Standing in front of the San Antonio City Council, barely able to reach the microphone atop the broad wood podium, Verna Dement carried a stack of papers.

The Lee County woman had come to the Alamo City to ask the council to hold up on voting for the Vista Ridge Pipeline Project, a $3.4 billion, 142-mile pipeline, which would draw water from Dement’s neighboring Burleson County, to provide San Antonio and potentially, other cities along the I-35, water for decades to come.

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Earlier this week, the American Civil Liberties Union released dash-cam footage of six Michigan policemen killing a mentally ill homeless man brandishing a pen knife who  appeared to be of little threat. The 2012 video and its recorded 46 gun shots showed Milton Hall die, and punctuated the many instances of the volatile mix that is police and the mentally ill.

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SAY Si has a three-night event that they call the Muertitos Fest. Say Si's Stephen Guzman says their take on the holiday is geared towards the young people who come there.

“Every night we’re going to have a different set of entertainment. Thursday night is going to be our showcase night and we’re going to have some amazing entertainment. We’re going to have the Maya Guiaro World Music Project, which is a trio of musicians who have pooled their inspirations from cultures all around the world.”

San Antonio Poet Laureate, Laurie Ann Guerrero, will also perform.

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Their music sounds almost other worldly. They’re called New York Polyphony, and if you’ve never heard of them, it’s because their musical genre is relatively obscure.

“Singing Latin, sacred, texted polyphony.”

It’s also called early music. That’s countertenor Geoffrey Williams. They’ve traveled the world and have many fans here in Texas. In fact…

“We’ve sung in the state of Texas more than we’ve sung in the state of New York.”

I had to interrupt--"So you’re saying New York Polyphony has sung more in Texas than it has in New York?"

With a unanimous vote, members of the Texas Ethics Commission approved new regulations that require that “Dark Money” groups reveal all political contributions. 

The new regulation requires all politically active nonprofits that have donated more than 25 percent of their annual budgets to campaigns, disclose their list of anonymous donors. The chairman of the Texas Ethics Commission, Jim Clancy, says he is troubled by the battle over whether our government would be run in secret.