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9:53 am
Thu September 19, 2013

This Is Only A Test: Mass-Casualty Drill Today At Port San Antonio

There will be a mass-casualty exercise at Port San Antonio today, similar to this one that was held at Edison High School in May but on a larger scale.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

Don't be alarmed if you see military and other emergency responders on the scene at Port San Antonio today, it is an annual mass-casualty exercise to test the readiness of local hospitals and emergency responders.

The Southwest Texas Regional Advisory Council (STRAC) is organizing the mock disaster drill involving complex injuries, transportation needs, treatment and tracking.

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Texas Politics
9:23 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Democrats Not Happy About Dewhurst Dig At Senate Committees

Screen shot from a David Dewhurst campaign video.
Dewhurst campaign video

During a panel with all four Republican candidates in the lieutenant governor's race at the Ronald Reagan Republican Women's Conference this week, current Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst defended his record of appointing Democrats to chair Senate committees.

"I’ve been reducing the number of Democrat chairs since I came in," Dewhurst said. "You know how many committees we have? 17. You know how many Democrat chairs we have? five. Okay? So, I’ve been reducing them and not one of them is one of the critical committees."

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TPR Events & Initiatives
8:56 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Backyard Basics Expo Has Broad Appeal

Master Gardeners exhibit
Carin Lamontagne Texas Public Radio

The attendees came for many reasons: Some are dedicated urban gardeners, some came prepared to learn to build their own rain barrels, and some, like Georgie McCandless, were just curious.

"I heard about it on the radio, and it sounded interesting," Georgie said, before admitting that she's a TPR listener who has not yet made the transition to member. "When I found out that TPR members got in for free, well, let's say I'm seriously considering joining." 

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Transportation Costs
4:26 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

TxDOT Wants Bigger Texas Cities To Take Control Of Roads

Blanco Road, seen here under construction, is one of the roads TxDOT is offering San Antonio in a "turnback" program. The state would give local control of the road, but the city would be responsible for future maintenance.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Many of the roads that take you to work, school, the grocery store and home are owned and maintained by the state, but the Texas Department of Transportation wants to transfer control of those roads to cities with more than 50,000 people.

Generally speaking, cities don't want that burden.

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KPAC Blog
4:13 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Copperleaf Quintet Ready For New Season

Ruth Moreland at TPR.
John Clare TPR Arts

Some of San Antonio's most able musicians play an instrument we all take for granted.

"I can't tell you how many people tell us how, that when they hear our a capella music, it is what they imagine Angels must sound like," said Copperleaf Quintet Artistic Director and singer Ruth Moreland.

Some of the group's new season, which begins September 29, will be performed primarily at the University of the Incarnate Word's Chapel of the Incarnate Word.

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Affordable Care Act
3:51 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

With ACA Exchanges About To Open, Perry Wants More Rules For "Navigators"

How will the latest move by Perry affect Affoordable Care Act rollout in Texas?
David Martin Davies TPR News

Gov. Rick Perry has ordered the Texas Department of Insurance to come up with a set of rules governing the Affordable Care Act’s navigator program.

ACA navigators will be helping people get the information they need to sign up for qualified plans under the new law.

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2014 Election
2:43 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Davis Waiting Game Coming To An End -- Will She Or Won't She Run For Governor?

Sen. Wendy Davis at a Stand With Texas Women rally in San Antonio..
David Martin Davies TPR News

State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, indicates in a letter sent to supporters that she has made a decision about the 2014 governor’s race and will announce it at the beginning of October.

Davis says in her letter:

"There’s one question I’ve gotten quite often in the past few months. I’ve heard it online, while I’m traveling around the state, from the media, and in my Fort Worth neighborhood: What’s next?... On October 3, I’ll be answering that question. And as part of my dedicated network of grassroots supporters, you will be among the very first to find out."

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Bracken Bat Cave
2:13 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Watch 10 Million Bats Emerge At Bracken Bat Cave -- From Your Couch

Millions of bats begin their nightly flight at sundown at the Bracken Bat Cave.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

You usually have to sign up to go out to the Bracken Bat Cave to see the world's largest bat colony leave the confines of their cave home for the night, but now you can just pull up a website.

The Bracken "Bat Cam" is now live -- though there isn't much to see early in the day -- and the bats begin their exodus at about 7:30 p.m.

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Arts & Culture
1:08 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

ARTS San Antonio Kicks Off New Season October 5

Diavolo Dance Theater is architecture in motion. Find out more about this innovative dance company's performance in SA in October at http://bit.ly/14LFc06.
ARTS San Antonio Facebook

ARTS San Antonio’s new season is just around the corner and Executive Director John Toohey says unlike some arts organizations in the city, which have a narrow focus, their niche is in providing a wide style of performance art.

"People come here from all over the world, so we bring performing artists here from all over the world," Toohey says.

So what should San Antonians look for this fall?

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Gun Control
12:12 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Starbucks CEO Asks For Customers To Not Bring Guns Into Stores, Please

Starbucks president and CEO, Howard Schultz, requests that people no longer bring firearms into his stores.
Flickr user David Trawin (trawin) cc

The head of Starbucks is taking on a policy request at his stores nationwide by asking customers to not bring their guns onto store property.

In response to the mass shooting at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C., Schultz said in an open letter that his company is about building community and providing a comfortable environment for everyone.

"Our stores exist to give every customer a safe and comfortable respite from the concerns of daily life," he writes in the letter.

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