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The Source - August 22, 2013
12:39 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

The Source: Back To School With SAISD's New Superintendent | SAMMinistries Turns 30

New SAISD Superintendent Sylvester Perez.
SAISD

In the first segment:

Next Monday is the first day back for most public schools, including those at San Antonio Independent School District. SAISD heads into the new year with a new superintendent, a new set of curriculum requirements, a possible new deal with UIW, and likely a new set of challenges.

SAISD Superintendent Sylvester Perez joins us to talk about back-to-school excitement.

In the second segment:

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Politics
11:25 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Martinez Fischer Critical Of Abbott's Legal/Financial Record In Federal Cases

State Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer, D-San Antonio.
Trey Martinez Fischer

According to the San Antonio Express-News, Attorney General Greg Abbott, who is running for governor in 2014, has spent nearly $4 million on 31 lawsuits against the federal government in the last nine years, ten of which his office counts as wins.

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Texas Politics
10:23 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Dewhurst Calls To Get Relative Out Of Jail

Current Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst is facing several challengers in the Republican primary next year.
Campaign photo Wikimedia Commons

Police in Allen, Texas have released audio to the Dallas-Fort Worth NBC affiliate of a phone call made by Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst trying to arrange for the release of a relative who is accused of shoplifting from an area grocery store.

According to police records, Ellen Bevers, who is related to Dewhurst by marriage, was arrested on Aug. 3 for allegedly shoplifting at an area Kroger grocery store.

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State Parks
9:13 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Davis Mountains State Park Closing For Six Months

Texas Parks and Wildlife

A popular state park in West Texas is closing for six months while the staff undertakes a major upgrade of the park’s utility system.

Officials with Texas Parks and Wildlife said many of the amenities at Davis Mountains State Park in West Texas will be unavailable to visitors during a major renovation starting Sept. 3, including the campgrounds, trails and the park's Interpretive Center.

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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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