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World Music Pick
4:06 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Paris Combo: Building A Relationship With Listeners On "5"

TaDah Records

It is difficult to describe the Paris Combo sound--it encompasses everything from cabaret to Middle Eastern and a whole lot in between, but they are comfortable with the 'World Music' description. Formed in Paris in the mid nineties, they released their first album, 'Paris Combo,' in 1997. Much of their success comes from their vocalist, the irrepressible Belle Du Berry, who also writes the witty lyrics. The guitarist who goes by one name, Potzi, plays Django Rheinhardt style.

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Early Education
3:26 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Texas Educators In San Antonio To Soak Up Pre-K Ideas

Mayor Julian Castro gives impassioned Pre-K 4 SA speech to educators from around the state at the Texas Early Learning Innovation Summit at UTSA Downtown.
Eileen Pace TPR

Educators attending the Texas Early Learning Innovation Summit at UTSA today seemed eager to gather information from San Antonio to take back to their own communities.

Pre-K 4  SA is making strides on its facilities, staffing, and curriculum, and although San Antonio initiated the program through a sales tax, Fort Worth ISD Superintendent Walter Dansby said residents there may be looking for another way to fund a program.

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KPAC Blog: Metropolitan Opera
2:21 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

At Home With The Gods In The First Part Of Wagner’s Ring Cycle, "Das Rheingold"

The dwarf Alberlicht steals a chunk of gold from the Rhine River, from which he forges a ring.
Metropolitan Opera

After a decades-long struggle, the patience and slavish commitment of numberless friends, an inspiration that can truly be called superhuman, and a streak of luck that beggars the imagination, Richard Wagner finally finished his epic "Ring."

Despite the luminaries in attendance over the years - from Hugo Wolf and a who’s who of European royalty, to Tchaikovsky, Bernard Shaw and others - it could never pay its way.

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TEA Performance Ratings
1:55 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

New TEA Rating System: What Does It Mean To Be An "A" Student In An "F" School?

Ryan Poppe TPR News

State Sen. Leticia Van De Putte expressed her outrage and disappointment toward the Texas Education Agency commissioner and his re-vamped public schools rating system. 

Van De Putte said Education Commissioner Michael Williams’ reason for changing the school rating system from language of "acceptable or unacceptable" to a report card system of an "A through F" is an insult.

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Texas Matters
1:38 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Kaufman County Killings Have State Officials Increasing Security

Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland addresses the media in January following the murder of Deputy DA Mark Hasse.
Bill Zeeble KERA

Family and friends of the Kaufman County district attorney and his wife who were killed last weekend are starting to move on following a public memorial service. Evidence of a motive is driving the investigation in the direction of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas. Rick Perry is offering a reward for tips that lead to arrests in the case and says authorities should also look at drug cartels; one expert doesn't think that cartel involvement is likely. Finally, an update on the Texas Legislature's budget, which passed the house last night.

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Fronteras Desk
12:44 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Cities Across Southwest Courting Drone Companies

A coalition of local defense industry advocates hope to brand San Diego as the drone capital of the world.
U.S. Marines

On Fronteras: San Diego is in the forefront of a competition to attract big players in the drone industry. New classes in San Diego focus on students struggling to master English. A small population of Muslims have made Tijuana their home. Even though many border crossings are illegal, they play a big role in family identity and history.

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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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