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Special Session Part III
4:15 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Patrick Requests Perry Add List Of Items To Special Session Agenda

State Sen. Dan Patrick.
State of Texas

Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, who has announced his candidacy in the lieutenant governor's race, is calling on Gov. Rick Perry to add his school voucher bill, campus-carry bill and sanctuary city bill to the third special session agenda along with a full audit of CSCOPE.

CSCOPE -- an online education curriculum provider that was used by 877 school districts in the state -- has ended its services to state school districts following anti-American allegations from conservatives and political pressure led by Patrick.

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Special Session Part III
3:10 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Business Leaders Pushing For Transportation Bill Passage

Chris Eudaily TPR News

Pro-business groups are hoping to persuade House lawmakers to approve a transportation bill that has now been up for debate four times.

The transportation bill working its way through the House this special session involves using money from the Rainy Day Fund and has seen a little bit of controversy in the 83rd Legislature, but was still projected to pass during the first special session.

It failed because of the filibuster by Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, which effectively ran the clock out on the session.

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The Source - August 5, 2013
2:33 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

The Source: Is The Anti-Discrimination Ordinance Anti-Christian? | Disappearing Bees

San Antonio City Hall
Ryan Loyd TPR News

In the first segment:

A flurry of accusations from conservatives have been launched at the City of San Antonio's proposed expansion of its anti-discrimination ordinance, one of which says that the passage could be Anti-Christian.

The claims have been called ludicrous and unfounded by supporters and District 1 City Councilman Diego Bernal, who originally proposed the expansion.

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World Festivals
2:21 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

World Celebrations: Snakes!

Indian Spectacled Cobra, Naja Naja Family, one of India's venomous snakes.
Kamalnv Wikimedia Commons

Each week on World Music (Saturday nights from 8-10 on KSTX 89.1 FM), I take a look at celebrations happening around the world. This week, Indiana Jones might want to stay away from India. 

NAG PANCHAMI FESTIVAL

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Texas Prisons
1:58 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Texas Prison Unit Without A/C Now Rationing Water For Inmates

Wikipedia Commons user Piastu cc

A water supply shortage in the town of Kenedy, Texas is depriving the local state prison of water and creating dangerous condition for the inmates and guards.

In Kenedy, Texas, a town 75 miles southeast of San Antonio, two of the town’s five water wells broke down last week,creating a water shortage for the community and is impacting the nearby John B. Connally Unit prison.

Prisoners have been given a limited supply of drinking water and have had to ration their water, go without showers and are prevented from flushing toilets.

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2014 Election
11:58 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Democratic Party Hoping To "Turn Texas Blue" In 2014

Workers at the Stand With Texas Women Rally in San Antonio a few weeks ago registered people to vote as part of the party's push to "turn Texas blue."
David Martin Davies TPR News

Almost 200 Democratic party chairs from counties across Texas made their way to San Antonio over the weekend for training to "turn Texas blue," as the party continues its marketing push to get to voters it feels it can persuade.

State Democratic Executive Committee member Susan Bankston said county chairs learned more about online outreach through social media. She said the party can be more efficient by focusing on the voters that are fed up.

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KPAC Blog
10:15 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Cool Classical For Those Dog Days Of Summer

Etnobit Percussion
Credit courtesy of the artist

With temperatures over 100 degress and lows not dipping below 80 degrees, we're all looking for ways to stay cool. Thoughts of cooler climates and scenery are welcome.

Enter Etnobit Percussion Group! From the oldest and deepest lake, Lake Baikal, these four have created music - from ice!

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Arts & Culture
7:32 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Jingu Family Returns to San Antonio To Celebrate History, Unveil Paintings

Mabel Jingu Enkoji's family wants to play an active role in the future of the Japanese Tea Garden
Jingu Family

This weekend, the Jingu family returned to San Antonio to celebrate their role in San Antonio history.

The Jingu House at the Japanese Tea Garden is named in their honor because the city invited them to live at the home when it was built in the early 1900's.

Mabel Jingu Enkoji, who was born at the house and had been involved in the home's restoration over the years, died in mid-July from heart failure.

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2014 Election
4:02 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Attorney General Race Heating Up Between Republican Lawmakers

The race is on to see which GOP candidate will secure the party nomination to fill current Attorney General Greg Abbott's shoes.
State of Texas

This Thursday, Sen. Ken Paxton, R-McKinney, announced his candidacy in the race for the attorney general's office, which came on the heels of news that Rep. Dan Branch, R-Dallas, who is also running, had secured support from six of current Attorney General Greg Abbott’s former top-aides.

This week Branch also released a campaign video that promises his voter base that he would continue to fight against abortion rights and Gay Marriage.

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Government
3:01 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

West, Texas Approved For Major Disaster Relief Funding

Gov. Rick Perry at a press conference addressing the explosion in West, Texas.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

The governor’s office has announced the town of West will receive major disaster funding following an appeal of FEMA’s original decision to deny the town federal relief.

Early this summer, the Federal Emergency Management Agency announced they would not be awarding the town of West major disaster relief following the massive fertilizer plant explosion that took out much of the area’s roads, schools and water system.

That original ruling has been reversed.

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