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The Source - July 31, 2013
4:34 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

The Source: Dry Texas

99 percent of Texas counties are in drought according to the Texas Water Development Board.  What does this mean for Texas Agriculture.  Last year 12 billion dollars were paid out in federal crop insurance across the country, but we have a record planting of corn this year. And there is no garauntee that an early fall won't wipe that planting out.  

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Transportation
2:55 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

First Public Glimpse At Proposed Market-Commerce Route For Downtown Streetcar

Market Street in front of the Grand Hyatt is a new proposal to the streetcar route plans. Residents will get the chance to see the proposal for the first time July 30 at Temple Beth-El.
Ryan Loyd TPR

VIA will unveil one of the newest proposed routes at a public meeting tonight. The plans would have the transportation system's streetcar traveling east-west down Commerce and Market Streets, and would provide connections to people at a number of stops along the popular thoroughfares.  

VIA Spokesman Charlie Gonzalez says the route addition actually came about as a result of public input from one of the early meetings.

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Texas
10:31 am
Tue July 30, 2013

White House Strategizes With Rep. Martinez Fischer Over Voting Rights Act

Trey Martinez Fischer via Facebook

President Obama convened voting rights advocates to the White House Monday, where he doubled down on his commitment to salvaging the Voting Rights Act. Texas state representative Trey Martinez Fischer, a San Antonio Democrat, was the only Texan invited, and he said Texas was frequently discussed in the meeting with Obama and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.

“Just as the President is talking about discrimination at the polls, here we are in Texas arguing this case in front of federal judges," Martinez Fischer said.

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Environment
9:53 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Photo Calendar Offers Stewardship Lessons For Children

This is the 10th year for the Picture Your World calendar benefiting the San Antonio chapter of Green Space Alliance. The calendar depicts nature photographs by San Antonio youth.
Eileen Pace

A group of local students have been honored for a year’s worth of  photographic work highlighting the local environment. A calendar featuring their nature photographs was unveiled Monday.
The students came from all over town and a variety of age groups. Some, like middle-school student, Lauren Szymanski, were challenged by their teachers to do something new. 

"She didn’t want us to over-edit our pictures," Szymanski said. "So it was kind of different, because we’re so used to editing our pictures in these crazy different ways."

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KPAC Blog
9:41 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Frey Lends Excitement & Beauty To 'La Voce Del Violoncello"

Cellist Elinor Frey
courtesy of the artist

The latest release from Passacaille Records is a solo cd of Elinor Frey, La Voce Del Violoncello. The amazing disc explores lesser known works of Italian cellist-composers such as Domenico Galli, Guiseppe Maria Dall'Abaco and more. The stellar recording is now available as a download or cd. I asked Elinor some questions about this project.

What inspired you to record Voce?

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The Source - July 29, 2013
2:21 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

The Source: Voting Rights Act | Assisted-Living Meets Big Unregulated Business

Stamp Commemorating the Voting Rights Act of 1965
Bruce Davidson photographer

In the first segment:

Attorney General, Eric Holder, weighed into the voting rights act fracas here in Texas, saying he will seek to ensure pre-clearance of voting maps takes place by enforcing other provisions of the Voting Rights Act. We speak with William Yeomans, 26 year veteran of the Justice Department who litigated several civil rights cases on what it means.  Yeomans is now a Professor of Law at American University.

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KPAC Blog
12:41 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

What's In A (Musical) Word? Expressing Ink Into Music

First page of Ravel's Bolero
virtualsheetmusic.com

Miles Hoffman, who you might know from playing viola or commenting on NPR's Morning Edition, has written a delightful opinion piece about the word "crescendo." He points out that its use is not always correct, even by some very famous authors!

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KPAC Programming
10:03 am
Mon July 29, 2013

San Antonio Symphony Performs "Bolero" And More

Martina Filjak performs on "Nights in the Gardens of Spain."
Romano Grozich

Maurice Ravel was somewhat ambivalent about his "Bolero," calling it "18 minutes of orchestra, with no music." But "Bolero," with its hypnotic rhythm, stands as one of the best-loved, most interesting studies of orchestra color and musical acoustics ever composed.

The show this week also includes Spanish music from both Ravel and Manuel de Falla, and impressionistic pictures for orchestra by Claude Debussy. It's music from both sides of the Pyranees on this week's "San Antonio Symphony" broadcast.

This week’s program:

August 10, 7:00 p.m. BOLERO

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Arts & Culture
2:14 pm
Sat July 27, 2013

Marin Alsop and Sao Paulo Symphony Head to Europe in October

Marin Alsop, Chief Conductor of Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Credit Grant Leighton

  In October 2013 Marin Alsop will bring the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, Brazil’s leading cultural export, to Europe for a 15 concert tour. The Orchestra’s most extensive European tour to date takes in Berlin’s Philharmonie, Paris’s Salle Pleyel, London’s Royal Festival Hall and the Vienna Konzerthaus, plus three dates at the Salzburg Festival.

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Stage III Water Restrictions
5:01 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

New Braunfels Activates Stage III Water Restrictions; San Antonio Waits it Out

Chris Eudaily TPR News

The Edwards Aquifer has slipped below the trigger point for Stage Three water restrictions in both San Antonio and New Braunfels. One city has decided to take action, while the other will wait it out.

The Aquifer hit 639 feet today, setting the ball rolling for every other week watering, at least for San Antonio and New Braunfels. New Braunfels Mayor Gale Pospisil issued a declaration stating Stage Three would begin on Monday. Utility Spokeswoman Gretchen Reuwer says the first week of no watering will be August 19th.

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