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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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Special Session - Abortion
12:57 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Sen. Wendy Davis Leads Pro-Choice Rally In San Antonio

Wendy Davis keeps her political momentum rolling at the Stand With Texas Women rally in San Antonio yesterday.
David Martin Davies TPR News

The controversial abortion restriction bill will likely pass the Texas Senate in Austin today, but yesterday in downtown San Antonio, a rally with Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, demonstrated that there is plenty of opposition to that bill.

The rally was called Stand With Texas Women, and along with Mayor Julián Castro were four Texas Senators all beating the drum in opposition to the abortion bills.

But the person that the crowd came to see was Davis.

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Fronteras Desk
11:35 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Most Mexican Meth Enters U.S. Via San Diego, Use On The Rise

Jill Replogle Fronteras

Fronteras: San Diego is the number one entry point for Mexican methamphetamine making its way to cities and towns across the U.S. The Honor Guard does more than post and salute the flag at a funeral, this week they are standing vigil with the 19 fallen firefighters in Prescott, Arizona. Also, border agents are having to race to find lost migrants in the desert who are sick and some are dying from the heat.

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Military
10:45 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Fort Sam Virtually Shuts Down To Complete Sexual Assault/Harassment Training

Maj. Jose Collado asks a question at ARMY NORTH's recent SHARP training at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston.
Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos, Army North PAO

Military orders from top brass in Washington D.C. are being carried out for sexual harassment and assault training at Joint Base San Antonio.

Local military officials say the Army’s Sexual Harassment and Assault Response Program (SHARP)  was ordered by General Ray Odiernio, chief of staff of the U.S. Army, around the time the Senate Armed Services Committee held their heated, marathon hearing on sexual assault in June.

More than 600 Fort Sam Houston personnel, both military and civilian, turned out for the SHARP training. Other branches conducted their own programs. 

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Government
9:33 am
Fri July 12, 2013

AG's Office Goes After East Texas-Based Dating Service For Seniors/Veterans

Attorney General Greg Abbott.
State of Texas

The Texas Attorney General’s Office is shutting down a dating service for veterans and seniors that was operating in East Texas.

The dating service operated in the Houston and Beaumont areas, promising seniors, disabled Texans, and veterans that it had thousands of potential matches in its database.

The Attorney General’s Office said Javier Luna and his company, Matchmaker, which also used the name Sagejax, Inc., would cold-call targets and encourage in-person visits to the Matchmaker offices to discuss membership.

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The Source - July 11, 2013
1:27 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

The Source: Interest Rate Hikes And Housing | Caring For Caregivers

Flickr user Ian Mutto cc

In the first segment:

Recent spikes in interest rates have affected loans for everything from corporate expansion to buying a home. We look at the affect it has had on San Antonio and what the housing market has looked like throughout the economic downturn.  

Joining us is San Antonio Board of Realtors President Angela Shields.

In the second segment:

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Special Session - Abortion
1:08 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Republicans Rally Support As Senate Committee Clears SB1

Rick Santorum takes the podium around Texas Republicans.
Ryan Poppe TPR

The Senate Committee on Health and Human Services voted out Senate Bill 1, the Senate version of an abortion bill, and will take it up on the Senate floor Friday afternoon for a final vote.

As both sides voice their opinions on abortion rights in Texas, Republicans have enlisted more out-of-state help in the fight to push through the controversial package.

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Classical Spotlight
11:45 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Young Composer Unites Sounds And Friends

Violinist and Composer Darian Thomas
John Clare / Texas Public Radio

Strings and Songs and Solidarity! - a concert featuring compositions by Darian Thomas, will be performed by high school and college musicians this weekend at the Carver Community Cultural Center.  Thomas hopes you'll "support the contemporary classical music scene of San Antonio, and enjoy the vibrant sounds of youth coming together for a common goal!"

Here is a great example of Darian's artistry, a performance from last May with the Youth Orchestras of San Antonio's Philharmonic Orchestra and Troy Peters:

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Arts & Culture
10:21 am
Thu July 11, 2013

McNay Mash-Up A Collision Of Disparate Topics And Passionate Discussion

1963 Corvette Split-back
Larry Mills

The McNay Art Museum mash-up lecture series returns next week and this summer's events kick off with classic cars and big hair.

"I think cars are just part of the American culture," said Larry Mills, a classic car collector. "There are just a lot of people that get really, really passionate about cars."

Mills will offer his expertise to a mash-up lecture next week. He is passionate about driving the classic works of art, and he can see the relationships between cars and theatrical makeup.

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