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Texas Legislature
10:25 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Senate Passes Water Funding Bill, House Variation Is "Doorknob Dead"

Ryan Poppe TPR News

Lawmakers in the Texas Senate wasted no time passing a bill to fund the future of Texas’ water needs, passing Senate Bill 4 by unanimous vote within the stretch of just a few hours. 

Sen. Troy Fraser, R-Horseshoe Bay, authored the bill that sets up the structure of awarding 500 water projects over the next 50 years.  

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Texas Legislature
9:38 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Senate Bill Would Give Press And Citizen Journalists Added Protection When Filming Police

Ryan Loyd TPR News

A bill winning favor in the Senate provides protection to anyone with a smartphone or other camera while filming the police. 

Senate Bill 897, which was authored by Sen. Craig Estes, R-Wichita Falls, reinforces protection for a citizen's first amendment right if they are arrested for filming the police.

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KPAC Blog
9:34 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Fairouz Fills Native Informant With New Sounds

Composer Mohammed Fairouz
courtesy of the artist

Not many composers under 30 years old can say they have had a Carnegie Hall premiere - or several recordings of their music. Mohammed Fairouz laughed when I mentioned that by the age of 26 he had accomplished this and more: "No, I'm only 27!" he said.

The latest from the Arab-American composer is called "Native Informant," out on the Naxos label, which features violinist Rachel Barton Pine in the title track.

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Community
9:28 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Update: KSTX 89.1 FM at Full Power

Update, 6:30 p.m. Friday: Announced on Twitter, KSTX's signal has been restored to full power. Huzzah! Thank you for your patience.

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Update, 8:30 a.m. Friday: After receiving the wrong part from the manufacturer on Thursday, we have verified that the *correct* part is in house this morning, and will be installed today. Cross your fingers (and toes, if you can).

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The Source - April 30, 2013
9:21 am
Tue April 30, 2013

The Source: San Antonio's Air Quality

San Antonio traffic.
Flickr user Steven Perez (silas216) cc

In the first segment:

The American Lung Association has released it's annual report on the state of the country's air, giving letter grades to states and counties. Bexar County get's an F in ozone pollution.

Ozone is that chlorine-smelling molecule that can lead to some serious health issues with prolonged exposure.

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KPAC Blog
8:52 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Dynamic Duo Brings Spanish Flair To New Release

New from Avie Records
courtesy of the artist

The latest release from Augustin Hadelich and Pablo Sainz Villegas is hot! "Histoire du Tango" is filled with passion, flair, and a lot of notes - featuring music from Astor Piazzolla, Manuel de Falla, Nicolo Paganini, and Pablo de Sarasate.

"A mutual friend in New York introduced us, and we played at an Embassy," says guitarist Pablo Sainz Villegas. "It was so much fun, and we understood each other musically." So Villegas and Hadelich decided to record some of the works they played that night.

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City Council Elections
6:19 am
Tue April 30, 2013

On First Day Of Early Voting, David Medina Warned About Voting Violation

Dist. 5 Councilman David Medina was cited for a voting violation of entering a polling location with a logo shirt on the first day of early voting.
Ryan Loyd TPR

Now that early voting is underway, San Antonians will see a barrage of candidate signs popping up like spring flowers at polling locations across the city.

In addition to the campaign signs at the Collins Garden Library on District 5’s North Park Street, campaign volunteers to some of the six candidates in the race to represent the city's near west side are welcoming people to the polls.

"Vote David Medina!" could be heard as one man shouted the words proudly in an effort to get the incumbent, David Medina, re-elected.

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Medina Lake
5:08 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

SAWS Discontinues Use Of Medina Lake Water

Medina Lake on Jan. 31, 2013
Flickr user jwhippy cc

The water in Medina Lake has fallen so low that the San Antonio Water System is no longer drawing water from it. The shift will affect the water source for the southern portion of Bexar County.

At the end of last week, SAWS shut off its pump in Medina Lake, which is now only five percent full.

"The water remaining is developing some water quality issues," said SAWS Spokeswoman Ann Hayden.

The decision to stop pumping was due to a concern about the water quality level and the amount of algae.

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Downtown Development
4:07 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Commerce Street Closure Begins Today, Market Street To Follow

The red line in this image shows the area of Commerce Street that will be converted into a bike and pedestrian lane.
Capital Improvement Management Services

Construction begins today for the realignment of Market Street underneath IH-37, and as the city begins to make way for expansion of the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, parts of Market Street need to be repositioned.

The first phase is a permanent closure of the contraflow lane from the northbound feeder road onto Commerce Street. The road will be converted into a pedestrian walkway and bike lanes.

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Texas Education
3:34 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Texas Education Commissioner Campaigns For Reducing High-Stakes Exams

Michael Williams photo from 2009 when he was the Texas Railroad Commissioner
Christopher C. Leonard cc

State Education Commissioner Michael Williams has been campaigning over the weekend to reducing the number of high-stakes exams required for graduation. 

At a business luncheon put on by the Texas Association of Businesses, Williams spoke about reducing the number of end-of-course exams from the current number of 15 tests.

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