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State Budget
11:51 am
Fri April 5, 2013

House Passes $93 Billion Budget, Says No To Private School Vouchers

Though the House didn't fully restore education from the 2011 cuts, it did put $3.5 billion back.
Flickr user Phil Ostroff cc

The Texas House passed a $93.5 billion budget bill that bans state funding of school vouchers and open-enrollment charter schools and paves the way for accepting Medicaid expansion.

During the debate on the budget, Rep. Abel Herrero, D-Corpus Christi, introduced the amendment that prohibits the funding of school vouchers.

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Research At UTSA
10:23 am
Fri April 5, 2013

UTSA Reaches Capital Campaign Goal Two Years Early

University of Texas at San Antonio

The University of Texas at San Antonio is quickly becoming a Tier-One research school and the university credits the support of the San Antonio community for speeding up the process.

UTSA received $5 million in pledges to match the H-E-B Faculty Research Fund gift, which supports the recruitment and retention of leading scholars and researchers.

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Texas Veterans
9:21 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Burned Veterans Statewide Could Get Summer Electric Bill Help

The San Antonio Military Medical Center.
Joint Base San Antonio

The Senate has passed Senate Bill 981, a bill giving electric utilities permission to help severely-burned war veterans with their high electric bills during the hot Texas summers.

A bill in the 2011 Legislature was passed for the same purpose, but it targeted only CPS Energy in San Antonio.

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Texas Trash
7:35 am
Fri April 5, 2013

TxDOT Revamps "Don't Mess With Texas" Campaign Aimed At Millennials

The new "Don't Mess with Texas" trashcans contain snarky messages aimed at the younger generation. They will be distributed to 300 locations througout the state.
TxDOT

 The Texas Department of Transportation is revamping the decades-old Don’t mess with Texas Campaign for the new generation. The slogan has become a staple for the lone star state since it was launched 27 years ago, but now TxDOT wants to add some new flare and grab attention.

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Gun Violence In Schools
4:56 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Teacher Gun Training Bill Heads To House Floor For Debate/Vote

As the entire country continues to grapple with gun violence at schools, the Texas House could be close to a vote on teacher gun training.
Oleg Volt Wikipedia Commons

A bill that provides teachers with law enforcement training on how to "take-out" a gunman on campus moves one step closer to becoming law.

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Classical Spotlight
3:57 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Cellist Returns To San Antonio For Brilliant Encore

Cellist Darrett Adkins
Tuesday Music Club

An interview with Darrett Adkins

It's literally why he was asked to return: Chopin's Polonaise Brilliant. "They remembered me playing it the last time I was at the Tuesday Music Club, and asked for us to play it again!" Chopin rounds out a romantic program for Cellist Darrett Adkins, who is no stranger to Alamo city. "I came here for the first concert of conductor Troy Peters - we grew up in the same home town. I even played solos with his high school orchestra back in Washington." Adkins also has played with the Zephyr Trio, who were guests of the Tuesday Music Club not long ago. 

This program is filled with romantic selections like Brahms and Chopin, a little more conservative than the music Adkins is known for, which usually mixes new music with a Bach cello suite.

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Legislature Budget
3:11 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

With More Than 260 Amendments, House Budget Debate Expected To Last Into Evening

Ryan Poppe TPR News

Both Republicans and Democrats say it will be a long day as the House considers a Senate budget bill. An amendment added by Rep. Donna Howard, D-Austin, addresses the possibility of Medicaid expansion in Texas.

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Medicaid Expansion
2:35 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Texas Republican Stance On Medicaid Expansion Seems To Be Shifting

Texas Democrats, led by U.S. Congressman Joaquín Castro at the podium and his brother Julián, held a press conference Monday to talk about Medicaid expansion.
Ryan Poppe TPR

The Obama Administration gave states the option of either implementing a Health Exchange system or signing on for Medicaid expansion. Up until now Republicans have been against both plans, but Rep. John Zerwas, R-Simonton, has indicated that health exchanges may be the right choice for Texas.

"This allows us to comfortably draw down the money from the federal government attributed to providing healthcare to the group of people who are the 130 percents," Zerwas said.

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KPAC Blog: Album Review
1:22 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

David Chesky's 'The New York Rags,' Faster Than A New York Minute

David Chesky's new album "The New York Rags"

Visiting New York City is exhilarating. The hassle of air travel, the expense of the cabs and buses falls away and suddenly you are there, surrounded by familiar buildings, that great skyline beckoning, and people!

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Eagle Ford Shale
12:55 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

SARA Helping South Texas Counties Manage Water Needs Within Eagle Ford Shale

Couties affected by the Eagle Ford Shale boom at working on ways to best manage natural resources.
South Texas Environmental Education and Research

The San Antonio River Authority has been conducting workshops throughout the San Antonio River Watershed area and is working on a holistic watershed master plan for Wilson, Karnes and Goliad counties. 

SARA officials said its new best practices handbook is another element in providing residents and community leaders with ideas that have worked for other communities going through sudden and rapid growth associated with oil and gas exploration.

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