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3:09 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Maestro Lang-Lessing Extends Symphony Contract

Sebastian Lang-Lessing conducts the San Antonio Symphony.
San Antonio Symphony

It’s rare that there’s breaking news in the classical music realm locally, but today’s news that Sebastian Lang-Lessing will extend his contract with the San Antonio Symphony definitely qualifies.

It's a new five-year extension brought on, in part, by an increased financial commitment on the part of major donors such as H-E-B and Valero.

Lang-Lessing is originally from Germany, and is a very popular conductor there, in Europe and as far away as Tokyo and Tasmania, where he conducted concurrently with San Antonio until 2012.

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The Source - October 28, 2013
2:04 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

The Source: Judge Strikes Down Abortion Law Provisions | Dyslexia Documentary And Discussion

Protesters on both sides of the abortion issue make their point outside the Stand With Texas Women rally in San Antonio this summer.
David Martin Davies TPR News

In the first segment:

Federal District Judge Lee Yeakel ruled this afternoon that House Bill 2, the controversial abortion law that saw filibusters, as well as hundreds of protesters fill the capitol in Austin last legislative session, would have impinged on a woman’s rights. 

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Animal Welfare
12:13 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Newest Pet Adoption Center In San Antonio Sets Ambitious First-Year Goal

Who could resist this face?
Ryan Loyd TPR News

The Paul Jolly Center for Pet Adoptions is now open at Brackenridge Park and leaders are hoping the fresh design will make an impact on adoptions in a city that has struggled with animal overpopulation.

"We want this to be a destination [and] not just only for adoptions," said Joel Mclellan, the director of operations for the center.

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Texas Politics
10:29 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Tom DeLay Says He Is On A Mission From God

Tom DeLay
U.S. Government File Photo

Former U.S. House Majority Leader Republican Tom DeLay told a tea party group that God has told him to lead a constitutional revival. What that means for his political future remains to be seen.  

Speaking to the Texas Patriots at an event in the North Texas town of Burleson on Tuesday, Oct. 22, DeLay called on them to join him in a constitutional revolution.

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2014 Election Campaign
4:50 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Immigration Attorney From Houston Challenges Cornyn For Senate Seat

For some time, many thought Texas Republican U.S. Senator John Cornyn would run unopposed during the Republican primaries next March, but this week, Houston immigration attorney Linda Vega announced she would be challenging the twelve-year incumbent.

“For someone who's been a senator for twelve years, I can’t to the best of my knowledge recall any policy that he’s proposed that has been good for Texas," Vega said. "If you are going to be a senior senator, if you are going to lead, lead.  Don’t wait for someone else to propose something.”

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2014 Election Campaign
4:43 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Ms. Davis Goes To Washington, Criticizes Obamacare Rollout

Wendy Davis for Governor

Despite criticisms from Republicans, Democratic candidate for governor Wendy Davis is spending time in Washington D.C. next week for a major fundraising dinner.

The event Davis has been asked to speak at is to be hosted by the groups Battleground Texas and the Lone Start Project.  Immediately upon its announcement, Davis began catching heat from her Republican rival, Attorney General Greg Abbott, who in a campaign email said Davis is “trying to bring Obama-styled politics and policies to Texas.”

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Books
3:41 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

San Antonio Book Fest Looking For Tomorrow's Writers

Mayor Juian Castro and Katy Flato
Katy Flato

The Texas Book Festival-San Antonio isn’t until next April, but there’s something you may want to know about that’s coming up sooner. Director Katy Flato says a new Fiction Writing Contest associated with the fest is looking for the writers of tomorrow.

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Fronteras
1:18 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Demand Up for Spanish Hunting Classes in Texas

Rogaciano Macedo-Mondragon holds up his target sheet on Sept. 22 after taking aim with a pellet gun during the two-day hunter education course in Spanish of Texas Parks and Wildlife.
Veronica Zaragovia KUT News

On Fronteras: The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has seen an increased demand for hunter education in Spanish. NSA spying in Mexico has been revealed and many Mexicans, including a former president are registering strong protest. We continue reports on an alleged culture of corruption in New Mexico's mental health system, and the state's refusal to release evidence of that allegation. This past summer was unusually busy in the Arizona desert for migrant rescues. We talk to a 9-1-1 dispatcher who takes calls from border crossers who run out of water and fear they are close to death.

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Government
12:09 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Republican Candidates For Lt. Governor Want To Move State’s Public Integrity Unit

Name-calling, accusations  of lying, and mudslinging are what people have come to expect of the debate between the four Republican candidates for Texas lieutenant governor, but in front of the Montgomery County Tea Party on Wednesday a new idea was introduced that all four of the candidates agree on.

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Education
11:42 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Fast-Growing Northside School District Looks Ahead To 2014 Bond

McAndrew Elementary is the first NISD school to carry a Boerne address.
NISD

Northside Independent School District’s community bond meetings began Thursday in an effort to define the most critical needs for the largest school district in Bexar County. Their next bond issue is planned for 2014.

The city of San Antonio’s population growth is reflected in its most popular school districts, and NISD is no exception. NISD spokesman Pascual Gonzales says the district’s population of over 100,000 is growing by about 2,500 students a year.

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