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KPAC Blog: Book Review
2:10 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Life After Death With Bess Lovejoy's New Book About The Fates Of Famous Corpses

Rest in Pieces: The Curious Fates of Famous Corpses
Simon and Schuster

I don't know what it says about me, but when a new book was sent to TPR called "Rest in Pieces," I was deemed the person to review it.

I have been in love with spooky stuff since I was about four and my horror movie collection is huge, but I think of myself as a fairly regular fellow. If you are lucky enough to read, retain and enjoy disturbing and arcane facts, this book is for you.

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City Council Elections
2:03 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

District 8 Candidates Push Each Other Into Political Corners

Mike Kueber
Courtesy Mike Kueber

The race for San Antonio’s City Council District 8 has been chock full of the usual campaigning techniques. Rolando Briones, Ron Nirenberg and Mike Kueber have participated in neighborhood association debates and town forums, they’ve walked the streets and they’ve been out doing community meet and greets.

But the heat is on between Briones and Nirenberg, and although Kueber isn't in the middle of the ruckus, he is taking the opportunity to ask questions of his own.

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Local Business & The Drought
12:25 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Landscapers May Be Worried About Water, But Other Businesses Will Be OK

Lavendar, a low-water use plant recommended for San Antonio landscapes
Eileen Pace TPR

Businesses in agriculture are paying close attention to the water situation over the next few weeks as warmer temperatures approach, but other businesses with lesser water demands have little to worry about.

The overwhelming approval Wednesday of a bill setting aside state funding for water projects sparked conversation about water restrictions in metro areas. Some lawmakers argued that the money would benefit only rural communities.

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Fronteras Desk
12:14 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Threats To Reporters Cause News Blackouts In Mexico

“Reporter, you’re going to die,” spelled out in hot sauce on the kitchen table of Hiram Gonzalez.
Nogales International

Fronteras: Under the new Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, attacks against news agencies appear to have increased. A San Diego interpreter finds himself at the center of a tense international conflict, and it may have cost him his job. We examine how the lengthy drought has started a nasty legal battle over water rights between Texas and New Mexico. Semana Santa (Holy Week) continues and Mexican citizens are traveling to the U.S. in droves, boosting San Antonio's economy.

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KPAC Blog: Metropolitan Opera
11:59 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Giuseppi Verdi's 'La Traviata,' The Opera Of Operas

Metropolitan Opera

There are a handful of operas that define the genre; their time period irrelevant and their themes go to the very heart of the human condition.

We live with these creations daily without our knowing it and they are the very musical air we breath. They exist in the opera house, on the the concert stage (without scenery), in the recital hall (as excerpts, arranged for piano), in the elevator, on the radio, in the lightest cartoons and the darkest dramas - and yes, in the shower.

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Airport Funding
11:52 am
Thu March 28, 2013

To Help Ease Sequestration Cuts, Stinson May Get Temporary TxDOT Funding

An SAPD helicopter sits in a hangar at Stinson Airport.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

Gov. Rick Perry has asked for state funding to help airport control towers stay open after federal budget cuts take effect.

A week after San Antonio learned the tower at the historic Stinson Airport would be de-funded as part of sequestration, the governor made a plea to the Texas Transportation Commission to fund 13 of the small airport towers for 90 days. The Commission controls funding for the Texas Department of Transportation.

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U.S.-Mexico Economy
10:45 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Mexican Nationals Make Retail Pilgrimage For Semana Santa

A family of shoppers from Mexico takes a break in San Antonio’s Shops at La Cantera. During high travel times the mall attracts many people from across the border to shop.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

This week is Semana Santa (Holy Week), and it's a big week in Mexico - schools cancel classes and businesses take a holiday. It is also a big week for retailers in the Southwest United States because Mexican shoppers cross the border in droves.

For San Antonio it’s one of the biggest weeks of the year for retail sales, and retailers have high hopes for this year’s Semana Santa spending spree because of a powerful peso.

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World Music
10:23 am
Thu March 28, 2013

World Music Celebrations: Easter

Hanácké kraslice, a traditional way of decorating Easter eggs with straw in the region of Haná, the Czech Republic.
Jan Kameníček Wikimedia Commons

Each week on World Music (Saturday nights from 8-10 on KSTX 89.1 FM), I take a look at celebrations happening around the world. This weekend, Christians around the world celebrate Easter as a sacred Holy Day as well as with a little fun. 

BUNNY HOPPING 

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Urban Revitalization
4:35 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Balancing The Needs Of Families In Center City Redevelopment

As areas like Mahncke Park continue to make a comeback, stakeholders hope to attract more young families closer to the center of the city.
Eileen Pace TPR News

Stakeholders of center city development got together today to talk about balancing the needs of young urban professionals with growing families as the revitalization of downtown moves forward.

About 200 members of the Urban Land Institute heard different perspectives from school officials, business partners and real estate gurus about the development of downtown for family residences.

A focus group of real estate agents revealed that many don’t think of showing downtown homes to their clients with families.

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Community
3:11 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

New Program Lineup on KSTX 89.1 FM

Beginning the week of April 1, listeners to KSTX 89.1 FM will hear several exciting new programs on the weekends, as well as an expanded edition of Texas Public Radio's award-winning program, "The Source."

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