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12:06 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Political Expert Weighs In On Undercover Video Of Battleground Texas

The political back-and-forth between Greg Abbott and Wendy Davis has reached new heights this week with revelations about her life story and the release of a controversial undercover video.
Ryan Poppe/David Martin Davies TPR News

A political expert in Texas says an undercover video of Battleground Texas organizers making fun of Greg Abbott’s disability will likely rally the base, but doesn't see it hurting anyone’s campaign.

Professor Jim Henson with the University of Texas at Austin’s Texas Politics Project said the impact will depend how closely the media follows the video, which he described as a highly-edited unidentified group of people making fun of Republican candidate for governor Greg Abbott’s disability.  

Henson said the video is more about mobilization and less about persuasion.

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KPAC Blog
11:34 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Musical Offerings Brings Dvorak Repertoire To SAMA

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Musical Offerings has its own take on presenting chamber music, specializing in presenting concerts at several cultural locations in town, rather than one home base, according to Artistic Director and violinist Joan Christenson.

“Many of the different museums in town, some of the churches, Trinity University, UTSA," she said.

They’re playing Monday night and at a place that really lends itself to their music, the San Antonio Museum of Art.

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Downtown
11:28 am
Fri January 24, 2014

With Downtown Building Vacancy Rate "Too High," Leaders Push To Make Progress

Murphy's Deli downtown relies on foot traffic for its business. The owner says filling vacant buildings nextdoor would greatly increase business.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

San Antonio's downtown building vacancy rate is too high. The statement didn't meet with any arguments during a recent interview with Pat DiGiovanni, the former executive who worked as deputy San Antonio city manager and is now the president and CEO of Centro San Antonio.

In his new role, DiGiovanni leads the collaboration of initiatives aimed at making downtown San Antonio and the central business district more desirable, active and filled with people.

He said there is a 29 percent downtown building vacancy rate, and the challenge remains clear.

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Texas Politics
10:29 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Abbott And Davis React To Hidden Video Recording Of Battleground Texas

Likely Republican nominee for governor in 2014 Greg Abbott.
Courtesy photo

After a videotape showing Battleground Texas workers -- who are helping campaign for Democratic candidate for governor Wendy Davis -- mocking Republican candidate for governor Greg Abbott for being disabled, Davis is again finding herself on the defensive.

State Sen. Davis is disavowing those remarks and the campaign workers who made them.

Conservative operative James O’Keefe is known for his heavily-edited hidden video recordings catching progressives like ACORN workers saying embarrassing things.

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Texas Politics
9:37 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Wendy Davis Responds To Charges She Embellished Life Story

Wendy Davis in a campaign ad highlighting her life story.
Wendy Davis for Governor

State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, is fighting back against allegations that she embellished her life story. The likely democratic nominee for Texas governor says she didn’t stretch the truth for political gain.

Part of Davis’s appeal to Texas voters has been her compelling back story -- of being once a teenaged single mother, living in a trailer park and through hard work and a Harvard law degree rising to political prominence.

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Election Campaigns
9:14 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Video Released Of Battleground Texas Workers Mocking Greg Abbott's Disability

Ryan Poppe/David Martin Davies TPR News

A YouTube video that has gone viral shows Battleground Texas organizers making fun of Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott’s disability.

The video was released by the nonprofit group Project Veritas, whose mission according to it’s founder is to go undercover and investigate public figures because of neglect from the mainstream media. 

The Project Veritas team secretly filmed Battleground Texas organizers at a Wendy Davis Gubernatorial watch party.

Clip from the undercover video:

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Community
7:58 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Updated: San Antonio-Area Closures Today

With freezing rain falling overnight, schools and highway interchanges are closed.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

Update (10:15): Our Lady of the Lake University is now cancelling all classes today.

Original Post: While highway interchanges are closed along with school districts across San Antonio, the Cowboy Breakfast is still on today.

City employees are still to report to work on time but Bexar County employees should come in at 10 a.m. USAA is telling their employees to report to work at 11 a.m.

All non-mission essential Joint Base San Antonio personnel are to report at 10 a.m.

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Arts & Culture
10:08 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Thao Nguyen On Her Time Off And On The Road

Nick Walker

Thao Nguyen began playing guitar at the age of 12.  She practiced songs in her mothers Laundromat.  She started bands in high school, a high school dedicated to science and technology.  In college she played weekend shows, while earning a double major in women’s studies and psychology.  

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Arts & Culture
5:19 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

The Ten Tenors Bring Their Australian Swagger To Boerne

The Ten Tenors.
Dylan Evans Photography

They’ve got a distinctive sound and maybe it’s because there are ten of them. Or maybe it’s that they’re Australian.  

"We’re just about to start our brand new show, which is the Ten Tenors on Broadway," said the group's Touring Musical Director Paul Gelsumini.. He describes what they do.

"Ten Aussie guys having fun onstage, you know, we are notorious for a few dance moves every now and then," Gelsumini said.

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Arts & Culture
2:43 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Filmmaker Deadline Looms For San Antonio Film Festival

Adam Rocha courtesy photo.

A film festival is one of those metrics by which city’s art scene is measured and the San Antonio Film Festival has been growing slowly for the last 20 years.

"What we do is screen films. They’re San Antonio filmmakers and they’re also filmmakers from around the world," said festival Executive Director Adam Rocha.

"And this is for seven fantastic days running July 28 through August 3," he said.

The film fest is still quite far off, but he is gathering films and filmmakers need to know they have a couple of deadlines to meet.

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