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World Music
4:52 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

The "Garifuna Sound" Lives On With Lloyd Augustine

Cumbancha Records

The Garifuna live along the coastline of Central America, and are descendants of slaves brought to work in the sugar plantations in the Caribbean--Carib, Arawak, and West African people. They have a very distinct language and culture which they struggle to maintain.

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Emergency Preparedness
4:18 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

"Climate Change" Gone From State Emergency Plan

2008's Hurricane Ike off the coast of Texas.
National Weather Service

*The original version of this story listed 1.4 million people having signed the NRDC petition, which is incorrect and has been removed. The number is reflective of NRDC membership and online participation and not the number of people who have signed the petition.

Several groups in Texas and Washington D.C. have taken issue with the Federal Emergency Management Agency allowing the State of Texas to delete "climate change" from their state emergency plan.

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KPAC Programming
3:18 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

The San Antonio Symphony On KPAC: A Brahms Festival

Johannes Brahms, in 1853

This weekend, KPAC begins a series of concert broadcasts featuring the entire Brahms Festival, as presented by the San Antonio Symphony at the Majestic Theater in February, 2013.  Hear four symphonies, four concertos, and a few Hungarian Dances for good measure over the next four weeks with your host, Ricardo Chavira.

TPR's John Clare spoke to the San Antonio Symphony's music director, Sebastian Lang-Lessing, about the concerts before the performances:

The broadcasts take place on Saturday nights at 7:00 on KPAC 88.3 FM and KTXI 90.1 FM in the Hill Country.

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Texas Food
2:32 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

The San Antonio-Austin #TXtacowar

Taqueria Datapoint, an early morning favorite near the TPR offices.
David Martin Davies

It's a dirty job but somebody's got to do it--find out why breakfast tacos are the best here in our humble city of San Antonio. So I went to my go-to taco place: the original Blanco Cafe.

Right away I found mother-daughter duo Jo Mascorro and Hailey Saylor -- clearly taco connoisseurs -- who agreed that the Alamo City is the place for traditional breakfast treats.

"This is a regular pit stop, probably five or six times a week. I come in. I don't place an order, my food appears," Mascorro said with a smile.

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Bexar County
2:28 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Burn Ban Issued For Bexar County

Bexar County

Dry, hot weather conditions have forced Bexar County Commissioners to order a new burn ban.

The court order bans outdoor burning in unincorporated Bexar County for the next 90 days, but it’s still okay under the ban to burn household trash or other domestic waste in a burn barrel with a wire mesh screen to prevent the spread of sparks and flames.

Thanks to some good rainy days at the beginning of summer, San Antonio has not been under a burn ban since early June.

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Eagle Ford Shale
12:21 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

TxDOT Considering Gravel Roads In South Texas As Cost-Saving Measure

Roads in counties located in the Eagle Ford Shale area are getting heavy traffic from the oil and gas boom.
South Texas Environmental Education and Research

Roads are being worn down with the high volume of heavy-load trucks passing in and out of the Eagle Ford Shale area, causing TxDOT to balance the need for frequent repairs with cost saving measures in their budget.

A paved road costs the agency about $500,000 per mile to maintain, but gravel roads cost about $10,000, so TxDOT wants to convert 83 miles of roadway into gravel, a decision that is being met with opposition from county officials.

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The Source - August 21, 2013
10:57 am
Wed August 21, 2013

The Source: Working Free From Intimidation | Dealing With Anger

Flickr user Michael Lokner cc

In the first segment:

This month Bradley Jones sued Texas state Rep. Patricia Harless, R-Spring, her husband Sam and two other employees of Fred Fincher Motors in Houston, which the Harlesses own, for repeatedly shocking him with a stun gun over the course of 9 months for amusement.

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Science & Technology
4:26 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Tesla Opens Texas Supercharger Stations, But Still Can't Sell Vehicles In State

Tesla Motors model S in San Marcos at the unveiling of the new Tesla supercharger station.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

The Tesla Motors Model S starts as soon as you sit down behind the wheel and press on the brakes -- there's not even a place for a key -- and from that point there is no sound, even when accelerating.

Tesla unveiled its latest string of supercharger stations in Texas this week to help provide its car owners a free charge along several of the state’s major roadways, but the addition of the supercharger station in San Marcos is on the heels of a legislative letdown.

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City Government
3:27 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Chan Supporters Cheer Her Public Defense Of Leaked Audio

District 9 Councilwoman Elisa Chan was given a standing ovation and cheered by supporters at a news conference where she responded to a comments made public from a staff meeting.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

A room full of supporters gave District 9 Councilwoman Elisa Chan a standing ovation as the embattled politician entered the media briefing room at City Hall on Tuesday.

Chan's office gave reporters a 30 minute notice for the time and location of the press conference, and the applause coming from the room packed with people supporting Chan lent speculation that the news conference was more than just a response to her leaked comments from a May 21 staff meeting.

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BiblioTech
2:33 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Applications Now Open For BiblioTech Library Cards

Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff holds the first issued BiblioTech Library Card. Partons can pick-up their own cards on opening day.
Joey Palacios TPR News

Bexar County residents can now apply for their own BiblioTech library card, as the country’s first bookless all-digital public library gets ready to open its doors less than a month from now.

When it opens, the library will have 10,000 titles available for download from the publisher 3M.

"If  you have an Android or an Apple device you would simply download the 3M Cloud Library app and put in your library card information and you will have instant access," said BiblioTech Branch Manager Catarina Velasquez.

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