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1:41 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Maria Schneider: Bridging the Jazz-Classical Divide

Maria Schneider
Red Back Press

  Maria Schneider has emerged over the past several decades as one of our most original composers and arrangers for jazz orchestra. She studied music theory and composition at the University of Minnesota, graduating in 1983, then earned a Masters of Music in 1985 from the Eastman School of Music, studying for one year as well at the University of Miami.

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Military Budget Cuts
5:42 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Electric Vehicles At Fort Sam Houston Saving Money And Reducing Pollution

Electric vehicles are helping JBSA-Fort Sam Houston operate more efficiently.
Eileen Pace TPR

Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston is going green. New electric vehicles have taken to the streets of the post to save money and reduce pollution.

On-post errands at Fort Sam Houston used to be done in large, multi-passenger or cargo vans, sometimes even when only a smaller vehicle was needed.

About six months ago the post acquired 36 Low-Speed Electric Vehicles that Army North spokesman Eric Lobsinger said are working out well in more ways than one.

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U.S.-Mexico Natural Resources
4:54 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Mexican Government Authorizes Additional Water Flow Into U.S.

Mexican nationals on the south side of the Rio Grande at Boquillas, Mexico.
Lorne Matalon Marfa Public Radio

The Mexican Government has agreed to release additional water into the Rio Grande from its tributaries outside of a 79-year-old treaty on water rights as both counties face a difficult drought.

The 90-day agreement will allow additional water from the San Rodrigo River to flow into the Rio Grande and be used by the two countries.

The agreement comes a few weeks after several South Texas congressmen voiced grave concerns about water shortages.

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Texas Legislature
3:55 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Lawmaker Takes Another Crack At Legalized Gambling In Texas

Texas State Capitol in Austin.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

This is the sixth gambling bill that Sen. John Carona, R-Dallas, has authored in the last decade and he is hoping for the passage of a constitutional amendment that allows Texas voters to decide on the issue of legalized gambling.

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Texas Parks
2:05 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Texas Parks And Wildlife Getting By With Help From Private Donations

Thanks to funding help, Bastrop State Park is recovering from the devastating fires.
Texas Parks and Wildlife

Last year Whole Earth Provision raised $30,000 for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and hopes to break its own record this year.

Texas State Parks suffered a tremendous drop in visitors in 2011 that was blamed on extreme heat, the drought and the devastating wildfires - especially in Bastrop State Park.

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City Council Elections
1:39 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

LGBT Group Endorses Candidates For City Election, Castro May Get Another Chance

San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro told the nation he supports marriage equality at the Democratic National Convention in Sept. 2012.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

The Stonewall Democrats of San Antonio are the only Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender organization of their kind in Bexar County to screen and endorse candidates for public office.

For endorsement consideration, candidates must fill out a questionnaire on issues like non-discrimination and during its recent review of candidates for the San Antonio City Council, 22 of the 39 candidates completed their questionnaires.

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Community Fitness
1:15 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Pedal-Powered Siclovia Draws Record Attendance

A group of people participate in Zumba at a reclovía just outside of Lion's Field.
Joey Palacios TPR

On Sunday San Antonio’s Síclovía attracted thousands of people, who came out to play in the open street. The YMCA, who hosts the biannual event, said 45,000 people came out last October and this year about 65,000 people participated.

Síclovía has become a staple for the Spring and Fall seasons as Broadway Street is closed to traffic and cyclists, runners, roller bladers, and skate boarders make their way down the road without fear of vehicle traffic.

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Medicaid Expansion
12:44 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Perry Meeting With Florida Governor Rick Scott At "Strategic Forum"

Perry and Florida Gov, Rick Scott could discuss Medicaid expansion, a possibility that some people think is encouraging for eventual expansion in Texas.
rickperry.org

Gov. Rick Perry is visiting West Palm Beach today to take part in roundtable discussion with Florida Gov. Rick Scott at what is being called the Palm Beach Strategic Forum.

Perry's office indicated that he is in the state to discuss his ideas about economic development, but the topic of Medicaid expansion is certainly a possibility. 

Texas Medical Association’s President Michael Spear said that much is encouraging:

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Texas Democrats
9:21 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Battleground Boerne: Democrats Enlist Castro To Help Break Republican Stronghold

Jim McGrody, president of the Kendall County Democratic Club, introduces Congressman Joaquín Castro.
Jack Morgan

  State Democrats are on the move to Turn Texas Blue, a campaign to turn around the last three decades of Republican domination.

The effort went local last week when Kendall County Democrats asked for input from Congressman Joaquín Castro.

Texas has voted Republican in the last nine general elections, and hasn’t elected a Democrat to a statewide office since the 1990s. Between the Tea-Partiers and Governor Rick Perry, Democrats are feeling the squeeze.

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The Source - April 8, 2013
6:18 am
Mon April 8, 2013

The Source: Measuring The Economic Impact Of The Eagle Ford Shale

Thomas Tunstall in studio with "The Source" host David Martin Davies.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

In The First Segment:

Thomas Tunstall is the director of the UTSA Center for Community & Business Research and the lead researcher and economist on a recent study about the economic impact of the Eagle Ford Shale.

The study found that the total economic impact of the boom is $46 billion dollars and 86,000 jobs.

The report also found that the Eagle Ford Shale now ranks as the largest single oil and gas development in the world based on capital expenditures.

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