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3:39 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

San Antonio Book Festival Announces Visiting Authors

San Antonio Book Festival
Katy Flato

Some San Antonians have been waiting with baited breath to see who will be appearing at the upcoming book festival. I've got the details but first, for those of you who don’t know about the .

“It’s just a chance for some of the nation’s best writers to be in conversation with one another and for people in San Antonio to engage with them for free," said San Antonio Book Festival Literary Director Clay Smith. "This festival is a gift to the city.”

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World Music
2:42 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Serbian Musician Spikes Old World Music With Rock Sounds

ARC Music

I first heard of Kal when they played at the 2008 International Accordion Festival in San Antonio, where they were greeted with wild enthusiasm. Formed in Belgrade in 2001, Kal is led by Dragan Ristic. The objective of the group is to promote the Romany culture, a subject increasingly taught in schools in Europe.

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The Source - February 12,2014
1:45 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

The Source: Stem Cell Research In San Antonio | Our City's Environmental Challenges

Greg Zaragoza for Texas Public Radio

In the first segment:

Embyro-less stem cells will revolutionize the research that has for decades been mired in the moral dilemma. A new study points out another avenue for researchers looking to avoid the "potential-human-life vs life-saving therapies debate."

What does this mean for future efforts in stem cell research and personalized medicine?

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Arts & Culture
12:07 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Robert Indiana's Love-Hate Experiences In San Antonio

Indiana's iconic Electric Love sculpture.
Morgan Art Foundation, Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Robert Indiana was a successful artist in the 1960s, but shot to worldwide fame when he produced the Electric Love sculpture that became forever attached to the era. The McNay exhibition takes you beyond that work to his other creations -- from stage costumes, to sculpture to paintings.

“Working at the McNay I always enjoy going and seeing exhibitions before we open them to the public," said McNay Director of Communications Daniela Oliver. "This time around it really took my breath away.”

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Fronteras Desk
9:14 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Feds Say 80 Percent Of Latinos Qualify For ACA Tax Credit

A new analysis from U.S. Health and Human Services estimates that about eight out of ten Latinos across the nation qualify for tax credits to buy a health plan through the Affordable Care Act or for Medicaid.

That means 2.5 million eligible uninsured Latinos in Texas gained access to new options for health care with the ACA -- and an additional 2.8 million in California, 400,000 in Arizona and 180,000 in New Mexico.

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Same-Sex Marriage
5:15 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Local Couple Reflects On Love, Says Attitudes Toward Same-Sex Marriage Have Changed

Eliza McAdams (right) and Christina Parker embrace after Parker's proposal.
Courtesy photo

On Wednesday a federal judge in San Antonio will hear arguments challenging the Texas constitutional amendment defining marriage a union between "one man and one woman."

But whatever the judge rules, the issue will likely remain unsettled, leaving same-sex couples in Texas to wonder what their future holds.

Just ask Eliza McAdams and Christina Parker. They're a same-sex couple who always felt one day they would be legally married.

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Gun Rights
4:40 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Davis Clarifies Position On Open Carry, Says Cities Should Decide

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis at a campaign stop in San Antonio last year.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Likely Democratic nominee for governor Wendy Davis is retaining her support for the open-carry issue despite some rumblings within her own party but emphasized this week that that position comes with caveats -- Davis would make sure city governments retained a local control of the issue.

Davis said her position on open carry remains consistent with her position on the guns on campus issue -- she voted against guns on campus but offered an amendment that would allow individual college campuses to decide the issue.

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Arts & Culture
3:49 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

The Magik Theatre Brings Children's Book "Skippyjon Jones" To Life

Cast of Skippyjon Jones
Tracey Maurer

A famous children’s book has been adapted to the local stage. I spoke to the Magik Theatre Artistic Director Dave Morgan, and I had to ask him, "So what the heck is a 'Skippyjon Jones?'"

“'Skippyjon Jones' is a cat that thinks its ears are too big for its head, so he wants to be a Chihuahua. And he loves Chihuahuas," Morgan said.

If you don’t know "Skippyjon Jones," it’s probably because like me, you don’t have young children. The books are wildly popular, and Morgan decided it needed to leap from the pages onto the Magik’s stage.

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Texas Water
3:21 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

TCEQ Still Mulling Decision To Stop Flow Of Water From Highland Lakes

Water from the Highland Lakes ends up at the coast in Matagorda Bay.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality will hear public testimony Wednesday on the Lower Colorado River Authority’s emergency request to stop the flow of water heading downstream to Texas rice farmers.

Jennifer Walker with the Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club said they are especially concerned with this year’s emergency order because of the number involved.

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Charter Schools
2:16 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Education Commissioner Set To Revoke Six Charter School Licenses

Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams.
Christopher C. Leonard cc

Six open-enrollment charter schools have been notified by the state that they are about to have their license revoked. A new law passed by the legislature gives the education commissioner greater authority, including revoking a failing charter school’s state license.

This week Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams sent six open-enrollment charter schools notices of mandatory revocation. Under the new law calling for more charter schools, the commissioner was also given additional authority to revoke failing charter schools state license.

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