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World Festivals
10:16 am
Wed September 18, 2013

World Celebrations: Whale Watching, And Wearable Art

The Whale Crier announces the arrival of the magnificent beasts in Hermanus.
Wikimedia Commons

Each week on World Music (Saturday nights from 8-10 on KSTX 89.1 FM), I take a look at celebrations happening around the world. As September comes to an end, South Africa looks to the sea to celebrate one of the earth’s largest mammals, but in Slovenia, another smaller mammal makes a meal.

HERMANUS WHALE FESTIVAL

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Non-Discrimination Ordinance
9:29 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Change Of Phrase In Final NDO Disarms Attorney General's Threat

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott believed the city's non-discrimination ordinance would open San Antonio up to lawsuits.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott vowed he'd take a stand if San Antonio passed the controversial and widely-discussed non-discrimination ordinance, but now it looks like Abbott is backing down.

The gubernatorial candidate believed the ordinance violates free speech because of the phrase, "word or deed."

He said it violated the Constitution because the law would prevent appointees on city boards and commissions from engaging in bias by "word or deed."

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Texas Education
1:33 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Texas GED Test Streamlining In 2014

http://www.gedtestingservice.com

The GED test will undergo significant changes beginning in 2014.

Each year, 700,000 people across the country take the GED test, but only 450,000 pass. In Texas, there are about 3 million adults without a high school diploma or GED. Starting on January 1st, the GED test in Texas will undergo some major changes.

GED Testing Service President Randy Trask said the number of sections in the test has gone down to four, and the exam has moved completely online. GED students will be able to sign up for the test online an only have to pay for the specific exam they need.

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Arts & Culture
12:24 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

The Cave Without A Name In Concert This Saturday For Autumn Equinox

Cave Musicians
Gary O. Smith

A very unusual concert that happens every solstice takes place this Saturday in a very unlikely location.

Celebrating the autumnal equinox, concert-goers head eighty feet down, deep inside the Cave Without a Name, which is near Boerne. Musician Rudi Harst and a makeshift band will play, along with an interesting partner.

"The most important musician in the room is the cave herself," Harst said. "The resonant aspect of the room, and also, the deeply spiritual experience of being deep within mother earth."

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The Source - September 17, 2013
11:28 am
Tue September 17, 2013

The Source: A City Budget | Raising Kids To Compete

San Antonio City Hall
Ryan Loyd TPR News

In the first segment:

As city leaders looked at a $50 million shortfall the City of San Antonio's draft budget, cuts to library hours and park maintenance were on the table. The ad valorem tax on property, where the city raises much of its funds, has remained flat since 2009 while property valuations have resulted in more money for city coffers.

Community organizations protested and city councilors responded.

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Same-Sex Benefits
9:36 am
Tue September 17, 2013

ACLU Petition Seeking DOD Action In National Guard Benefit Refusals

Parade grounds at Camp Mabry, Austin.
Flickr user Eric Frierson (utheadache) cc

In response to the decision of several state National Guard posts to not process federal benefits for same-sex military couples, the ACLU has started a petition that already has thousands of signatures online.  

Once they have enough signatures, they plan to submit the petition to the Department of Defense in hopes that the DOD will take action against the Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas National Guards for their inaction on same-sex benefits.

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Classical Music
4:13 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

First Listen: Isaac Karabtchevsky Conducts Villa-Lobos

Isaac Karabtchevsky
Wikimedia Commons

The year was 1982, I believe, when I first encountered the Brazilian conductor Isaac Karabtchevsky. He had come to guest conduct the Orquesta Filarmonica de la Ciudad de Mexico (Mexico City Philharmonic), of which I was a member. I have fond memories of the experience, especially the opening number of the concert, the “Overture to Der Freischutz” by Carl Maria von Weber. The orchestra loved playing for him and gave him terrific performances. I recall going out afterward with a group of musicians and Maestro Karabtchevsky, for drinks.

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Arts & Culture
3:53 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

New Artpace Exhibit All About Connecting

Julia Barbosa Landlois' BURIED, NOT DEAD
Artpace staff

The large glass windows at Artpace’s 445 North Main facility features an unusual new exhibit, with legs ascending from sand piles in the floor, swirling towards the ceiling.

Artist Julia Barbosa Landois describes it:

"There are all these different legs," she says. " They start as these neutral, earthy colors, and they become very vibrant, purples, light blue, turquoise, pink. And then at the top they become reflective, embossed, colored foil."

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2014 Election
3:22 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Van De Putte Considering Run For Statewide Offices

State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte in the TPR studio shortly after the Wendy Davis filibuster this summer.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

According to Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa, state Sen. Leticia Van De Putte of San Antonio has been extremely busy this summer.

Hinojosa said the Texas Democratic Party and other groups have approached Van DePutte about a run for lieutenant governor, or even running against George P. Bush for land commissioner. Hinojosa said Van DePutte has been gathering information on a run since August and wants to see numbers that give her a chance to win before she announces what she will do. 

Hinojosa said she has an advantage in the race for land commissioner:

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2014 Election
2:49 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Texas Dems Continue To Wait As Wendy Davis Gets Set To Make A Decision

Democratx watch and wait for Wend Davis to make an announcement about the 2014 election.
Senator Wendy R. Davis Facebook

State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, is expected to make an announcement soon about her political future, and should she run for governor, it could be a heated 2014 election campaign.

Advisors to the Davis campaign are indicating that an announcement could come this week. 

The Lone Star Project’s Matt Angle, a political strategist close to the Davis campaign, said this will be one of the nastiest races Texas has ever seen:

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