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Texas Matters
12:10 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Drug Testing Welfare Recipients, Drug Policy Makeovers, And Texas Tries To Secede. Again.

Hundreds of new bills were proposed in the Texas Legislature this week, one being the requirement to drug test individuals applying for TANF or unemployment benefits.
Wikipedia Commons

Texas Republicans propose a bill to drug test welfare recipients - should we drug test politicians as well? Laws legalizing the possession and use of marijuana passed in Colorado and Washington, is this the beginning of a new era in American drug policy? Mexico has a new president and many are hoping this will mark the beginning of a real solution to the war against the drug cartels. Finally, we just can't let this week go without continuing the discussion on Texas secession.

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United States of Poetry
9:40 am
Fri November 16, 2012

U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey Speaking At UTSA

Tonight, the U.S. Poet Laureate is the featured speaker at UTSA’s Creative Writing Series; Natasha Trethewey is expected to read from her Pulitzer Prize-winning poetry collection.

Trethewey was serving as the poet laureate for the State of Mississippi when she was selected as the 19th poet laureate of the United States in June. Her first poems, titled, “Domestic Work,” won the inaugural 1995 Cave Canem poetry prize. Her third collection, "Native Guard,” was awarded the 2007 Pulitzer Prize.

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The Newsmaker Hour
4:15 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Valdez and America's Finest on the Newsmaker

Vincent Valdez

Vincent Valdez has been called one of San Antonio’s great young artists.  He was , at 24, the youngest artist to have a solo exhibition at the McNay Art Museum.  On The Newsmaker Hour, we walk through his newest exhibit, America’s Finest.  We also talk to two filmmakers, Angela and Mark Walley of Walley Films, as they discuss their work documenting San Antonio artists.  They recently completed their short documentary on Valdez’ work.  Finally we will hear Valdez in lecture, walking an audience at the McNay through his career.

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Pre-K 4 SA Implementation
4:09 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

City Council Members Now Considering Pre-K 4 SA Board Members

Dist. 6 Councilman Ray Lopez has named his pick for the Pre-K 4 SA board while others mull over the decision.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

City staff members are busy putting together the program that will offer full day pre-kindergarten to thousands of four year olds next year.

The building selections are underway that will serve as the model education centers, the finances are being worked out, and perhaps the most important task is assembling the board that will oversee the program.

At Thursday’s city council meeting, Mayor Julián Castro said San Antonio is doing something it has never done before.

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Wounded Veterans
3:34 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

San Antonio Organization Awards Dozens Of Segways To Wounded Veterans

Segs4Vets, who are based in San Antonio, presented 36 Segways on Wednesday outside the Alamo to wounded veterans (seated wearing white shirts).
Eileen Pace Texas Public Radio

“War is a very indiscriminate villain," said General Hal Hornburg, US Air Force Retired, going on to say that in battlefields of the past, these men and women would not have survived the severe wounds that they come home with today.

"And rather than give them a pat on the back," said Hornburg, "we try to give them mobility, which results in freedom and allows them to return to society as productive as they can possibly be."

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Classical Spotlight
2:20 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Celebrate Candlelight And Chorus With San Antonio Youth Choirs

Children's Chorus of San Antonio.
CCSA

Marguerite McCormick leads the Children's Chorus of San Antonio

It's an evening of seasonal music by candlelight presented by the "elite choirs": the Chamber Choir and Youth Chorale. This year CCSA brightens Laurel Heights United Methodist Church with their music!

"This is always a very special concert because we can do more with programming, we can feature more groups within the choruses because these youngsters are the elite, the advanced groups," says Marguerite.

Saturday November 17, at 7:00 pm

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Classical Spotlight
2:14 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

New Sounds From UIW Composer: Darian Thomas Mixes Old And New With Four World Premieres!

Composer & Violinist Darian Thomas.
John Clare Texas Public Radio

Friday night sees four new works by Darian Thomas at the Radius Center in San Antonio. 

It will include "Rant" - for solo viola with Jill Van Gee; "St. Anthony's Trio" - For string trio with Thomas, Darryl Tolliver, and Luke Bonecutter; "Juli-o" - For solo cello and rapper, featuring Luke Bonecutter and Derwin Mello Pokell Bios; and "The British Quartet." 

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Classical Spotlight
2:06 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Polish Pianist Ewa Kupiec Returns To Symphony For Impressionistic Masterpiece

Ewa Kupiec
Laion

Ewa Kupiec plays Ravel's masterful Piano Concerto in G

Ewa has previously played Beethoven in San Antonio, and performed with maestro Sebastian Lang-Lessing several times, including the work they'll play this weekend.

"I trust him [Lang-Lessing], which is essential these days, when you're breathing together, and making music together, without tension, you know what is coming next, and you enjoy each other!"

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Fronteras Desk
1:44 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Deported Veterans Living In Mexico, And Carmen Tafolla Celebrates Women Through Poetry

Author Carmen Tafolla reads from her latest poetry book, "Rebozos," at the Texas Public Radio studios.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

The story of how U.S. military veterans who are deported after committing crimes are living across the border. And a conversation with internationally-renowned author and San Antonio Poet Laureate Carmen Tafolla about her new art and poetry book, "Rebozos."

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EPA Regulations
12:58 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

EPA Pushing Compliance With Clean Water Act - SAWS May Increase Rates

SAWS

San Antonio Water System customers could be facing a rate increase of nearly 10 percent in 2013. An aging infrastructure is one reason, but another is pressure from the Environmental Protection Agency.

SAWS spokesperson Anne Hayden said each year the EPA targets cities to reduce sewage overflows. San Antonio treats more than 250 million gallons of sewage each day. Hayden said 99.9 percent of that sewage never escapes the system, but the EPA wants even better numbers for compliance with the Clean Water Act.

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