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11:00 am
Wed January 29, 2014

San Anto Putting On A "Chupachanga" Block Party (With Metal Foundry)

Chupachanga poster.
John Medina

San Antonians will soon come together to create something unusual. The event where that something will be created is called the Chupachanga.

"Chupachanga is a term that we coined for our block party," said San Anto Cultural Arts Program Coordinator Samantha Lopez, who explained how the name makes perfect sense.

"It’s on Chupaderas Street, and it’s a play on the word Chupaderas and pachanga," she said.

Pachanga is a Spanish word for a style of festive music and dance.

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Road Construction
10:10 am
Wed January 29, 2014

2012 Bond's Hausman Road Project Moves Forward

Two-lane Hausman Road, near its intersection with IH-10.
Nathan Cone TPR News

Thousands of drivers who use Hausman Road as a shortcut from Loop 1604 to I-10 are starting to see some progress on one of the most-heavily traveled roadways in the city. Utilities are going in along the first section of road project nearest Loop 1604.

The widening of Hausman Road will proceed in quadrants to make it easier on the 17,000 drivers that go up and down the road each week. Work began in December to prepare the first section nearest 1604 for utilities.

District 8 Councilman Ron Nirenberg said his predecessors got the project to the voters.

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Texas Public Schools
5:03 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

SBOE Member Says He Hopes His Side Loses School Finance Trial

State Board of Education member Thomas Ratliff.
State of Texas

Thomas Ratliff, a Republican seated on the State Board of Education, which is one of the defendants in the Texas school finance trial, says he hopes his side loses in the lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of how schools are funded in the state.

"I think we go back to the drawing board and put the school finance system back together without all the bubble gum and bailing wire we’ve added to it," Ratliff said. "The system is so out of whack that we’ve got A, big disparities; B, inefficient distribution system; and an inadequate funding level."

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Classical Music
3:16 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

The Surprising Staging of the Symphony's "Rusalka"

Sebastian Lang-Lessing
San Antonio Symphony

If you’re used to going to see the symphony at the Majestic, there is the stage, and there is the audience and ne’er the twain shall meet…but not so with “Rusalka.”

“Rusalka is kind of an adult fairytale. This is rather a grand opera." 

James Robinson has traveled from St. Louis to stage “Rusalka.” As he explains, the details of the opera itself demand a lot from everyone in the production.

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2014 Election
2:50 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Political Expert Says Patterson Won Lt. Gov. Debate With "Common Sense" Answers

Republican candidate for lieutenant governor Jerry Patterson.
votepatterson.com

The Texas Democratic Party is critical of what was and wasn’t discussed during the first statewide debate between Republican candidates in the lieutenant governor’s race, but as far as who scored the highest debate points, one political expert picked an unexpected winner.

"If I had to pick a winner I would pick [Land Commissioner Jerry] Patterson because he sort of ruffled some feathers and made unexpected points," said Cal Jillson, a professor of political science at Southern Methodist University.

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Community
2:25 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

SA2020 Asks San Antonio To Make A Resolution

Aside from commitments made by local residents and community leaders, SA2020 wants San Antonians to resolve to do something for themselves and others this year to make the city better.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

For the second time leaders with SA2020 are asking San Antonio residents to make resolutions to make the city a greater place to live and work.

Nineteen local leaders are hopping on the resolution bandwagon with personal resolutions to impact their city. Mayor Julián Castro wants to make a difference with mom and pop restaurants.

"What I'm going to be doing this year is going to at least 25 new restaurants that I have never eaten at before that are small, locally owned restaurants in our city to try and support small businesses. That's my resolution," he said Tuesday.

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Community
1:35 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

San Antonio Food Bank Recognized As A Top 10 Charity

Chris Eudaily TPR News

The San Antonio Food Bank has been named one of the top 10 charities in the nation based on financial health, transparency and accountability, and results. Watchdog group Charity Navigator named it one of its "10 Top-Notch Charities."

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The Source - January 28, 2014
12:35 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

The Source: Is Texas Corrupt? | Are Massive Retail IT Breaches The New Normal?

Center for Public Integrity

In the first segment:

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell was indicted last week, former Mayor of New Orleans Ray Nagin is in court for 21 counts of corruption and Jesse Jackson jr. resigned last year, but what does Texas look like?

A report card from the Center for Public Integrity gives us a dismal D+ in terms of our risk of corruption, last month it gave us an F for our judicial financial disclosures.

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KPAC Blog
12:22 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Opera Piccola Presents 'La Curandera' At Empire Theatre

Along with the San Antonio Symphony's "Rusalka," another opera is coming. It’s called "La Curandera," and it’s got a fascinating backstory.

“La Curandera is a very special opera for us," said Opera Piccola General Director Mark Richter about the opera written by former San Antonian Robert Xavier Rodriguez. It’s modeled after Mozart’s "Bastien and Bastiene," but with a twist.

"It’s definitely Mexican culture that’s going to be in the music and on the stage," Richter said.

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2014 Election
10:32 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Republican Lieutenant Governor Candidates Mostly In Line In First Debate

KERA

Republican candidates for lieutenant governor talked about everything from abortion to marijuana during the first statewide debate, but the one area that received little attention was education funding.

The first statewide debate started with questions about a state judge's recent decision to allow a Fort Worth family to stop life support for their 23-week pregnant mother after the hospital said it conflicted with one of the state’s pro-life laws. 

Current Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples said the statue conflicts with other state laws.

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