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12:08 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Break The Piano With Beethoven's "Tempest Sonata" On KPAC

Photo of Beethoven's life mask, made in 1812, 15 years before his death.
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Pop music is (usually) in English and is easy to understand, but Classical works are often in another language, and even when they are in English the operatic vibrato clouds the message.

Absolute music like a symphony or sonata has no words, but sometimes the work has a helpful title.

We've been presenting Beethoven's piano sonatas in order weekday mornings and one sonata that is very important in understanding the composer is being broadcast April 10 in the 6 a.m. hour.

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Local School Districts
11:07 am
Tue April 9, 2013

San Antonio ISD Names Finalist For Superintendent Position

Manuel Isquierdo - Courtesy Photo
SAISD

San Antonio Independent School District has named Manuel Isquierdo, who is currently the superintendent of Sunnyside Unified School District in Tuscon, Ariz., as the finalist for the superintendent position.

It’s been more than a year, but trustees finally made the decision at a special board meeting on Monday night. Isquierdo was the only one of three candidates called back for a second interview.

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Texas Legislature
9:53 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Is Increased Sales Tax The Answer To TxDOT Debt?

Even though raising the state sales tax could help with TxDOT debt, conservative groups like the Tea Party are staunchly opposed to any tax increase.
Eileen Pace TPR

In order to curb the amount of debt owed by the Texas Department of Transportation, Sen. Kevin Eltife, R-Tyler, is proposing the state raise the sales tax by one-half cent.

"Over the past ten years a large part of funding for TxDOT projects has been done by issuing debt. TxDOT has outstanding debt exceeding $12 billion. If we continue down this path it will 2045 before all these bonds are paid off and it will cost the taxpayers about $28 billion including principal and interest," Eltife said.

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Lackland Article 32 Hearing
9:07 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Lackland Begins Article 32 Hearing Against Another Military Training Instructor

With no end in sight, the Lackland Air Force Base investigation continues with another Article 32 hearing.
Eileen Pace TPR News

An Article 32 evidentiary hearing is scheduled for this morning in the case against Senior Airman Christopher Oliver of the 324th Training Squadron.

The former military training instructor is charged with having unprofessional relationships with three basic trainees and a fourth woman who was a tech training student. Oliver also faces charges of sexual assault and sodomy against one of the trainees, as well as maltreatment of trainees, and obstruction of justice.

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The Source - April 9, 2013
6:24 am
Tue April 9, 2013

The Source: How Healthy, Or Unhealthy, Is San Antonio?

San Antonio Metro Health District's report details amputations as a result of Diabetes
San Antonio Metro Health District

In The First Segment:

The health of San Antonio is gauged each year by the San Antonio Metro Health District's annual report. Bexar County and San Antonio have never been beacons of health, but the report details the specific issues that we are dealing with locally.  

From unprecedented levels of syphilis infections to amputations from diabetes at a rate four times the national average, the city still has major health problems.

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Arts & Culture
1:41 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Maria Schneider: Bridging the Jazz-Classical Divide

Maria Schneider
Red Back Press

  Maria Schneider has emerged over the past several decades as one of our most original composers and arrangers for jazz orchestra. She studied music theory and composition at the University of Minnesota, graduating in 1983, then earned a Masters of Music in 1985 from the Eastman School of Music, studying for one year as well at the University of Miami.

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Military Budget Cuts
5:42 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Electric Vehicles At Fort Sam Houston Saving Money And Reducing Pollution

Electric vehicles are helping JBSA-Fort Sam Houston operate more efficiently.
Eileen Pace TPR

Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston is going green. New electric vehicles have taken to the streets of the post to save money and reduce pollution.

On-post errands at Fort Sam Houston used to be done in large, multi-passenger or cargo vans, sometimes even when only a smaller vehicle was needed.

About six months ago the post acquired 36 Low-Speed Electric Vehicles that Army North spokesman Eric Lobsinger said are working out well in more ways than one.

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U.S.-Mexico Natural Resources
4:54 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Mexican Government Authorizes Additional Water Flow Into U.S.

Mexican nationals on the south side of the Rio Grande at Boquillas, Mexico.
Lorne Matalon Marfa Public Radio

The Mexican Government has agreed to release additional water into the Rio Grande from its tributaries outside of a 79-year-old treaty on water rights as both counties face a difficult drought.

The 90-day agreement will allow additional water from the San Rodrigo River to flow into the Rio Grande and be used by the two countries.

The agreement comes a few weeks after several South Texas congressmen voiced grave concerns about water shortages.

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Texas Legislature
3:55 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Lawmaker Takes Another Crack At Legalized Gambling In Texas

Texas State Capitol in Austin.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

This is the sixth gambling bill that Sen. John Carona, R-Dallas, has authored in the last decade and he is hoping for the passage of a constitutional amendment that allows Texas voters to decide on the issue of legalized gambling.

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Texas Parks
2:05 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Texas Parks And Wildlife Getting By With Help From Private Donations

Thanks to funding help, Bastrop State Park is recovering from the devastating fires.
Texas Parks and Wildlife

Last year Whole Earth Provision raised $30,000 for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and hopes to break its own record this year.

Texas State Parks suffered a tremendous drop in visitors in 2011 that was blamed on extreme heat, the drought and the devastating wildfires - especially in Bastrop State Park.

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