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Latino Vote
4:43 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Opposing Views On How Greg Abbott Stacks Up With The Latino Community

The crowd at La Villita in San Antonio as Abbott announced that he would run for governor.
Eileen Pace TPR News

Winding down his ten-city tour of the state, Republican gubernatorial candidate and current Attorney General Greg Abbott said he is out to win the Hispanic vote in Texas.

Abbott ended his initial statewide campaign in Austin by saying he’s been connected to the Hispanic community for over 30 years. Abbot, whose wife is Latina, said he wants to reach out and connect the racial diversity in the state.

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KPAC Blog
4:20 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Camp KPAC: The Final Day!

L to R: Ramee Saleh, Alexia Salingaros, Madison Rogers, Ryan Rogers, Jillian Kouzel, and Lennon Maldonado.
James Baker

Today we wrapped up Camp KPAC 2013, the second year of the program. I took the first photo seen above on Monday. Camp coordinator Nathan Cone suggested on Friday that we take an "after" photo (next in series). Someone in the group (they are all sharp as tacks) quipped: "So they can see how we've grown." 

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Road Safety
3:47 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Crash Barrels Make A Difference Saving Lives On The Highway

Vehicle impact attenuators are located throughout the state to help cushion the blow to drivers who crash into barriers and the median on the highway.
Ryan Loyd TPR

With distracted and drunk driving plaguing San Antonio and Bexar County, officials are taking drastic measures to help reduce injury and death from highway accidents.

The Texas Department of Transportation is helping save lives with vehicle impact attenuators, or crash barrels, which look like sand-filled trash cans and are located in spots where there is an exit or where the highway divides into an upper and lower level.

The attenuators are meant to soften the blow if a driver is heading toward what would otherwise be a solid concrete wall.

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Gov. Rick Perry
2:56 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

SA Court To Hear Case About Perry's Veto Of Public Integrity Unit Funds

rickperry.org

At the tail end of the regular legislative session, Gov. Rick Perry demanded that Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg resign because of her DWI arrest and conviction or have the state’s Public Integrity Unit, which is run by her office, face a loss of about $7.5 million.

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Texas Matters
1:57 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Though It's Still Early, 2014 Election Buzz Is Already Heating Up

Sen. Wendy Davis has been on a roll since her filibuster at the end of June, but what does that mean for her political future?
Senator Wendy R. Davis Facebook

Texas Matters: Since everyone can't seem to wait to get back into election mode, speculation over whether or not Wendy Davis enters the gubernatorial race continues to swirl. There are already two candidates in the Republican pool, and perceived front-runner Greg Abbott is already on the road. Also on this show: StateImpact's three-part series on eminent domain laws, and a look at how outsiders are helping an indigenous group in Chihuahua, Mexico.

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Downtown
12:53 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Bat Walks A New Downtown Tuesday Attraction

Millions of bats begin their nightly flight at sundown at the Bracken Bat Cave.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

The bats that fly out from under the Congress Avenue bridge in Austin are a popular visitor attraction, but San Antonio now has its own bat population large enough to show off along the San Antonio Riverwalk.

The Paseo del Rio Association, the San Antonio River Authority, Texas Parks and Wildlife and Bat Conservation International are hosting Bat Loco, an informative series of bat walks, now through mid-August to raise awareness of  the importance of bats in our ecosystem.

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Camp KPAC
12:29 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

The Talented Darian Thomas Shares His Passion For The Arts

Darien Performing "Rant" and "For Rachel"
Jillian Kouzel

[Editor's note: This report was produced by a student at Camp KPAC 2013, a week-long workshop to teach radio skills to area high school students.]  

Nineteen-year-old Darian Thomas studies at the University of the Incarnate Word, and has ambitious plans for his life. Born into a musical family, surrounded by the arts, Thomas noted that “music just came naturally,” and discovered this at a very young age.

 

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Camp KPAC Interview
12:20 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Multi-instrumentalist And Composer Darian Thomas’s Musical Journey

Composer Darian Thomas.
Jillian Kouzel

[Editor's note: This report was produced by a student at Camp KPAC 2013, a week-long workshop to teach radio skills to area high school students.]  

The creative muse struck Darian Thomas at a very young age. He says he’s “always had a knack for creating things.” These pursuits included writing, reading, ballet dancing, rapping, and painting. Now he has concentrated his creative skills on composing music. He is currently enrolled in the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas as a music student.

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Camp KPAC Interview
12:19 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Teenage Pianist Dedicates Herself To Her Art

Rhiannon Bishop performing at the 2013 Texas Folklife Festival.
Nathan Cone

[Editor's note: This report was produced by a student at Camp KPAC 2013, a week-long workshop to teach radio skills to area high school students.]  

Not every 15-year-old has the dedication to spend eight hours doing any one activity other than video games, but Rhiannon Bishop dedicates herself to practicing piano for that long each day, all while completing high school two years early. A home schooled student, Rhiannon studies with Ken Thompson, founder of the Musical Arts Center of San Antonio (MACSA). In the future, Rhiannon has aspirations to pursue a degree from the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York.

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Fronteras Desk
11:28 am
Fri July 19, 2013

"El Frio," A Rare - And Fatal - Genetic Brain Disease In New Mexico

"This is my time bomb picture," said Dr. Leslie Morrison. "This is the cavernous angioma (in the brain), and this is after its bled."
Dr. Leslie Morrison

Fronteras: Researchers in New Mexico say treatment for a rare and often deadly genetic disorder may be found in the state's colonial history. A look at the federal government’s choice to close dozens of deportation cases in Maricopa County. Summer in Phoenix means triple digit weather most days, but not everyone can keep up with the costs of staying cool. Death Valley was the hottest place on Earth on July 10, 1913 at 134 degrees, but some experts doubt the desert reached that temperature.

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