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2:35 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Todd Staples Makes "Contract With Texans" In 2014 Campaign Push

Todd Staples campaign photo.
www.toddstaples.com

Todd Staples’ campaign for lieutenant governor has launched a new effort called a "Contract with Texans," where he outlines ten steps for creating a stronger Texas.

Staples is the current agriculture commissioner and is promising to usher in a new generation of leadership. He is one of four Republican candidates running in a very heated and controversial primary election.

Staples released a signed contract with ten promises he intends to keep as lieutenant governor, if he is elected, one of which is to secure the Texas border.

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Texas Legislature
2:16 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Looking Back At Bipartisan Success And Fierce Debates In The 83rd Legislature

Eileen Pace TPR News

From beer bills and a kumbaya legislative sessions to abortion bills and protests, Texas Public Radio takes a look back at some of 2013 legislative highlights.

The 83rd Legislature had several phases, the first of which was what has been commonly called the Texas lawmakers "kumbaya" session, where Sen. Kevin Eltife, R-Tyler, was able to pass legislation with bipartisan support for a bill that gives Texas beer makers an opportunity to sell their craft beyond their brew pubs.

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Politics
1:52 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Davis Asks Gov. Perry To Remove Finance Committee Chair With Links To Payday Lending Industry

Screen shot from the "A Texas Story" campaign video for Wendy Davis.
Wendy Davis for Governor

State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, who is running for governor in 2014, is calling on Gov. Rick Perry to remove William White, the chairman of the state’s Finance Commission, following comments White made to the El Paso Times about payday lenders and the people that use them.

In the article, White says that blame for debt trouble belongs on the consumers and not the companies that make the loans.

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The Source - December 31, 2013
1:23 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

The Source: Bexar County Mental Health | Calls For South San ISD Investigation

South San ISD Superintendent Dr. Abelardo Saavadra was chosen shortly after the second resignation in two years
Joey Palacios TPR News

In the first segment:

One in four adults have a diagnosable mental disorder according to the National Institutes for Mental Health, which is almost 60 million Americans. For the first time, Bexar County created a mental health department, which has a $300,000 budget. The department intends to plug the holes and coordinate the resources here in Bexar County.

We talk with their first director, Gilbert Gonzales, about what is coming for the county and what they feel they can do with this first step.

In the second segment:

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Aviation
12:45 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

FAA Selects Texas A&M Corpus Christi As One Of Six Drone Testing Sites In U.S.

U.S. Border Patrol drone in Corpus Christi.
Hernán Rozemberg

As the federal government prepares for commercial use of unmanned aircraft, it has chosen six sites in the U.S. for drone safety testing.

Each of the six sites chosen will test different aspects of drones and drone use. Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi plans to develop safety systems for the unmanned aircraft. 

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KPAC Blog
11:22 am
Tue December 31, 2013

San Antonio Symphony's New Year Begins With Dvorak Festival

Sebastian Lang-Lessing conducts the San Antonio Symphony.
San Antonio Symphony

The San Antonio Symphony greets the New Year with the Dvořák Festival, which features a wide range of performances and guest artists. It all starts on Friday, January 10 and runs through February 9.

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2014 Election
10:48 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Davis Hopes For Boost From Nationwide Gubernatorial Push By Democrats

Wendy Davis in Rackspace at a San Antonio campaign stop.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Republicans have been accused of waging a "war on women," but numbers tell a different story: Republicans have elected four seated women governors in recent years, while Democrats have elected one. 

Democratic leaders backed by national women’s groups are trying to turn that around with the election of six high-profile gubernatorial candidates in 2014, one of those being state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth. 

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World Festivals
2:43 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

The Black And White Carnival

Preparing for the big parade, 2008.
eandres Wikimedia Commons

The largest and most impressive festival in southern Colombia begins on January 2, and lasts almost a week. Dating back to antiquity, the “Black and White Carnival” has adapted and expanded over the centuries. Initially, the local indigenous population, the agrarian Quillacingas, would dance and sing at the end of the harvest to appease and honor the pagan gods.

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The Source - December 30, 2013
12:58 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

The Source: When Mexicans Could Play Ball

When the San Antonio Sidney-Lanier "Voks" won the 1939 city championship basketball game, the arena erupted in violence.

How could a West Side team of Mexican-American kids from the other side of the tracks beat the dominant King William-adjacent Brackenridge Eagles? The event was too much for one Brackenridge fan to take, and he attacked one of the teenage "Voks" players. A full-scale riot broke out as "Voks" fans responded in kind.

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Government
12:51 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Congressman Castro Calls On Lawmakers To Reinstate Unemployment Benefits

Congressman Joaquín Castro at a town hall meeting earlier this year.
Eileen Pace TPR News

One of the first things U.S. Congressman Joaquín Castro is hoping to accomplish for 2014 is to reinstate the country’s extended unemployment benefits that expired this past weekend.

Democrats on Capitol Hill are vowing to fight to reinstate those benefits for the 1.3 million Americans still struggling to find work. Castro told NBC's "Meet The Press" that Congress needs to make this a priority as a first order of business in 2014.

"In Texas alone we’ve got 66,000 people who lost their benefits, 235,000 people in all who will lose their benefits midway in 2014," Castro said.

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