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Will Texas Secede?
11:05 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Texas Nationalists To Lawmakers: Let The Voters Decide On Secession

Supporters of the Nationalist movement are worried that the national debt will sink the country and Texas along with it.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

As lawmakers gaveled into session on Tuesday, a group known as the Texas Nationalists gathered peacefully outside the state capitol building.

Cary Wise, an active member of the group in his hometown near Beaumont, traveled with dozens of other people who want Texas to become an independent nation.

They feel government has gotten too big so Wise and fellow Texas Nationalists would like lawmakers to craft a bill that would put a secession option before voters.

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Lackland Article 32 Hearing
9:32 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Recruiter Sent Thousands Of Inappropriate Emails To Would-Be Recruits

The headquarters to the 37th Training Wing at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland where the base's legal offices and courtroom are housed.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

An Article 32 hearing is underway at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in the case against Tech. Sgt. Jaime Rodriguez, who ran an Air Force recruiting office in Lake Jackson, Texas, south of Houston.

Rodriguez faces a possible life sentence on allegations that he made unwanted sexual contact with more than a dozen young women who once considered joining the Air Force.

The charges ranging from indecent conduct to sodomy and rape. He is accused of sending almost a thousand emails to one alleged victim, many with nude or suggestive photos of himself attached.

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Eagle Ford Shale
9:03 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Frio County Plans For More Growth As Eagle Ford Booms

UTSA

The Eagle Ford Shale project is expected to be the world’s largest natural gas exploration project in the next three years, so Frio County Commissioners are working toward a master plan for economic development needed by the community.

Dr. Tom Tunstall, with the Institute for Economic Development at UTSA, is working with Frio County. He said Frio County is looking at all of the impacts of the fracking boom on its supply chains, such as food and housing, as well as schools, roads, power systems, and other infrastructure.

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Texas State Senate
4:57 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Van de Putte Named Senate President Pro Tem

After the 83rd Texas Legislature was gaveled in, the Senate nominated Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio, to the position of senate president pro tempore.

Longtime friend and Senate colleague Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, officially named Van de Putte to hold the third highest position in the state, after Gov. Rick Perry and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst.

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2:49 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Straus Re-Elected Speaker Of The House By Acclamation

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For the last month it seemed like Republicans in the Texas house were looking for a change in leadership, but instead of a contest the floor got an anticlimactic surrender, and went back to business.
After the last of his challengers dropped out Tuesday, San Antonio Republican Joe Straus was elected to a third term as speaker of the Texas House. That last challenger, Rep. David Simpson, R-Longview, never found enough support to threaten the incumbent. An earlier challenger, Rep.
World Music
1:37 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Le Vent Du Nord: Not Fooling Around on 'Tromper Le Temps'

Le Vent Du Nord, a music group from Quebec, Canada, celebrate ten years of playing music with their latest release, "Tromper Le Temps."

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Texas State Capitol
11:32 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Legislative Interns Get A Leg Up On Texas Politics

Dressed uniformly and walking in a large group, students from the Texas Legislative Internship Program learn the halls of the Texas State Capitol building and find out where the cafeteria is located.

They will soon become very familiar with the offices, and even more with proposed bills. But Tina Tran, who runs the program, said their job is also somewhat stereotypical of an intern.

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Texas House of Representatives
9:20 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Straus Needs 76 Votes to Hold Speaker Seat

State Rep. Joe Straus, Dist. 121 is seeking re-election as speaker of the house.
State of Texas

When the 150 members of the Texas House of Representatives gavel into session Tuesday, Republican Speaker Joe Straus will be looking to keep his seat as the top man; to do so he only needs a simple majority: 76 votes.

However, he does have a challenger: Republican David Simpson from Longview. It is only Simpson's second term as a representative, but the former businessman was also mayor of the City of Avinger in 1993.

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Texas Legislature
7:23 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Lawmakers Begin 83rd Legislature Mindful Of Last Session

Wikipedia Commons

Lawmakers are back under the dome of the Texas Capitol for a new session for a new age in politics, with the reminder of what happened two years ago in the back of their minds.

Two years ago, education funding was slashed by $5.4 billion, the use of the state’s emergency "rainy day" fund was frowned upon, and a controversial Voter ID bill got through both chambers but was found unconstitutional against minority voters by the court system.

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Classical Spotlight
4:42 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Nicola Benedetti's New Release, 'The Silver Violin,' Is Pure Gold

Just out on Decca Classics
Decca Classics

Nicola Benedetti is one of the brightest young violinists performing today. She is also, at age 25, maybe one of the most recorded musicians, averaging one new release every year, not counting singles or compilations! Her latest release is called The Silver Violin - Hollywood scores for violin. Benedetti says "The entire disc originated from the wish to record Korngold's Violin Concerto.

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