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Public education will top the list of priorities for Governor-elect Greg Abbott, currently the Texas attorney general, in the coming legislative session. But Wednesday, on TPR’s “The Source,” Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams said it was unclear if he would remain in his current post.

 

“I serve at the pleasure of the governor — and my term expires at noon, Jan. 20, and it will be the decision of the governor-elect on whether I stay or not. And we’ll allow him to make his decision,” said Williams.

 

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Big changes are coming to the United States' relationship with the island nation of Cuba. Just 90 miles from Florida, the two countries have been locked in a cold war strategy of cold shoulders for 55 years. Today President Obama announced the two nations would again establish regular diplomatic relations, exchanging ambassadors and having embassies in their respective capitals.

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A Houston author who went to high school in San Antonio returns to the Alamo City for a bookstore visit.

“I am Walker Smith; I write historical novels.”

Smith has a fascinating backstory.

“My mother was a sort of beatnik type — a very literary beatnik type, [who] listened to classical and jazz. My father was a jazz musician. He was a drummer.”

They didn’t have money, but they used their library card a lot. And she could tell she had a literary bent of mind.

“It was either going to be music or it was going to be literature, so it ended up being both.”

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They will be packing the Tobin this weekend for one of the Alamo City’s standout holiday events. It's the San Antonio Symphony’s Holiday Pops Concert.

“It’s going to be a big weekend.”

Associate Conductor Akiko Fujimoto details the event.

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If it's getting close to Christmas, it's also getting nearer to the year's worst allergy season for San Antonio and the Texas Hill Country.

Copious amounts of cedar pollen are expected to blow in on the first cold front, draping yellow blankets of the dusty stuff on cars and other surfaces.

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