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3:07 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Castro And Patrick Trying To Work Out Date For Immigration Debate

Mayor Julián Castro speaks with Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis at Rackspace last year.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro has offered Dan Patrick, one of the Republican candidates running for lieutenant governor, several dates for debate on the topic of immigration. The debate was spurred by a Twitter exchange between the two men in January.

Castro said he had grown sick of the rhetoric regarding the topic of immigration and singled out Patrick as being "anti-immigrant."

"Dan Patrick is scapegoating immigrants and using fear as a means to try to win votes and try and get elected lieutenant governor," Castro said.

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KPAC Blog
1:51 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

With Dvorak Festival Finished, Lang-Lessing Talks About How It Went, What's Next

San Antonio Symphony

The San Antonio Dvořák Festival is done and I checked in with San Antonio Symphony Music Director  Sebastian Lang-Lessing to see how it went.

“The objectives were basically we were able to enlarge our partner groups, including opera."

Lang-Lessing noted that Dvořák provides a good continuity from last year’s Brahms Festival.

"And third it is touching a composer who is from Europe but changed the American music history dramatically in a very good and inspiring way," he said.

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The Source - February 13, 2014
1:45 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

The Source: Texas v. Same-Sex Marriage | Are We Ready For High-Speed Rail?

Ryan Loyd TPR News

In the first segment:

Texas' constitutional ban on same-sex marriage is in the courtroom. Two same-sex couples have sued for the right to marry. One couple is from right here in San Antonio. Yesterday, the long-awaited suit heard arguments in a San Antonio federal district court.

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Rio Grande Valley
1:14 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Rio Grande Valley Residents Rally To Save Big Bird, Public Broadcasting

RGV Educational Broadcasting, Inc.

The Rio Grande Valley is facing the possibility of losing their only public television outlet. But national public broadcasting leaders are working to find a solution to keep programming on the air in one of the nation’s poorest regions.

KMBH-TV is the PBS station that serves the border communities of Brownsville, McAllen and others – over one and a half million people.

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Texas Voter ID
12:47 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Voter ID Trial Remains On Track Despite Federal Attempt To Postpone

State Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer, D-San Antonio, is a plaintiff in the voter ID lawsuit.
Trey Martinez Fischer

Plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Texas voter ID law applauded a Corpus Christi federal judge’s vigilance to retain a September trial date -- the U.S. Department of Justice is now hoping to postpone the case because of logistics issues.

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Water Resources
11:35 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Dozens Testify At TCEQ Hearing For LCRA Highland Lakes Water Request

LDuring a November hearing, the LCRA voted to raise the lake level threshold for the Highland Lakes.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

Commissioners with the Texas Commissioner on Environmental Quality spent nearly six hours hearing testimony from those that would be affected by a request from the Lower Colorado River Authority to stop the flow of water coming from the Highland Lakes.

A crowd of about 250 farmers, water planners and state and local officials shared their thoughts with TCEQ about a request from the LCRA to stop the flow of water from the Highland Lakes unless the lakes had a combined storage of 1.1 million acre feet -- more than half full. 

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Arts & Culture
10:02 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Convention Center's "Mustangs" Looking For A New Home

Mustangs at Noon
Mac Adams

If you've seen the five horses caught in mid-gallop on the east wall of the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, you may be wondering where they have run off to.

The bad news: The east end of the convention center has been demolished, and Mustangs at Noon, the art piece that created the striking image, is gone. The good news: It's probably coming back. Somewhere, at some point.

“We had them professionally removed very carefully," said Public Art San Antonio Manager Jimmy LeFlor. "They’ve been set aside from all the demolition so they’re protected."

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Arts & Culture
3:39 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

San Antonio Book Festival Announces Visiting Authors

San Antonio Book Festival
Katy Flato

Some San Antonians have been waiting with baited breath to see who will be appearing at the upcoming book festival. I've got the details but first, for those of you who don’t know about the .

“It’s just a chance for some of the nation’s best writers to be in conversation with one another and for people in San Antonio to engage with them for free," said San Antonio Book Festival Literary Director Clay Smith. "This festival is a gift to the city.”

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World Music
2:42 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Serbian Musician Spikes Old World Music With Rock Sounds

ARC Music

I first heard of Kal when they played at the 2008 International Accordion Festival in San Antonio, where they were greeted with wild enthusiasm. Formed in Belgrade in 2001, Kal is led by Dragan Ristic. The objective of the group is to promote the Romany culture, a subject increasingly taught in schools in Europe.

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The Source - February 12,2014
1:45 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

The Source: Stem Cell Research In San Antonio | Our City's Environmental Challenges

Texas Public Radio

In the first segment:

Embyro-less stem cells will revolutionize the research that has for decades been mired in the moral dilemma. A new study points out another avenue for researchers looking to avoid the "potential-human-life vs life-saving therapies debate."

What does this mean for future efforts in stem cell research and personalized medicine?

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