre, it’s easy to miss, but I recommend you don’t. To find it go down South Flores to Camp Street, and on the west side of the road, there it is.

"CHRISpark is a privately-funded park that’s open to the public," said Jon Ahrens, the landscape architect who designed CHRISpark.

“Chris was the son of Linda Pace,” he added.

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Abortion in Texas
1:08 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Abortion Rights Group Asks Full 5th Circuit To Hear Case Against Texas Abortion Law

The John Minor Wisdom U.S. Courthouse, home of the United States Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, New Orleans, Louisiana.
Credit Photo taken by Bobak Ha'Eri, on May 31, 2007 / cc

The group of abortion rights and civil rights advocates that were defeated in their first challenge to the Texas hospital admitting rights component of the 2013 abortion law has re-filed a petition with the US 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, asking the entire court to hear the merits of their challenge to the law.

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Community
12:18 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Houston Judge To Hear Taxi Drivers Case Against Ride-Sharing Companies

Ryan Loyd TPR News

A U.S. District Judge in Houston has been assigned the case of cab drivers against two so-called ride sharing programs. The case stems from a lawsuit filed on behalf taxi drivers in San Antonio and Houston earlier in the week.

The Houston attorney representing the taxi drivers, Martyn Hill, who practices corporate law, said Thursday he would like to hear the companies, Lyft and Uber, tell the court what he said their services really are: vehicles for hire.

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Civil Rights Summit
11:47 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Group Protests President’s Deportation Record At Civil Rights Summit

The group United We Stand protests on the UT campus, heading to the area where President Obama spoke during the Civil Rights Summit in Austin.
Ryan E. Poppe TPR News

On Thursday an immigration rights group marched across the University of Texas at Austin campus and took up post in the front of the Civil Rights Summit at the LBJ Presidential Library, voicing their protest for the rate of deportation during President Barack Obama’s presidency.

United We Stand, a collection of undocumented immigrants, students and religious leaders, walked the length of the UT campus in Austin to the area where the president was to speak. Javier Huamani, who was with the group, said throughout Obama's administration, two million immigrants have been deported.

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Civil Rights Act
11:25 am
Fri April 11, 2014

President Obama Honors The Memory Of LBJ And Signing Of Civil Rights Act

President Barack Obama speaks in Austin at the LBJ Presidential Library.
White House Press Office

Speaking to select crowd at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library in Austin on Thursday, President Barack Obama honored the life of the former president and detailed the progressive effects of Johnson’s signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Obama told the crowd the change sparked by Johnson has been progressively powerful at changing how the world identified and enforced civil rights.

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Arts & Culture
2:56 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Comedian Bill Maher Coming To Laurie Auditorium This Saturday

Courtesy photo

Controversial comedian Bill Maher is performing Saturday, April 12, at the Laurie Auditorium. I caught up with Maher on Wednesday afternoon, and it was a surprising conversation.

"I could live in a place like San Antonio," Maher said.

I didn’t expect to hear that from Maher, a confirmed West-Coaster.

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