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3:17 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Texas House And U.S. Senate Take On Nonprofit 'Dark Money' Disclosure

This week both a U.S. Senate committee and Texas House committee took up the issue of whether political nonprofits should be required to disclose their campaign contributions.

Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle are concerned with how these groups are trying to buy elections thanks to laws that don't require such groups to report their campaign contributions.

At the U.S. Senate Campaign Finance Committee hearing, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas argued that campaign contributions are a form of free speech.

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KPAC Blog
2:11 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Copperleaf Quintet Closes Season With "Warm" Sunday Show

Ruth Moreland.
Credit Jack Morgan / TPR Arts

The Copperleaf Quintet is set to close out its season on Sunday. As they've been all season, this concert is thematic.

"May 4 actually happens to be the feast of the forty English martyrs," said Ruth Moreland, the group's founder and artistic director.

"So we’ll do a concert of all English composers," she said. "The first portion of the concert is William Byrd, Thomas Tallis, just some really lovely liturgical motets. Some things in Latin, some things in English. And then the second half will be various pieces of English poetry set to music."

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The Source - May 1, 2014
1:09 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

The Source: CPS Energy's Smart Meters Are Coming

CPS Energy

CPS Energy will be rolling out its new smart meters in four neighborhoods this summer. The meters communicate via radio frequency to the company directly on usage, which lowers costs and increases accuracy.

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The Source - May 1, 2014
12:15 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

The Source: Is San Antonio A Cyclist-Friendly City?

Credit Nan Palmero http://bit.ly/1iHGDRR

This Friday, downtown dwellers are encouraged to walk or ride their bikes to work as part of the 18th annual Walk and Roll Rally, but is San Antonio a bicycle friendly town?

Does San Antonio have the infrastructure, awareness and smarts to support a vibrant cycling community? And what does a city with that look like?

Guests:

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U.S.-Mexico Business
10:55 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Mexico-U.S. Economic Agreement Could Help Solve Immigration, Other Issues

The U.S. State Department joins Mexico leadership in signing MUSEIC at the Pearl Brewery on April 24, 2014.
Credit Eileen Pace / TPR News

Experts say a new bi-national agreement just signed in San Antonio has the potential to solve issues on several fronts: from immigration to water supply.

San Antonio was chosen for the signing of the Mexico-U.S. Entrepreneurship and Innovation Council (MUSEIC) agreement because of its bi-cultural assets that can assist business growth between the two countries.

The purpose of the MUSEIC is to establish a unified North American entrepreneurial pathway to promote competitiveness, trade and innovation.

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District 9 Special Election
10:02 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Donald Oroian Points To Civil Engineering Experience In Case For Dist. 9 Seat

Donald Oroian is running for the San Antonio District 9 seat on the city council.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

City Council District 9 candidate Donald Oroian is in good spirits and has plenty of confidence with over a week left until Election Day, May 10.

The small consulting firm owner is a neighborhood leader and a former city planning commission member who said he fits the bill for city council:

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Criminal Justice
4:33 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Pressure Builds For Additional Transparency In Texas After Oklahoma Execution

Following a botched execution in Oklahoma, anti-death penalty groups and attorneys are once again calling on the Texas Department of Criminal Justice to provide full transparency in the state's execution process.

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KPAC Blog
3:03 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

San Antonio Symphony's Discover Concert Dives Into Schubert's 9th

Franz Schubert.
Credit Wikipedia

There’s a concert coming up that parents might want to get on their calendars. And really, the parents might enjoy this one as much as the kids.

"And the focus of that concert is going to be the [Franz] Schubert 9th [Symphony], which is the great C-Major symphony," said San Antonio Symphony President David Gross, who is nothing, if not enthusiastic.

As he explained, this one is one of the symphony’s "discover" concerts, which are geared toward helping people discover classical music.

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District 9 Special Election
1:27 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Pro-NDO Candidate Corey Clark Gives District 9 Something Different On May 10 Ballot

Corey Clark believes blockwalking is an effective way to win campaigns. He's relying on the technique to pull off a victory on May 10.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Block walking is an effective way to reach voters, according to Corey Clark. He's the 26-year-old small business owner who is running for San Antonio City Council District 9 in the May 10 joint, special and bond election.

"Morning, y'all," he said to residents off Bitters Tuesday. "I'm running for city office right now, District 9 city councilman."

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Property Rights
12:49 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Feds, Landowners Trying To Resolve 29-Year-Old Red River Property Dispute

Area of the Red River in dispute near Wichita Falls. This map was provided to the Texas Tribune via Tommy Henderson. Can be downloaded at: http://www.texastribune.org/2014/04/28/blurred-lines-texas-blm-spat-has-complicated-histo/
Texas General Land Office

After 29 years of waiting for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to settle their claims, officials met with dozens of property owners who are disputing a federal land grab along the Texas-Oklahoma border.

The case involves about 90,000 acres of land along the Red River, the region's natural border with Oklahoma. Tommy Henderson, who lives near Wichita Falls, has 140 acres of the disputed land on his property. Henderson said the dispute centers around where the BLM believes the river begins, which currently is considered public domain.

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