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11:58 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Democratic Party Hoping To "Turn Texas Blue" In 2014

Workers at the Stand With Texas Women Rally in San Antonio a few weeks ago registered people to vote as part of the party's push to "turn Texas blue."
David Martin Davies TPR News

Almost 200 Democratic party chairs from counties across Texas made their way to San Antonio over the weekend for training to "turn Texas blue," as the party continues its marketing push to get to voters it feels it can persuade.

State Democratic Executive Committee member Susan Bankston said county chairs learned more about online outreach through social media. She said the party can be more efficient by focusing on the voters that are fed up.

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KPAC Blog
10:15 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Cool Classical For Those Dog Days Of Summer

Etnobit Percussion
Credit courtesy of the artist

With temperatures over 100 degress and lows not dipping below 80 degrees, we're all looking for ways to stay cool. Thoughts of cooler climates and scenery are welcome.

Enter Etnobit Percussion Group! From the oldest and deepest lake, Lake Baikal, these four have created music - from ice!

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Arts & Culture
7:32 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Jingu Family Returns to San Antonio To Celebrate History, Unveil Paintings

Mabel Jingu Enkoji's family wants to play an active role in the future of the Japanese Tea Garden
Jingu Family

This weekend, the Jingu family returned to San Antonio to celebrate their role in San Antonio history.

The Jingu House at the Japanese Tea Garden is named in their honor because the city invited them to live at the home when it was built in the early 1900's.

Mabel Jingu Enkoji, who was born at the house and had been involved in the home's restoration over the years, died in mid-July from heart failure.

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2014 Election
4:02 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Attorney General Race Heating Up Between Republican Lawmakers

The race is on to see which GOP candidate will secure the party nomination to fill current Attorney General Greg Abbott's shoes.
State of Texas

This Thursday, Sen. Ken Paxton, R-McKinney, announced his candidacy in the race for the attorney general's office, which came on the heels of news that Rep. Dan Branch, R-Dallas, who is also running, had secured support from six of current Attorney General Greg Abbott’s former top-aides.

This week Branch also released a campaign video that promises his voter base that he would continue to fight against abortion rights and Gay Marriage.

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Government
3:01 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

West, Texas Approved For Major Disaster Relief Funding

Gov. Rick Perry at a press conference addressing the explosion in West, Texas.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

The governor’s office has announced the town of West will receive major disaster funding following an appeal of FEMA’s original decision to deny the town federal relief.

Early this summer, the Federal Emergency Management Agency announced they would not be awarding the town of West major disaster relief following the massive fertilizer plant explosion that took out much of the area’s roads, schools and water system.

That original ruling has been reversed.

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KPAC blog
2:38 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

When Virginals Were Not So Chaste: Alan Feinberg's 'Basically Bull'

Composer John Bull (1563-1626)
Wikipedia Commons user Lethesl cc

A virginal is a spinet harpsichord, normally without legs. The name is obscure even by Oxford English Dictionary standards, but one hint is that the name came from the young and chaste virginal girls that would spend hours and hours practicing their music in cold and drafty castles and mansions.

It was an unusual time for music in Britain.

There were battles over whether or not music belonged in the church and the only people that had music before the printed note were musicians and those with enough money to outfit their splendid homes with music rooms.

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Special Session
2:03 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

House Panel Approves Transportation Funding Bill With Amended Changes

Chris Eudaily TPR News

A transportation panel of seven state representatives heard from the head of the Texas Department of Transportation about the transportation bill that passed the Senate and how it will benefit the State Highway Fund beyond the next two years.

"If we don’t increase our resources now, our production in dollar terms will fall to levels not seen since the early 2000s," said TxDOT Executive Director Phil Wilson. "Meanwhile, more and more people move to Texas [and] congestion worsens."

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City Government
1:36 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

New Ordinance Changes Vehicle-For-Hire Regulations, Including Horse-Drawn Carriages

City of San Antonio

Following a month-long summer break, the San Antonio City Council reconvened Thursday and quickly got down to business, passing a new vehicle-for-hire ordinance that takes effect in two weeks.

More than 40 citizens signed up to speak on a proposal to update the city’s vehicle-for-hire ordinance, which among other regulations would:

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Arts & Culture
1:29 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Oana Cătălina Chiţu's Reprise of Maria Tănase is Divine

Maria Tănase, Romanian diva
Wikimedia

  With only a few exceptions, the “best” days of Communism (and I say that with plenty of sarcasm) are long gone. The fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 (with the final destruction in 1990), the Round Table talks in Warsaw in 1989, and the brutal execution of Nicolae Ceausescu in December of 1989 explain the often heard term Revolutions of 1989 as synonymous with the Fall of Communism.

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Texas Matters
1:27 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

State Has A Lot On The Line With Immigration Reform And Affordable Care Act

U.S. Border Patrol vehicles near the border fence.
David Martin Davies TPR News

*The initial publishing of this story incorrectly spelled Tom Pauken's name as Tom Paukin.

Texas Matters: The proposal to carry out a "border surge" as part of Congress' immigration overhaul could turn areas of Texas along the Mexico border into a militarized zone. Also on this episode: Texas and the Affordable Care Act, GOP gubernatorial candidate Tom Pauken, and Kolten Parker, a reporter in the San Antonio Express-News Austin bureau, talks about DPS and jars of feces.

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