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Texas Legislature
3:02 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Staples And Patrick Voice Support For More Majority Control In Senate

Ryan Poppe TPR News

Republican lieutenant governor hopefuls are promising to boost the party’s presence in the Texas Senate and all four candidates say they will get rid of the two-thirds majority rule.

This would scale back traditions that allow Senate Democrats to have a say and keep Republicans from going to the far-right on issues like immigration, guns and education.

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples said he will not allow a minority to control the Senate’s agenda:

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Franciscan Missions
2:12 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

World Heritage Status For San Antonio Missions Put On Hold

Mission San Jose.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

San Antonio’s historic Franciscan Missions could join the ranks of the Pyramids of Egypt and the Grand Canyon as the most cherished and visited landmarks on Earth. The missions are being considered as U.N. World Heritage Sites.

But a problem with Palestine, UNESCO and U.S. foreign policy is standing in the way.

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KPAC Blog
1:50 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

San Antonio Symphony's Dvorak Festival Surprises

Antonin Dvorak
Wikimedia Commons

As you likely know, the city-wide Dvořák Festival finds several classical music assets doing live concerts of the composer’s music. The yearly one-composer focus was begun by the San Antonio Symphony, and this is its fourth year.

"This week is the only week where we have two different programs on Friday and Saturday so you have to come twice this weekend if you want to hear the entire Dvořák cycle," said Symphony Music Director Sebastian Lang-Lessing.

Acclaimed soloist Michel Dalberto performs with the symphony first.

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The Source - January 14, 2014
1:05 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

The Source: Cocktails On The Rise | Alamo Heights, A City At The Crossroads

Rosemary & Blackberry Bramble Cocktail.
Kris Kesiak Photography

In the first segment:

Yesterday Beam Inc., the company behind Jim Beam and Maker's Mark, was bought for over $13 billion by Japan's Suntory, another large spirit provider. But they didn't buy it because they love whiskey -- this is big business. 

Consumption of American whiskey was up so much in 2013 that a shortage was briefly feared, posting a 5 percent bump between 2011-2012 according to Tecnomic, an spirits' industry analyst.

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Alamo Heights
12:26 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Divisive Development In Alamo Heights Gets Limited Go Ahead

Overland Partners rendering of the proposed development at Broadway and Austin Highway. The approved permit would allow only a smaller building.
Overland Partners Architects

Last night the City of Alamo Heights met to discuss what one city councilor called the largest and most divisive project to come before their city council in years.

The developer, Alamo Manhattan, proposed to redevelop the tract of land at the crossroads of Broadway and Austin highway in what is to be called the Alamo Heights Gateway Complex.

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Community
12:05 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Beacon Hill Neighbors Recommend Zoning Change Request For Controversial Art Gallery

Residents cast their ballot on whether or not to recommend approval of a zoning change request. They overwhelmingly supported the request.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

In an overwhelming vote in favor of a well-publicized zoning case in Beacon Hill, residents of the community just north of downtown gave their approval for an art gallery and design business.

The neighborhood vote Monday night is just another step in the process of re-zoning French & Michigan, which takes its name from the intersection at which it is located. The building is currently zoned as residential, but its legacy has been mostly as a commercial structure located just off Fredericksburg Road.

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Government
11:47 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Brownsville ISD Lawyer Not Satisfied With TWIA Statement About Racist Emails

An attorney representing the Brownsville Independent School District in a lawsuit against the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association said he is appalled by the state agency’s reaction to a new set of 854 emails sent between TWIA employees and their private partners, some of which contain the same offensive and racist terms that were discovered in the latter part of 2013.

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2014 Election
10:59 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Republican Lieutenant Governor Primary Focused On Border Security

U.S. Border Patrol vehicles near the border fence.
David Martin Davies TPR News

On March 5, Texas voters will weigh in during a primary election for what many say is the most powerful job in state politics: Texas lieutenant governor.

Four well-known Republican candidates are vying for the nomination and a chance to face off against state Sen. Leticia Van De Putte, D-San Antonio.

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Arts & Culture
10:52 am
Tue January 14, 2014

New Film About The "Curious" George Washington Birthday Celebration In Laredo

"Las Marthas," an Independent Lens film.
Edwin Martinez

Local PBS station KLRN is putting on a screening that has an interesting twist.

"We are one of 95 communities around the United States that are holding film screenings throughout the year," said Marketing VP Katrina Kehoe. "They are Independent Lens films...(Independent Lens is a recurring PBS documentary series)…and we are encouraging the community to come out with us, screen these programs, before they broadcast on KLRN."

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San Marcos
10:26 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Texas State University Students Okay After Police Evacuation, Bomb Scare

Texas State University-San Marcos.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

About 300 students were allowed back into their dorm rooms shortly after 6:00 a.m. at Texas State University following a bomb hoax that forced an evacuation for about four hours.

Texas State officials say the incident began after midnight when a police officer spotted a person smoking in violation of the school's smoke-free campus policy. The officer found a potentially explosive device in the back of the individual's pickup truck, which officials said had an ignition mechanism attached.

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