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11:50 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Twitter Row Sparks Immigration Debate Between Castro And Patrick

Current state Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, is running for lieutenant governor in 2014.
State of Texas

It all started with a candid tweet from San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro regarding campaign speeches about immigration and the Texas border made by Republican candidate for lieutenant governor Dan Patrick.

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KPAC Blog
11:09 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Music, Opera & Mermaids, Symphony's Performance Of 'Rusalka' Has Got It All

Sebastian Lang-Lessing
John Clare TPR Arts

After a week off, the San Antonio Symphony’s Dvořák Festival continues Friday, and it continues to stretch in different directions. This week's festival performance features the San Antonio Mastersingers, but as Music Director Sebastian Lang-Lessing describes, they won’t be in standard choral layout.

"A lot of the singing, especially from the ladies, will be offstage," he said. "So they are the offstage mermaids from underground."

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Bexar County
9:08 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Suspect Arrested In Connection With Multiple North Side Burglaries

Stolen merchandise confiscated in North side home burglaries
BCSO

Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau’s office has announced the capture of a suspect in a rash of home burglaries across the North Side. 

Gilbert Torres is suspected in burglaries on the Northeast and Northwest sides of the city and county since last fall. Bexar County sheriff’s investigators arrested Torres Friday with several thousand dollars worth of stolen merchandise in his possession, including jewelry, guns, tools and electronics, coin collections and prescription medications.

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Marijuana
3:00 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Perry Says He Supports State's Right To Legalize Pot, But Won't Happen In Texas

Gov. Rick Perry.
rickperry.org

Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Gov. Rick Perry shocked the crowd by saying the legalization of marijuana was a right states should have. Perry went on to say it wasn’t something he saw happening in Texas.

"As the governor of the second-largest state in the country, what I can do is start us on policies that can start us on the road towards decriminalization," Perry said.

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2014 Election
2:15 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Acusations Of Flip Flopping Continue In Republican Race For Lt. Gov.

Todd Staples campaign photo.
www.toddstaples.com

Accusations of flip flopping on the issues continue to dominate the Republicans campaigning for lieutenant governor.

This week started with incumbent David Dewhurst and state Sen. Dan Patrick of Houston reversing their opinions on repealing the  17th Amendment. 

Agriculture CommissionerTodd Staples took issue with their lack of consistency, but now it appears he may be guilty of changing his stance on the Senate’s two-thirds rule.  In a 2011 interview with the Texas Tribune’s Evan Smith, Staples was asked where he stood.

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Fronteras Desk
2:00 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Same-Sex Couples Challenging Arizona Marriage Laws

Terry Pochert and Joe Connolly are plaintiffs in a January suit that take on the state's definition of marriage.
Jude Joffe-Block Fronteras

Fronteras: It's been 150 years since the U.S. Army forced the Navajo and Mescalero Apache to walk 400 miles to a prison camp in eastern New Mexico in an attempt to wipe out their culture. "The Long Walk's"  impacts are still felt today. Supporters of same-sex marriage have seen recent victories in the past few weeks. Now some Arizona couples are pushing for change. Also, a climatologist gives us the latest drought picture across the Southwest.

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Texas Matters
1:19 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Davis Campaign Hits Rocky Trail With Video/Backstory Shakeup

Wendy Davis at a Rackspace campaign stop in San Antonio last year.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Texas Matters: Wendy Davis had a lot of fires to put out in her election campaign this week. First, a Dallas Morning News story questioned some of the specifics in her backstory, then a video was released of Battleground Texas employees appearing to mock Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott's disability. Also on this show, the man whose group is responsible for taking the undercover video defends his group's actions and tactics.

Full show audio.

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Texas Politics
12:06 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Political Expert Weighs In On Undercover Video Of Battleground Texas

The political back-and-forth between Greg Abbott and Wendy Davis has reached new heights this week with revelations about her life story and the release of a controversial undercover video.
Ryan Poppe/David Martin Davies TPR News

A political expert in Texas says an undercover video of Battleground Texas organizers making fun of Greg Abbott’s disability will likely rally the base, but doesn't see it hurting anyone’s campaign.

Professor Jim Henson with the University of Texas at Austin’s Texas Politics Project said the impact will depend how closely the media follows the video, which he described as a highly-edited unidentified group of people making fun of Republican candidate for governor Greg Abbott’s disability.  

Henson said the video is more about mobilization and less about persuasion.

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KPAC Blog
11:34 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Musical Offerings Brings Dvorak Repertoire To SAMA

Wikimedia Commons

Musical Offerings has its own take on presenting chamber music, specializing in presenting concerts at several cultural locations in town, rather than one home base, according to Artistic Director and violinist Joan Christenson.

“Many of the different museums in town, some of the churches, Trinity University, UTSA," she said.

They’re playing Monday night and at a place that really lends itself to their music, the San Antonio Museum of Art.

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Downtown
11:28 am
Fri January 24, 2014

With Downtown Building Vacancy Rate "Too High," Leaders Push To Make Progress

Murphy's Deli downtown relies on foot traffic for its business. The owner says filling vacant buildings nextdoor would greatly increase business.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

San Antonio's downtown building vacancy rate is too high. The statement didn't meet with any arguments during a recent interview with Pat DiGiovanni, the former executive who worked as deputy San Antonio city manager and is now the president and CEO of Centro San Antonio.

In his new role, DiGiovanni leads the collaboration of initiatives aimed at making downtown San Antonio and the central business district more desirable, active and filled with people.

He said there is a 29 percent downtown building vacancy rate, and the challenge remains clear.

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