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2:25 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Looking At Third Year Of Water Shortage, Rice Farmers Considering Expensive Alternatives

Water from the Highland Lakes flows downstream and eventually ends up here in Matagorda Bay.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

After being told by the LCRA that they could face a third growing season with no irrigation water, some rice farmers near the Gulf Coast are considering spending millions of dollars to drill for groundwater.

The LCRA decided they were stopping the flow of water downstream from the Highland Lakes because of low lake levels due to drought conditions.

Roland Gurtson, a rice farmer from Wharton County, said he was one of several farmers who has spent the last two years trying to survive on crop insurance.

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Eagle Ford Shale
1:47 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

State Legislators Looking At Ways To Manage Natural Resources In Eagle Ford Shale Region

State Senators Carlos Uresti, Juan Hinojosa, and Leticia Van De Putte discuss fracking issues at the 3rd Annual Eagle Ford Consortium Conference in San Antonio this week.
Credit Eileen Pace

As activity and income from the Eagle Ford Shale continues to grow, affected communities are studying how to manage finite resources into the future.

Local and state leaders are planning for issues that could not be fully addressed during the boom that hit the area six years ago.  

South Texas counties successfully weathered transformational changes with the Eagle Ford. It’s no secret that incomes have skyrocketed.

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Fiesta 2014
1:41 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Cornyation 2014: The Court Of Festive Fetes & Frivolous Faux Pas

The Court of Anti-Queer Wise Quacks and Quarky Quotations. Designer Robert Rehm.
Lauren Farris Farris Family Film & Photo

Fiesta involves kings, queens and other pseudo royalty, but even the city’s light-hearted 18-day celebration needs some satire on itself. Cornyation is the annual spoof on the Fiesta Coronation where the famous and political are lampooned in on-stage skits.

At its core Cornyation is a stage performance: 300 volunteers, 6,000 audience members, poignant political gaffes, campy controversial catastrophes and tacky troubling topics. It's a three-night performance conducted each year during the Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of Fiesta.

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The Source - April 24, 2014
1:21 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

The Source: Fuel Spill Into San Antonio River Leaves Questions

San Antonio River Authority

Earlier in the month a jet fuel spill from the Calumet Specialty Products refinery left the community asking questions about the safety of the plant. The second in two months, the operator announced changes to the railcar loading area and other upgrades to prevent future spills.

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Texas Public Schools
12:18 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Education Group Urges House Panel To Create Achievement District For Low-Rated Schools

Credit Ryan Poppe / TPR News

The Texas House Committee on Public Education is looking at what can be done to improve low-rated school campuses.  

Texans for Education Reform, an education advocacy group that is spending heavily in 2014, told the committee on Tuesday that lawmakers need to create a special state district for school campuses are chronically underperforming; an achievement school district.

“We have to think about morally responsible timelines for intervention for low-performing schools,” said Julie Linn, executive director for Texans for Education Reform.

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KPAC Blog
12:00 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Opera Piccola Bringing Two New Productions On Mother's Day Weekend

On May 10 and 11, Opera Piccola are bringing two operas to the Charline McCombs Empire Theatre stage.

“Anytime we get to perform or present two pieces of new opera in a place for the first time, it’s exciting," said Opera Piccola Artistic Director Mark Richter. 

“There are two one-act operas; two very different kinds of experiences," he said. "One, of course, is derived from the ancient tale of Orpheus and how he follows his love Eurydice into the underworld after she dies.”

You may have heard of Orpheus and Eurydice.

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High-Speed Internet
9:46 am
Thu April 24, 2014

San Antonio Leaders Take Field Trip To Look At Austin's High-Speed Network

Former Councilwoman Leticia Ozuna, who is pushing for the San Antonio Broadband Network (SABN), will attend the field trip to Austin with other city leaders.
Credit Ryan Loyd / TPR News

San Antonio city leaders are heading to Austin today to study the Greater Austin Area Telecommunications Network (GAATN).

It connects places like schools, police stations, libraries, and universities to a fiber network for large information sharing abilities.

GAATN is very similar to the Alamo City's proposed San Antonio Area Broadband Network, or SAABN.

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Joint Base San Antonio
9:27 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Army Army Chief Of Staff Odierno Visits San Antonio Military Posts, Awards Purple Heart

Gen. Raymond Odierno awards Purple Heart to Staff Sgt. Robert Drebenstedt for injuries sustained in an Afghanistan explosion.
Eileen Pace TPR News

U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno came to San Antonio Wednesday to visit wounded troops at the Brooke Army Medical Center, the Center for the Intrepid, and the Warrior and Family Support Center. 

The general was also here to pin the Purple Heart on a soldier wounded in Afghanistan.  

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Community
4:43 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Texas Historical Commission Names Bolner's Fiesta Products A "Texas Treasure"

Bolner family earn the Texas Treasure Award for more than 50 years of producing their Fiesta spice products in San Antonio
Credit Eileen Pace

On Tuesday a San Antonio icon in the food industry received recognition as an historic Texas business.

Bolner’s Fiesta Products was honored by the state as a Texas Treasure.          

The Texas Treasure Award was created by the legislature in 2005 to honor long-standing businesses that have added value and character to the culture of the state.

State Sen. Leticia Van De Putte, who presented the award to the Bolner family, said it was especially meaningful for her.

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The Source - April 23, 2014
2:16 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

The Source: State-Run Homes For The Disabled Still Troubled

Resident of San Antonio State-Supported Living Center makes way down hall
Credit David Martin Davies

A state-run living center for the disabled in Austin spent a little over $1 million for a private firm to come in and resolve the many issues and infractions detailed in a report by state regulators. A year later the firm is gone and the center has the same amount of infractions. The Austin American-statesman ran a good piece on it last weekend. 

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