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10:53 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Camp KPAC: Day One

This week, KPAC's James Baker and yours truly are working with a group of area high school students, offering them an opportunity to learn the ins and outs of radio production. We'll be recording and interviewing young classical musicians, and editing the material into a final project using the techniques they learn.  One of the students, Lennon Maldonado, a recent Thomas Jefferson High School graduate who will be attending San Antonio College in the fall, had this to say about today's experience:

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2014 Election
3:45 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Republican Pollster Predicts A Purple Texas In 10 Years

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Texas Democrats may still have a chance to be relevant with voters in the state following this past month’s abortion debate and efforts to rally Hispanic voters.

While Republicans at the state capitol are still celebrating the recent passage of a bill that will impose restrictions on abortion facilities, behind the scenes there is uncertainty for the party.

Republican pollster Dr. David Hill said that uncertainty is especially the case for how Hispanic voters see the Republican party.

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Special Session - Abortion
12:53 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Texas Senate Gives Strict Abortion Bill Final Passage

Eileen Pace TPR News

It took lawmakers ten hours of debate to pass the strictest abortion legislation Texas has ever seen on a vote of 19 to 11 Friday night.

Democratic lawmakers in the Texas Senate tried 21 times to change the bill by adding resolutions but none of those attempts were successful. Sen. Judith Zafarinni, D-Laredo, was one of those who tried to change the bill.

"As a pro-lifer I tried mightily to amend this bill to prohibit the abortion of an unborn child after 5 months," Zafarinni said. "Please remember that 11 Democrats voted for that amendment today."

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The Source - July 15, 2013
12:24 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

The Source: Filibuster! | Implementing Texas Education Reform

Screen shot from "Mr. Smith goes to Washington."

Segment 1:

When we think about the filibuster we think about Jimmy Stewart collapsing on the floor of the Senate in the movie "Mr. Smith goes to Washington," or Rand Paul and his drone filibuster, and now maybe you think of Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis’s filibuster at the end of June.  

For the Democrats in the U.S. Senate, the party that controls that chamber in Congress, they think of a headache.  

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Politics
9:39 pm
Sun July 14, 2013

Abbott Announces Gubernatorial Candidacy

Attorney General Greg Abbott announces his candidacy for governor
Eileen Pace TPR News

Under a hot San Antonio afternoon sky, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott announced his gubernatorial candidacy Sunday at historic La Villita.

A crowd of about 200 supporters waited in 100-degree temperatures through a theatrical production of more than an hour for their candidate to appear on stage at historic La Villita in downtown San Antonio.

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Animal Welfare
7:10 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Camp I-Wanna Pet Adoptions This Weekend

Success! Adopted!
Eileen Pace TPR

This is the weekend for Camp I-Wanna Pet for families who have been thinking of adopting.

With its admittedly corny catch-phrase, “a pet that will love you 's‘more' than anything,” Lisa Norwood with Animal Care Services said the city hopes to draw in more adoptive families than usual with Camp I-Wanna Pet this weekend only.

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Special Session - Abortion
4:51 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Dewhurst Requests Strong DPS Presence During Final Abortion Debate (Live)

A pro-life supporter in the rotunda at the state capitol ahead of the Senate vote.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

Update: (4:55 p.m.) DPS has issued a press release saying that they have received information that people are planning on using a variety of props and items to disrupt Senate proceedings and will be inspecting bags before letting people into the gallery.

According to the release, so far DPS has found:

"One jar suspected to contain urine, 18 jars suspected to contain feces, and three bottles suspected to contain paint. All of these items – as well as significant quantities of feminine hygiene products, glitter and confetti."

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Community
4:10 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Children's Hospital Of San Antonio Gets $319,000 Donation

CHRISTUS Health

The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio is the beneficiary of a six-week fundraising campaign by Walmart and Sam’s Club. The annual campaign raised more than $319,482 for the children’s hospital.

The ongoing partnership with the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital ran from May 7 through June 21 in all the store's locations through San Antonio and South Texas.

The nationwide campaign raised more than $40 million through the in-store donations, which will go toward equipment and therapy programs for children who become seriously ill.

World Festivals
2:30 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

World Celebrations: Mud, Mud, Glorious Mud

Korea-Boryeong Mud Festival
Flickr user: Stinkie Pinkie Wikimedia Commons

Do you know that song that goes, "Mud, Mud glorious mud, nothing quite like it for cooling the blood?" Well, should you find yourself in the vicinity of South Korea next weekend, you might put it to the test. For in little over a week, thousands of happy people will cavort and enjoy covering themselves in grey, sticky mud.

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Texas Matters
2:27 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Who Will Benefit Most From The Abortion Momentum In 2014?

Sen. Wendy Davis has been on a roll since her filibuster at the end of June, but what does that mean for her political future?
Senator Wendy R. Davis Facebook

Texas Matters: Abortion legislation gets nearer to Gov. Rick Perry's desk as I type this sentence, but Texas Democrats are still rallying against the bill behind new star Wendy Davis. The fight over abortion in the state is far from over -- even after the bill is signed -- but the debate has now galvanized both Republicans and Democrats in the state as candidates are beginning to announce intent for the 2014 mid-term election. Rick Perry announced he will not run for another term, which is shaking things up across the board.

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