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4:53 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Parker Makes Stravinsky Ballets One Man Band

Jon "Jackie" Kimura Parker
John Clare / Texas Public Radio

Igor Stravinsky made an original piano version of his ballet "Petrushka," so why would someone else make one?

"Well, I played it as a student, and I remember thinking, you know, I would actually trill this octave, not that one," says Jon "Jackie" Kimura Parker.

Parker has made a solo piano version of the entire ballet, not just a few scenes.

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Immigration Reform
4:50 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Castro Predicts Immigration Reform Will Pass This Summer

Joaquín (left) and Julián Castro (right), here on the Charlie Rose Show, have become leading voices for immigration reform.
Charlie Rose Show

The so-called Gang-of-Eight are still working to hammer out an immigration reform bill, despite criticism from conservatives who call it a "bad bill."

San Antonio Congressman Joaquín Castro is looking forward to seeing a comprehensive immigration package this year. He said he believes the bi-partisan group will be able to meet the standards that constituents expect.

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Texas Legislature
3:03 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

State Of Texas Could Start Paying You 5 Cents For Your Empties

Chris Eudaily TPR

Sen. Rodney Ellis, D-Houston, said SB 645 will add a redeemable 5 cents on every beverage bottle sold in Texas - glass, aluminum or plastic. If the bill passes, Texas would join 10 other states who have such a program.

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Science, Technology, Engineering, Math
1:42 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Toyota USA Foundation Gives Boost To STEM Education

Toyota brought its trucks to The Pearl Monday to highlight its press conference announcing a $100,000 grant for the CORE4 STEM competition
Eileen Pace TPR

The Toyota USA Foundation announced it will contribute $100,000 to the annual CORE4 STEM Expo for students studying science, technology, engineering, and math.

toyota USA National Vice-President Pat Pineda said by 2018, 1.2 million STEM jobs will go unfilled.

"That’s because we don’t have enough people that have the requisite skills, and I think unfortunately we all know that this is a particularly acute problem in the Latino community," Pineda said.

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KPAC Blog
12:25 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Beethoven Transcends His Time With 28th Piano Sonata

Even in his dark period, Beethoven was too stubborn to let it keep him down.
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What is a musical genius to do? Ludwig van Beethoven had been composing piano sonatas with his own technical prowess in mind since he was eleven years old, and thirty five years later he hits a brick wall.

The new ideas and experimentation that stimulated so much of his music wasn't happening. This was the situation Beethoven found himself in 1816. The composer was a crotchety and difficult man at the best of times and after 1815 his physical problems and lack of energy brought his compositional growth to a standstill.

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West, Texas
9:44 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Leading State Environmental Activist Critical Of West Plant, TCEQ

Luke Metzger, director of Environment Texas
Environment Texas

State environmental group are calling for a thorough investigation of the fertilizer plant in the town of West following the fire and explosion that killed 14 people and injured about 200.

Luke Metzger, the executive director for Environment Texas, said there were too many glaring defects at the West fertilizer plant for someone not to notice.

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The Source - April 22, 2013
6:39 am
Mon April 22, 2013

The Source: The Sequester And San Antonio

Pew Center

In the first segment:

As cuts in federal spending begin to take effect, how are San Antonians feeling the impact? We speak with Melanie Villalobos from the San Antonio Housing Authority on how the cuts will freeze their ability to assist low-income families.

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Tier One Research Status
5:37 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

UTSA Names Bodenstedt Chair For Business College

University of Texas at San Antonio

UTSA has acquired a Rice University professor to lead its top-ranked business school through the next decade of San Antonio. 

Dr. William Gerard Sanders has been named Bodenstedt Chair of the College of Business. Sanders launched a PhD program in strategic management at Rice University, where he has served for the last 5 years, and in the previous 12 years served as a department chair and faculty member at Brigham Young University.

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World Music
5:07 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

World Music Celebrations: Miao Girls Festival

Miao girls.
L-Bit (Kia Ora) 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 week, learn about the Chinese equivalent of Valentine's Day. 

SISTERS MEAL FESTIVAL

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Northside ISD
4:41 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Northside Enrolls Record Kindergartners, To Hit 100,000 Students In Fall

Northside ISD

As the Northside Independent School District ends its coordinated kindergarten registration, the district is expected to hit record enrollment for five year olds and finally top more than 100,000 students beginning next year.

When schools starts this fall the district will have 101,600 students.  

For the past week the district has been encouraging parents to enroll their five year olds for the 2013-14 school year. Northside expects to enroll a record 7,700 kindergartners, which spokesman Pascual Gonzalez said it is a barometer for future years.

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