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12:05 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

First Report On Pre-K 4 SA's First-Year Performance Due In Late Summer

Credit Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

Pre-K 4 SA began with a bang last fall for its inaugural year with Mayor Julián Castro himself greeting children and their parents at the door as they walked in to a new program and a new chapter in San Antonio's history.

Now that the school year is just about up, it's time to get an idea exactly how the program performed in its first year to see what worked well and what needs improving.

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Political Dark Money
9:58 am
Mon April 28, 2014

House Lawmakers Take Another Look At "Dark Money" This Week

Credit Ryan Poppe / TPR News

Should the State of Texas be able to track contributions from 501 (c) (4) political nonprofits? This week a select committee of House lawmakers will discuss the possibility of legislation that could track this political "dark money" ahead of the 2015 session.

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Texas Matters
1:47 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Rodney Crowell On His New Album & Songwriting History

Rodney Crowell is a Texas music legend. After 40 years in the country music business with a string of hits that he’s recorded, produced and penned, the 63-year-old Houston native is back with a new album titled “Tarpaper Sky.”

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Fronteras
12:00 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

New Book Sounds Alarm On Growing "Border Patrol Nation"

Fronteras: The number of U.S. Border Patrol agents has been growing rapidly — and not just along the southern border with Mexico. We speak to Todd Miller author of the new book, “Border Patrol Nation,” about the agency's expanding reach and the implications for privacy rights, civil liberties and more. On a lighter note, taking pictures in a field of Bluebonnets is a favorite springtime tradition in Texas. But we take you to one town that is especially serious about its bluebonnets.

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Education
10:58 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Nearly Half Of Northside Students Missed School On Thursday, Day Of Reported Threat

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Even though local elementary schools took extra measures to keep students safe against a reported threat, many students still stayed home Thursday.

A letter had specified that on or about April 24, a mass violence event would take place, and targeted a school in the Northside ISD.

Thursday Police Chief William McManus toured campuses to meet with school leaders. One purpose, he said, was to be visible and to assure parents, staff and others that measures were being taken on all fronts to keep people safe.

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Same-Sex Marriage
5:04 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

State Appellate Court Issues Stay In San Antonio Same-Sex Marriage Divorce Case

A same-sex couple married in Washington, D.C., and wanting a divorce in Texas was told by a state district judge that Texas’ view on same-sex marriages, which includes divorce, is unconstitutional.

Allison Lesh and Kristi Lesh were married in Washington, D.C., in 2010 and then moved to Texas. Soon after, Kristi was artificially inseminated and became pregnant and a year later the couple split up and a custody battle ensued.

Allison, who was not the biological mother, was prevented from any type of visitation because of Texas laws banning same-sex marriage.  

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Arts & Culture
4:07 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Dancing Under The Moon At The Cibolo Nature Center In Boerne

Dancing at the Moondance.
Rich Ramirez

It’s called Moondance, and as I found out, the title is exacting in its description. So what the heck is a Moondance?

"Oh gosh, it’s an excellent opportunity to get outside and kick up your heels and do some dancing underneath the moonlight," said Cibolo Nature Center Director of Operations Doris Perez. And that’s where the Moondance happens—at the Cibolo.

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The Source - April 24, 2014
2:57 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

The Source: The End Of Affirmative Action At Colleges?

Flickr user Adam Fagen (afagen) cc

  The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the right of states to ban considerations of race in college admissions on Tuesday. Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action questioned the legality of a Michigan Constitutional Amendment prohibiting state universities from using affirmative action in their admission process. 

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KPAC Blog
2:39 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Last Mid-Texas Symphony Seasonal Concert Is This Sunday

David Mairs
John Masterson

Mid-Texas Symphony has a performance on Sunday that may have escaped your attention, but I'm here to make sure it doesn’t!

“We are in Seguin, and we perform in Seguin and New Braunfels," said Mid-Texas Symphony Music Director David Mairs. "I think it’s been said that they are the two smallest cities in the United States that have a fully paid, fully professional orchestra. We are founded by Anita Windecker, a former piano professor at Texas Lutheran University.”

The Mid-Texas Symphony uses musicians from all around Seguin, but as Mairs explained, they don’t stop there.

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Texas Water
2:25 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Looking At Third Year Of Water Shortage, Rice Farmers Considering Expensive Alternatives

Water from the Highland Lakes flows downstream and eventually ends up here in Matagorda Bay.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

After being told by the LCRA that they could face a third growing season with no irrigation water, some rice farmers near the Gulf Coast are considering spending millions of dollars to drill for groundwater.

The LCRA decided they were stopping the flow of water downstream from the Highland Lakes because of low lake levels due to drought conditions.

Roland Gurtson, a rice farmer from Wharton County, said he was one of several farmers who has spent the last two years trying to survive on crop insurance.

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