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Texas Matters
2:24 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

In Texas, A Battle For Governor, In D.C., A Battle Over Health Care

While one political battle rages on in Washington, D.C., another is warming up in Texas with the race for governor.
Flickr user Adam Fagen (afagen) cc

Texas Matters: The players are now set for the Texas governors race in 2014, and the players seem to be digging even deeper trenches in Washington, D.C. Who will be victorious in these battles of political wit (and values)? Also on this show: Gun rights advocates are holding an (armed) rally at the Alamo this weekend, and a high school senior in Amarillo shocks her entire school in the name of journalism.

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Texas Legislature
1:13 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Democrats Forming Senate Strategy With Davis Vacating Seat

Democrats will need to win as many vacant Senate seats as they can to keep Republicans from pushing through legislation if the two-thirds rule is thrown out.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

In order to maintain a balance of power in the Texas Senate, Democrats are planning to recover the seat that will be vacated by Wendy Davis as she leaves it to run for governor.

State Sen. Royce West, D-Dallas, has confidence his party will be able to fill that seat or possibly one of the other five vacant Republican seats in the Texas Senate.

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Fronteras Desk
12:29 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Deportations Take Toll On Young People’s Mental Health

Centro Savila, an organization that offers counseling and other support services to immigrant families in Albuquerque, is growing, but the organization recently had to start a waiting list for new clients.
Sarah Gustavus New Mexico In Depth

Fronteras: Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio will now have a court-appointed monitor watching over his department. We have a two-part series examining how the deportation of family members can impact the mental health of young people. Conservationists in the southwestern border region are busy cleaning trash out of watersheds before winter rains hit. By involving the community, they hope to create allies in the fight for a healthy border environment. And, soon travelers arriving at Tijuana's airport will be able to cross, by bridge, directly into San Diego.

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2014 Election
12:18 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Davis Announces Bid For 2014 Governor’s Race

Wendy Davis is hoping to roll momentum gained from the Stand With Texas Women rallys this summer into a win in November 2014.
David Martin Davies TPR News

 With little surprise but abounding excitement state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, has announced her bid to run in the 2014 governor’s race.   

It was a 13-hour filibuster Davis into the national spotlight, but that was not the message she had for the crowd of almost 2,000 supporters.

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Government Shutdown
12:04 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Furloughed Employees Say Sen. Ted Cruz Should Stay Home From Work

A woman dressed as the Cat in the Hat leads a group of protesters into the San Antonio offices of Texas Senator Ted Cruz.
Joey Palacios TPR News

With no end in sight to the federal government shutdown, a group of out-of-work federal employees in San Antonio is delivering its own furlough notice to Sen. Ted Cruz.

Angry federal workers at Port San Antonio, a decommissioned Air Force base, say they're fed up with being government pawns.

“We just came off our sequester in mid-September and we got the sucker punch of being sent home again Tuesday. All we want is the senator to do his job,” said Elsa Martinez, an employee with the Air Force reserve.

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2014 Election
5:55 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Thousands Gather Across Texas To Watch Davis Announce Bid For Governor

Davis is now all-in for a gubernatorial run in 2014.
Senator Wendy R. Davis Facebook

State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, is now Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis as she confirmed speculation that she will run for governor in 2014.

Battleground Texas, one of Davis' strongest support groups is playing host to Davis announcement watch parties all across the state.

"We’re holding watch parties around the state and in 40 locations so that folks that can’t make to the even in the Dallas-Fort Worth area can have a chance to watch Wendy’s announcement live," said Battleground Texas’ Ellis Brockman.

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Mission Reach
5:46 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Grand Opening Of Mission Reach This Saturday

Cyclists enjoy a quiet morning Thursday on the newest leg of the MIssion Reach
Eileen Pace

Completion of the final phase of the Mission Reach will be celebrated Saturday with a four-mile party along the San Antonio River.

Officials say the newest section of Riverwalk is especially fun for the outdoor enthusiasts.

Cyclists and hikers along the Mission Reach early Thursday morning took advantage of the quiet of the natural area at the same time last-minute construction was being completed in advance of Saturday’s grand opening.

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KPAC Blog
4:34 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

"The Hills Are Alive" With San Antonio Choral Society's Fall Performances

San Antonio Choral Society Music Director Jennifer Seighman.
San Antonio Choral Society San Antonio Choral Society

The San Antonio Choral Society’s 49th performing season starts October 15, so Music Director Jennifer Seighman dropped by the studio with a preview.

“We will have four major concerts," she said. "The first one is 'The Hills Are Alive: Music of Bavaria and Austria' and this is in anticipation of our choir tour to Bavaria and Austria, and also to help us get started celebrating Octoberfest this month."

Seighman said the "Hills Are Alive" performance will contain selections from "The Sound of Music."

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2014 Election
3:15 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

How Will Davis Handle A Very Tough Campaign?

Volunteers registered people to vote at the Stand With Texas Women rally that was headlines by Wendy Davis in San Antonio this summer. Is this the year Democrats force a shift in state politics?
David Martin Davies TPR News

Even before state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, has announced her intentions for the 2014, she has taken a few jabs from Attorney General Greg Abbott's supporters and some directly connected to his campaign. One of those online criticisms labeled Davis a "Retard Barbie."  

University of Texas at Austin Professor James Henson runs the Texas Politics Project and said this type of gender politics is a theme voters will see throughout  2014.

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Arts & Culture
2:51 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

SA Public Library Showing Off A Time Capsule Of World War I Posters

Victory Liberty Loan
Harry Hertzberg

An exhibit with an unusual origin opens at the downtown Central Library next week. The exhibit's curator, Allison Hays Lane, explains.

"We have over 40 wonderful, original World War I posters and prints that were found in the basement of the Hertzberg Museum," Lane said.

Lane was asked how that surprise find must have made those finding it feel.

“Almost like King Tut’s Tomb. I mean it was just wonderful!" she said.

Lane speaks in excited and reverential terms about the artists whose works comprise the "Winds and Words of War" collection.

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