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12:53 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Bat Walks A New Downtown Tuesday Attraction

Millions of bats begin their nightly flight at sundown at the Bracken Bat Cave.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

The bats that fly out from under the Congress Avenue bridge in Austin are a popular visitor attraction, but San Antonio now has its own bat population large enough to show off along the San Antonio Riverwalk.

The Paseo del Rio Association, the San Antonio River Authority, Texas Parks and Wildlife and Bat Conservation International are hosting Bat Loco, an informative series of bat walks, now through mid-August to raise awareness of  the importance of bats in our ecosystem.

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Camp KPAC
12:29 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

The Talented Darian Thomas Shares His Passion For The Arts

Darien Performing "Rant" and "For Rachel"
Jillian Kouzel

[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.]  

Nineteen-year-old Darian Thomas studies at the University of the Incarnate Word, and has ambitious plans for his life. Born into a musical family, surrounded by the arts, Thomas noted that “music just came naturally,” and discovered this at a very young age.

 

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Camp KPAC Interview
12:20 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Multi-instrumentalist And Composer Darian Thomas’s Musical Journey

Composer Darian Thomas.
Jillian Kouzel

[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.]  

The creative muse struck Darian Thomas at a very young age. He says he’s “always had a knack for creating things.” These pursuits included writing, reading, ballet dancing, rapping, and painting. Now he has concentrated his creative skills on composing music. He is currently enrolled in the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas as a music student.

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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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