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2014 Election
4:56 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Davis Says Opponents Picked A Fight With The "Wrong Texas Gal"

Screen shot from Wendy Davis' "A Texas Story" campaign video.
Wendy Davis for Governor

The daughters of likely Democratic gubernatorial nominee Wendy Davis ran to her aide during a fundraising event in Austin. The state senator from Fort Worth also took a moment to, what she says, "set the record straight."

Before the candidate took the stage, her daughter Amber corrected some of the things being said about her mother’s parenting while she attended Harvard law school.

Davis said over the last 10 days Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott has done everything possible to skew her story by taking issue with certain dates and her parenting skills.

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KPAC Blog
4:04 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Opera Expert Visits SA For McNay Lecture & "Romantic, Mysterious" Rusalka

Marc A. Scorca
Dario Acosta

Thursday night, January 30, the McNay Art Museum’s Chiego Lecture Hall hosts a world-renown expert on opera, something about which many of us know little.

The McNay Art Museum event is called Why Opera Matters and the lecture will be delivered by Marc Scorca, the president and CEO of Opera America.

"An art form that is incorrectly perceived as to be a 19th century European art form when in fact, it is not only a 21st century American art form, but one that speaks to our deepest humanity, and I think makes us better people," Scorca said.

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Fronteras Desk
1:46 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Lieutenant Governor Debate Hits Border Security

President Barack Obama addressed immigration reform Tuesday in his State of the Union address. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, has indicated the house might take a piecemeal approach to immigration reform.

But in Texas, the race for lieutenant governor has turned into a four-way battle over who can sound the toughest against illegal immigration.

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The Source - January 29, 2014
11:54 am
Wed January 29, 2014

The Source: What Does VIA's Win Mean? | A Legacy Of Women In San Antonio Art

A VIA bus makes a stop in downtown San Antonio.
Ryan Loyd TPR

In the first segment:

A near derailment for the city’s forthcoming streetcar program when Texas attorney general’s office reversed its initial finding saying the city transit corporation couldn’t sell bonds to fund its new transit centers.

Attorney General Gregg Abbott’s argument was that people in San Antonio voted twice against light rail and this is light rail. The city sued and won last week.

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Arts & Culture
11:00 am
Wed January 29, 2014

San Anto Putting On A "Chupachanga" Block Party (With Metal Foundry)

Chupachanga poster.
John Medina

San Antonians will soon come together to create something unusual. The event where that something will be created is called the Chupachanga.

"Chupachanga is a term that we coined for our block party," said San Anto Cultural Arts Program Coordinator Samantha Lopez, who explained how the name makes perfect sense.

"It’s on Chupaderas Street, and it’s a play on the word Chupaderas and pachanga," she said.

Pachanga is a Spanish word for a style of festive music and dance.

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Road Construction
10:10 am
Wed January 29, 2014

2012 Bond's Hausman Road Project Moves Forward

Two-lane Hausman Road, near its intersection with IH-10.
Nathan Cone TPR News

Thousands of drivers who use Hausman Road as a shortcut from Loop 1604 to I-10 are starting to see some progress on one of the most-heavily traveled roadways in the city. Utilities are going in along the first section of road project nearest Loop 1604.

The widening of Hausman Road will proceed in quadrants to make it easier on the 17,000 drivers that go up and down the road each week. Work began in December to prepare the first section nearest 1604 for utilities.

District 8 Councilman Ron Nirenberg said his predecessors got the project to the voters.

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Texas Public Schools
5:03 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

SBOE Member Says He Hopes His Side Loses School Finance Trial

State Board of Education member Thomas Ratliff.
State of Texas

Thomas Ratliff, a Republican seated on the State Board of Education, which is one of the defendants in the Texas school finance trial, says he hopes his side loses in the lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of how schools are funded in the state.

"I think we go back to the drawing board and put the school finance system back together without all the bubble gum and bailing wire we’ve added to it," Ratliff said. "The system is so out of whack that we’ve got A, big disparities; B, inefficient distribution system; and an inadequate funding level."

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Classical Music
3:16 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

The Surprising Staging of the Symphony's "Rusalka"

Sebastian Lang-Lessing
San Antonio Symphony

If you’re used to going to see the symphony at the Majestic, there is the stage, and there is the audience and ne’er the twain shall meet…but not so with “Rusalka.”

“Rusalka is kind of an adult fairytale. This is rather a grand opera." 

James Robinson has traveled from St. Louis to stage “Rusalka.” As he explains, the details of the opera itself demand a lot from everyone in the production.

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2014 Election
2:50 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Political Expert Says Patterson Won Lt. Gov. Debate With "Common Sense" Answers

Republican candidate for lieutenant governor Jerry Patterson.
votepatterson.com

The Texas Democratic Party is critical of what was and wasn’t discussed during the first statewide debate between Republican candidates in the lieutenant governor’s race, but as far as who scored the highest debate points, one political expert picked an unexpected winner.

"If I had to pick a winner I would pick [Land Commissioner Jerry] Patterson because he sort of ruffled some feathers and made unexpected points," said Cal Jillson, a professor of political science at Southern Methodist University.

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Community
2:25 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

SA2020 Asks San Antonio To Make A Resolution

Aside from commitments made by local residents and community leaders, SA2020 wants San Antonians to resolve to do something for themselves and others this year to make the city better.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

For the second time leaders with SA2020 are asking San Antonio residents to make resolutions to make the city a greater place to live and work.

Nineteen local leaders are hopping on the resolution bandwagon with personal resolutions to impact their city. Mayor Julián Castro wants to make a difference with mom and pop restaurants.

"What I'm going to be doing this year is going to at least 25 new restaurants that I have never eaten at before that are small, locally owned restaurants in our city to try and support small businesses. That's my resolution," he said Tuesday.

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