Over 60 entries were submitted for our first ever talent competition for area students, SOUNDS LIKE KPAC. Our Final Round competition takes place on Sunday, February 8 from 3-5 p.m. at the Palmetto Center for the Arts on the campus of Northwest Vista College. The public is invited to the concert, which will be recorded for later broadcast on KPAC 88.3 FM. 


Ryan Poppe / TPR News

The last time a new Texas governor was sworn in, 9/11 hadn’t happened. We hadn’t been swept into the War on Terror. Fort Hood was just a military base, not a symbol. Ike was a casual reference to a popular former President, not a marauding tropical cyclone.

Ryan E. Poppe

Tens of Thousands will descend upon the state capitol grounds today to witness something they haven’t seen in the last 14-years – the swearing in of a NEW Governor and Lt. Governor.  

Crews have been setting up for what could be one of the largest attended inaugurations for a Governor and Lt Governor the state has ever seen. Workers are banging out the final touches on a set of extra bleachers for public who may have not RSVP’d but are welcome to watch the swearing-in of governor-elect Greg Abbott and Lt Gov-elect Dan Patrick.

In news that will be carefully watched, it was reported over the weekend that Travis County prosecutors had decided not to follow up on a number of criminal cases involving the Texas state government, after outgoing Gov. Rick Perry vetoed state funding for their office. Officials at the Travis County DA’s public integrity unit allegedly dropped cases from tax fraud to insurance fraud to contracting issues, as they moved to prioritize “which cases to pursue.”

Nathan Cone

About 300 people gathered to worship together and remember the words, deeds, and spirit of the late Dr. Martin Luther King at the annual Interfaith Service, held at Temple Beth-El on Sunday, January 19. The afternoon was full of music, dance, and inspirational speech, highlighted by Rev. Otis Mitchell's channeling of King and his famous "I Have A Dream" speech. The Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Muslim, Sikh, and Hindu faiths were all represented at the service.