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Camp KPAC Interview
12:19 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Teenage Pianist Dedicates Herself To Her Art

Rhiannon Bishop performing at the 2013 Texas Folklife Festival.
Nathan Cone

[Editor's note: This report was produced by a student at Camp KPAC 2013, a week-long workshop to teach radio skills to area high school students.]  

Not every 15-year-old has the dedication to spend eight hours doing any one activity other than video games, but Rhiannon Bishop dedicates herself to practicing piano for that long each day, all while completing high school two years early. A home schooled student, Rhiannon studies with Ken Thompson, founder of the Musical Arts Center of San Antonio (MACSA). In the future, Rhiannon has aspirations to pursue a degree from the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York.

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Fronteras Desk
11:28 am
Fri July 19, 2013

"El Frio," A Rare - And Fatal - Genetic Brain Disease In New Mexico

"This is my time bomb picture," said Dr. Leslie Morrison. "This is the cavernous angioma (in the brain), and this is after its bled."
Dr. Leslie Morrison

Fronteras: Researchers in New Mexico say treatment for a rare and often deadly genetic disorder may be found in the state's colonial history. A look at the federal government’s choice to close dozens of deportation cases in Maricopa County. Summer in Phoenix means triple digit weather most days, but not everyone can keep up with the costs of staying cool. Death Valley was the hottest place on Earth on July 10, 1913 at 134 degrees, but some experts doubt the desert reached that temperature.

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Special Session
10:45 am
Fri July 19, 2013

House And Senate Transportation Bills Set For Duel In Joint Committee

Chris Eudaily TPR News

Update (2:30 p.m.): The Senate took the house transportation plan, replaced it with their own funding mechanism, and then passed it on a unanimous vote.

The original House bill's plan to end the gas tax diversion has been eliminated, and the Senate has elected to go with the 50-50 oil and gas industry tax split in their own version of the bill. The Senate also established a $6 billion floor for the Rainy Day Fund, which must be maintained for the State Highway Fund to get the money from the oil and gas industry tax.

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World Music
9:33 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Idan Raichel's Timely Cross-Cultural Project

Cumbancha Records

Idan Raichel released his first international CD, “The Idan Raichel Project,” in 2006. It was a tremendous success and garnered him the title of ‘A One Man Peace Process’ for bringing together artists with disparate backgrounds and religions. Idan was born in Israel and was involved in music from the age of nine when he learned to play the accordion. After a compulsory stint in the Israel Defense Force, he worked at a boarding school which was attended by many young Ethiopian Jews. They introduced him to Ethiopian folk and pop music.

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Texas Legislature
9:19 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Democrats Request Sex Education Study For Women's Health And Family Planning

State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte in the TPR studio.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

The Democratic Caucus in the Texas Senate has submitted a letter to Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst requesting that lawmakers be allowed to study how family planning and better women’s health services could help reduce the number of abortions.

The Democratic Caucus wants to know how much actual funding goes into women’s healthcare and family planning.

Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio, said a study of these issues leading up to the next legislative session would reduce unplanned pregnancies and the need for abortions.

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KPAC Blog
7:04 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Summer Music Festivals, A Swipe Away

Pianist Katia Buniatishvili
courtesy of the artist

iPhone and iPad users have a great new app to explore classical music and live performances. Now in the Apple iTunes store, MediciTV Festivals is available for free. App users can stay connected following classical news through a Twitter timeline and medici.tv content from Facebook updates (shown on the right side of the screen.)

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KPAC Blog
9:26 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Camp KPAC: Day Four

"Action shot" of Camp KPAC students editing.
Nathan Cone

On the fourth day of Camp KPAC, the six area high school students who are learning radio with James Baker and Nathan Cone this week spent much of the day editing.

Madison Rogers, of Boerne High School, writes:

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Lackland Reform
4:00 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

AETC Commander Says Fixes Are Working To Stop Assaults At JBSA-Lackland

Gen. Edward A. Rice, Jr., Commander of the Air Education and Training Command, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph.
USAF

The Air Force has put into place most of the institutional safeguards recommended to end the sexual assault problem at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.

Gen. Edward A. Rice, Jr., commander of the Air Education and Training Command, said the remaining changes are more long-term, and will be added over the next two years.

The 45 recommendations came out of the commander’s investigation last fall, and Rice said 35 safeguards have been put into place over the past nine months that are already proving successful.

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Pre-K 4 SA Facilities
3:15 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Pre-K Board Green Lights Study Of East Side Facility To Complement Program

Pre-K Board Chair Elaine Mendoza talks with TPR's Ryan Loyd outside the North Side model education center.
Frederick Gonzales City of San Antonio Photographer

The Pre-K 4 SA board has voted to initiate a six-month study on a facility at St. Philip’s College.

The purpose of the study will be to find out how the facility could assist San Antonio’s new education initiative in providing educational benefits to the city’s four-year-old population.

"The St. Philips site is not really a fifth site because the footprint is much smaller," said Elaine Mendoza, the board’s chairperson.

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2014 Election Campaign
2:06 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Abbott Twitter Town Hall A Rocky Step Into Social Media Campaigning

The past day's mentions of #askabbott. The current attorney general held a Twitter town hall for an hour at 8 p.m. Just before that time, there were about 4,000 posts. This graphic is at: http://analytics.topsy.com/?q=%23askabbott&period=1%20day
Topsy Twitter analytics

Taking a step into the social media world, a tactic that has been deployed with success by Democrats in recent campaigns, Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott held a question and answer session live on Twitter yesterday evening.

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