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8:44 pm
Sat May 25, 2013

Storms Cause Massive Flooding, Evacuation in San Antonio Area

District 1 Councilman Diego Bernal surveys the flooded areas of San Antonio by helicopter Saturday afternoon with San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro.
Diego Bernal

Storms rolled through San Antonio Saturday and dumped nearly 10 inches of rain, sparking house fires, flooding roads throughout the city, and stranding people in their vehicles and at parks.

San Antonio firefighters responded to nearly 250 water-related incidents. In one case, Chief Charles Hood said his crews were in the middle of rescuing a 60 year old woman when the strong currents grabbed her away from them.

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Community
5:02 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Memorial Day Shopping Caution From AAA, BBB

Shoppers by the thousands take to the malls during Memorial Day sales.

The Better Business Bureau has some tips for spending wisely and making sure that good deal….really is a good deal.

TRIPLE-A expects shoppers to spend an average of $659 each this weekend. The Better Business Bureau sometimes gets complaints about deals that seem too good to be true, so they created an advertising guide with basic standards that sellers should adhere to.

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Arts & Culture
4:43 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Visit Seven Cultural Institutions With One Pass On 'Broadway Reach'

McNay Art Museum is just one of the seven stops on the 'Broadway Reach' tour.
Eileen Pace TPR

Seven institutions along the Broadway corridor have created a collaborative to showcase the art, culture and history available in a tightly-knit area north of downtown.  

The multi-level effort was first brainstormed during SA 2020 meetings almost three years ago.

"Well, we’ve been working together for a number of years, meeting and talking about how we could work together more effectively," said Dr. William Chiego, director of the McNay Art Museum.

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City Council Elections
3:56 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Though Endorsements Are Nice, Voter Turnout Is Key To Runoff Election

Incumbent David Medina looks over election numbers on election night that would eventually reveal he would head to a runoff with his opponent, Shirley Gonzales.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

Endorsements are often times influential by appealing to voters who may be undecided, and with the runoff elections for City Council Districts 5 and 8 in June, every vote will help determine who will win the seats.

This year's city council races began with nearly 40 candidates and now only four remain.

  • In District 5, incumbent David Medina is facing political newcomer Shirley Gonzales.
  • In District 8, where there is no incumbent, Ron Nirenberg and Rolando Briones are battling it out for the seat.

Plenty of people are choosing sides in these races.

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Texas Matters
3:34 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Storm-Insurance Disaster Looms As Hurricane Season Approaches

2008's Hurricane Ike off the coast of Texas.
National Weather Service

The 83rd Legislature is finished on Monday and so far there is no permanent fix for a state-funded storm insurance company as hurricane season approaches. Want to know the secret behind which bills pass and which ones fail? Follow the money. Also on this show: This summer's projected strain on the state's electric grid, and a border reunion between two villages.

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Texas Legislature
2:30 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Senate & House Education Leaders Say They Have Charter School And Testing Deal

Ryan Poppe TPR News

The last few days for Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, and his House companion, Jimmie Don Aycock, R-Killeen, have been rough, especially when it comes to sealing the votes needed for a bill that increases the number of charter schools in the state and another reducing the number of course exams.

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Fronteras Desk
12:17 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Mexico's Tech Industry & The Influence Of Immigration On A Wisconsin Dairy Farm

Mexican universities, like the Tec de Monterrey, encourage students from different majors to interact and generate ideas for future projects.
Mónica Ortiz Uribe Fronteras

The technology industry in Mexico is on the rise. A little-known provision in the massive Senate immigration bill singles out Canadian snowbirds to grant them longer stays. A fifth-generation Wisconsin dairy farmer hires most of his workers from Mexico. Finally, a group of San Diego students have created their own cooking show.

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Texas Legislature
10:14 am
Fri May 24, 2013

In Legislative Homestretch, Transportation & Education Funding Still Uncertain

Eileen Pace TPR

Tensions between the House and Senate over education funding have hit an all-time high this session, and that along with an added provision related to fees charged to overweight 18 wheelers worries Rep. Drew Darby, R-San Angelo, because of the transportation dollars tied to those same spending bills.

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World Music Celebrations
5:32 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

World Music Celebrations: Cheese Rolling

The Cheese Master
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, a cheesy festival in England.

COOPER'S HILL CHEESE ROLLING

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Texas Legislature
4:47 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Senator's Late Budget Changes Upset Both Sides Of The Aisle

As in 2011, public education funding is a major issue at the state capitol.
Flickr user Phil Ostroff cc

Last-minute changes to House Bill 1025, a spending bill that has been the glue for the Texas budget, is now causing things to fall apart.

Lawmakers in the Texas House said they are shocked by the changes tacked on to a supplemental spending bill still awaiting a final vote, and have said they will not send the legislation to Gov. Rick Perry’s desk.

Rep. Sylvester Turner, D-Houston, said Sen. Tommy Williams, R-The Woodlands, has broken their agreement regarding an additional $200 million in education funding.

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