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World Festivals
11:27 am
Fri September 6, 2013

World Celebrations: Beauty In The Desert

Wodaabe performing a Yaake dance in Niger, c. 1997.
Dan Lundberg Wikimedia Commons

Forget the bathing suits, Cure Salée is for men only.

The Sahara Desert is populated by nomads who use camels for transportation, bring live goats and sheep for fresh victuals as needed, and traverse the land buying and selling. For one week in September, the Tuareg and Fulani tribes gather at In-Gall, a fertile area of salt-laden grass, on which they feed their cattle. (Cows require salt to maintain good health.) This is also an opportunity to meet and mingle, and perhaps find romance.

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Border & Immigration
11:25 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Nationwide Immigration Mass Hopes To Sway Congress

The San Fernando Cathedral in San Antonio.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

In response to a call from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, dioceses across the country will celebrate Mass with an immigration theme this coming Sunday. As the immigration debate continues this month, the church wants its prayers answered by Congress.

Dioceses in 22 states are participating. Kevin Appleby is the director of migration policy for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. 

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Arts & Culture
11:06 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Makin' Hay Leaves Hardberger Park For Its New Home

Makin' Hay exhibit was popular with visitors to Phil Hardberger Park from March, 2011 to Sept., 2013.
Eileen Pace TPR News

The beloved "hay art" at Phil Hardberger Park is going away, but that doesn't mean they will be left with nothing. Art lovers will have something new to celebrate starting this weekend.

Makin’ Hay depicts giant human-like characters stacked up to 17 feet tall, made of steel and bales of hay, involved in various activities. Parks Project Manager Sandy Jenkins said the art is being removed this week and being taken to its home in Bentonville, Ark.

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2014 Election
10:18 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Davis Supporters Will Continue To Wait, Opponents "Look Bad"

Sen. Davis speaking at a pro-choice rally outside the capitol on July 1.
Senator Wendy R. Davis Facebook

Earlier this month, state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, postponed her announcement about the 2014 governor’s race to tend to her ailing father. Now that he has passed away, her decision continues to sit in limbo.

Grace Garcia runs the women’s democratic group Annie’s List, one of the groups leading the charge for Davis to run for governor, and said they are taking a break from the politics until "the appropriate time."

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Environment
9:10 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Ecology And Biology The Main Attraction At New Hardberger Center

Hardberger Park's new Urban Ecology Center is set to open Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, and holds enough space for multiple nature classes and large receptions.
Kelli Epp

San Antonio is opening its first major Urban Ecology Center this weekend in Phil Hardberger Park. The city said the new venue is designed as a gathering place for nature studies and major events.

With over 18,000 square feet, the new facility can offer space for everything from gardening classes to large wedding receptions. Parks Project Manager Sandy Jenkins said the facility is built for the purpose of education on anything having to do with nature.

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Government
4:43 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Grand Jury Appointed To Hear Coercion Case Against Gov. Perry And Travis County DA

rickperry.org

A specially-appointed grand jury is being seated in two unique cases; a criminal coercion complainant against Governor Rick Perry and separate case against Travis County DA Rosemary Lehmberg.  

Although the cases are connected in some respects, they will have separate trial dates if they make it past the grand jury.  Craig McDonald, with Texans for Public Justice, who filed the complainant against Republican Governor Rick Perry for his threat and veto of the budget of State’s Public Integrity Unit, says having a grand jury selected is a good sign.

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The Source - September 5, 2013
1:23 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

The Source: Rep. Lloyd Doggett | The NDO Vote | Carmen Tafolla

San Antonio City Council is voting today on the proposed non-discrimination ordinance.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

In the first segment:

U.S. Congressman Lloyd Doggett joins us to talk about Affordable Care implementation and his views on intervention in Syria.

In the second segment:

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Texas Veterans
11:21 am
Thu September 5, 2013

VFW Post 76 Holding First Golf Tournament To Raise Money For Veterans

Flag Day at VFW Post 76.
VFW Post 76

Chartered in 1917, VFW Post 76 , the oldest VFW post in Texas, has served hundreds of veterans over the years, and its website says thousands have passed under the arches to the post along the San Antonio River.

Charles Zambrano, the golf tournament chairman, said more veterans who need services are returning from the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts, and the economic downturn is affecting veterans. The post decided to start a golf tournament to increase its coffers for emergency relief for veterans.

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Texas Redistricting
10:36 am
Thu September 5, 2013

A Win For Davis In Redistricting Suit Against Abbott, State

As Wendy Davis mourns the loss of her father and weighs a run for governor, she can count the recent court ruling as a victory.
David Martin Davies TPR News

A Federal court in San Antonio has ruled in favor of state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, in a redistricting case that at one time threatened to dismantle her senate district.

The federal three-judge panel has decided to throw out Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s claims that the 2011 Republican-drawn map that broke down Davis' district into four to five white-dominated districts was valid.

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U.S. Army
9:17 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Army North Gets New Commander, Moves Toward North American Military Collaboration

Lt. Gen. Perry Wiggins receives new star on his promotion Sept 4, 2013, Ft. Sam Houston Quadrangle.
Jack Morgan TPR News

As of Wednesday afternoon, Army North has a new commander. Lt. Gen. Perry Wiggins took the helm at 5th Army Headquarters at Fort Sam Houston, immediately after receiving his promotion.

The lengthy list of dignitaries included Gen. Edward Rice of the Air Education and Training Command, along with commanders from numerous major command centers around the country, and commanders from Sedena, the Mexican Army.

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