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1604 Construction
1:20 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Northwest 1604 To Be Widened To Four Lanes, Could Reach 151 Interchange

The 1604 and 281 flyovers have only been part of the on-going improvements to the outer loop that continues to see heavy traffic.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

A nearly 5 mile section of 1604 on the Northwest Side will be expanded to four lanes in the next several years through a TxDOT project that could include the 151/1604 interchange project that was stopped indefinitely last year.

4.7 miles of 1604 from Bandera to Culebra will be expanded to four lanes. At the moment, the Texas Department of Transportation is deciding between four different construction companies who will design and build the project.

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HearSA
1:09 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

NPR Commentator E.J. Dionne At St. Mary's

E.J. Dionne
NPR

Longtime Washington Post columnist and NPR political analyst E.J. Dionne Jr. spoke about his book, "Our Divided Political Heart," at 7 p.m. on March 19 at St. Mary’s University as part of the Lin Great Speakers Series.

Dionne spent 14 years at The New York Times covering local, state and national politics; he also served as a foreign correspondent in Paris, Rome and Beirut before joining The Washington Post in 1990. He has written his twice-weekly column for the Post since 1993.

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World Music At SXSW
12:44 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Marianne Dissard's Latest, 'The Cat, Not Me,' A "Strange Album"

From left to right: Andrew Joslyn, Josh Karp (Budo), and Marianne Dissard.
Chris Eudaily TPR

Marianne Dissard is an artist in every sense of the word.

She is a filmmaker, a poet, a singer, and not a single word or movement is wasted. When she plays live, all these elements combine on stage to deliver a story of depression, exhaustion, frustration, intrigue and joy.

The Tucson Music Factory showcase on March 12 at SXSW was the debut of her live collaboration with Budo, a Seattle-based producer and multi-instrumentalist who is known more for his work in Hip Hop circles than World Music.

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Platic Bag Ban
5:45 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Is San Antonio Ready For A Plastic Bag Ban?

It is not uncommon to see a plastic bag stuck in a tree.
Flickr user Kate Ter Haar cc

Plastic bags are as much a part of the retail and grocery store experience as the milk and bread they carry, but recently, cities across Texas have been taking a journey down the road less traveled.

Brownsville, Laguna Vista, South Padre Island and now Austin are part of a growing movement to ban plastic bags.

Local shoppers seem to agree with the sentiment.

"I wouldn't mind banning something as long as there's an alternate to it," said H-E-B shopper John Saldaña.

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Texas Matters
4:50 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Is The Battle Over Whooping Crane Conservation A Fight Over Water Rights?

Whooping cranes
Flickr user sfitzgerald86 cc

Four major players square off in the fight to save whooping cranes; one side wants to save the birds, while the other side sees an invasion of state's rights. Water management is one of the large items on the table for this session of the Texas Legislature, the question then is: What is the best way to solve the problem?

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Education
4:25 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

State Sen. Patrick Reports To Greater Chamber On His Education Plans

Shane Meadows, pictured at San Antonio's 1st FIRST Competition in 2011. Sen. Patrick's bill would allow high school students to graduate with specialties in STEM and other areas.
Eileen Pace TPR

State Senator Dan Patrick gave a report to the Greater San Antonio Chamber’s education committee Friday about issues important to area business leaders.

Greater chamber members are keenly interested in programs that prepare students for jobs. Education Committee Chairwoman Denise Green said they heard from the senator on measures addressing dual credit, more funding for career education and replacing the school funding taken away in the last session.

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World Music (& Film) At SXSW
3:50 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Award-Winning Documentary Takes A Punk Rock Look At Intellectual Disabilities

Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät starts their set at Headhunters on Red River Street.

Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät (Pertti Kurikka's Name Day), a punk band from Finland, is the subject of the documentary "The Punk Syndrome," which won the SXGlobal Audience Award at this year's SXSW Film Festival.

The documentary provides a sincere and honest look at the lives of the four band members, who are all adults living with varying degrees of mental intellectual disabilities.

The band is made up of Pertti Kurikka (guitar), Kari Aalito (vocals), Sami Helle (bass) and Toni Välitalo (drums).

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Education Funding
3:17 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Additional Education Funding Still Below What Was Cut Last Legislative Session

Districts that have financial difficulties like Premont are hoping the legislature can fix the way the state funds education to give them some help.
David Martin Davies TPR

The House Budget Committee approved additional funding for public school districts and changed a key component for how schools are funded locally. They voted out a budget bill out of committee late Thursday that will provide school districts $3 billion over the next 2 years.

Rep. Donna Howard, D-Austin, is the vice-chair of the committee and said that is still below what was cut during the 2011 budget.

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KPAC Blog: SAIPC
12:11 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

The Final Four At The SAIPC, And The Winner Is...

The final four contestants at the San Antonio International Piano Competition.
SAIPC

The four finalists are doing all they can to impress the judges and make their mark on this special occasion. There is the award-winning performance of the commissioned work "Upsparkles" by the Pulitzer Prize winner Paul Moravec.

Russian mystic Alexander Scriabin breaks free from 'sonata-form' with his "Sonata Fantasy in g minor."

Claude Debussy cuts loose from the forms he used in his first set of preludes when one of the contestants plays four of the twelve works from his second set from 1913.

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World Music At SXSW
11:21 am
Fri March 22, 2013

The Drifting, Laid-Back Sway Of Bordeaux's Alba Lua

Benoit (left) and Clement talk about life in Bordeaux and the difference between French and American men.
Chris Eudaily TPR

Clément, the lead singer of Paris-based French band Alba Lua, still calls Bordeaux his hometown and loves to talk about life in southwest France. Though they are proudly French, the name of the band is actually a mixture of Spanish and Portugese.

"Alba is the dawn (in Spanish), and Lua is the moon in Portugese... I like the association of the two words and sometimes you can see the moon in the daylight and it has always been beautiful to me."

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