The White House

New York Times investigative reporter James Risen says while he is hoping that it won't come to it, he is willing to go to prison rather than divulge the source of information for a chapter he wrote in his 2006 book "State of War" that detailed the failed CIA mission dubbed "Operation Merlin." The Clinton-era mission allegedly attempted to put bad nuclear weapon plans into Iranian physicist hands, delaying them from obtaining a functional warhead. Jeffrey Sterling was indicted for leaking the information to Risen in 2010.

Republicans in both the Texas House and Senate are vowing to pass a bill this session, which would add Texas to the growing list of states with open-carry gun laws. These bills, which already has the governor-elect’s support, has multiple versions of it presented in the early filing period.

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The Youth Orchestras of San Antonio has an interesting concert scheduled for this weekend. I spoke recently to YOSA Music Director Troy Peters.

“This Saturday, YOSA’s going to be holding our annual concerto competition. We’ve got 10 of our most advanced musicians, who are going to be playing at two o’clock on Saturday afternoon, at St. David’s Episcopal Church. And then, one of them will be named a winner, and will appear as a soloist with the San Antonio Symphony.”

This is a competition, albeit a friendly one.

Austin Baroque Orchestra

An atypical type of orchestra is bringing their sound to San Antonio. I caught up recently with their Artistic Director.

“We’re going to be doing our yearly Latin American Early Music concert.”

That’s Billy Traylor on the Austin Baroque Orchestra.

“Every year we come to San Antonio to Mission Concepcion; we’ve done this the past two or three years now. And it’s particularly special because we’re playing music from colonial Latin America in a colonial Spanish Church. So it’s as close as you can come to hearing this music in its original setting.

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The City of San Antonio's negotiations with Police and Fire unions over benefits packages have now entered the courtroom.